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Chinese wedding banquet WITH dancing?

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Hi Everyone..I really want to do a Chinese wedding banquet or have Chinese cuisine at my wedding but I also have my heart set on dancing/fun! I've never really seen this done successfully. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any venues in the SF Bay Area that accommodate this? I also wonder if Chinese restaurants usually close at their normal closing time (10-11PM?) even if there is a wedding going on?

thanks so much

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  1. Empress of China has a dance floor (as well as a stage and runway) in their Grand Ballroom, which seats 650. New Asia holds dinner dances, so presumably they have a dance floor as well. Both are in San Francisco Chinatown.

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    Empress of China
    838 Grant Ave Ste 5, San Francisco, CA 94108

    New Asia
    772 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. I know that Zen Peninsula and Yank Sing will both accomodate a dancing area (although with Zen Peninsula, you have to be willing to go with fewer tables).

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      Zen Peninsula
      1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

      Yank Sing
      49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

      1. Most Chinese restaurants that do a large volume of wedding banquets do accommodate dancing. I've never seen a restaurant turn out the lights on a banquet either, but given that typical starting time is 6pm, 7 pm at the latest, how long do you expect your guests to stay?

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          Every things negotiable, you just pay more to stay longer.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Thanks guys! I will look into those. I'm thinking probably 12ish? I've been to some American style weddings that last until 1 or 2 but I think that will be a bit overkill.

            Also, looking into possibly just getting some Chinese catering and doing more of a party. I read on this board that Zen does some catering. Does anyone know if it is much more expensive than the table prices? The tables seem pretty reasonable price.

              1. re: chaseshadows

                OOH thanks! I am totally blind! :) After scouring yelp, apparently they also have a $270 fee per table for catering and a $50 corkage fee. darn. xp

                1. re: flyingvoodoopig

                  That sucks. Do keep us posted, I'm interested to see what you find/end up doing...for future reference. :)