I'm looking for suggestions on where to hold a rehearsal dinner for approx 20 -25 people this coming June. We are not set on a specific type of food, but would prefer italian or bbq - something casual and fun. No more than $85 or so pp. Gramercy/East Village/LES/Soho...even Little Italy. Ideas?
You could see about the downstairs room at Il Buco. I doubt they could get to $85, but they used to give you the whole room with no fee and a $2500 (enough for a generous meal and good but not extravagant wine) or so minimum. This would be a big step up food and wine wise from most thing at that price.
My friend had her rehearsal dinner at Buono Notte in Little Italy, just south of Hester. She had a very international crowd, so wanted to do something touristy. The food was actually quite delish, and the restaurant quite accomodating, and they have a lovely backyard patio you could use. It was well less than $85. Not exactly trendy, but certainly fun.