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Apr 27, 2008 07:04 AM

Suggestions for Wedding Hotel Welcome Booklets

I am getting married in November at the 3 West Club (51st Street and 5th Avenue). We will be having many out-of-towners staying in that area. Although I have gathered a few places to include, I would love some suggestions from the board for breakfast, brunch, lunch and/or dinner in the area. Maybe even some bars that have great happy hours/appetizers and drinks. Would love anything you could recommend in the 40's- 50's, east or west side. Any price range, would like to include a variety for them. I've found some great finds on this board in the past....We will be having our rehearsal dinner at Cascina and a bridesmaid brunch at La Bonne Soupe. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Congrats on your engagement!

    Can you tell us which places you've already decided to include so that we will not duplicate? Also, it will give us an idea of the price range you have in mind for your guests though your chosing Cascina and La Bonne Soupe for the pre-wedding festivities does indicate a tilt in a moderate direction?

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    1. re: RGR

      Hi RGR,

      Thank you ; )

      The places I have so far are aren't all in the midtown area.
      I was hoping to get a few more suggestions close to where everyone is staying. This is what I have so far:

      Le Madeleine
      Sushi Samba 7
      Rosa Mexicano
      Dos Caminos
      La Mela
      Central Park Boathouse

      The Volstead

      Stardust Diner
      La Bonne Soupe

      I live in Astoria and a few people are staying in Queens,
      so I also have in Astoria:

      Brick Cafe
      Trattoria L'Incontro
      Mezzo Mezzo
      Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
      Sparrow (bar)

      Thanks in advance!

      1. re: missmonica25

        Hey, missmonica25,

        Le Madeleine closed a few weeks ago and, though there was a report that the owner is negotiating to take over the defunct Rene Pujol location, there has not been word if and when that will happen.

        I presume you know that several of the places you have listed listed are not in Midtown? (I'm only referring to the Manhattan spots. Places in Astoria are supposed to be discussed on the Outer Boroughs board.)

        Re-reading your original post, I see that you say all price ranges are fine. Here are some other places you might want to include:

        Wu Liang Ye, on 48th, b/t 5th & 6th. Very good Szechuan cuisine. Menu on

        Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th, b/t B'way & 8th. Delicious homestyle Italian fare.

        The Modern and the Bar Room, in MoMA, on 54th, b/t 5th & 6th, for those who might want something more upscale. The Bar Room does small plates.

        Town, on 56th, b/t 5th & 6th, is upscale. But they offer a bargain 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $26.

        Jean Georges, on Columbus Circle, though very upscale, also offers a terrific lunch prix-fixe -- 2 courses for $28. And the less expensive Nougatine has a 3-course lunch prix-fixe for $24.

        Keens, on 36th, b/t 5th & 6th, since 1885. In addition to excellent food, the unmatchable Old NY ambiance will surely charm your visitors. The Pub is less expensive than the dining room. Also, great for drinks in the bar room.

        Alain Ducasse's just opened French bistro, Benoit, is on 55th, b/t 5th & 6th. Reports I've read so far is that the food is sensational! Moderately-priced.

        For guests who are not coming from areas of the country known for bbq, Daisy May's, on the corner of 11th Av. & 46th St. Great ribs! Cafeteria-style set-up. Inexpensive.

        Uncle Nick's, on 9th, b/t 50th & 51st, for Greek food served in a large, taverna-style setting. Menu on

        Marseille, on the corner of 9th & 44th. A brasserie serving French/Mediterranean/Moroccan cuisine.

        West Bank Cafe, on 42nd, b/t 9th & 10th. New American cuisine.

        Pampano, on 49th, b/t 2nd & 3rd, for contemporary Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. At lunch, there's a 3-course prix-fixe for $25.

        For continental-style breakfast and light lunch, Amy's Bread, on 9th, near 46th St. There are a few tables at the rear of the shop.

        Since you have The Boathouse on your list (which I really like not only for the gorgeous view, but also for the food), in tha area of the UES, one of our favs is Cafe Boulud, 76th, b/t 5th & Madison. Great for lunch (except Monday), dinner and Sunday brunch. Upscale.

        Btw, a "Welcome Booklet" for your guests is a terrific idea!

        1. re: RGR

          Thank you sooooo much for these!
          This will be great and add to the variety.
          I didn't know about Le Madeleine.
          I had actually exchanged emails with them a little over a month ago about possibly having my Rehearsal Dinner there!
          I like the variety, we have quite a few guests coming in from California, Texas and the NY/Canadian this should make them all quite happy ; )
          Thanks again!

        2. re: missmonica25

          For fancy, elegant, really New York-y (and expensive) cocktails, go to The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central (you have to go to the Vanderbilt Ave. entrance- the entrance to the bar is to the right of the entrance to the terminal. It is quite special.

          1. re: sed231

            That is a great idea!
            I was also thinking of adding the 21 Club to the list.
            The history alone is quite unique.
            Thanks for the Campbell Apartment suggestion too!
            We have a wedding website also and I have already added some of these places to the restaurant section so guests can make reservations ahead of time!
            Thanks to all ; )

      2. PJ Clarke's
        Lilli & Loo's (thai/asian)
        Blackstones Bar (a regular bar w/darts pool tables, pub food). I've thrown a couple of parties in the room downstairs. They always hook me up.
        Felidia's (ya know, Lidia Bastianich's place)
        Bar Vetro- Italian food, not as good as Felidia's,but....less expensive! They also do a happy hour, I believe.

        1. perhaps indoors, butr maybe outdoors if weasther permits, is the rooftop bar of peninsula hotel( 5 and 54 or 55 st). vice versa for dinner 51 and eighth, dream hotel for drinks---upstairs or down..

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          1. re: intrepid

            These are all great!!!!
            Thanks so much for your help with this ; )

            1. re: missmonica25

              also you can do eats, and drinks in the mandarin hotel columbus circle, in their lounge area

          2. My recommendations (at a variety or price points) are:

            Landmarc in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle ( fun for large groups and also child friendly, if children will be attending)

            Becco on 46th Street (another Lidia Bastianich place) for their all-you-can eat fresh pasta special for $22 and a large selection of $25 bottles of wine

            And for elegant drinks, the lobby bar at the Algonquin, on 44th between 5th and 6th (a really delightful old-world feel)

            Happy Wedding!

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            1. re: teafortwo

              I would not recommend Becco. The ayce pastas are mediocre at best, seating is uncomfortably tight, and the noise level is insanely high, which makes normal conversation impossible.

            2. Working on the same and have many of the suggestions listed above /below. Once I recover my jump drive I will make some other suggestions. We have been trying to do a nice mix of upscale and everyday eats.

              Put Gray's Papaya for the Recession Special. Recommended Bouchon Bakery and a few other places along the Upper East and West Sides to pick up a picnic for the park.

              Once again RGR has covered Wu Liang Ye, Uncle Nicks and about every other restaurant that needs to be on the list.

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              1. re: ChrisZ

                Thank you so much to everyone! We are designing the booklets now and all of these suggestions have REALLY helped to give guests so many wonderful options!