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Nov 10, 2009 03:44 PM

Wedding Brunch Locations?

Just starting the wedding planning process, and have been shot down for a quick trip to city hall with just the two of us :-) But, we WILL be keeping it super small (11-25 people depending on where we draw the line).

I am very partial to the idea of doing a wedding brunch instead of a lunch or dinner for a variety of reasons.

Id be looking for a private room or private section of the main dining room.

Open to all cuisines and neighborhoods (Manhattan only). Food must be great.

All I can specify for price at this point is that I don't want to spend a fortune! Im happy to call places and get their prices. Id just like a jump start from anyone who has held or attended a brunch event.

Has anyone been to a wedding brunch in the city? I found a lot of recs for wedding receptions in general, but not much that specifically mentions brunch.

Thank you!!

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  1. I'm not sure about what wedding brunch entails vs. regular group w/ a large group, but I would start with:

    - Pastis (communal table)
    - Freemans (they have a private room)
    - Jane (private room downstairs)
    - Morandi (also quite large, and a nice space)
    - 'inoteca (downstairs room)
    - Blue Ribbon Bakery (they can seat bigger groups downstairs)
    - Stanton Social (have an upstairs bar/lounge area that can be used, too)
    - Markt
    - The Smith
    - Tia Pol
    - Public
    - Alice's Tea Cup
    - Park Ave Spring (aka Park Avenue Summer aka Park Avenue Fall aka Park Avenue - Winter)
    - Market Table

    676 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Stanton Social
    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Tia Pol
    205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    Market Table
    54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

    211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

    Blue Ribbon Bakery
    33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

    Park Avenue Cafe
    100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

    Alice's Tea Cup
    102 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

    323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

    Park Avenue Summer
    100 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10021

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    1. re: kathryn

      By "wedding brunch", I meant having brunch as the wedding reception; as opposed to a cocktail party or a sit down or buffet dinner.

      Im open to either buffet service or menu ordering; private room or just a separate corner of the place.

      I definitely want alcohol (minimum mimosas and bloody mary's).

      And being that this is brunch and we won't be doing all the "traditional wedding dinner stuff" like cutting the cake (not formally, anyway), or dancing, we don't need a huge amount of time. But it's imperative we don't feel hurried so they can turn tables over. I imaged we'd want at least 3 hours - if done sooner, so be it.

      Thanks for this list - I don't know some of these places or it didn't occur to me that some of them even do brunch.

      But, if anyone has actually had their wedding reception as a brunch or been to a wedding brunch (or baby or bridal shower brunch), Id love to hear about it!

      1. re: piegirl74

        OK, got it. I was asking how wedding brunch might be different from anniversary brunch or birthday brunch, etc. And since you won't be doing a cake cutting or dancing, your search will probably be a bit easier.

        I might want to keep the word "wedding" out of your negotiations with restaurants as dropping the W-word tends to jack the price up.

        1. re: piegirl74

          I have not been to a wedding brunch but someone just mentioned this website that assists with private dining experiences that may be helpful for you.


          1. re: ral217

            Thanks for this website link, ral217! Love being able to peruse options before making phone calls.

          2. re: piegirl74

            hi i had a wedding reception for under 30 at 8 1/2 brasserie on a sunday ..the price ea 29/30 a head and my total bill was 2100.00...that was for 11-2pm , two butlers, one drink per person, for the space and then ran a bar tab which wasn't much in that 2100.00 .. they have back room that open and can hold like i think a 100... or min 25/30.... they let us funnel in our own music through their sound system and it was very private ..the food is excellent and we got all the stations that we wanted.. like prime rib, omelet station,crepe,mini desserts and paella jumbo shrimp ,different salads, pasta it was alot.... (we got married in central park conservacy at 9/10am..took photos in the park ..made a small donations to the park in and out in an hour and half..) the only time we saw other folks was when we went to the buffet... oh it is in the 9 west bldg gorgeous with the stain glass in the restaurant and the burnt orange staircase going down into the restaurant.. check out that brunch ... very low key but elegant... no real drunken crazy folks at the brunch.. lovely setting and no problems good luck ..

            1. re: kthomps32

              Thanks, kthomps! this is very much the type of "thing" Id be looking to do. We are thinking about ceremony in the park as well, but want the option of being able to do it at the restaurant in case of bad weather. And that is an incredible price for what you got. I will check it out!

              1. re: kthomps32

                If you're looking up the restaurant, the listed name is Brasserie 8 1/2. I use it a lot for small groups (4-6) for brunch in the main dining room and can recommend it without reservation as an upbeat grown-up experience in a great room. I often see parties in the private room - clearly everything from special birthdays to weddings, to showers. I think you can feel very comfortable inviting your friends there to celebrate your wedding.

          3. Park Avenue Winter/Autumn/Summer/Spring.

            Park Avenue Cafe
            100 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021