Wishing you a diya-light-ful Diwali. Happy Diwali everyone! Looking for the best Diwali celebrations in NYC? Then there’s only one option- The Pierre. The Pierre’s Diwali celebrations are spectacular, featuring amazing food, drinks, dancing, decor and more. Let’s light up some diya lamps and and get this Diwali celebration started.
Best Diwali Celebration in NYC: The Pierre
Diwali celebrations occur in either October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. This year, Diwali officially fell on Monday, October 24th. The Pierre is located on 61st and 5th ave. Before Covid, The Pierre’s Diwali celebration was held outdoors on the terrace. Last year, the party took place indoors at Perrine and the Rotunda Room. This year, the party was held both indoors and outdoors.
Is it hot in here or is it me? (JK, it’s most likely the diyas.) Perrine’s stunning terrace was adorned with gorgeous lanterns, colorful diya lamps and twinkling lights. Guests wore vibrant traditional Indian fashions. Ladies wore a mix of saris, lehengas, salwar kameez, gowns and anarkalis.
Gentlemen sported kurta pajamas, sherwanis, vests, suits, turbans and mojari (traditional Indian shoes).
Best Diwali Celebration in NYC: The Puja
A traditonal Hindu puja was performed around the rangoli and rastogi.
A rangoli is a gorgeous colorful, pattern made on a flat surface with colored rice, sand or flowers.
A rastogi is a large brass diya lamp. Diya lamps and lanterns were scattered around the edges of the rangoli.
Best Diwali Celebration in NYC: The Drinks
Wine flies when you are having fun. We sipped on Miraval rosé and cocktails.
Whiskey business. Our friends sipped on Rampur Select, an Indian Whisky.
Best Diwali Celebration in NYC: The Food
You can’t have a full Diwali celebration if your stomach is empty. We indulged in classics Indian bites such as Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, Chicken Tikka and Dal Makhni. We also enjoyed fusion dishes such as Kale Pakoras, Chilli Olive Naans & Lamb Kheema Tacos.
Executive Chef Ashfer Biju is a culinary genius. His food is fantastic all year at Perrine, but his Diwali menu is our absolutely favorite.
Love you to jamun and back. We ended the evening by the Mithai Wall in The Pierre’s iconic Rotunda room. The Mithai Wall is an assortment of mini Indian sweets and Indian inspired desserts created by Chef Michael Mignano. We are huge fans of mini desserts because you get to try a variety of them. Our favorite was the gulab jamun cheesecake. That’s truly a complement because our mom make the best gulab jamun and this was our pair with mom’s. Since it was topped with cheesecake, it was more of yummy fusion dessert that we never had before.
Best Diwali Celebration in NYC: The Rotunda Room
We hosted a prior birthday dinner in the Rotunda Room a few years ago. The hand painted murals on the wall are absolutely stunning. You have to take some photos here on the stairs. You’ll feel like royalty in this room. Pro tip- we have a slight preference for photos on the staircase on the left. You can also stand at the top of the stairs and have a friend take a picture of you from below.
Best Diwali Celebration in NYC: The Dancing
Beats by Dynamite spun Bollywood hits while guests danced the night aways.
It was a literal dance party on 5th Ave.
Thanks to the Ashfer and the team at The Pierre and Perrine for putting together another fabulous Diwali event.
Happy Diwali and wishing you all lots of light and happiness this year. Thank you to The Pierre, Perrine and Ashfer for including us in your Diwali celebration. You can see past Diwali and other events at The Pierre here.
With gleam of auspicious Diyas and the holy chants, may happiness and prosperity fill your life forever!Anonymous