Post # 1
Hello! I am newly engaged and about a month in to my planning. I have been a lurker on the Bee for quite some time, and am so happy to finally have an actual wedding to plan! You all have such great ideas and advice, I really hope you can help me out with my first wedding planning hurdle.
The fiance (eek, love that word!) and I are going to be married May 1 2010 in Central Park, and we would like to have the reception at a restaurant within the city. We live in NYC and go out to eat quite a bit, but I’m struggling to think of places that will fit the bill for our wedding!
Number of guests will be small, around 35. Would like a private room where we can do cocktail hour, a seated dinner, and have some room for dancing. Location is not totally important, walking distance from 77th and Central Park West would be IDEAL, but anywhere great in Manhattan will be great. Food is a big priority for us…but cost is also an issue. Would love to come in at no more than $200 a person including passed apps, open bar, seated dinner, auto-gratuity, taxes, etc. Am I just totally dreaming to try and stay under $200/head?
Am in the process of checking out Beacon, Astra, and Bryant Park Grill. Eleven Madison Park is just too perfect…and too expensive to boot!
So…any brides out there also planning a restaurant reception? Or maybe you just eat out a lot and have some suggestions for places I can check out?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide, and sorry for the long post!!!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
Simply and nybride, thank you so much for your recommendations and feedback! I will definitely be looking in to Nice Matin and Bar Boloud, those both sound like promising options. And Simply, I would love to hear about that restaurant you loved, once you think of the name!
Any other suggestions from Manhattan brides? We are really open to the entire city for the right space and food…any NYC brides having their rehearsal dinner at a restaurant they can recommend? ( I figure the size of most rehearsal dinners= the size of my entire wedding, so that might work!)
Thanks again for the help so far!
Post # 6
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
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 # 8
Thank you so much to everyone who commented…very helpful suggestions! I will definitely be checking all of these places out, and will report back on my findings to help out any future bees looking for similar info.
Post # 9
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
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
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.