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Wedding at Studio 6 / Abigail Kirsch

Has anyone had or been to a wedding at Studio 6? We are thinking of booking the place but they don't do tastings so I'm not sure how you are supposed to know if the food is good aside from their reputation. Wondering, mainly, if anyone has had any not so perfect experiences there.

Also looking at Smack Mellon as a wedding site but I am put off by the fact that you have to bring in absolutely everything. Any caterer recommendations that handle all of the details and have amazing food?

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  1. I've been to a wedding there, and I can totally, completely vouch for the food. It was terrific, a cut way way above the typical wedding fare. I'm not 100 percent sure, I was a maid of honor for the wedding there, but I think I remember the bride and groom being able to do a tasting at some point, maybe after they made their selections? Besides the food being great, their whole set-up was just excellent- bridal suites and preparation areas. Good luck and congrats.

    1. I don't know about Studio 6, but I had my wedding at the Botanical Gardens with Abigail Kirsch and the food was amazing. We weren't able to do a tasting, but all the food was great. Plus, there was tons of food left over, especially for the appetizers, so my parents asked if they could box up some of the stuff, which they were more than happy to, and it was a good supplement for brunch the next day which my parents had at their house, and City Harvest picked up the rest of the leftovers, per our request. I would highly recommend Abigail Kirsch to anyone.

      1. I have been to 2 events at the Abigail Kirsch outlet at Steiner Studios and each was amazing. Her staff is incredible and the food was, bar none, the best party food I've ever had. Thinks outside the box for each part of it. I'm sure it's wildly expensive but between cocktails upstairs overlooking the city and then dinner one level down, it will be incredible. My only critique is that it is a classic big space that needs some transformation to have a personality - flowers, etc.

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        1. re: redgirl

          I just went to an engagement party at Steiner Studios with Abigail Kirsch and can vouch for their food. Everything was wonderful and her staff was very professional. It could get really pricey however.

          1. re: katharine D

            I have been to two weddings at the Bronx Botanical Gardens and both times the food has been excellent. I would imagine that holds true for all Abigail Kirsch venues.

        2. I went to a wedding there last April. The view could not be beat (although very annoying by public transportation if that's a concern). I thought the main entree was great. The saute stations during the cocktail hour were not that great and their "signature salad" was down right yucky. The combinations of flavors just did not work and I remember that part of the service being a bit awkard. The bride said they kind of talked her into that part and that she wasn't pleased with that. The dessert was particularly good (considering it was competing with a very decent wedding cake as well). Overall, it was very good though.

          1. I went to my friend's son's wedding at Steiner's about 5 months ago. The service was excellent and the space is terrific. Lovely having drinks and apps outside. Very disappointed in the food. Not bad but not exceptional. The pigs in a blanket were the best finger food, not a good sign, and there was not enough of it. The cocktail spread was ok and although it looked enormous, it was just duplicated in the front and back. Same food, same stations. Beautiful to behold, alright to eat. If you are looking for spectacle, perfect. If taste is most important, I'm afraid you will be disappointed.

            1. We're thinking about booking Steiner as well. Can anyone tell me what mode of transportation they took to get there, or if you had an event, how you set up transport for your guests? Thanks!

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              1. re: emgirlb

                I'm going to a wedding there on Friday night. Can't wait to see what it's all about.

                1. re: Pink Pepper

                  Wedding was fabulous! Lots of atmosphere. They said the vows outside on the roof. Beautful vista! Lots of stations for drinks and food during the cocktail hour.
                  Dinner was delicious, service was great! A real treat.
                  We drove...took the BQE...nice and easy to the entrance of the studio.

                  1. re: Pink Pepper

                    Hi, I recently booked my wedding date at Stage 6 (I was in between Stage 6 and Tribeca Rooftop). I have heard mostly good/great to sometimes mediocre things about Abigail Kirsch. Has anyone been recently who can comment on the food... especially the stations (which I typically loathe at wedding factories)? Has anyone had any of the seafood stations there? Any other specific praise/gripes about the food in general?

                    I am especially curious if anyone has tried the sushi bar. I feel my family would devour it like drunks do whitecastles or taco truck tacos (now there's an idea!) but I am afraid the 18 per person 'enhancement' cost is just a ridiculous waste of money.

              2. Try The Raging Skillet, they catered my wedding at the Picnic House and we had to bring everything in.

                1. Just got back from a friend's wedding there. Judging from what I ate and reports above, I suppose a lot also depends on how much the couple are spending per person? It's definitely not cheap, and it's pretty ambitious for wedding food, but not mindblowingly delicious.

                  For the cocktail hour, the food was alright but a little awkward to eat since so much of it required a fork. The Asian station was only OK. I think the other one was supposed to be Mediterranean, which I liked more. The roasted meats were probably the best part (mmm, lamb). Chicken on a stick was, eh, not flavorful. Dumplings were a bit wet but saved by nice saucing. Mini tacos were odd. Asparagus pizettas were OK. The duck rolls were alright but off balance -- too much cilantro? Any of the breads, chips, and toasts were good though. My favorite was a cheesy pita bread. I also really enjoyed a big hunk of cheese (goat cheese?) with fig jam and pine nuts on top. That was seriously addictive. Overall, anything that was Asian inflected was a little off to me except for the corn (?)/edamame salad. Close but not exactly hitting the mark. I was a little surprised that so much required utensils to eat.

                  The appetizer was an heirloom tomato in puff pastry. I was not impressed with the quality of the tomato this late in the season although the tiny cherry tomatoes surrounding it was fine. I ate the puff pastry part but the dish overall was too one-note. There was a big baked cheese cracker that nobody at my table liked. It was odd. Tasted like cheap Asiago, and too much sugar.

                  The salad was nice -- arugula with shaved fennel, nicedly seasoned. Pinenuts and parmesan shavings. I liked the salad a lot, and finished the whole thing, unlike the tomato tart, which I left 1/2 of on my plate. Simple and well executed.

                  For the main, I chose was filet mignon, medium rare. Not the highest quality of steak but good for wedding fare and got better, if you salted it, as most wedding fare isn't seasoned enough for my taste. The buttery mashed potatoes were quite good, but a little on the room temperature side. I really liked the fried strips of sweet potato and carmelized red onion that accompanied the steak. Didn't touch the spinach. Definitely one of the better wedding steaks I've had but not the best.

                  The dessert was odd. A beautiful parfait, perfectly circular of cream and strawberries. But it was so icy that you couldn't stick your fork into it. Gorgeous, and fine when it finally got to your mouth, but served way too cold! The cake was better but I'm not a huge fan of chocolate cake with raspberry.

                  Everything was beautifully presented and nice (for wedding food) but don't expect to be blown away.

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                  1. re: kathryn

                    I don't know anything about Studio 6...BUT..I do know Abigail Kirsch is FANTASTIC when it comes to the food. I was married at The Botanical Gardens, The Snuff Mill. Abigail Kirsch catered the wedding, I'm not saying this because it was our wedding, but the food was fantastic!

                    Two years later, people are still talking about our wedding, Abigail Kirsch does that good of a job.