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Bridal Shower - BYO or wine tasting?

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ashleylovespizza Apr 23, 2009 07:10 PM

Hi there - just posted this in Manhattan, sorry for the repeat. I am planning a small coed wedding shower (20 people) this summer for my very cool/modern designer friend. She lives in Park Slope and I would love to find a place around BOCOCA or Park Slope. I'm trying to find a place that could host a wine tasting - either hosted by them, or by allowing us to bring a wine tasting kit - along with being able to serve some nice hors d'oevres or a luncheon. We are trying to keep costs down, to around $25 or $30 a head. An indoor, air conditioned private room or area would probably be the smart thing to do, as we're planning for mid July or August :)
Anyone know a place like that?
Thanks!

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    roux42 Apr 26, 2009 04:16 PM

    Maybe get in touch with some of the art galleries. They might let you use there space DUMBO has a few party room rentals that might work for you.

    1. jen kalb Apr 24, 2009 12:24 PM

      you might check with aliseo osteria on Vanderbilt - that is a cozy, cool italian wine bar-ish place with very good wines, mostly from the marche and meats and cheeses etc to match - see if they would do a deal or set something up with you. Frankies 457 in Carroll Gardens would be another possibility. dont call it BOCOCA tho, Please.

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        ashleylovespizza Apr 24, 2009 02:40 PM

        ha, sorry. I moved from brooklyn to boston over a year ago and that gives me the right to be an ignorant a-hole tourist when it comes to terminology. i'm (halfway) kidding :)
        what's the gentrified name they're trying to pass off onto red hook now?

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          jen kalb Apr 24, 2009 03:25 PM

          Red Hook

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          Tay Apr 24, 2009 03:22 PM

          jen..
          Ok...I give up.. :-) What does BOCOCA stand for?

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            jen kalb Apr 24, 2009 03:27 PM

            I think it stands for Boerum Hill - Cobble HIll - Carroll Gardens

            created by the same real estate logic that gives us TRIBECA, NOHO, SOHO, DUMBO etc.

            a lot of us like the names of our individual neighborhoods and dont want this one to propogate but not everyone feels the same.

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              Tay Apr 27, 2009 06:30 AM

              Thanks, jen. I never would have figured out that one! I tend to think all of them are annoyingly affected and thought up by people with a little too much time on their hands. I mean who wants to live in a place called DUMBO, anyway? :-)

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                malibu Apr 27, 2009 08:13 AM

                It's been floating around awhile and thank god it hasn't stuck! Horrible.

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            cjd260 Apr 24, 2009 10:46 AM

            That budget may be tricky in Park Slope if you include wine - Tempo is about double that for private parties. Try arranging something with Brook-vin, which doesn't open until 5pm each day and therefore may be able to do a private wine tasting during the daytime for less than other comparable restaurants/wine bars because they wouldn't be foreclosing any other business.

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