My husband is throwing me a 30th birthday party in late May. We plan to have open bar and passed appetizers, possibly with some food stations, for 3 hours on a Saturday night. We were originally looking at hotels (Ritz Battery Park, Hudson Hotel, Gramercy Park Hotel) but found them to be above our $5000 budget (and we'd ideally like to spend under $4,000).
Does anyone have recommendations for elegant spaces in the city that would meet these criteria? A view or some outdoor space would be an excellent bonus, but not necessary. We are also willing to switch to beer/wine/bubbly only if need be.