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Aug 20, 2008 01:32 AM

rehearsal dinner crisis -- anywhere in downtown brooklyn?

So, based on a lot of recommendations here and elsewhere, and because it's right around the corner from us, we booked Cafe Carciofo in Cobble Hill for our wedding rehearsal dinner. Sadly, it was shut down by the health department a few weeks ago and won't be reopening. With a late September wedding looming, we are having a devil of a time finding a new spot. So few places have back rooms, and I don't want to risk an outside garden in case it rains. Plus, since our church is in downtown Brooklyn, we can't stray too far.

Anyone have suggestions on Atlantic Ave or downtown that we might not have thought of? Jolie is way too expensive, Downtown Atlantic has no privacy. We're getting desperate ...

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  1. Bar Tabac on Smith has a room in the back where I had a party of 20+ last summer and it worked out fine.

    1. what about frankie's 457 - the carriage house out back?

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      1. re: vatl619

        Bubby's does private parties upstairs.

        1. re: vatl619

          They think Jolie is expensive, forget Frankie's.

          As much as I agree and -worship- Frankie's.

          1. re: Larry Brooks

            Yes. Frankie's and Bubby's will be 2-3 times the price of Carcioffo, so though good suggestions, probably not what OP is looking for. Pete's Downtown actually can be reasonable and is right by the water on Front Street (though not Downtown or on Atlantic). Haven't been in years and I'm sure the food is not great, but it may fit the bill.

            1. re: Larry Brooks

              What about Donna DaVine - less of an actual dinner, but I imagine you could take over the whole place. And they might be able to work something out foodwise, too. Do they still have that balcony at Stan's, the Cajun joint on Atlantic? And also Taino Soleil, while I don't think it has any private rooms, might work and the food I had there for breakfast was very tasty. (Holding on a second meal before I post fully, but they did a nice job with the old Makela space.)

              Where in Downtown is your church?

              1. re: lambretta76

                thanks for the suggestions. sadly, frankie's is already book. (and, oddly, it is less expensive than jolie. there event prices were insanely high compared to everywhere else, for some reason.)
                our wedding reception is actually at bubby's, so that's a no for rehearsal.
                my fiance loves the cajun places, so maybe we'll try that. or bacchus. the church is on duffield st. near metrotech.

          2. Bachus is not bad for bistro fare is near Jolie on Atlantic and I think they do private parties and are reasonably priced.

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            1. re: edmundmooney

              Had a terrible meal at Bacchus some months back. Space is nice though, as is the garden.

              1. re: jdf

                Perhaps Quercy? Their food and wine list are both good and they definitely have the space to accommodate your guests.

              2. re: edmundmooney

                Friends went to a wedding at Bacchus and said the food was great. Nice space too.

              3. A place like ICI is a good size to take over for a group - its farther (maybe 10 min ride from the church) but you probably will have to arrange transportation anyway.