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  • twiggles Feb 2, 2005 12:55 PM
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Hi all,

I'm recently engaged (yay!!), and my fiancee and i are looking for an interesting place for our wedding in westchester county. We'd love to have a place with a beautiful outdoor space, possibly a mansion setting. water views would also work well :). But, very importantly, we want a place with good food! I have looked into Tappan Hill (abigail kirsch) and it is the perfect setting, but i heard mixed things about the food. can anyone comment? any other suggestions? our price range is probably about $200 pp, with just about 100 people.

thank you!!

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  1. check out Stone Barns Blue Hill - on the Rockefeller Estate - food is wonderful and setting is lovely.

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    1. re: wurstle

      i have eaten there and actually thought of it. only problem is that they require 120 people (which is actually too many for us), and the flat fee is a more than we'd like to spend. but it is definitely an option if we can swing it, but i might be dreaming :)

      1. re: twiggles

        try the Castle in Tarrytown...you couldn't ask for a better setting and the food is great. They truly make you feel like a princess. I have been to weddings at Tappan Hill, the food is good, but it is beginning to feel like the same old thing...

        1. re: eatingwell

          We got married at the New York Botanical Garden (in the Bronx) also an Abigail Kirsch facility. They were kind of a pain to negotiate with but absolutely professional and accomodating re: everything else.
          We had a truly fabulous and fun wedding and the food was notably excellent (and we did not get any extras except for a last-minute blow-the-budget martini bar which was a HUGE hit). They are excellent at what they do and the evening went so smoothly-- the catering manager even managed to get car grease/oil off my dress from sliding across the seat of an antique car we had rented!

          All that being said, I've had some outstanding non-event meals at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Crabtree's Kittle House. You have a lot of great options. Good luck!

    2. Go check out the Lounsbury House in Ridgefield Ct, (I believe it is also known as the Ridgefield Community Center, but don't let the name fool you).

      It is an old victorian-type mansion, formerly owned by an old govenor of Ct., who bequeathedit to the town of Ridgefield.

      Nice lawn, wrap-around porch, etc. They can supply you with a list of caterers, you can bring your own dj or band, etc, so you can save some $$ here and there.

      here is a quote found online:
      Ridgefield Community Center
      This stately mansion was originally built as the residence for Governor Phineus C. Lounsbury in 1893 and named "Grovelawn". In its time, the house coveted many luxurious features such as a windmill, greenhouse, private water supply, bowling alley, and much more. Today it is known as the Community Center and is home to special functions, weddings, antique shows, and the Ridgefield Workshop for the Performing Arts, Inc and other activities.

      http://www.country-living.com/ridgefi...

      1. Hello-
        I just got engaged also and we are looking for the same specs. as you- except our limit is about $125.00 PP for about 180 guests. We have looked at the Greentree Country Club and it is beautiful and the food is great (we went to a wedding there a couple years ago). I am also going to check out Waveny House in New Canaan, CT and the Delmar Hotel in Greenwich.
        www.greentreeclub.com
        http://www.lescalerestaurant.com/

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        1. re: Sara

          I was married at the Coveleigh Club in Rye in 2002 - food excellent, ambiance elegant.

          1. re: cara

            Is the Coveleigh Club for members only or can non-members have a wedding there too?

            1. re: MHart1

              Also, does anyone know how much Coveleigh charges per person? Thanks!

          2. re: Sara

            Lescale is beginning price of $150 per person. Very expensive. The Waveny house can be rented for $1000 by a New Canaan resident.

          3. does anyone know anything about Crabtree Kittle House? I heard that it might be a good option.

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            1. re: twiggles

              I've been to many an affair at Crabtree's Kittle House over the years. Virtually without exception, I found the food at those Kittle affairs decidedly mediocre. People say eating there on your own nickel can be very good. I've been holding off on spending my own dollars on dinner there, however, based on my string of uninspiring experiences at parties and weddings.

              I regret to tell you that my favorite place for such affairs -- including many lovely weddings and bar mitzvahs - has been Auberge Maxime in North Salem, which has been the site of numerous changes of late, upon which I cannot yet report.

