(Closed) Looking for non-traditional Manhattan/Brooklyn reception/cocktail party venues

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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34 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@coupdefoudre:  Have you checked out reBar or Water Street restaurant?  They are both in the Dumbo/downtown brooklyn area.  Water Street Restaurant is literally a few steps from bubby’s.

There’s also My Moon in Williamsburg.  It’s Turkish cousine, but I have to see it was one of my favorite places I checked out.  The atmosphere is so cool. 

I’m not 100% sure of what you’re budget is, but we visited Water Street and My Moon and both places were really nice about working with you on the price.  We ended up going with a place in the Bronx, but those places were really cool too.

Post # 4
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1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am getting married at reBar and they have so far been FANTASTIC to work with.  I highly recommend them if you want to go the non-traditional route. Fiance and I went to a wedding at Bubby’s before, and we initially had a wedding like that set in our minds, but after seeing/working out pricing with reBar, we were MUCH more excited.  It’s like a Bubby’s wedding, but way more unique/a bit more laid back.

Also, have you looked into Superfine? It’s supposed to be awesome – I’ve never been, but came across the name when I was searching for venues, I would definitely give them a call if I were you (they don’t seem to have a website).

I looked at Water Street, but it didn’t appeal to either of us (and it was pretty pricey, based on their quotes, and if you check them out on yelp, their reviews aren’t that great.).

I’ve also heard good really good things about Mymoon (Williamsburg), Galapagos (Dumbo), iCi (Fort Greene I think?) and Frankie’s 457 (Carroll Gardens).  All beautiful spaces, not so sure about their pricing.

ETA: Forgot to mention, reBar does appetizers and dinner, but it’s not a formal sit down dinner. It’s buffet style, and they keep the food coming for as long as people are eating it, and people can eat wherever they like (there are lots of tables/seats). They also have a $10,000 Sunday brunch package that was really awesome and includes pretty much everything you can think of.

Post # 6
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Manhattan Penthouse offers cocktail style receptions and can fit 120 people… amt of people was def an issue I had when looking at venues in Manhattan.

Jeno is great to work with and he is soo quick to respond to questions you may have.

 

Post # 7
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1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I just went to a fantastic wedding at 91 Horatio (aka The Upper Crust, in the West Village). It was a cocktail reception, with passed hors d’oeuvres. I think the bride said they physically can’t fit more than 125 people or so (and I definitely don’t think they can seat that many) but it was definitely cozy and a lot of fun.

ETA: Regarding OPs second question about guest reaction to a non-traditional wedding, I wasn’t able to answer before because I’d never been to a wedding like that, and honestly, I’ve been worried about the lack of formal/assigned seating we will be doing at reBar. After experiencing this wedding at 91 Horatio, I can honestly say it wasn’t a big deal AT ALL. Food kept coming around, so no one was hungry, and better yet, there was more of a party feel and no time was lost with the dancing (people started right away). To me, that is VERY important. Everyone was saying as they were leaving that it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to. And as for the older guests, the place was kind of split into 2 rooms, so one room had a band and dancing, the other ended up kind of being the “adult/relaxing” room (reBar will have a similar, yet larger, layout, so I’m sure this will naturally happen there, too).

Ooo and regarding your traveling guests question – the bride’s family came all the way from Brazil, and there were no grumblings about the food as far as I could hear!

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