Post # 1
Just as another option, trying to find out about wedding receptions at Bryant Park Grill? Super expensive? Worth it? I love the idea of the rooftop ceremony. I’m going to have about 150 people, looking for next May or early June. Thoughts, experiences, opinions?
Post # 3
read this thread on chowhound:
I copied and pasted the relevant info below. but i would also do a search on chowhound to see if other ppl have experience with bryant park grill.
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"I got married at the Bryant Park Grill, with 100 guests. It was at about the top of your price range, but I’d really recommend it. We did the ceremony on the roof, the reception in the restaurant. I’m usually the type that gets nosebleeds above 23rd street, but there was something really magical about getting married right in the middle of Manhattan, with the skyscrapers peeking up all around the green park. Here’s a couple of pictures too."
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Post # 4
We looked at Bryant Park Grill during our venue search. I haven’t been to a wedding there, but have been there for lunch and drinks. I LOVED it’s location in Bryant park and by the library. Plus grand central (one of my favorite nyc landmarks) is nearby so yet another great location for pictures. The cocktail hour would be on the roofdeck overlooking the park (beautiful!) and the reception would be downstairs in the restaurant. I forgot what their capacity was, but we were looking at ~140 people so your 150 should be fine. Though I don’t think it would fit a lot more than than that.
The prices we were quoted last summer (for an Aug 2008 wedding) was $165 pp. That price was pretty reasonable compared to other nyc venues we looked at (lighthouse, battery gardens, manhattan penthouse, bridgewaters, etc). It would have been one of our top contenders venue-wise, but we were leaning towards something along the water. Plus we needed some flexibility with capacity since we had a feeling that our guest list would grow and we didn’t want it to get too tight.
I’ll try to dig up the info folder I got from them. Message me if you want any other info 🙂
Post # 5
I keep reading about the food being awful. We’re semi-foodies so this could be a problem but I hate to scratch it for the food if I really love the space. Any thoughts?
Post # 6
I haven’t been to a wedding there, but I work a block away and we frequently bring clients here on a monthly basis. The food is pretty standard continental affair. As a foodie myself, I am not blown away by it, but the ambiance is nice and its close to our office. It’s not awesome, but it’s not bad by any standards.
Post # 7
if you’re a semi-foodie then I don’t think you’ll be overly impressed with BPG. Like I said, I’ve only been there for lunch, and while it was adequate, it’s not a place I’d return to solely for the food. But that’s kind of how I feel about many of the other nyc restaurants in good/prime locations…Metrazur in grand central has phenomenal views. The food is decent…dishes sound all fancy and preparation is generally nice/modern, but when you get down to it, the tastes aren’t earth-shattering. The food alone isn’t worth the price, but you go for the views/experience. If I were paying those prices anywhere else in the city, I’d expect more.
If I were a betting gal, I’d bet BPG will be a few steps above typical wedding food (presentation, etc.) but nothing to write home about. And, depending what you’re looking for, I don’t see a problem with that. It may just be me, but for most of the weddings I’ve been to, I don’t go into it expecting to be wow-ed by the food…I usually expect typical hotel/hall/restaurant wedding food.
So in nutshell (I tend to ramble), I don’t think BPG food is bad…it just may not be up to semi-foodie tastes. Maybe when you check the place out (or some other day), have lunch or dinner there so you can try the food yourself?