              1. re: twiggles

                We got married at Crabtree in 2003 & the food in our opinion (& that of our guests) was wonderful. We had a buffet option which gave the variety of foods that we needed for a fairly diverse group of guests. Food ranged from seared tuna to roast turkey with lots of variety in between (my husband's family is fairly traditional & my family/our friends were looking for more modern tastes...)

                They took great care of us - we got married on the lawn & then had the cocktail reception outside, with the reception in the room downstairs.

                This worked out wonderfully for us. But I would urge you to visit - the room downstairs is fairly simple & not to everyone's taste - no crystal chandeliers etc...
                We wanted a simple, stylish wedding with many of the details handled by the location & that's what we got.

                We looked into Tappan Hill but were put off by all of the add-on pricing & it seemed a little stuffy/fussy for us..

                Congratulations though!

                Juliet

                1. re: jules

                  we don't want anything too flashy, this might be a great option. thanks!! we will definitely have to go and check out places everyone mentioned, and try lots of samples! :)

                2. re: twiggles

                  food is overrated at crabtrees. and the room for weddings looks more like somebody's rec room in the basement than a nice setting for a reception.
                  with that kind of budget, you're better off someplace else.
                  congrats and good luck

                3. We were married at Wainwright House in Rye. It is a turn-of-the-century mansion on Milton Harbor, with plenty of room indoors or outdoors. It is a beautiful setting.

                  Although this was some years ago, it worked for us because they DON'T supply the catering, meaning you can bring in whoever you want, and won't be stuck with whatever they provide.

                  ยป Wainwright House
                  Phone: (914) 967-6080
                  260 Stuyvesant Avenue
                  Rye, NY 10580

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                  1. re: cteats

                    Wainwright is an amazing venue.. i've been to several events there.. The food it the real star of the show, Corner Stone Caterers in Rye.. delish!

                  2. My wife and I were married at West Park Winery, just north of New Paltz. I suspect it may be too far north for you, but felt compelled to mention it because they did an amazing job and the food was outstanding. The owner of the winery was on the board at the Culinary Institute (it's just across the Hudson)and employs C.I. students. The ceremony was on the top of a hill overlooking the Hudson. Can't say enough good things about it. Their website is www.westparkwinery.com.

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                    1. re: Matt L

                      My wife and I had our wedding at West Park and unfortunately did not have a very good experience with the owner there. I'll admit the food wasn't bad, but overall I would have preferred to have my wedding someplace where my wife wasn't disrespected by the owner. No need for specifics, but I wouldn't suggest it for that reason alone.

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                      MaxineMiller

                      We have been to weddings withing the past few years at the following places and the food (and atmosphere) have been spectacular:

                      CV Rich Mansion
                      Caperberries
                      The Whitby Castle
                      Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club
                      Manursing Island on the Beach

                      They are all excellent high-end establishemnts with wonderful food and beautiful scenery

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                      1. re: MaxineMiller

                        I had my wedding at the CV Rich mansion. I thought the food was pretty good at the time (2001) but not outstanding. I guess I'm trying to say I enjoyed it, but it wasn't high-end. It was well-prepared, but standard, wedding food. Keep in mind that the place is not Tappan Hill or The Castle. I was a much poorer bride than that and the CV Rich was about the best mansion I could afford.

                        I have heard the catering there was changed over the years. When I was married they were changing over from their own chef to outside caterers and those outside caterers haven't been the same ones over time and that the quality hasn't been consistent, so I'm a little reluctant to recommend the place, even though my wedding was the most beautiful and perfect affaird.

                      2. Check out these two websites

                        www.hudsonriver.com - click on link to estates to get a list of estates along the Hudson River Valley. The list provides links to each mansion respective website - most are available to rent for weddings

                        www.hudsonrivervalley.com has similar info with interactive maps that are grouped by upper, mid or lower Hudson so you can better refine your search geographically. All of the sites are clearly marked on the maps but I did not see any links.

                        Congratulations and good luck. I got married this past October and those last three months of planning just about did me in. Thank god for honeymoons!

