Small Kosher wedding NYC or within 3 hours of NYC
To find a kosher caterer and venue in NYC or within 3 hours of NYC.
The wedding will be small, around 100 (could be less could be slightly more) on a Sunday.
Food need not be glatt, just supervised kosher. Not sure if it will be dairy/vegan or meat.
Prefer an in-house caterer. But will be flexible.
Venue would (hopefully) be simple, elegantly beautiful.
A view would be nice (I can dream can't I? LOL). Trying to stay away from overly decorated ornate wedding rooms.
Prefer indoor everything, no matter what time of year it is...and we are flexible about the date.
Budget: the bottom line not more than $100 PP (OK...now you can stop laughing).
Anyone ever been to this kind of event done as an elegant brunch?
The faculty club at Columbia - in Manhattan - offers a perfect venue on weddings this size. They have several rooms, it's a real faculty club on weekdays, the building is Georgian colonial style, and the largest room has glorious sweeping views south over Manhattan. (Because it's on Morningside Heights.) The price is modest because it's really a faculty club, looking for weekend revenue. I have been to both kosher and non-kosher weddings there. It was renovated just a couple of ears ago, so it's not "collegiate shabby." And you do not need to be affiliated with the college.
The Fort Hamilton Army Base Community Club in Brooklyn has a room with gorgeous views of the Verrazano bridge and would be perfect for 100 people. Their in-house caterer is not kosher, but I think they will work with an outside kosher caterer. Their manager is Suzanne Devita and her number is 718-833-9772. I have attended countless non-kosher events there as an officer of a professional society that has dinner meetings there, but I keep kosher, so I can't say anything about the food. The view is incredible, and I don't think their prices are that high.
You can try Rockwood Park Jewish Center. They advertise weddings for $35/pp
You can also try Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Center http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736596#5996522
For a nice listing of kosher wedding halls see