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Apr 6, 2011 01:18 PM

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for 20 people - <$100pp

I need a wedding rehearsal dinnner spot. We have 20 people and the budget is $100pp. We don't want open bar, so we'd like to keep it to that budget including alcohol (probably not a whole lot of drinking going on either way)

We do need a completely private room. It is for a Korean couple, and there is a "paebaek ceremony" which is a cultural thing that requires its own space within the private room. See the attached photo of what this ceremony setup looks like here or you can go here (


Since we are doing this ceremony, it might make sense to do it at an Asian restaurant so that the vibe is more in tune with what we are doing. But this is not a requirement.

I've already looked into Woo Lae Oak, EN Japanese Brasserie, Bann and Chom Chom. I think EN is a good spot. Bann is apparently not a good option for completely private. Chom Chom has gotten absolutely terrible reviews on Yelp so I think that I am going to cross that off the list. And Woo Lae Oak might be a decent option but after talking to manager, I have to go and see for myself since I haven't been there since they opened and I don't remember the layout very well.

We also need to do this on a Saturday night, which makes it even tougher since booking private for a group of this size isn't exactly ideal for most restaurants, so I understand with our budget that we won't be going anywhere that will blow our minds with the food. It would be nice if the restaurant was in an area that isn't a mind fuck for parking, since there will be out of towners with us.

Thanks for the help in advance.

En Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Woo Lae Oak
148 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012

350 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

Chom Chom
40 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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  1. Ok, let me start by saying that I realize this is a weird suggestion, but what about Cuba Restaurant (Thomposon between Bleeker and Great Jones)? They have a downstairs that I think could fit that many people, and you should be able to squeeze in the ceramony (although it would probably wont feel spacious). It'd work with your budget. You could probably ask them to do family style even, and the food is good. Anywhere in Manhattan is going to be a mindfuck with parking. That's why garages exist.

    222 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: knol

      i'm going to check this out. thanks.

    2. just a thought, as I'm soon to be marrying a Korean girl, myself. are you sure the couple would be happy with a Japanese restaurant? i'm not trying to get into politics on chowhound, but there's a history there that many have not forgotten, especially elders.

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      1. re: coasts

        you are right. i overlooked this b/c my parents are pretty liberal. i talked to the groom and he said its DOA, so no japanese. doh.

      2. STK meatpacking or Asellina in midtown

        26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

        420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016