(Closed) rehearsal dinner venue?

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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?

http://www.irvingmill.com

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 # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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.

Highly recommended!

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
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Newbee

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.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Newbee

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I love the restaurant Salt downtown.  It’s small and really good.  HTH!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with @westafer. Salt is great!

We’re doing ours at Landmarc, they got private rooms that can fit up to 40.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Helper bee

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.

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