(Closed) Need help with NYC restaurant reception

posted 9 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
205 posts
Helper bee


Congratulations on your engagement! Such an awesome time in your life as well as planning your fabulous wedding! I just did a wedding in Cental Park and it was amazing so I love your choice in venue location for your wedding ceremony!

I would have to agree that the Eleven Madison Park is amazing! But you’re right about the pricing, it is a bit expensive for sure! But I also like the Beacon as well but the names you have so far is a great start. There was another resturant that I had the pleasure of dining with one of my clients (brides) but I can’t quite remember the name (sorry about that). But once I get the name I will definitely post it for you for sure.

To answer your question, I don’t think that you’re dreaming to stay under $200 per person, there has to be something within your price range out there especially if you do your research =) If you need any assistance I’d be glad to help, just send me a PM. But in the mean time I’ll try and look up the place I went to and send it to you!

Post # 4
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

hi we’re doing the astra and i absolutely love gavin (the coordinator) so far. food’s fantastic too!! however there’s a flat rental fee and i’m not sure how that’ll work with a wedding your size (we’re about 2x that so it works out pretty decent on a per head basis).

if you’re thinking 70’s west side, what about telepan? they might be able to turn the front into a dancing area? or what about nice matin? i love the soft yellow lighting there in the evenings.

or maybe you could do something w/ the private room(s) at bar boulud? I think it’s sposed to fit 70 sit down. that could accomodate dancing?

Post # 6
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi there! I’m getting married in NYC on May 1st too!!!

For our rehearsal dinner, my fiance & I are just strolling the streets peeking in restaurants & looking for private back rooms. It’s a fun activity, and you get to see a lot of places you’d never thought of. Last night we went to John’s on 12th in the East Village. They have a room in the back that would be plenty big for your party size, plus room to dance. Also, it is SUPER CHEAP. we think we’ll have our rehearsal dinner there.  It’s old school italian so it’s not the fanciest place but you could definitely gussy it up.  http://www.johnsof12thstreet.com/  Then, you could take the after party somewhere a little more extravagant if you wanted. Goodluck!!

Post # 7
13 posts

We are having a very small wedding (40 ppl), and have the reception at the New Leaf Cafe, it isn’t on the west side, (Fort Tryon Park instead), but I spent quite a lot of time looking at restaurants for our wedding as well. We also looked at Chanterelle and Thalassa in Tribeca and were very, very close to going with Thalassa.

Post # 9
1962 posts
Buzzing bee

An NYC bride had her brunch reception at Kefi and raved about it.  Now Kefi is my most fave resto so I definitely recommend.  It’s Greek food so if you wanted a more American palate this is not the place for you but if you are a foodie, you will not be disappointed.  The prices are very affordable and its a Donatella Arpaia restaurant.

Post # 10
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i was in the same situation a few months ago.  for UWS, bar boulud (which someone already mentioned) has a couple of private rooms.  you can also try compass, dovetail (not sure if they have a private room), landmarc at columbus circle (they definitely have private space), and the second branch of a voce is opening up in in the next few months (i love that restaurant and would be so happy to have their food at my wedding)!  telepan would be great too.  picholine may have a private room, but that’s definitely on the pricey side. ouest? cesca? 

Post # 11
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2018

if you are willing to go downtown there is a very cute little italian restuarant with a wine cellar room called Aroma– not sure if there would be room for dancing though but they are very reasonable.

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