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Wedding in NYC for 60-80 people - looking for a restaurant - suggestions???

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My boyfriend and I are from Toronto, Canada but LOVE New York and so are planning our wedding to be in the conservatory gardens in Central Park on June 9th.

Afterwards, we would like to have a nice meal at a decent restaurant preferably in the meatpacking/west village/soho/tribeca area and ideally it would also have an outdoor space for a cocktail hour before dinner. Our budget is approximately $10,000-$15,000 and we expect between 60 to 80 people. We recognize that if we end up with 80 people that our budget will have to increase to $20,000, but would prefer to aim closer to $15,000.

We would appreciate any suggestions!

Also just a bit about us, we are in our early 30s, "young professionals" and are hoping that there will be somewhere fun nearby (or the restaurant itself) for fun night out after dinner, but this is not the priority in our choice of restaurants.

Thanks so much in advance!

Thank you foodwhisperer but unfortunately The Bowery was booked, and the other were not what we had in mind...

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  1. We took over ail Buco a few years ago for a wedding that size and it was fantastic,

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    Il Buco
    47 Bond St., New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: Aimee

      Will look into Il Buco! thanks!

    2. look at Del Posto. i had my wedding there in October and it was fantastic.

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      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: coasts

        I was going to suggest Del Posto. Now that same sex marriages are legal in NY, Del Posto would be my choice if we were to go all out. Can you tell me a little more about the event coasts, if you don't mind and have a few minutes? I bet is was beautiful!

        1. re: ttoommyy

          Thanks for all your replies. Have looked into Del Posto but for 80 people for cocktail hour ($50/pp) and 4 course meal ($160/pp) with a 32% gratuity and tax, the cost is already over $22,000 and that does not include alcohol.

          We'd like to keep our budget less than $20,000 for everything.

          Any other thoughts??? So far those that are within our budget are too small or are already booked. I appreciate any suggestions!

          1. re: ttoommyy

            in true chowhound fashion, we wanted to focus on serving and eating really good food. like most new yorkers, we often live far outside of our means, which made wedding planning a challenge. we wanted to do things in "our style", but without breaking the bank. using Del Posto's candelabras and house music, we were able to dedicate the majority of our budget how we had hoped, towards the meal. our flower cost was just $500 and we didn't spend a dime on music.

            there's little reason to carry on about the food. it was fantastic and everybody commented saying as much. when the first course is a choice between lobster and a black truffle salad, you know you're in for a great meal. the full menu is pasted below, not listing the silent vegetarian options. for me, the passed assaggio were the most memorable.

            what is worth carrying on about was the service. from the start, the event planner seemed to understand our needs and worked with us to keep the event within our budget without sacrificing anything of real value. the waitstaff during the event made sure that no one went without a thing, and made it a point to cater to some very difficult guests. after the dinner, my grandmother thanked my wife and i for arranging a dedicated server for her, alone. we hadn't arranged anything.

            we ended the night with a cake from Momofuku Milk Bar, pictured here:

            http://i.imgur.com/BkanX.jpg

            ANTIPASTO
            Lobster Fra Diavola, Garlic Bread Panna Cotta & Seaweeds
            Friulano, Bastianich 2009 Friuli

            PRIMO
            Pumpkin Cappellacci with Brown Butter & Sage
            Morrelino di Scansano “I Perazzi,” La Mozza 2009 Toscana

            SECONDI
            Braised Black Bass & Seppia, Broccoli in Potacchio & Rosemary Powder
            Or
            NY Chicken alla Scarpariello, Porcini Trifolati & Sorana Beans
            Morrelino di Scansano “I Perazzi,” La Mozza 2009 Toscana

            DOLCI
            Barra di Gianduja
            Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Bar with Spicy Hazelnuts & Citrus Syrup
            Alternated With Tartufo al Caffe
            Dark Chocolate, Sant’Eustachio Coffee & Cinnamon Croutons

            BISCOTTI ASSORTITI
            Your dessert will be accompanied by a selection of cookies and drip coffee

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            Del Posto
            85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: coasts

              Thanks coasts. Of course you know the food will be exceptional. Thanks for including the other info. Good to hear about the service. Its always been great when ive veaten there. Sounds like a wonderful time!