Post # 1
This might be a shot in the dark, but I’m in the process of trying to find a place for our rehearsal dinner.
Bear with me while I give you some info:
- we want to stay in Brooklyn
- hotel block is at the Brooklyn Marriott
- wedding is at reBar
1) Ideally, the rehearsal dinner would be in DUMBO, because most of our guests are from out of town and we want to make travel to and from the hotel as easy as possible. BUT if anyone has any ideas for our second “wish” below that happens to be in another neighborhood, please post.
2) If we could have it our way, we’d rather have a casual pizza, beer, and wine rehearsal dinner. If we could find a cool looking bar that would allow us to order delivery, that would be perfect. Originally I was thinking Soda Bar or Franklin Park (Prospect/Crown Heights) but you can’t order delivery in either place anymore. Soda Bar would be perfect for us (the big room with couches and stuff? Awesome, so that’s the kind of place we’re going for).
Any other ideas for cool bars that would let us throw a party and just order a bunch of pizza?
(Also, I am contacting Superfine for price info – if we want to do the traditional restaurant thing, we’ll most likely just end up going with them).
Post # 3
BUBBY’s!!!! GREAT views, food is very good, and it’s in DUMBO. LOVE that place.
Post # 4
The coolest bar in Prospect Heights = the Way Station. You can try them. My sister had her bday party there and we brought our own food. Take-out wings, a cake and they made a speciality drink for her. I’m a bit biased because I’m a Doctor Who fan and they have a TARDIS!! There’s tons of bars on Smith Street which would be convenient from the Marriott.
66 water in Dumbo has a few spaces but they serve food so it would the same as a restaurant.
I don’t do the bar thing but I’ll check with the hubby and see if he has any ideas.
Post # 5
Thanks for the ideas so far! I’ve been to a Bubby’s wedding before and I love it there, but I think it might be too fancy for the rehearsal dinner I have in mind. I will definitely check out The Way Station, though (uh, it’s like a 5 minute walk from me).
Post # 6
Oh and here’s one more but it’s in Fort Greene. Try Frank’s it’s on Fulton. My hubby’s office xmas party was there. They have banquettes so people could lounge out.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn
For pizza in DUMBO, Grimaldi’s is a no-brainer. I’m not sure if they have space for large parties, but it’s worth asking about.
Post # 8
If you’re expecting nice weather, Washington Commons has a great outdoor patio with a ton of picnic tables. I’ve ordered takeout there a bunch of times, and I’ve seen birthday parties out there before. The only caveat is that their indoor space is not huge, so if it’s raining or freezing, there isn’t much of a plan B.
Same with Zombie Hut on Smith Street…. nice large outdoor space, somewhat smaller indoor space.
Floyd on Atlantic has a pretty decent amount of space… and bocce courts! Not sure what their outside food policy is, but it’s worth a call. Also – maybe Union Hall?
Can you update us about where you decide to host the party? My fiance and I are planning to throw an after-party after our afternoon reception, and are looking for something similar – a casual bar that will let us bring in some pizzas and cupcakes.
Post # 9
Would love to hear where you end up going because:
– We also want to stay in Brooklyn
– Our hotel is also the Marriot
– Our wedding is also at reBar
Post # 10
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! We were kind of torn about where to go, but ended up going with Palo Santo on Union Street.
It is a restaurant, but the prices were SO reasonable (way less than other restaurants were quoting), and we still got that semi-relaxed, eclectic feeling we wanted. We were able to force guests of their comfort zones and make them try foods they wouldn’t normally have – and even the pickiest eaters (we’re talking strict meat and potatoes eaters) loved it! They have a beautiful back room that seats up to 34 and a fun menu to choose from. We did have to take cars there (we were going from the Brooklyn Marriott to Park Slope), but the guests dealt with it just fine.
I looked into other bars suggested, but they either looked too small or not so dependable. I originally made reservations for space at Soda Bar but they were all “just call 2 hours before the day of to confirm that you want the space.” Thanks but no, I’d rather the rehearsal dinner be a bit more formal than that. We ended up coming to the conclusion that a unique restaurant would be the safest bet.