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Getting Married in City Hall - on a budget

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petuniafromhell Oct 15, 2010 08:55 AM

We are getting married next Wednesday and we wanted to grab some chow after the ceremony. It's only going to be 5 of us, nothing fancy but just good food. Since we don't know how long it's going to take (to eat breakfast, to eat lunch, brunch on a Wednesday?) please give me some advice. We are open to any type of food (italian, indian, mexican, spanish, etc).

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    Pan Oct 15, 2010 11:14 PM

    If you want a Cantonese banquet that will be festive, delicious, and inexpensive, consider South China Garden. Chinatown is a short walk (or cab ride) from City Hall.

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    South China Garden
    22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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      gutsofsteel Oct 16, 2010 04:32 AM

      I like the food at South China Garden but there is nothing festive about the place.

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      South China Garden
      22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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        Pan Oct 16, 2010 11:52 PM

        What's festive is sharing all that delicious food and the happy conversations that inspires. I don't mean to imply that the place has fancy decor or anything. It doesn't.

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          gutsofsteel Oct 17, 2010 05:38 AM

          By that definition, any restaurant that serves good food is "festive" and that's not true.

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            Pan Oct 17, 2010 03:23 PM

            I get your point. But do note that someone else was recommending Noodletown, and I think a banquet at a banquet place - even one with dull, fluorescent lights, etc. - is more festive than a meal at Noodletown. I guess if you really care about decor, Oriental Garden is probably the place to go for a Cantonese banquet, but it tends to cost more.

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      AubWah Oct 15, 2010 01:52 PM

      great ny noodletown

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        Thupamodel Oct 15, 2010 09:22 AM

        Congrats on getting married :) I'm getting married in 2 weeks myself (on the Highline!) I photographed a wedding at City Hall not long ago, and the process takes at least 1 hour (2 at most). I have a few restaurant recommendations for you - most good places you will find in TriBeca, or West Village, because City Hall & Financial District areas are not know for their restaurants... Hop in a cab & check out these places after the ceremony:

        The Odeon - inTriBeCa, a classic French bistro that is very popular & serves delicious (affordable) food. Can't go wrong with this option!

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie - in West Village, sweet and romantic, and has some of the best food in town. And it's in a lovely location - you can walk around and get lost in the little secret streets of West Village and feel like you are in a different world!

        Remember to splurge & have fun!!! It's wedding day after all :)
        Oh, also check out http://nymag.com you'll find other restaurant options listed by neighborhood.

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        Blue Ribbon Brasserie
        97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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          kathryn Oct 15, 2010 10:35 AM

          Blue Ribbon Brasserie is in Soho and opens at 4pm. Unless you meant Blue Ribbon Bakery? That's in the West Village and open for lunch but the Brasserie isn't.

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          Blue Ribbon Brasserie
          97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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

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            Thupamodel Oct 15, 2010 11:50 AM

            You are right, the one in the village - the BAKERY - is the one I meant to mention. It has nice daylight, which is obviously nice when you are having lunch in the afternoon.

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