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Jan 3, 2008 06:00 AM

LI Wedding Halls - What is a Foodie to do?

I don't think I have ever been to a wedding on LI where I though the food was great - it's more about quantity (am I asking for to much if I want the food hot and properly cooked?!?!?) Well, I got engaged last month - so I am in a bind.... Where am I supposed to get married where my guests and I will be impressed with the food.

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  1. What part of long island exactly?

    1. The food I've had at affairs at Giorgios in Baiting Hollow has always been way above average. And if you want to spend big bucks, check out Louis XVI in Patchogue. Both of these venues have gorgeous views as a bonus.

      1. I went to a wedding at Flowerfield a few years ago and was not impressed at either the facility or the food. I went to another one at Watermill about 2 years ago and the food was definitely better than typical catering hall food and actually quite nicely presented, though definitely not looking super-duper fancy nor tasting super gourmet-unusual. I have been to some affairs at some temples--Temple Avodah in Oceanside does a fabulous job and is competatively-priced, given what they give you.

        It would be helpful to know what part of the Island you are looking at, approximate # of guests and approximate price range you are thinking (remember, you will have to pay tax and also a gratuity of 12-20%, depending on the hall).

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        1. re: Shayna Madel

          We have been to the Watermill a few times. The last time, the food was so bad that it was inedible. They should chop off the hand that the chef uses for the salt shaker. Other times the food was just awful.
          They also do a cute trick if it is an outdoor cocktail hour. when you come back in, they tell you that you cannot get a drink until they do the toast by the best man. After an hour elapses, you can get another drink. Meanwhile, people have paid for bar and table beverage service.

          1. re: Fred19

            Boy how things must have changed in the last 2-3 years. What a shame. As catering places go, I sorta liked this one the one time I was there for a summer wedding.

            1. re: Fred19

              We went to a wedding at the Watermill and we were shocked... We pulled up to this beautiful place and we were prepared to be impressed but that never happened. The cocktail hour did not have a lot of options and the what was there was not cooked very nicely. Our main meals were all not cooked properly. They only way they serve a steak is Burned.

          2. You might try the combination of Coindre Hall in Huntington, LI and Philip Stone Caterers (used to be in Lake Success but they moved-not sure where). Food was excellent and venue very nice

            1. I got married 11 years ago at Timber Point managed by Lessings and my guests raved about it and the food. Now I would probably pick one of their newer, nicer architecturaly properties (bourne mansion has a gorgeous room with high ceilings) but do recommend you look into them. We were able to do a tasting before we signed our contract.

              Also, as I said in another thread the local boards on can be helpful.