Located in a cozy closed-off corner of the kitchen, Damian’s Chef Table is a cute pocket of a room where up to eight people can enjoy a special six-course tasting menu ($75 per person) curated by the chef. Over the course of the restaurant’s 35-year history, this gourmet garrett has hosted numerous famous folks including Joe Torres, Donald Sutherland and Frank Sinatra.
Guests in this storied space are also afforded the opportunity to help cook one of the courses by joining the line, and, if they so desire, wearing their own take-home toque.
Brennan’s offers a bevy of private dining areas, but there’s something particularly charming about the “Little Room,” a sunny narrow space decorated in neutral earth tones with a wall of windows overlooking the restaurant’s lush courtyard. Its bright interior and capacity for 18 guests make it perfect for an elegant, boozy (not an oxymoron, mind you) brunch featuring Brennan’s signature oyster benedict, citrus-glazed duck crepes and bluebonnet cocktails.
Brides, bridal showers, birthday parties — you name it, the Schmooze Room at Kenny & Ziggy’s can host it. Adorned with Broadway memorabilia and photographs of celebrities accompanied by pithy captions, the multi-purpose space can serve 65 people for standing parties and up to 75 for plated meals with selections from the restaurant’s voluminous catering menu.
The Schmooze Room boasts a fully-equipped AV system, including television and DVD player, should you want to show some home videos as a nostalgic backdrop to your family buffet.
Mark that special occasion with a socially distanced South-of-the-border-style celebration in Pico’s Tequila Room (25-30 seated; 65-75 cocktails), which, as its name suggests, is lined with lockers containing a range of high-class mezcals. You can design your own multi-course repast paired with different tequilas (or wine), or arrange for members of your posse to stumble, er, stroll from opulent carving stations (we highly recommend the suckling pig) to churro and chile con queso bars.
If a dream evening for you involves literature paired with fermented libations, then eating in Tony’s Wine Library should be on your Houston bucket list.
The Library, in which up to 12 can dine around a luxurious tablescape, is accented in maroon and brown and illuminated by a Murano chandelier (but please don’t swing from it). Tony’s event planners can assist you in assembling an equally glamorous line-up of entrees accompanied by vintage varietals. And even though the Library’s shelves technically contain bottles, not books, you will nevertheless depart with an expanded wine education due to the assistance of the highly knowledgeable but never officious waitstaff.