Restaurants to host wedding reception near northern end of Central Park?
I live in Boston but am helping my friend plan her wedding in NYC (summer 2010). My apologies in advance for my ignorance of the city and its chow.
My friend is hoping to have an outdoor ceremony in the northern part of Central Park, and we are trying to find a restaurant near there (walking distance or we may hire a shuttle) for the reception, with the following specifications:
1) could accommodate around 100 people
2) good food, including vegetarian options. We are open to the type of cuisine, although something more mainstream may be the way to go. Her family is Mexican and his is Greek.
3) affordable--i think she is looking to spend 6-10K on food and beverages for the aforementioned 100 guests
4) has alcohol
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I've never inquired about wedding receptions at these places, but based on regular menu prices and knowledge of the size/space, they might be good places to look into:
Gabriella's (somewhat gringoized Mexican, great tequila list, W. 90s)
Isabella's (maybe too expensive, but check)
Kefi (new Greek; I'd ask for the entire downstairs area for a reception)
Zeytin Turkish (also may be too expensive, but check... it's a nice space with flowers and open French windows in the summertime)
I don't know if you are aware that Central Park has people on staff who can handle all the arrangements for a wedding iin the park- from reservations and permits to wedding packages that include photographers, etc. As well, they can suggest places nearby for receptions. If you google Central Park's homepage or google weddings in Central Park, you'll get all the info.
You might look into the Hotel Wales - at 92nd & Madison. They have what I gather is a lovely terrace on top of the building, and I think Paola's, which is on the corner, does catering.