New York, New York – the city of finance, art, drama and of course conventions! Although Las Vegas still appears to be the king of conventions, New York City has also become a desired location for convention gatherings, which presents unique challenges for corporate and event catering.
What Conventions are there in New York?
As a tourist or a Manhattan city dweller, you have can partake in numerous conventions that have grown in popularity in the last few years. From femme fatale fashionistas to the book nerd, there’s bound to be a convention to interest the average Manhattanite.
New York Comic Con
Not to be outdone by the San Diego Comic Con, the New York Comic Con invites you to dress up in your favorite troll — whether it be the Lord of the Rings or Reddit kind — all are welcome in this annual festive celebration of nerdy, hipster coolness.
In this convention, you’re bound to be shoulder to shoulder with comic fans dressed up in Superman, Mario & Luigi, Spiderman or Wonder Woman. Whatever you fancy as a comic book hero, you are encouraged to go all out and dress up! There are also many informative panels, celebrities and shopping opportunities.
The New York Comic Con runs from October 5 through October 8, 2017.
New York BookCon
If comic books are too low brow for you, why not try the New York BookCon.
Whether you’re a die hard fan of the Harry Potter Series or a John Grisham fanatic, all are welcome to come with their library cards and favorite books to celebrate what it means to be a literary afficionado. Just like the Comic Con, you’re bound to find celebrities, authors and publishers alike, who are out there promoting the event and their books.
The BookCon usually runs in late May.
New York is a city that caters to the foodies, and it doesn’t disappoint with the brunch-focused event — Brunch Con. Brunch Con is actually a national phenomena that rolls into New York City in late May. What events can you expect at Brunch Con? Why Bacon of course! And eggs — whether you’re a sunny side up guy or a scrambled eggs kind of a girl.
All foodies alike – carnivores and vegans – are welcome to taste all the delicacies prepared by the very best chefs in New York. There are shopping opportunities and multiple photo booth opportunities. You can also take pictures of the Museum of Brunch.
Where are the Best Places to Host Large Conventions?
New York is definitely a home to many large and prominent conventions. Since its a large city with a bulging population, it’s necessary to find the right place to host your convention or gathering. Here are top places in New York that could serve as great places to host your company or group’s convention:
Jacob K Javits Center
Located in midtown Manhattan, it’s an ideal place for large conventions.
Here’s a quick list of conventions that take place there:
- JA New York Spring (March)
- MJSA Expo (March)
- International Vision Expo (Mid-March)
- New York International Auto Show (Mar 30 – Apr 8)
- Interphex (April)
- Beauty Con (April)
And the list goes on and on… The main convention are for the Jacob Javits center is the Javits Center North with 80,000 gross square feet of exhibit space. There is enough room for 3,000+ banquets, 5,000+ theater style seating and 4,000+ classroom settings. Needless to say, it’s a logistical challenge to arrange all the events and provide sufficient catering to all the attendants. This is where Manhattan catering specialists like Prime Hospitality comes in. We can make your convention a success!
This waterfront setting has sufficient footage (over 100,000 square feet) for trade, corporate and consumer conventions. With its lovely riverside setting, it’s a great place to host fashion shows and artist conventions. It has more than 5,000+ theater-style setting and can easily fit 10,000+ people. Popular gatherings that occur here include university graduations and the New York Eve’s concert. It is easily the second largest convention center in New York City.
Resorts World Casino
Even in New York, you can find the casino experience (but unfortunately without the slot machines and the table games) for your convention.
The Resorts World Casino offers a 70,000+ square foot banquet hall to fit 5,000 people for a reception. If you’re the Prince of Bel Air, a Prince of Arabia or just a really, really rich handsome prince, consider taking your Snow White bride to be in this spacious convention hall. Although not for everyone, this would be an amazing wedding venue, which require only the very best wedding caterers to pull off.
Catering Challenges for a Large Convention in New York
Remember the hungry, hungry hippo game? That’s what it’s like to host a large catering event in New York City. You’ll need the right planning, sufficient food (and quality food) to feed the hungry, hungry foodies that frequent the many conventions in New York. You’ll need the catering experts, like us at Prime Hospitality. We have years of experience working with clients like you to pull of conventions from 100 attendants to 10,000+ attendants. Contact us today to hear our competitive rates and how we will help you organize a successful convention or trade show in the New York City.