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Wedding Reception NYC

My fiance and I are planning a wedding in NYC for June 2008. We come from the UK but love the idea of having a small group of friends accompany us to New York to celebrate our big day. The wedding will take place in Central Park at about 4pm and then we want to go to a nice restaurant that serves hearty, tasty food in an intimate romantic restaurant, preferably somewhere with a private dining space. We both love our food but have very little knowledge of the restaurants with private dining facilities in NYC. There will be around 20-25 in the wedding party. At the moment I am interested in Savoy, Stanton Social and Amalia so any feedback on these venues would be really appreciated. We do have a budget of around $150 a head so although we loved the River Cafe, unfortunately it is out of our budget. We will be grateful for any recommendations.

Many Thanks

Laura and Tom

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  1. Upstairs at Teodora on W. 57th St. For 20 or 25 people they could do one square shaped table with everyone facing each other. Very good, authentic Italian food, old world atmosphere, not fancy, but cosy and could be made romantic with candles, flowers etc. Good service too.

    1. Oops, I meant E. 57th St. near Lexington, I think.

      1. city hall restaurant in tribeca has a private room that will fit your group. www.cityhallrestaurant.com

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        1. re: BecBunny

          Thanks a lot for your responses so far! Anyone else got any ideas?

          Thanks

          Laura + Tom

        2. What about The Boathouse at Central Park? You cannot beat the atmosphere or location. The food isn't the BEST New York has to offer, but everything else about it is!

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          1. re: LFeinberg

            Yes, the setting is lovely, but the food is mediocre at best.

            1. re: valerie

              We had lunch at the Boathouse for the first time last summer. We went primarily for the setting -- outdoor covered space with gorgeous view of the lake -- and were surprised to find that the food was not mediocre at all, but nicely prepared and very tasty. Of course, it is entirely possible the food at private functions there could be worse.

              1. re: RGR

                I have never been to a private function there. We had dinner there, but now that I think about it more, it was in the summer of 2003. Very mediocre at the time, but maybe there have been significant improvements since then.

          2. Raoul's on Prince Street has a private dining room available. My old boss years ago was a foodie with an expense account, and time after time after time he'd hand me receipts from many dinners at Raoul's. It's been there forever, it's in a great neighborhood, and the food is wonderful, something to please everyone even the less adventurous folks. A family run restaurant with one foot in tradition and the other firmly in this century. It's also in your price range.

            www.raouls.com