(Closed) NYC Rehearsal Dinner Venues

posted 6 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been looking at Blue Water Grill which has a respectable $65 per person for 3-4 courses (and no minimum) and seats up to 34 people I believe in the mezzanine.  They also have another space downstairs in the jazz area which def turns into a bar.  They don’t have the garden you’re looking for, but it is a great deal.  Everyone else I’ve looked into has a $5500 minimum (The National/The Smith I’m looking at you).  We decided to book an uptown hotel for people, so we may go with Paola’s on the UES.  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have been to a private party at Back Forty and it was amazing, plus the back garden is gorgeous. The food there is so good, but you need to be going to something casual and sort of rustic if that is the vibe you want. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I also vote for Back Forty because it’s just one of my favorite restaurants. I’ve had an issue with service with them ONCE out of the several times I’ve been there so I wouldn’t worry about it. The food is good and consistent and the outdoor space is really cute. Their minimum for the night is really low!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

They do have a bar at Back Forty so I’m sure they can accomodate people hanging around and drinking. Their specialty drinks are really good too. Definitely worth checking out regardless. When I lived in the EV I went there a lot for both brunch and dinner and never had a bad meal. Though their brunch is sooo fatty 😉

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah the bar is small, but is good. You could also just plan to meet people at one of the 1 million bars around the corner from it. They might let you keep the backyard and just turn into a non-hosted bar also. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We are having our rehearsal dinner at Frankie’s 457 in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.  This is one of our most favorite Brooklyn restaurants so it was a bit of a no brainer for us.  The carriage house behind the rehearsal dinner is a lovely, warm intimate space and it accommodates up to 40 people.  There is a beautiful garden area as well which works well for pics.  It doesn’t turn into a bar later in the evening, howerver, there are many bars in the neighborhood which will make it easy for our guests to meet us later on.  It prices out to about $4500 for 3 hours of open bar, private bartender, family style for 40 people, incuding all taxes and gratuities.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BrooklynBride2013:  Oooh Frankie’s is a great idea, the food there is so good and that is a really pretty space. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Hi

I’ve also done some research.

Smorgas Chef (I checked for midtown) but also in the West Village and Financial District has a 3 course dinner including wine and beer for $68, a good deal I thought

 

Docks in midtown (Seafood) has a wide range of offerings and no minimums, from 35 per person to 80 per person. They have a semi private dining room as well

 

Pranna, 27th and Madison, has several lounges and private rooms with dinner starting at $45-50 for family style and options going to $80 ++

 

Hope this helps

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I LOVE FRANKIES! Almost all of our guests are Out of Town though, and our invite list for the rehearsal dinner will be almost 100!  We think it would be impossible to somehow get 100 OOTers there without paying for transport, which we don’t want to do =T

We wanted to keep it within walking distance to our hotels where we have wedding blocks – around 30th street and 6th avenue. We wanted a private space so we could do speeches and an open bar for our guests.  Luckily FI’s parents are hosting, because it looks like it’s going to be as expensive as another wedding!!

Here’s what I came up with (note these prices are for a cocktail hour with passed apps, a buffet dinner & dessert w/ open bar for 3 hours)

Helen Mills Theater (26th St btw 6th & 7th Ave) – $130pp 

Liberty Hall at the Ace Hotel (29th St & Broadway) – $165pp

Midtown Loft (5th Ave btw 29th & 30th St) – I stopped inquiring after I heard the $5k – $7k site rental fee that didn’t include any food or drinks!

230 Fifth (5th Ave at 27th St) – $153pp

Brother Jimmy’s (31st St at 8th Ave) – $90pp

Bryant Park Grill (40th St btw 5th & 6th Ave) – Min $20k buyout

Humphrey (6th Ave btw 29th & 30th St in the Eventi Hotel) – $135pp

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lilcshelli:  I couldn’t even get the W hotel people to call me back!  That’s really great pricing!  Do you have a good contact there?  It’s a great location.  Right now I have a block booked at the Hotel Wales on the UES (my wedding is at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx), but it’s for a little more than $219 per night.  

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