A Marvelous Mitzvah

We know that planning a bar or bat mitzvah is an incredibly special time for you and your child. Selecting the right venue for your celebration at is a critical decision, as it will set the tone for so much of the party. And of course the type of venue you choose has a lot to do with the type of event you are planning. Take a look at this list and decide what venue is the best fit for your family.

Elegant with Water Views

With new owners and a lovely renovation, Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, offers an elegant waterfront setting The spectacular historic clubhouse, elegant ballroom, tented deck and gardens add class to your special event.

Give your guests an amazing view with an event at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Your event background is a stunning panorama of the Hudson River. Guests can take in the New Jersey skyline, see the Statue of Liberty, and marvel at ocean liners and luxury yachts drifting by.

Talking about boats, Delmar Greenwich Harbor offers breathtaking views of Greenwich Harbor, the marina, as well as passing yachts and sailboats. Elegant luxury with touches of Southern France and world-class cuisine make this an elegant choice.

Modern & Chic

Go for an industrial chic vibe at the Factoria at Charles Point in Peekskill. The 34,000 square-foot, multi-event space includes a well-equipped dance floor plus an outdoor balcony deck, one of the largest in Westchester.

In a former warehouse you’ll find the cool Hudson Loft in Irvington, just south of the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge. Here guests can enjoy spectacular unobstructed sightlines of the Hudson River – and that stunning new bridge.

Club Space

If you are looking for a space to make your own consider Life … The Place To Be. With loft-style event rooms that include lounge furniture, projection screens, nightclub lighting and Abagail Kirsch Catering this Ardsley-based venue is everything cool.

Coliseum White Plains has sleek down to a science. This family-owned venue provides lounge furnishings, lighting and audio systems including screens, cubbies for personal belongings. They work with exclusive and hip entertainment companies to give you a stylish party.

Nightclub style comes alive at Club Infinity in Pleasantville. Ask about their bar/bat packages some of which include a disc jockey, an MC, two motivational party dancers and a video technician.

Space + Food

Looking for a place that offers catering on-site to keep things simple, then consider Unique Affair Catering that offers full-service event management and catering at Pleasantville County Club and The Davenport Mansion on the Sound in New Rochelle.


Grand Prix New York in Mt. Kisco is a huge recreational facility that offers a variety of sporty options including indoor go kart racing, arcade/redemption center and its newest immersive experience; virtual reality gaming! There’s also a state-of-the-art bowling center, Spins Bowl!

If you are looking for something thrilling, consider celebrating by climbing the walls at The Rock Club at Pine Brook Fitness. Another option is hitting the courts at The New Rochelle Racquet Club.

If you’re jumping for joy, make that your theme at Rockin’ Jump in Yonkers. Their 18,000-square-foot facility has three separate private party rooms.

The professional coaching staff at A-Game Sports in New Rochelle will guide the children through the activity of your choosing including everything from soccer, flag football, baseball, softball, dodgeball and relay races.

Have the space, but need the sport? Talon Athletics, specializes in GaGa Pits and protective glove rentals. This is an easy to understand, super active game that kids love. You can make your event even better by adding DJ Gaga to your pit rental.


If your child is more arty then sporty a celebration at City Perch Kitchen + Bar in the iPic Theatre in Dobbs Ferry could be the perfect choice. Watching a great film can be part of the fun – and imagine what your video will look like up on the big screen!

The Jewish Museum in the former Warburg Mansion on Museum Mile in New York City is the ideal setting for families dedicated to an art experience. Guests can enjoy private viewings of exhibitions and you can pick from several excellent caterers, some of which serve Kosher food.

Jean Sheff is co-publisher and editor of Westchester Family.