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Inexpensive Place for a Bridal Shower Brunch

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....

Thanks!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: Shayna Madel

        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.

        1. re: cdog

          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.

      2. 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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        1. re: bebevonbernstein

          what was the name of the restaurant?

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

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

                1. 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.
                  http://www.scottadito.com/