Post # 1
We would like to have a rehearsal dinner for about 25 people. We would like to do it somewhere gourmet enough for foodies like Future Sister-In-Law and FH, but approachable enough for meat-and-potatoes guys like FH’s stepfather. It can’t be craaaaaaazy expensive, and we’d love it to be in a neighborhood that is no further north than Columbus Circle, if possible.
Post # 3
Do you want a private room with more of a pre-set menu (main course option) or family style type place with a section of the restaurant and a big table?
Post # 4
Hahaha. We pretty much have the same requirements for Future Father-In-Law. 🙂
Do you have OOTers? Do you want something in a touristy location?
Union Square area. They have a wine cellar private room. SO cool!!!
http://www.bacaronyc.com Division St.
They have a super cool looking downstairs area with three private rooms. There’s a sample menu for private parties that’s ~$50pp for parties of 8 or more.
http://www.21club.com/web/onyc/wine_cellar.jsp’ defer=’defer More Uptown
Another private wine cellar dining room.
OR. NY Mag just did their Best of 2010 for Food.
Sigh. I really love the wine cellar idea but we’re looking for something that’s Asian Fusion. GL!
P.S. I’ve never actually ate at any of these but they seem to have good reviews.
Post # 5
Whoops – somehow I missed posts to my own thread. Apologies and thanks for replying.
I think we’re open to family style or pre-set meal. We did our e-party at Blue Ribbon with pre-set menu served family style. YUM!
Our rehearsal meal is actually going to be a luncheon bc we are rehearsing at 11am. We wanted to do it somewhere touristy and still “real” – we’re thinking maybe a red-sauce joint in Little Italy or dim sum in Chinatown.
It looks like Irving Mill just closed!!! Bacaro looks tasty but a little too foodie for some in our company. I’m going to make FH go there with me for a date night. (me on date night)
NY Mag best of = great idea.
Any other suggestions?
Post # 6
OH, OK Italian and touristy you have to go to Carmines in Times Square. When we went back a couple years ago for a Emeril taping we had FI”s mother & brother with us and we wanted to take them somewhere touristy. Didn’t expect much from the food; it IS in Times Square. But the food was FANTASTIC. Service was great. The sauce is a sweeter red which we love. It’s all served family style and portions are huge. Prices are reasonable considering location and portions. And I believe they do have a space/room for private parties.And the atmosphere is pretty nice, very old world Italian feel.
As an aside I’m personally not a huge fan of the Italian restaurants in Little Italy. I feel they are decent food but so overpriced. And most of them are very tiny so might be harder for a big group as well.
If you’re doing dim sum in Chinatown do you want the full real dim sum experience with ladies in steam carts and everything? If you do let me know and I can recommend a couple. Otherwise there’s one near Chatham Square that’s a little more “fancy”. No push carts and you just order off a dim sum menu. Last time I was there a couple years ago it was pretty decent. I think the name is Dim Sum Go Go. Small and VERY casual though so not sure if they can accommodate a big group.
Post # 7
I would check out either of the Moran’s locations – there is one in Chelsea and one downtown (near the WTC site). We had orginally considered the Chelsea location for our wedding, but ended up going to Giando in Williamsburg (we wanted the killer view), so we chose the downtown Moran’s for our rehearsal dinner.
They have been amazing to work with (Abby is their catering manager) and the prices are really reasonable. The food seems in line with what you are going for, and it’s got a cozy, Irish pub type of feel to it.
Post # 8
@gerbera – I LOVE Carmine’s, despite its location. It was actually my first suggestion. Mom and FH pooh-poohed the Times Square area. You’re probably right about Little Italy, it’s been a while since I have been down there to eat, and it was always on dates…and usually we just went to Ferrara *sigh*. I think the real dim sum places with steam carts and all could be really fun – I’d love to hear your recommendations. I have only been to the noisy casual menu types.
@mgbrooklyn – OMG a restaurant near WTC site is super convenient, we are getting married at Battery Gardens. If it’s a nice day we could just walk uptown! Wow. Thanks!!!!
Post # 9
@exlibris – no problem 🙂 Our hotel block is at the Millenium Hilton (across the street from WTC site) so when we found out that Moran’s had a downtown location (It’s on Washington Street near Rector – very close to Battery Gardens!) I did a happy dance. I’m glad I could help! Message me if you need any more info!
Post # 10
Hm. OK. I just read your original post. FH’s stepfather is a Meat & Potatoes kinda guy? Dim Sum wouldn’t really work unless he is willing to try other food? FI’s father is a meat and potatoes kinda guy. I really wanted to do dim sum for our Sunday brunch but that might not be possible!
There’s Jing Fong on Elizabeth street which is the biggest one so they will have tons of variety but they are always super busy. The dim sum is good but not great.
There’s another one that is Elizabeth & Mott that is a little better.
There’s a order off the menu type called Red Egg on Centre Street. Might be a little better for a group. I was considering doing our rehearsal dinner there…but…again FI’s picky eater father = nix that idea!
Post # 11
I love the restaurant Salt downtown. It’s small and really good. HTH!
Post # 12
We are doing Little Italy for a rehearsal dinner…La Mela..think it will be a fun area for a summertime rehearsal dinner..there’s lots of great restaurants there to choose from too!
Post # 13
I agree with @westafer. Salt is great!
We’re doing ours at Landmarc, they got private rooms that can fit up to 40.
Post # 14
I’ll check out Salt, La Mela, and Landmarc! Thanks bees!
Post # 15
my rehearsal is going to be at trattoria cinque on greenwich st in tribeca. there are lots of great spots around there. another one that comes to mind is petrarca. cute little italian spot across from tribeca grande.
Post # 16
we’re likely doing ours at Almond in the Flatiron. But both Jane and The Smith have nice private rooms that would work for an Rehearsal Dinner.