New York’s Best Kept Secret
Located in the heart of the Financial District, this 19th century building stands as one of the remaining iconic
landmarks of its time. Housing a private collection of some of the world’s most traveled art and treasures from
Asia and beyond, this Renaissance-inspired palazzo is the home of the distinguished India House. Historians
and New Yorkers alike walk by this hidden gem, unknown to the treasures housed inside. Even fewer are aware
that the venue is available for private events. For the select that do, celebrating a wedding in the Marine Room,
a holiday party in the Hanover Room or drinks at the signature Blue Bar is almost a key in the door of the best
kept secret in New York City.
The India House’s distinct name embodies the notion of the exotic in a time when India’s trade was
characterized by its rare spices and silks. The founders also wanted to pay homage to the Dutch West Indies
Company, the first colonizers of Manhattan. Since its inception, India House has represented the intellectual
crossroads of foreign policy, commerce, art and trade. Countless dignitaries, tradesmen, and decorated figures
of the 20th century including President Franklin D. Roosevelt have walked through these halls and assembled in
these rooms with the intent to foster business and foreign relations.
Originally built in 1835, this landmark is a true piece of New York history. The beautiful exterior of the
building faces the luscious green British Garden, a memorial dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II to all the
Commonwealth victims of the September 11th attacks. Fifty large neoclassical-style windows of the building
bring in beautiful natural light into every nook of the building. A grand staircase runs through the center of the
clubhouse, leading to the 11 function rooms, each characterized by high ceilings, large exterior windows and
several feature a working fireplace. The interior of the building recently underwent an extensive restoration
project, reestablishing the integrity of the ornate 20th century architecture while still keeping the intimate
ambiance of a sophisticated club.
In April 2013, Masterpiece Caterers became the exclusive caterer at India House. They bring a fresh approach
to the classical cuisine presented to each of the members and guests. Defined by their motto “Mastering the art
of fine cuisine”, the culinary team pulls inspiration from the heritage of their international home. Along with
their classical American dishes, they feature delights such as Sea Scallops Curry, Langoustine with Couscous,
and Ginger Lobster Fried Rice.
India House’s membership celebrates its 100th Anniversary in the upcoming year. After a century of distinction,
India House is still regarded as a premier location for the meeting of the minds. Masterpiece Caterers invites
you to travel the world through its many fine features of artwork, history and cuisine.
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Signature Hanover Room Blue Bar
For private tours and event inquiries, please contact the
Masterpiece Sales Team at (212) 269-2323 option 2 or visit
their website www.masterpiececaterers.com.