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Rehearsal Dinner Near Rye Brook-- Italian Restaurant Needed

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Cuisinescene Mar 11, 2010 06:18 AM

Hi, CHers!

I am getting married in September and am in search of a moderately priced Italian restaurant near Rye Brook for a rehearsal dinner for 20-30 people. I assume with that many people, everywhere would be offering a fixed menu, so I'm not entirely sure what "moderately" priced would be. Perhaps around $40pp, not including drinks and tip? We can certainly go under that, but I'm not sure how high my in-laws would want to go.

As close to the Hilton in Rye Brook as possible would be great. Thanks in advance, everyone!

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    Dim Sum Diva RE: Cuisinescene Mar 11, 2010 10:46 AM

    Sounds like you are describing Hostaria Mazzei, located @ 25 So. Regent St. in Port Chester, a hop-skip-and-jump away from the Hilton. They have a back room suitable for private parties and offier a fixed price menu. It's actually a lot of food, you may even want to delete one of the courses from your menu, that may lessen the price (appetizer, salad, pasta, then entree & dessert-- maybe delete the extra pasta?).

    I cannot recall the prices but the food was delicious and I bet they would work with you on the menu. Website: www.hostariamazzei.com

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      debmom RE: Dim Sum Diva Mar 11, 2010 10:51 AM

      It would have been the right place but I believe they are out of business

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        Dim Sum Diva RE: debmom Mar 11, 2010 10:56 AM

        Closed for renovations, actually, open again at the end of April. Would probably work out for September.

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          Cuisinescene RE: Dim Sum Diva Mar 11, 2010 11:45 AM

          Thanks; I had heard of that place but didn't know they were closed for renovations. That's good to know-- we were thinking of checking it out this weekend! I guess that won't work. :) We'll keep it on the list, though.

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            Dim Sum Diva RE: Cuisinescene Mar 11, 2010 12:03 PM

            Consider also Marianacci's in Rye Brook: 24 Sherman Street
            Port Chester, NY, see http://www.marianaccis.com . I have done private parties there too. Good food, not far from the Hilton.

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            intrepid RE: Dim Sum Diva Apr 16, 2010 03:39 PM

            the chef from CRU in nyc will be at this location in near future, he has got game!!

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        MRS RE: Cuisinescene Mar 11, 2010 04:56 PM

        Piero's is right there in on Regent Street and the food is terrific and the service is attentive. We really love it there. It would be worth the call to see if they could do it for you- but it isn't such a huge place. Giorgio's ( around the corner) has an upstairs area. We've been to a party there and it was good. I happen to prefer the food at Piero's, but you need to make about the space, too. Cafe Livorno in Rye has a brand new,beautiful upstairs private area. I find the owner to be quite flaky. You really, really have to be on him, but it's a nice option b/c there's a nice bar area up there too.

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          bonacbub RE: Cuisinescene Mar 12, 2010 07:29 AM

          try Centro in Glenville, CT, just across the border from Rye Brook (3.7 miles from the Hilton)
          http://www.centroristorante.com/
          good food, nice place too, reasonable prices

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            cubanat RE: bonacbub Mar 15, 2010 10:56 AM

            Word on the street is that one of the founders of Carmines is opening a carmines-esque type of place where mazzei was.

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            Cuisinescene RE: Cuisinescene Apr 15, 2010 12:57 PM

            We went during the Nor'easter weekend to look at restaurants, so a number of places were closed. Marianacci's didn't have power, but we got the catering menu. We ended up eating at Il Sogno, which my future father-in-law was quite taken with. Has anyone done a large party there?

            I also got a recommendation for Alba's in Port Chester. Does anyone have group dining experiences there?

            Thanks!

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              anonymouse1935 RE: Cuisinescene Apr 15, 2010 01:12 PM

              Not lately, but the servers 'hovered' at Alba's when one was eating. They did this on three different occasions, and since then, I've never gone back. Perhaps they've gotten better.

              Piero's is good, as is T & J Villagio Trattoria, both in Portchester.

              Graziella's in White Plains isn't as close as P/C, but it does have good Italian food.

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                byramgirl RE: anonymouse1935 Apr 16, 2010 06:05 AM

                Try Pasquale's in PC. They do parties all the time and have a few packages try choose from.

                T&J Villagio Trattoria is closing, so don't book anything.

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                  anonymouse1935 RE: byramgirl Apr 16, 2010 06:15 AM

                  Closing? Both the pizza side and the restaurant?

                  Wow.

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                    byramgirl RE: anonymouse1935 Apr 16, 2010 09:16 AM

                    Not T&J's, the more casual restaurant, but T&J Villagio Trattoria, the more upscale place next door that used to be Marissa's.

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                      anonymouse1935 RE: byramgirl Apr 16, 2010 10:32 AM

                      The restaurant then, with the downstairs room for events.

                      Too bad, I enjoyed eating there on occasion.

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                        Johnct RE: byramgirl Jun 11, 2010 04:54 AM

                        From whom did you hear that they were closing?

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