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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: jen kalb

        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?

        1. re: jen kalb

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

          1. re: Tay

            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.

            1. re: jen kalb

              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? :-)

              1. re: jen kalb

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

          2. 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.