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springtime Nov 27, 2006 04:45 PM

Could anyone recommend a bar (or restaurant) that would be a nice, pleasant place to share champagne/drinks and wedding cake with about 40-50 friends? We could buy out the place for a couple of hours if needed.

We are in the east village, so any recommendations in EV, WV, LES, Soho, Tribeca would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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    alyssi RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 05:05 PM

    I noticed Il Buco was closed for a private event a couple weeks ago (I think it was a Monday or Tuesday), it might be an option.

    1. chompchomp RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 05:46 PM

      I hear Lorelei in the LES has a back room to reserve, tho I've never been there...

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        cadireon RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 06:00 PM

        Pravda has a great space. Might be a little crowded with 40-50 ppl but i'm not sure.

        281 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
        between Houston and Prince Sts.

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          springtime RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 07:13 PM

          Thanks for these ideas! We will check them out. Maybe 40-50 is too many. It would probably be more like 30-35. We would love to be *above*ground if possible. Any more thoughts? thanks!

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            piccola RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 11:41 PM

            stumbled across this cute place called "greenwich treehouse" on greenwich near 11th. it's on the second floor, with a bay window view on to the street. big enough for your group, small enough that it shouldn't be ridiculously expensive to rent (though i haven't checked whether they do that...)

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            springtime RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 07:14 PM

            also, I should have said: we are not totally opposed to other neighborhoods or even brooklyn. I like something with a space like bread tribeca or snack taverna, but I thought a bar might work better if we aren't planning to eat more than wedding cake.

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              KTinNYC RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 07:32 PM

              Depending on what day and time you want to do this you could rent out virtually any bar. I know 2 bar owners and they are very amenable to renting out their bars especially before normal business hours. I suggest just finding a bar you like and calling early, before things get busy, tell them what you want to do and leave your name and number and have the owner/manager call you back.

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                springtime RE: KTinNYC Nov 27, 2006 08:15 PM

                Unfortunately we don't go out enough or something, because I am having trouble thinking of a bar. Thanks!

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                eeee RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 08:23 PM

                Maybe Loreley? I've always liked the space and the garden would be nice if it's warm.

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                  Briek RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 08:41 PM

                  How about the Bubble Lounge in Tribeca. They have a fabulous assortment of champagnes (as the name suggests). It's on West Broadway near North Moore.


                  Good Luck!

                  1. chompchomp RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 09:14 PM

                    if you're willing to sally forth into Williamsburg, the "secret" bar Larry Lawrence is great and has plenty of space. you can reserve the whole bar or an area through their website http://larrylawrencebar.com/main.html. I hosted a farewell party for a friend there 3 weeks ago and they were very accomodating -- you can bring cakes, iPods etc. a nice option.

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                      springtime RE: chompchomp Nov 27, 2006 09:30 PM

                      Thanks, this looks great!

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                      maxine RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 09:22 PM

                      How about Dove on Thompson between 3rd and Bleeker. It is a cozy loungy place covered with a very retro/speek easy feel and yummy and affordible drinks. I'm pretty sure you can rent it out for a special occasion.

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                        springtime RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 09:31 PM

                        This also looks good. I will check it out! thanks!

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                          harrison RE: springtime Nov 27, 2006 09:48 PM

                          Brandy Library

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                            rdnnyc RE: springtime Nov 28, 2006 06:16 PM

                            I was wandering around trying to find an atypical LES bar last Sunday night before a show at Tonic. We ended up at Lolita on Broome and we really liked it. Their website says that they do parties.

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