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I am in need of a space to host a rehearsal dinner for around 65 people. I live in San Francisco and am no longer familiar with the city.

My emphasis is more on being able to afford the 65 people, than on giving them a foodie experience. A location in mid-town, lower-uptown on the east side would be most convenient.

I am open to a heavy buffet or food station kind of set-up as opposed to sit-down if it would mean less sticker shock for my future in-laws. Is a fun and festive atmosphere too much to ask for as well?

Any guidance is appreciated! Thanks

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  1. Hey, ashling,

    It would be helpful to know your cuisine preference(s), to have a per person budget and to know if that figure includes alcoholic beverages, tax (nearly 9%) and tip (20%). That said, I'll take stab and suggest....

    Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Avs. (Midtown/Times Square area.) It's a favorite Italian restaurant of mine and many other Hounds. They recently re-opened in this location after being closed -- and sorely missed -- for almot a year. The food, as always, is well-prepared, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the new space is very attractive -- much nicer than the old place. They have a private room upstairs that can accommodate up to 70 people. In that kind of setting, you make your own fun. For groups of 25-70, they do a buffet. There are three options to choose from, and you can see the info on their website. If you are interested, give them a call and ask for Victor. He's one of the owners, a super nice guy, and I'm sure he'll work with you to make your rehearsal dinner a success.

    http://www.trattoriatrecolori.com

    Best wishes on your upcoming nuptials!

    1. I have been to several private events at the Water Club. I think it appeals to young and old alike and the location couldnt be more perfect for a celebration. They have a fantastic outdoor area. You could go formal or casual. I know they do a buffet. And I have been a part of heavy hors d'oeuvres. I think it is probably on the semi expensive side but not nutty. If you are coming from out of town and want an NYC experience with water, sunset and great views involved, I would consider it.

      www.thewaterclub.com

      1. Thank you for the suggestions.
        To add a little more details, the only cuisine limitation would be not Thai, Chinese or Korean. Due to the masses, preference would be Italian, Mexican or American.

        A per person budget of $40 with alcohol included, $25- 30 if no alcohol included.
        65 people

        Thank you, again.

        1. I know this may not sound so "foodie" but Tony Danopolis at Times Sqaure has several large private rooms downstairs and albeit, its the rehershal dinner which shouldn't show up the wedding itself, it might be fun, reasonable and kitchshy (sp). The food might not be Malto but it is decent and would be fun for a crowd, especially in the center of Times Sqaure.