Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of events can be held at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion?
The mansion is a distinctive venue and hosts celebratory events of many kinds and sizes, from engagement parties and baby showers to sweet sixteen parties, quinceañeras, bar/bat mitzvahs, and more. We can accommodate small gatherings, large gala celebrations, and everything in between. Our team has experience with diverse social and cultural events as well. Contact us for more information about your event, as well as date availability and pricing.

How many guests can NYIT de Seversky Mansion accommodate for my event?
We can generally host a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 300 adult guests for your event, depending on availability, date, and time. We offer flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to suit your specific needs. For details about individual room features and capacities, please review our floor plan.

Will I have exclusive use of the property for my event?
Yes, if you have a weekend evening event and meet the required minimum number of guests. Depending on the date, you may have the option to pay a site fee granting you exclusive use of the property for your event. If you are planning an afternoon event, such as a shower or luncheon, you have the option to purchase exclusive use of the property, but this is not required.

Are there any additional fees?

Is the administrative fee the same as gratuity?
The 21 percent administrative fee is not a gratuity, and is therefore not distributed to the service team. The administrative fee is a standard industry fee that not only offsets the administration of your event, but goes back into maintaining the mansion and property. Contact us with specific questions about suggested average gratuity amounts and distribution.

Will security be provided for an event for children or teens, such as a sweet sixteen or bar/bat mitzvah?
For events including more than 20 children or teenagers (ages 21 and under), security is mandatory and will be provided by NYIT at an additional fee.

Who is my contact during planning and throughout the evening?
Unlike at most venues, our sales team remains your main point of contact from planning to the day of your event. During your event, our banquet manager will serve as your point person to ensure every detail is professionally executed. All of our sales team members are certified event planners with the experience and expertise to make your event a success.

Who is the caterer? Can they accommodate the dietary needs of my attendees?
NYIT de Seversky Mansion is a full-service catering facility; our professional culinary team prepares all menu items in-house and adds new seasonal flavors and ingredients to the menu throughout the year. We are happy to accommodate any dietary needs, restrictions, and special menu requests, such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, halal, and kosher-style meals. Our event specialists will help you create a customized menu that fulfills all your needs and preferences.

Can I provide my own caterer?
Yes, you have the option to use your own catering service if your desired cuisine cannot be created by our culinary team. For example, we can prepare kosher-style meals in house, but glatt kosher meals must be supplied by a qualified vendor. Please contact us for more information.

May I change or add items to my menu?
Of course! We are happy to accommodate substitutions of similarly priced menu items at no extra cost. Please note that some changes or additions may be considered upgrades and will require an additional fee. You will be notified of any additional fees in writing.

How many servers will be present at my event?
The number of servers is based on the guest count and style of event; however, the general ratio is one service team member per guest table.

When is my final guest count and payment due?
Payment for your minimum adult guest count is due 30 days prior to the day of your event. Payment for any additional guests is due two weeks prior to your event day.

When do I choose my menu and finalize all details?
You and your sales associate will meet four to eight weeks prior to the day of your event to finalize details and discuss menu requests and selections, any vendor information, and all other details. We will also schedule a date the week prior to your event for you to bring us all décor and personal items, review your final floor plan, and meet our banquet manager. Of course, please don’t hesitate to contact your sales associate at any time with any questions or concerns.

Do you offer team-building events or opportunities?
If you're looking for a unique team-building experience for your organization, consider NYIT Cast Iron Chef. Employees, regardless of their culinary ability, team up and compete against each other in this cooking challenge. The event may be customized for any size group or budget. The mansion provides the food, tools, and chefs to assist when needed; all you need to do is show up with an enthusiastic group and get cooking. Learn more about NYIT Cast Iron Chef.

Our specialists can also work with you to accommodate any other activities or requests you have for your event. Contact us to schedule a tour, arrange a meeting, or ask a question.