Looking for a place to have a cocktail engagement party for 50-75 people.
I'm looking for a place in Manhattan or Brooklyn to have a cocktail party with some light food in celebration of an engagement. In the alternative I'd be willing to rent out a reasonably priced small loft space and bring in my own bartender/catering. Any suggestions? Looking to keep costs reasonable here. I've looked into Frankie's Spuntino and it comes out to almost $100/pp for open bar and some light apps which is just ridiculous. Help!
I recently had a party at Frankies Booklyn location because they were the most reasonable for the type of gathering I wanted. But it was not drink centric, so that saved me a bundle without an open bar. Every place I checked had a high price for open bar. By price alone, it seemed they planned to showcase the good stuff and serve it by the pint to every guest that arrived.
Anyway, I agree it does seem out of line when you start thinking about what $100 pp will get you in the restaurant for smaller parties. The idea of calling in a reservation for 50-60 people crossed my mind if you know what I mean. I think what it really boils down to is how long you are sitting for that $100 meal. At a party, 3 to 4 hours is normal, but a dinner ,1.5 hours would be on the long side. Still the price break I naively expected from bringing in a 'large qty' of business in a single bill is non-existant as far as I could see. There actually seemed to be a penalty, or additional upcharge pp for parties.
PS - Frankies 457 did a wonderful job for my party.
I have been looking for the past couple of weeks as well and it doesn't look like the prices will go down. I feel your pain.