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Feb 7, 2009 12:49 PM

Small laidback wedding reception suggestions plz!

I have spend countless hours searching for somewhere to host my wedding reception & am totally lost, being new to NYC & not really a foodie myself, & so I turn to you, the experts for some advice!!
What Im looking for:

-Its for a friday evening
-For 20-26 people
-Needs to be american, french or italian cusine
-A private room
-I would love the space to allow for entertainment afterwards(such as dancing)
-Decor: something a little unusual, cool looking, not incredibly modern( I prefer old fashioned) with a view maybe ( a lot of places Ive looked are very plain, almost sterile/hotel looking). Warm, soft lighting.
-Not really into upscale, unless it happens to tick all the boxes - half the wedding party are a bunch of tattoo guys so something laidback & not too fancy is our scene.

I ask a lot i know. Ive reached the point where I feel I won't find the perfect place! If you have any ideas the would be greatly appreciated!!!

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  1. Congratulations on your forthcoming nuptials!

    When is the wedding taking place? It would also be helpful to know your budget. Keep in mind that it has to include not only food and alcoholic beverages, but also tax (nearly 9%) & tip (20%) and other incidentals like the cake, flowers. etc. And if you have music, that's, of course, an additional cost.

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    1. re: RGR

      Thank you!
      The wedding is on friday 4th september.
      Budget, I guess I would have to say an absolute max of $250 p/p. Ideally something around $150 p/p though. Im not really sure what that will get me!
      The cake need not be included. Oh & I did forget to mention that if the space had room for a band that would be perfect! - which I also don't include in the above budget.

      One other thing I didnt mention is that the place needs to be vegetarian friendly- me, the bride, being the vegetarian & so I don't want to be eating your basic 1 veggie option on my special day! I would like something tasty!


      1. re: campsie

        Since you mentioned liking "old-fashioned," I immediately thought of Campanile, on 29th St., b/t Madison & Park Av. S. The ambiance is about as far from hip and modern as you can get, but the old-fashioned feel is, I think, quite pleasing. There is a private room, but I've never seen it, so you'd have to inquire about how many it can hold, and whether there is room for a band and dancing.

        As far as the food is concerned, it is traditional Italian-American, which I think works well for a vegetarian. In fact, though I am not a vegetarian, my favorite dish on the menu is the delicious eggplant parmigiano.

        If you go there and like what you see, I'm sure Slavko, the owner, will sit down with you and work hard to put together together a package that meets all your needs.

    2. A place that specializes in parties ranging from birthdays to corporate events, film screenings and parties and weddings is Tribeca Cinema.( Canal and Varick) They have a film screening room , also a bar room restaurant area as well as other rooms. They will customize your menu any way you wish. They are very accomodating and it's a cool place. Even Madonna had a party there. You can negotiate the price to suit your needs. I had my party there and Tara was very helpful.

      1. Check out Palma in the West Village- someone was telling me they had a really lovely small event catered there and that the garden was nice.

        1. Not sure if you would be open to BKLYN, but I know several people who've gone to wedding receptions at Frankie's on Court Street. It's a pretty popular Italian place (I think they have a location in the city as well) with a laid back, casual vibe and great food. They have a beautiful carriage house/back garden so a September wedding might be perfect.

          1. Thank you all for your replies, I will look into the locations suggested!