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Where is the best seat at Carnegie Hall?

Did you know that Carnegie Hall actually has three halls? Here is a guide to help you choose the best possible concert experience.

Want more advice? Our CarnegieCharge representatives are available at 212-247-7800, or you can visit us in person at the Box Office, located at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Our most famous hall, historic and grandly scaled

Zankel Hall
Modern and cool, ideal for every musical genre

Weill Recital Hall
Elegant and intimate, a jewel-box of a theater

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage (2,804 Seats)

Parquet [1st level]

  • Whether there’s a full orchestra or a single performer, experience sensational acoustics and be near all the action!
  • The first few rows get you closest to the world’s best artists, but with the stage a few feet above the seats, you may have to look upwards to see the performance.
  • Enjoy a snack or a drink with a visit to the Cafe.
  • Designated aisle seats with retractable armrests are available.
  • Sitting in the Parquet offers you a full view of Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Like in all auditoriums, if you are seated on the far left or right, you may miss some of the details on the opposite end of the stage.

Blavatnik Family First Tier [2nd level]

  • The First Tier offers the outstanding experience of hearing a performance from an elegantly appointed box.
  • In addition to the performers on stage, you can enjoy the best people-watching in NYC: the patrons in the Parquet! Be transported back to an age when members of New York’s high society sat in these boxes to be seen in all of their finery.
  • The chairs in the second and third row of the boxes are elevated, so if you need to stretch your legs, these seats may be your best bet.
  • This level includes easy access to the Rose Museum, Carnegie Hall Shop, and restrooms.
  • Most boxes have eight freestanding chairs, with the two chairs in the back of the box separated by the entranceway.
  • Some boxes (nos. 17–49) have the added comfort of an anteroom to hang your coat and store your bag.

Second Tier [3rd level]

  • With clear sightlines and superb sound, the Second Tier offers many of the comforts of the Blavatnik Family First Tier, but at a lower price.
  • People swear by the Second Tier because it is closest to a well-stocked bar in the Second Tier hallway.
  • As in the Blavatnik Family First Tier, the two chairs in the rear of the box are separated by the entranceway, and the chairs in the second and third row of the boxes are elevated.
  • The three boxes on the far left and right sides of stage contain six chairs, while those more to the center contain eight.

Dress Circle [4th level]

  • Enjoy a panoramic view of Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage and warm, well-rounded sound.
  • The steps are somewhat steep in the Dress Circle and the leg room a bit tighter in the very first row, but with the excellent acoustics and affordable ticket prices, it’s priced just right.
  • Once the concert begins, the elevator only goes up to the Second Tier—if you’re running late, get ready to get your steps in by walking up an extra flight of stairs.
  • Like in all auditoriums, if you are seated on the far left or right, you may miss some of the details on the opposite end of the stage.

Balcony [5th level]

  • There is nothing like experiencing an orchestra from the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage Balcony—the sound is rich and detailed.
  • The Balcony offers a view of Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in all its historic splendor, including close-up views of the gorgeous ceiling details.
  • Sitting in the Balcony is sitting in history: The seating plot has remained the same since opening in 1891. As such, some of the seats offer more limited leg room. We indicate the most extreme cases in our seating map online, but for precise advice on seating, you can always speak to one of our CarnegieCharge representatives or visit our Box Office.
  • The Balcony is a great destination to achieve your daily 10,000 steps! There is no elevator service to the Balcony, and elevator service to the Dress Circle is discontinued once the concert begins. It’s a few more steps to the Balcony, but you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable experience.

Zankel Hall (599 seats)

Parterre [1st level]

  • From rock groups to chamber music ensembles, the Parterre offers an unobstructed view of the Zankel Hall stage.
  • The city doesn’t stop for even the best performances, so you will occasionally feel a slight rumble from the passing subway.
  • The Parterre Bar is open to serve drinks and snacks before the show and at intermission.
  • Peruse the photo exhibitions that adorn the hallway walls, or pick up a memento from the Zankel Hall Shop Kiosk.
  • Designated aisle seats with retractable armrests are available.
  • Seating in the Parterre is 19 rows deep.
  • The Parterre Boxes are a single row of free-standing seats in balconies on either side of the Parterre, giving you a view from above.

Mezzanine [2nd level]

  • The Mezzanine features an unobstructed view and outstanding sound.
  • The restrooms in Zankel Hall are located outside the Mezzanine—if you sit here, you’ll get a jump on the line!
  • FYI regarding visibility: A safety bar runs along the front row of the Mezzanine.
  • The Mezzanine boxes consist of a single row of freestanding, elevated seats on either side of the Mezzanine.

Insider Tip:

  • Enjoy a free drink at the Parterre Bar during Late Nights at Zankel Hall concerts—Carnegie Hall presentations that start at 9 PM or later. The first 200 ticket holders receive a complimentary drink voucher upon arrival.

Weill Recital Hall (599 seats)

Orchestra [1st level]

  • One of the most elegant performance spaces in New York City, Weill Recital Hall is unparalleled for its intimacy and warmth.
  • The Orchestra level is only 14 rows deep with an unobstructed view of stage.
  • Enter on 57th Street—a few doors east of our main lobby entrance—and take the elevator or walk up a few flights of stairs.
  • Look up and see three gorgeous chandeliers dripping with Swarovski crystals.

Balcony [2nd level]

  • Patrons return to the Balcony again and again: It’s a favorite spot to meet old friends and make new ones.
  • The sightlines are unobstructed with a great view.
  • Only five rows deep and positioned at the rear of Weill Recital Hall, seating is comfortable. If your seats are near either the left or right wall, note that access is only available via the center aisle.
  • There is also no direct elevator access to the Balcony. Get ready to get your steps in!

Insider Tips:

    Have a beverage or snack at the bar in the Jacobs Room before the concert and during intermission.
    After Carnegie Hall–presented concerts, head to the Jacobs Room in the Weill Recital Hall lobby for Salon Encores. Enjoy a free drink and refreshments in the company of others who love music as much as you do.