Brunch for the day-after – where?

posted 3 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had a similar situation – about 60 out of town guests for our 100-person wedding.  Many of them had never been here before and some had kids.

After a lot of debating, we decided to organize a picnic in Central Park.  We did that because we knew that most people would end up there anyway and thought it would be great because people could just come and go as they pleased (some of our really hungover friends didn’t show until late – our after party went until 5:45 am and we were hoping that it would allow people to kill two birds with one stone – spend time in the park and see us ;).  Also it was great for the kids.

We ordered a bunch of food from Amy’s Bakery (sandwiches, salads, cookie/dessert bars, juice and water) and went to some bargain store on 14th street and got a bunch of cheap tablecloths for people to sit on.

I can suggest restaurants but how many people will you be having?  Suggestions for 20 could be different vs. suggestions for 60.

It was about $1100 by the time you factor in delivery charges, (they delivered to the park!) taxes and tip.  And we had TONS of food leftover.

So for our 50 person picnic it was about $25/head, which I thought was reasonable but more flexible than cramming everyone into a restaurant.  We got there at 12:30 and we didn’t leave until 4:30 which is also something that would be harder in a restaurant.  Our guests said they LOVED it since most would have gone there anyway and it was a nice, casual end to the weekend.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BirdieNY:  Oh for 75 people you might want to check out some hotel restaurants or places that are recommended for a day time wedding, since that is a fairly large group.  Most of the places I love for brunch are too small for that number or would probably charge a ton to rent the whole place out. 

One place I’ve seen recommended several times on wedding blogs is Thalassa in Tribeca http://www.thalassanyc.com/  And the SoHo Grand has private rooms – you might be able to book for a brunch.

It’s lame, but we didn’t have a backup plan.  We just couldn’t afford to host everyone in a restaurant since we’d had a welcome party the day before the wedding and then an after party after the reception. We just told everyone we’d confirm two days ahead based on the weather.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BirdieNY:  I hear you!  I thought my head was going to explode, which is why we just couldn’t be bothered with a back up.  I’m sure we would have thought of something but it was just too stressful.

For Welcome drinks I really wanted casual cocktails and couches/openness where people could move around so we ended up at the SoHo Grand.  We had some nibbles but it was mostly just drinks. At SG they’ll probably want you to rent one of the rooms if you’re having say 70 people.  It’s such a beautiful hotel and downtown.  The bar downstairs at the Andaz hotel was also great but it’s more mid-town.  We also thought about the Jane Hotel bar which is gorgeous.  There’s also a rooftop at the McKitterick and Refinery Hotels – the Refinery’s was amazing but they were being really snotty about reservations (probably because some rich finance person wanted it.)

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