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Apr 23, 2010 08:06 PM

Kosher catering hall/shul for Bar Mitzvah in Brooklyn

I need to find a glatt kosher place to have my son's bar mitzvah in November 2010. About 120-140 people. We had a place but the caterer is no longer in business. i do not want one of the Orthodox halls in Williamsburg, and am curious about pricing for a place like Shaare Zion with Ram Caterers or even places in the City like Lincoln Square. Does anyone have any advice?


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    1. Shaare Zion & Mhtan Beach JC are the only regular catering halls in Bklyn. with decorated ballrooms (not a multi use kiddush room) Speak to Jeremy at SZ or Joel at MBJC they are both very knowledgeable & will work with you.
      Other than the chasidic halls there are catering halls like the el carib which has to be kosherized with an outside off prem caterer & can get $$$ .
      Lincoln Sq also is the only syn hall in the city but there are many event locations that u can choose from with a off prem kosher caterer in Manhattan. Check out an event location web site
      Long island has the glatt catering halls & country clubs to choose from
      Good luck

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      1. re: caterman

        Is Lincoln Square expensive, and do they allow mixed dancing?

      2. Mark David, the in-house caterer at Lincoln Square is top of the loine, when he does other locations prices are very high. At Lincoln Square he is more reasonable.

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        1. re: EvanM

          how much? I should have gotten married a couple of years ago when things weren't so tight

        2. Having attended more parties at Shaare Zion than I could possibly count, I would like to warn you that although Ram is top notch, this hall is rather large for your party. Manhattan Beach Jewish Center is not a bad choice, but you are comparing apples with oranges here.
          If you want something on par with Shaare Zion on a smaller scale look at Ohel David and Shlomo in Manhattan Beach. It is more elegant than MBJC and Zami Caterers is definately on par with Ram.

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          1. re: arachelk

            Have you been to weddings at Ohel David and Shlomo? Could it fit a party of 150 for a wedding?

          2. Just remembered another idea. Also in Manhattan Beach, different but interesting. Kingsborough Community College has recently opened a ballroom for affairs. Zami caters there also and if I remember correctly his own daughter was married there recently.

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            1. re: arachelk

              I just spoke to Joseph @ Zami Caterers. He quoted a price of $75 to $85 a person plus 10% and $375 for the Rabbi. He sounded very nice. Kingsborough looks beautiful on their website. He told me his daughter and niece were both married there. What could be bad??

              1. re: lloydkatz

                Did you end up going with Zami? I'm considering going with him, but he seems ridiculosuly hard to get a hold of (and cancelled a meeting the day of). Did anyone else go with Zami catering? How was your experience?

                1. re: AllyMcnally

                  I ended up with Meisner's in Brooklyn. They found me a venue, the Inwood Country Club, a photographer and a florist. They offered a choice of boneless stuffed chicken or steak and provided the waiters for $70 a person including the cocktail hour with tray passes and stations. They did a sushi station for an extra thousand, and threw in a beauiful 5 tier wedding cake. Tuvia was the contact person. They were great. Feel free to call me with any questions at 212 379 8313

                      1. re: AllyMcnally

                        If you don't mind my asking, how much was the venue in addition?

                        1. re: AllyMcnally

                          $9000 including liquor for 200 people. Mr. Smith was the manager, and he was very easy to deal with. He also through in a room for the night.


                      2. re: lloydkatz

                        I used Meisner's for my wedding a few years back. They did a great job and Tuvia was a pleasure to deal with.

                        1. re: lloydkatz

                          Do you still have Meisner's contact info? I tried calling but their number isn't working.

                          1. re: lloydkatz

                            I just read this old post - can I contact you. I am currently considering using Meisners for a Bat Mitzvah.