In late April, Aramark's United Nations Catering officially opened the Ambassadors River View at the United Nations, a new dedicated event space on the grounds of the international organization's New York headquarters. Consisting of a 5,800-square-foot tent and adjacent open-air promenade, the venue located on the North Lawn of the U.N. campus is available for receptions as well as seated functions like galas and meetings.
The clear-span tent serves as a blank slate of sorts, with little in the way of permanent furnishings save for air-conditioning and heating systems that make the site available for year-round use. The structure has clear vinyl sides that can be rolled up, and Bentley Meeker can set up full theatrical lighting. Additionally, United Nations Catering has preferred relationships with Empire Force Events, which provides event design and management, as well as staging and audiovisual supplier Pro Sho Sound.
In terms of capacity, the Ambassadors River View has room for 600 for receptions, 300 seated with a dance floor (or 350 seated without a dance floor), or 400 theater-style with a stage.
Events can also be combined with private, 30-minute tours of the General Assembly and Security Council for 20 people at a time.