Good Diwali vibes only. Happy Diwali everyone! Are you look for the best Diwali celebrations in New York City? If so, then you must celebrate the Hindu festival of lights at The Pierre. The Pierre’s Diwali parties feature unbelievable food, drinks, dancing, decor and more. We are excited to share our Diwali celebration with you.
Best Diwali Celebrations in New York City: The Pierre
Oh. Em. Gee. Diwali takes place in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. This year, Diwali officially fell on November 4th. The Pierre’s Diwali party is usually held outdoors on the terrace. This year, the party took place inside at Perrine and the Rotunda Room. The party was more intimate because of Covid-19. We sat at a table for two. Usually this Diwali party is standing room with stations of food outside on the terrace.
I followed the lights and they led me here. Perrine’s entrance was illuminated with beautiful diya lamps, brass lanterns, oil lamps and twinkling lights. Guests were treated with a traditional welcome with Aarti and Tika.
Hey, look on the bright side. There were also large brass rastogi, handmade lamps that are used in traditional Hindu prayers and celebrations. The Diwali celebration included a traditional Puja, which is a prayer ritual in Hinduism, Buddism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Guests sipped on Macallan 12, 15 and 18 years.
Best Diwali Celebrations in New York City in 2021: The Food
You can’t have a full celebration if your stomach’s empty. We dined on a delicious three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Ashfer Biju. We started with mini samosas, chaat and a mango shooter. Usually Diwali parties are open bar and prices include food and drinks. This year, Perrine only offered a seated dinner for $105. Wine was additional, but guests could purchase wine by the glass, bottle, 2-hour open bar or 4-hour open bar. We paired the starters with champagne.
We ordered the chicken and vegetarian mains, and they were quite delicious. We always recommend ordering multiple dishes and sharing. That’s the best way to enjoy Indian food.
Here’s to love, light and ladoos. Desserts were served in The Pierre’s iconic Rotunda room. This is where we hosted a prior birthday dinner a few years ago. If you ever want to host a group dinner, we highly recommend a dinner in this room. You and your guests will feel like a million bucks after a private dinner in this glamorous room.
A balanced diet is a ladoo in each hand. The mithai (or sweets) were presented beautifully on the Mithai Wall in the Rotunda. There were lots of mini options for the final course, but we choose the chocolate cake, mango ice cream and cheesecake. They were all so good that it was hard to pick a favorite.
Don’t feel sari for looking this good. We wore brightly colored traditional gowns and Anarakali to celebrate Diwali. Ladies wore a mix of saris, lehengas, salwar kameez, gowns and anarkalis, while men sported kurta pajamas, sherwanis, vests and mojari (traditional Indian shoes). A Diwali party isn’t complete without Bollywood music and bhangra dancing. We definitely felt the music and put on our dancing shoes at the end of the party. Chef Ashfer and his team hosted another unbelievable Diwali at The Pierre. We highly recommend a visit to Perrine for a group dinner or your next group event.
Praying the Diwali Lights burn out your troubles.