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Sep 17, 2010 06:55 PM

Rehearsal dinner for 75 people

Hi! I am looking for a restaurant for a restaurant for my wedding Rehearsal Dinner (Friday in August). We will be having around 75 people. We're looking for a fun place preferably below 23rd street, but we'll consider anything in Manhattan. Nothing too fancy, but good food is a must.

We are either looking for a place where we can rent out the whole restaurant or where they have a large private room or area that can be sectioned off.

I really appreciate your recommendations!


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  1. Do you have a per person budget? Any preferences for cuisine? I recently did some research for a friend's rehearsal dinner so I may be able to help.

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    1. re: uwsister

      Thanks so much! We don't really have a per person budget yet because we're not really sure what this costs but were thinking around $75/pp.

      Cuisine wise we were thinking about American, Italian or Mediterranean, mainly because they are cuisines that most people like, but we are open to anything.

      Thanks so much for your help!!

      1. re: SaltyD

        I'll get back to this - I'm out of town now but when I get home I know I have a bunch of info saved. I was afraid you'd name a ridiculously low budget (most people who ask re: rehearsal dinner here do, not that it's a bad thing - Chinatown banquets need business too) but $75/person is doable.

        1. re: uwsister

          any update here? i saw this post and would love to know your thoughts as i am doing the exact same thing.


          1. re: pwallace

            I totally forgot about this post - oops! I can't find the doc file that I compiled all the info :(
            If this helps at all - not too long ago I attended a wedding at Bayard's and was very impressed. The space was beautiful & their food was surprisingly great. I don't think their per-head cost is that pricey, especially considering their food & space. May be worth an inquiry.

            1. re: pwallace

              I'm dong the same thing also. Hosting a rehearsal dinner for 75. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My children told me that I would need to spend around $80 per person to cover the cost of food, wine, tax and gratuity. does that sound doeable? thanks for reading ...

              1. re: Ellie28

                If it helps at all, we ended up booking the rehearsal dinner at Sidecar at PJ Clarkes, but it ended up costing way more than we originally thought we wanted to spend. Being that it was planned by my fiance's mother I don't have the specifics on costs, but I know that it was probably closer to $110 per person. That said, we did a full open bar, cocktail hour and sit down dinner, it could certainly be done for less with wine and beer only and a buffet style dinner.

                Sidecar at P.J. Clarke's
                915 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10022

                1. re: SaltyD

                  I just went through this, and although only for 26 people a budget of 75 with tax and tip and alcohol is tight, depending on the style/ level of food you want.
                  Kefi on the UWS can get you in at that price, and number of people.
                  Not sure if Momofuku would be able to fit you for the Bo Ssam, but budget wise it would be close.
                  Jane on Houston could possibly be worth it.
                  We also looked at Hearth, Locande Verde, Tocqueville, Meatball Shop, and a few others as options, so if any of those interest you I can fill you in a little more on what I found.

                  Outer Boroughs, Frankie's 457 could possibly fit you, and be close on your budget.

                  505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

                  1. re: UWSEater

                    I remember looking into Tocqueville and remembering it to be quite pricey. Frankie's 457 was affordable, but the bride-to-be wasn't crazy about the setup (I think they would've had to set up both indoor and outdoor to accommodate her party size.) That would be a great place for a rehearsal dinner though if one doesn't mind it being in Brooklyn.

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