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Please help! Need to plan NYC wedding in 5 months! With amazing food! Venue suggestions?

Hi! I really appreciate any and all feedback. So I'm planning my wedding for this November or December, and I'm having trouble finding a venue that I love. I'm only having about 80 people, and I want the food to be great and the space to feel festive and fun. I'm not into traditional weddings--I just want a fun cocktail party with passed food and a few stations, but no sit-down dinner. A restaurant with a private room is fine as long as I can bring in a band and they allow dancing. I'm considering City Hall Restaurant in Tribeca (has anyone been to a wedding there? was it good?), but would love any other venue suggestions. My budget is $20k. THANK YOU in advance for your help!!

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City Hall
131 Duane St., New York, NY 10013

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  1. Friends of mine were married last year at Westbeth. Small wedding, dj, and a buffet - you bring in your own caterers. I can't speak for the budget, sorry to say.

    1. Have you considered renting a space that is not a restaurant and arranging food of your liking? My partner and I had our wedding at nesteventloft.com (cannot recommend Barb, who runs the loft as well as Hatch Creative Studios - she will design your flowers too if you would like!, highly enough). Beautiful loft, perfect space for 80 (we had just shy of 100 and plenty of room - could have had more people - but no band, add a band and it is ideal for 80-100), amazing views and Barb is really low key about allowing you to do food how and with whom you would like. (She is also amazingly helpful with pretty much anything else you would need). We actually made our own food (and did it cocktail party style as well, it worked perfectly), along with a lot of help from friends and family cooking, because our budget was under half of yours, but I think she would be more than open to you having whatever restaurant or caterer provide the food that you wished. And I would think with your size and budget you would have a lot of options.

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      1. re: kjean823

        have you seen the Alger house , it is perfect size and you can bring in your own caterer. My wife is a photog and shot many weddings there.

        1. re: griller in the mist

          Hi Griller in the Mist. Yes--I was just looking at the Alger House! Seems like a great choice. They also own Manhattan Penthouse, which looks nice, too. Thanks for your advice!

          1. re: griller in the mist

            Had my wedding at Alger House in 2007. I'm pretty sure you couldn't bring your own caterer, but their food is very good. The passed hors d'oeuvres were the excellent, so if you focuses on those for a cocktail party, it should be perfect. MP would be too big for you. 80 in Alger House sounds perfect... i had 95 for a cocktail party w/ only 75% seating. Our total spend was around $14,000 at Alger, $20k for the whole wedding. All of the staff is great, and it's in a really cute spot on Downing St in the west village.

          2. IMO if you want "amazing food" you're better off finding a space that allows you to bring your own caterer. City Hall as well as Alger House would fit your budget and guest number, but food isn't "amazing" by any means.

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              1. I recently went to a wedding of that size at the Lotos Club on the Upper East Side and was shocked at how good the food was. The bride and groom used the house kitchen.