Post # 1
The Mister and I are debating on changing our entire wedding and invite our immediate family to NYC for a wedding weekend. As of today, all of my bridesmaids are without jobs, my mom is struggling financially and so is my grandmother, making it hard for them to purchase their dresses, pull together a shower, pay for their hair and make-up, etc.
So the Mister and I are thinking of scaling back everything, use our savings to pay for everyone to go to NYC for a night (5 hours away) and host a small ceremony and reception.
I need help with finding a restuarant or hotel that can accomodate 25 people and is less that $150 per person. The 21 Club was $365 a head so that is out. Can any NYC bees offer suggestions?
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!!
Post # 3
Oh and has anyone heard for Elope New York? Any reviews would be helpful!
Post # 4
opentable.com has a list of restaurants with private party/banquet facilities at http://www.opentable.com/info/banquets.aspx?m=8. With only 25 people, you should have a lot of options, and $150 per person is a pretty generous budget for a restaurant, especially if you are willing to be somewhere outside of midtown.
ps – i looked at that list, and note that the first 100 listings are only the “featured” ones. there are actually more than a thousand on the list.
Post # 5
Yeah I definitely think a restaurant is the way to go. Do you have any preferences for types of food/areas of the city?
Post # 6
That sounds absolutely lovely.
If you give us a little more to go on, I’m sure that the NYC bees will have plenty of fantastic suggestions.
Off the top of my head, some of my favorites are:
Bottega del Vino (they have a wine cellar you can rent out for private parties & the food is to die for). http://www.bottegadelvinonyc.com
Brasserie 8 1/2 http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php?restaurants_id=67#
(they have a newly renovated private room that holds up to 40-ish)
Bar Blanc Bistro – http://www.barblanc.com/index.html
Chinatown Brasserie – they have a gorgeous gold room but you might have a few too many people… http://www.chinatownbrasserie.com/
Also Tao has the skybox for parties (min 16, max 26). http://www.taorestaurant.com/
Milos has a nice private room too.
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Yay for a NYC wedding! Yes, what type of vibe/cuisine are you looking for? I know that Jane on Houston also has a private dining area that is quite nice, and would fit within your budget. Their food is also quite yummy!
Post # 8
Thanks all! I think we want something slightly upscale and elegant. I think we prefer classic over trendy and Americana food. Oh, and I would love it to be near Central Park so the Mister and I can stroll after dinner and take pics.
Was that more helpful?
Post # 9
Ooooh the 21 Club has some gorgeous private rooms, is near enough to Central Park… and it’s innovative but traditional American food.
I think that they have a “rehearsal dinner package” that hits at about $150/head.
Plus, they’re having a sale:
15-20% Reduction on Private Dining January 4, 2010 to March 31, 2010.
The Orchid Room is new & gorgeous!
Post # 10
Duh, I just see that you looked into the 21 club in your OP.
$365/head? Did you check into the non-wedding packages –
The “rehearsal dinner” package is $150 per person includes:
3 Hour Event
30 Minutes Open Bar
3 Course Dinner
Tax & Gratuity
Plus as I mentioned above – there’s a sale going on.
Was that price you rec’d for the Wine Cellar? Or for a private room?
Post # 11
i HIGHLY recommend Robert (sp?) at the Art & Design Museum!! we went there the nite my fi proposed:) they are right on columbus circle. it’s fairly new (soft open last month or so). for 25 they may put u in the “back” section so it’s your own space. they front part has a wall of floor to ceiling windows overlooking columbus circle/central park entrance. the space is really beautiful –how can it not be with it being part of the art & design museum? with it being fairly new, they might even give you a great deal.
it might be less classic than you want though but you should check it out:)
Post # 12
Oooo! Your idea sounds fantastic.
When you’re making inquiries with restaurants I’d recommend saying that you’re just planning a small party for 20 odd people and leaving out the word “wedding.” Really, it’s incredible how much cheaper everything magically becomes.
Post # 13
When we were looking at a small wedding in NYC, we really liked the Inn at Irving Place. They were really nice and the prices were reasonable.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I agree – leave out the word “wedding,” say maybe family gathering
nymag.com/restuarants is generally my go to, or menupages.com. with your price range and your small size, you should have a ton of options!
if you give a few more details for what you’re looking for, I would be happy to throw out some of favorites!
where upstate are you? i’m from ny but living in syracuse – planning my wedding for nyc, so if you want to throw ideas around, i would be happy to!
Post # 15
@miss meepsie – So I talked to the 21 Club event planner and she gave us the rehearsal dinner package since I said we needed to be in the $150 range. Their website had “Tips for the Bride” and actually list “negotiate with planners. They want your busines”, so I did! It could happen afterall!
@eriqua – Um, OMG small world! I am just west of Cuse in Sodus. We are living with my soon-to-be sister-in-law while we house hunt in the Rochester area. What have you found so far?
@everyone – THANKS SO MUCH! Your ideas are so helpful. I have called or emailed almost every place given. If you can think of anything else, let me know!
Post # 16
@ Champagne – definitely negotiate. 🙂 And don’t forget to ask for the sale price & some freebies. In these economic times, places like 21 take a hit. Sure the rich are still rich, but no one likes to be seen flaunting it, so there have been less swank holiday parties and people really seem to have generally cut back. I’ve also been thinking that there have been less tourists this holiday season – definitely less American tourists for sure. all of these things plus being off-season are in your favor. Play hardball with the venue – particularly if you don’t have your heart 110% set on it. What have you got to lose? NYC is full of gorgeous venues that will suit your awesome wedding. 🙂