(Closed) Venue for american style serving chinese food in NYC??

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

You might want to look into Dish of Salt located near Rockefeller Center in NY.  My aunt had her wedding there and I remember the venue being very elegant for a chinese-american wedding.  Although I think her wedding was like 10 years ago!  I was only a teenager and wasn’t too into wedding details back then.  For some reason I feel like the food wasn’t served family style…I might be wrong, it’s been so long.  But it was definitely chinese food. Hope this helps.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Wannabee

I had the hardest time trying to find a nice venue serving Chinese banquet food so what I ended up doing is renting a space that allows outside caterers and catered authentic chinese food.  My venue is the Angel Orensanz center which is pricey but i’m sure you can find many other venues at all sorts of budgets.  And the caterer is Sweet N’ Tart Cafe of Flushing.  They really were very accomodating, very professional (which is hard to find with a lot of chinese vendors), and willing to work on whatever menu you wanted, which for me was mostly traditional but some dishes had a twist to shake things up a bit 😉  My wedding is this weekend actually so if you want, i’ll let you know how it goes. 

Their prices were very reasonable, about the same price as having a restaurant banquet but including h’ordeurves for the cocktail hour and fresh fruit platter and desserts at every table.  the only thing is that you’d prob have to rent some equipment but Sweet N’ Tart was good in that if they could bring it themselves, they would.  If they couldn’t they would look around for the most affordable rental options.

If you don’t want the hassle of catering, there’s Linden Place in Elmhurst, and I went to Ocean Jewel in Flushing for dimsum over the weekend and was surprised that it actually had pretty contemporary decor.  You can always use drapes to hide the one red wall.  Also it looks like East Manor had some renovations done that make it a lot nicer than other banquet restaurants.  I know you wanted something other than restaurant banquet but those are the ones that don’t have the traditional red and gold decor that can be sort of dressed up.

Hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any other questions!  i did  alot of homework on this for my own wedding so happy to share the findings =)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa

Mrs. Orchid had her wedding at Ocean Jewel and I agree with kelly that after their renovations, it’s like a whole new place.  Plus the food is amazing there! 

btw~ Congrats kelly on your upcoming wedding!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

how about new jersey? my parents attended a wedding at rockleigh country club and had only family style chinese food served. good luck!

Post # 7
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Wannabee

i too am seeking a place that serves chinese style food yet stylish and americanized elegant for 300 people. i visited linden place but i was not amazed especially for the neighborhood it’s in. i just began the search myself and was engaged a month ago. i have a bit of searching to do…

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers

If you want authentic Chinese food, I definitely vouch for Ocean Jewel (my family actually goes there for dinner probably once a week!) And like Miss Lovebird and Kelly, I agree that it looks really nice after the renovation. But if your wedding is quite large, it might be a bit snug. We were having the same problem and just decided to go without Chinese food and instead have fusion Asian and therefore went with Abigail Kirsch who seems to be able to do that. We’re having a more Chinese-style rehearsal dinner, probably at Ocean Jewel, so it’ll be the best of both worlds! But I agree with Kelly, you’re best bet if you’re really set on it is to find a place that will allow outside catering (which is REALLY hard in NYC!) and go from there. A few places in Queens that are nice spaces and allow outside catering are The Foundry and Metropolitan Building. Leonard’s in Great Neck will allow you to bring in a few outside items, but prefers to build the main menu themselves.

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

PLEASE do not use Sheraton!  There food is not good.  If you want a nice Chinese place in Flushing, use Linden Place.  (718) 888-7705 34-98 Linden Pl Flushing, NY You should def. check them out.  My college aquaintence owns the restaurant and he is the chef.  The food is OUTSTANDING.  I don’t speak to him really anymore but I have to say, i’m so suprised that this type of restuarnat is in Flushing.  There is this huge staircase that leads onto a sunken dance floor.  But its just beautiful and it has its own parking lot which is a big perk in Flushing.  They also have hand butlered people walking around during the "cocktail" hour with hor dourvs. My friend had her wedding there a couple of years ago and it was so pretty.  They had about 300 people.  They have screens if you want to show a picture show.   But your main concern was the food and the food is family style chinese but I’m sure you can make it whatever you want.  You should really check it out.   The neighborhood might not be that great looking but its safe around there… if you really want chinese, and you don’t want to do the extra work of finding a location and then finding a good chinese caterer, i would use this place.  The location doesn’t even matter cause your guest will drive right into the Restaurants underground parking lot and then just walk right into the venue.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hate to resuscitate an old post, but I was wondering if any of you have any insight on this same topic now-3 years later?  I’m in the same predicament now!

Post # 11
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Newbee

You should try Chinatown Brasserie in NoHo.  Even though it’s not a true “American” restaurant based on their food and decor, the space is really cool and festive and (more importantly) the food (especially dim sum) is great!  They have a dining room upstairs and a Koi Lounge downstairs with a bar and Koi pond.  Good luck! 

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