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Rehearsal Dinner Space for 40-70 People

We are recently engaged and we are just now starting to go through all the wedding planning. I am taking care of picking out the rehearsal dinner venue and I am looking for suggestions. Both of us are pretty big foodies but we just don’t know if it even makes sense to try to have a foodie-oriented dinner with so many people and with many non-foodies invited.

Ideally we would prefer a private room or to rent out the entire restaurant. Also, since we are very new to this whole thing, we would appreciate advice. We have no clue on how much anything costs and how to work menus, drinks, and such. Moreover, if people have any suggestions for wedding venues in NYC for around 230 people, please pass them along.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Hello - congrats on your engagement. Try searching on here, cause there are a few threads on wedding venues and rehearsal dinners.

    Our rehearsal dinner will be at Alta. They require you to take the whole downstairs area, which seats around 60+. We are very excited about this, as it was my fiance's choice for wedding venue.

    My research on venues won't help you much cause we're only having 120 guests. Manhattan Penthouse is a nice big wedding loft that we liked; reasonable prices and great food. However, I have no idea what you're looking for and what your budget is.

    1. check Jane, they have a great room downstairs

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      1. re: djsun

        I just spoke to them last week, I believe they only fit 40. The price pp was great, though.

      2. Congratulations on the engagement! I don't have any suggestions for rehearsal dinners (we're still looking!) - but in terms of some spaces - we're going with the Puck Building. Looked at Manhattan Penthouse but they said it maxes out at around 175 or so (there are tons of fantastic spaces when you're <175, but it gets tough at 200+ is what we discovered). The Tobacco Warehouse is also an interesting space. There's also Chelsea Piers or any of the Abigail Kirsch locations. Not quite sure what your budget is though or whether you're looking for an all inclusive -- Good luck with the search!

        1. Hi and Congrats! I am getting married in May and our rehearsal dinner will be at Capsuoto Freres in Tribeca. I am really excited -- they have a great menu, a great wine list, and are really nice. We are only having 20 people but I know they can do parties of more.

          1. In response to a different inquiry, I just recommended the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, which could accommodate your group:

            http://www.bbg.org/vis2/weddings.html

            When I got married 8 years ago with a list of over 200 invitees, I decided to take it out of the city because I really didn't like the feel of the places that could accommodate our group. We ended up taking over Wheatleigh ( www.wheatleigh.com ), in the Berkshires, for the weekend, which allowed us to have our rehearsal dinner, wedding and next-day brunch all at the same location. It was very expensive, but very worth it.