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Inexpensive Place for a Bridal Shower Brunch

bijoux1k Dec 18, 2007 09:30 PM

Hi guys,

I am my close friends maid of honor and that means I have to plan a bridal shower.

I would like to do a brunch for 35 people. Anyone know a smallish restaurant that wont stick us in a basement room?

I would like to stick to non-spicy foods and no sushi - Italian works best for this group but I am open to any place that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Decor is important to me!

And of course I am on a budget....


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    bebevonbernstein RE: bijoux1k Dec 19, 2007 04:00 AM

    I have no idea what they charge, but their prices are reasonable and they quite often host wedding-type gatherings: Bar Toto, on 6th Avenue and 11th St. If you're not familiar, they are Italian. It's actually quite cozy in the wintertime.

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      Shayna Madel RE: bijoux1k Dec 20, 2007 11:11 AM

      What borough/part of that borough are you looking for? And roughly, what's your budget and does that amount include tax/tip?

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        cdog RE: Shayna Madel Dec 20, 2007 11:18 AM

        if you are in Brooklyn and close to park slope, i would check out Anthony's and also Spirito, which is on 9th street between fourth and fifth. both are reasonable and have decent italian food. plus, they will not stick you in the basement. the other place would be Frankie's Sputino in Carrol Garden. they have a back cottage that would work. not sure about the price, but i believe they have info available on the web.

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          bebevonbernstein RE: cdog Dec 20, 2007 02:43 PM

          I understand Spirito is closing . . .I love Frankie's as well, but am guessing it's pretty expensive, though certainly less than a lot of places.

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        bebevonbernstein RE: bijoux1k Dec 20, 2007 02:45 PM

        The other thing I'd suggest? We did a surprise wedding shower in a restaurant in Chinatown, which was wonderfully cheap, tons of food, we brought in our own wine, and it was great fun . . .

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          lizisinflatbush RE: bijoux1k Dec 20, 2007 08:29 PM

          The Union/Smith cafe on the corner of Union and Smith in Carroll Gardens is reasonably priced, with an Italian-infused menu. They have something for everyone. And it's pretty. Good luck!

          1. chompchomp RE: bijoux1k Dec 21, 2007 05:36 AM

            Aurora in Williamsburg is pretty adorable, and very reasonable. And -- it's Italian! http://www.auroraristorante.com/

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              Jeepers RE: bijoux1k Dec 21, 2007 07:26 AM

              I have no idea what they charge, but Magnolia on the corner of 6th Ave and 12th St. does bridal and baby showers all the time because they're closed on Saturday mornings.

              1. Puppimus RE: bijoux1k Dec 21, 2007 09:39 AM

                The roofdeck of Alma (Columbia & Degraw), open year-round, does brunch showers all the time. Great view and Mexican-inspired food.

                1. MissPeacock RE: bijoux1k Dec 25, 2007 03:28 PM

                  My bridal shower was at Scottadito Osteria on Union st. between 6th and 7th ave. in park slope. They have a private room in the back that worked really nicely, food was fine and staff was friendly...they kept the mimosas flowing, didn't mind that we brought in our own music, etc. I can't comment on price since I wasn't involved in the planning, but their website shows brunch deals that seem very reasonable. Good luck.

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