Venue Spotlight: Battello

It’s set right on Newport Marina in Jersey City, but if you think Battello is your typical waterfront restaurant venue, think again (there’s nary a lifesaver in sight). How do you put a fresh spin on nautical décor? If you’re Anthony Carrino, of HGTV fame and the designer behind Battello, you blend it with industrial chic elements (think filament lighting) for a Manhattan-meets-Maritime look. Oh, and speaking of Manhattan, Battello serves up jaw-dropping, reach-out-and-practically- touch views of Wall Street and the Freedom Tower.

Battello opened almost two years ago and has been generating buzz ever since—both for its sensational setting and for chef Ryan DePersio’s Italian-influenced, seafood-driven menu. The main restaurant has an open-air ambiance complete with an all-season patio. The entire restaurant, which accommodates up to 660 for cocktails, can be rented for private events, but if your budget and/or event size precludes that, book the private dining room or the wine cellar. The wine cellar, complete with dazzling wine bottle waterfall, is an intimate setting for a board meeting for up to 16, while the private dining room, with its own bar, tufted leather seating and unique decorative accents, handles 200 for cocktails or 100 seated. Upstairs from the private dining room is a VIP suite with private bathroom that is ideal for executives needing space for breakaway meetings.

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