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                        1. re: EAF

                          www.hudsonvalley.org also has similar but additional information including links to castle on the hudson (posted wedding info = $175 pp/100 p min + suite for the night and 30,000 delata sky miles towards honeymoon travel), This place is gorgeous.

                          1. re: EAF

                            I'm planning a wedding as well. I've heard great things about the food at the Glen Island Harbor Club in New Rochelle. It seems everyone I know has been to a wedding there and everyone raves about the food. The facility is really beautiful - it's on the water and the rooms are very open with floor to ceiling windows. They don't however do tastings. Apparently their reputation is enough for their customers.
                            If anyone has been there - please comment on the food you had.
                            thanks

                            1. re: jrosie

                              We had our wedding reception at Glen Island and the food was at least as good as any that I've had at a reception hall. I was a little too occupied to focus critically on the food, but we're still getting positive comments on it from everyone who was there five years later, so it must have been decent.

                              And their facility is very pretty with a great view of the Sound, although it (ironically?) rained on our wedding day.

                          2. Got married at Tappan Hill 2 years ago. All I have to say is that it was better than I could have imagined. We still get compliments on the food and the staff 2 years later. They took care of every little detail I could think of as well as a lot that I didn't. The entire day was perfect because of the service at Tappan Hill!

                            1. I got married at Round Hill House. The food is by FEAST Catering. The food is outstanding. It is in Orange County.

                              If you haven't already check out www.hudsonvalleyweddings.com

                              Congrats and good luck

                              1. I have been to quite a few weddings at Tappan Hill and a couple at the Botanical Gardens (also Abigael Kirsch), and found at all but one event the food to be outstanding and original. To be honest, the problem with the one event that wasn't up to par was that the bride/groom definitely went on the cheap. With a reasonable budget, Kirsch is a terrific option. I like the rooms at Tappan Hill, but found the setting at Botanical Gardens superior and I would recommend you consider that option as it is not far from WC. If Tappan Hill, you should really shoot for weather allowing for outdoor cocktails as I find that option far superior at Tappan Hill, but I suppose you can never plan against rain.

                                1. i have to thank everyone for their extremely helpful advice! I will be looking at a bunch of places this weekend! i found another place i am interested in, Lyndhurst in tarrytown. the caterer there is Fabulous Foods. has anyone been to a wedding there? any comments?

                                  thanks again!!

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                                  1. re: twiggles

                                    If you go to Tappan Hill definetly ask for Caroline Hay to be your contact. She is amazing.

                                    1. re: Megan

                                      My daughter was married at Tappan Hill in October. It could not have been more ideal, with the a spectacular setting, outstanding food and superb service. Kathy Policastro handled our event and is a superstar.

                                    2. re: twiggles

                                      Our wedding was at Lyndhurst w/Fabulous Foods. Perhaps I'm biased, but the food is great and the service was excellent -- all people at each table served at the same time, prompt service, etc. FabFoods does at least 1 waiter per table (unlike a lot of banquet-type places). We were very happy with FabFoods, but more importantly, several of our guests told us (and my parents) that the food at our wedding was the best they had ever been to. I was also impressed with FabFoods' efforts to accomodate our budget and to go outside the standard list of hors d'ouevres, entrees, etc. The wedding cake is included in the package (fancy decorations extra).

                                    3. The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Gardens in North Salem is very nice. The food is extremely good. Everybody who attended our wedding couldn't believe how good the food was.

                                      1. It is not near the water, but The Kittle House sounds right up your alley. Got married there 13 years ago and my wife and I could not have been happier. The garden is spacious (the ceremony and cocktail hour were held there), The food and service were among the best we've experienced at any wedding. The banquet manger was exceptional. She was very profesional and genuinely cared about making our day memorable. We still eat there as often as we could.

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                                        1. re: anttom

                                          This is a pretty old thread. There's a decent chance that they're even divorced by now... ;)

                                          1. re: runwestierun

                                            Holy %$#, did not realize how old it was.

                                            1. re: anttom

                                              LOL! i just replied to a comment made 6 years ago!!