Cruz will join a handful of New York state Republican officials at the event in late May at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Tickets are $1,000 for an individual seat at the dinner, and $5,000 for a photo opportunity.

The senator is one of a handful of Republicans touted as potential 2016 contenders, though he hasn't yet broken to the lead in any polls of the field.

He's visiting early primary state South Carolina this week. And his trip to New York would give him the opportunity to meet with many of the big New-York-based GOP donors that help fund presidential-level campaigns.