New Jersey has numerous locations suitable for graduation parties. From an upscale smaller space near Rutgers University to a popular spot on the Shrewsbury River, the choices seem endless. The Liberty House on Liberty Island offers spectacular views of the New York skyline, and there are several yacht lines that leave from New Jersey and provide dining and entertainment suitable for celebrating a graduation.
The Frog and the Peach
Located in New Brunswick within walking distance of Rutgers University, The Frog and the Peach restaurant (frogandpeach.com) provides outstanding cuisine for parties from eight to 50 guests. Owned by a husband and wife team, the restaurant was named for the title of a Dudley Moore comedy routine. The restaurant features modern American cuisine and occupies a distinctive industrial building that housed printing presses for the local newspaper. A party coordinator can assist with event planning, and customized menus are available.
Liberty House (libertyhouserestaurant.com) is located at Liberty State Park off Exit 14 of the New Jersey Turnpike. The restaurant provides sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Ellis Island, the iconic Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Landing Marina are within sight. The grand ballroom offers floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views and a wrap-around terrace. For parties of 75 to 100 guests, the Liberty Room is ideal. It faces Lady Liberty and adjoins the Tented Garden Pavilions, which provide another venue for parties year-round. The menu can be tailored to your liking.
McLoone's Rum Runner
McLoone's Rum Runner (mcloones.com) in Sea Bright is a popular casual restaurant located along the Shrewsbury River. The Rum Runner offers lunch and dinner all week and an extensive brunch on Sunday. A private space, the River Room, is ideal for a graduation party of up to 150 people. The River Room provides lovely river views. The boathouse deck is open during warm summer months and provides a more casual atmosphere. The deck offers sunset views. A banquet director is available to assist in planning your party.
Spirit of New Jersey
Look into the Spirit of New Jersey (spiritcruises.com) dinner cruise to book an unusual venue for a graduation party. The cruise leaves out of Lincoln Harbor, conveniently located in Weehawken, with ample parking onsite. The yacht cruises around New York harbor, offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. The Statue of Liberty is up close and personal, an experience graduates will not soon forget. Partygoers will enjoy dining, dancing and entertainment on board. Special pricing is available for groups. Spirit Cruises can customize your night on the town to meet your specifications.
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