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Rehearsal dinner within 15-20 minutes of Morristown

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  • jmarx Jan 4, 2013 05:21 PM

We will be having about 65 people (more like an out-of-town guest night-before dinner...)! It will be a Friday night in May. Looking for good food and especially a big room with nice atmosphere. Suggestions??

Thanks,

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  1. http://www.highlawn.com/

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    1. re: fourunder

      I second.

    2. Tim Schaefer's in Morristown, if it can hold that many.

      1. Fourunder, I love that idea, going to meet with them today! I'll let you know how it goes. Nochef, I thought about Tim Schaefer's... Don't think they can hold that many. Is the food good there?

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        1. re: jmarx

          One thing you need to know about larger parties.(20+). Restaurants serve tables.....Catering facilities are in the business of running parties and know how to serve multiple functions at the same time while not compromising on service and quality.

          If you book, get there early, have a cocktail and enjoy it on the outside patio. You will not see a better view to the east and the New York City skyline.

          1. re: fourunder

            They should change the name of this site to Chow-Fourunder. Lol The man is again correct!

            1. re: jrvedivici

              Paragraph 1 or 2?

              : 0 )

        2. We went to Highlawn- as much as I've heard about it, I've never been. The restaurant is nice and I loved the wine cellar. But, for our sized perty, we'd be upstairs only (cocktails, dinner). It's nice but a little far and a little pricey (~$85 pp for 3 courses and alcohol). Upstairs could use some renovating too... We'll see- keeping it in mind.

          Spoke to the Harvest Restaurant folks- seems like their only venue which could fit us would be 3 West. Semi-private space, again, 20 min drive. What do you think about that?

          Other ideas?? Ruth's Chris in Parsippany?

          Thanks again for your help- keep it coming!!!!

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          1. re: jmarx

            My son had his Wedding back in November.....the majority of out of town guests were staying at The Short Hills Hilton. The Catering/Wedding Planner Manager suggested Fiorino in Summit for the Rehearsal Dinner....and the Huntley Tavern. Roots was suggested as well, but their price will probably exceed what you have indicted.

            I had posed a similar query here:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/871639

            1. re: fourunder

              Thanks so much! I'll take a look. Where did you end up having it?

              1. re: jmarx

                The River Palm Terrace, Fair Lawn location,

              2. re: fourunder

                I should clarify, if the food and ambiance are perfect, cost can be more

              3. re: jmarx

                Il Villaggio? Bretton Woods? Il Giardino?

                1. re: jmarx

                  I can only speak to Breton Woods. it is a lovely setting, I have been there several times in the last few years, most recently in November. The food is OK, nothing exceptional, pretty standard banquet fare.

              4. Bernards Inn's Silver vault would be perfect

                1. The conservatory at the Madison Hotel would also do a group that size very nicely. www.themadisonhotel.com

                  The Montville Inn, right off 287 also has a room upstairs that can accomodate 65. It's less formal than some of the other places and there have been some recent management changes that I can't vouch for.

                  http://www.lunellosmontvilleinn.com/

                  1. Did you think about Roots or Sebastians? Either would be better than Ruths Chris.

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                    1. re: tamerlanenj

                      I LOVE Roots- one of my favorite restaurants around and it would be so convenient. The room is great but a little small- only fits about 55 (max 58). If our numbers are smaller than we think, we'll definitely do that. Sebastians I did not look at... I've never actually been there- is the food good? Inside is nice? Maybe I'll inquire there too.

                    2. The Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. I've done a couple work functions there and they are very easy to work with and reasonably priced. They have a couple options for private dining and their Chef is Eric Levine from Food Network's Chopped. It is a little more casual then most of the places already listed, it has a gastropub atmosphere but their private rooms are quiet. Their beer & cocktail lists are also amazing if your into that kind of thing. The only problem I've ever seen there is parking but I'm pretty sure they offer free valet on the weekends now. http://morristapandgrill.com/

                      1. Headsmack. Tabor Road Tavern. Casual, but upscale, and I see private corporate events there ALL the time (sometimes too often in December)!

                        ETA: www.TaborRoadTavern.com

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                        1. re: Curlz

                          Spoke to the Harvest Restaurant folks- seems like their only venue which could fit us would be 3 West. Semi-private space, again, 20 min drive. What do you think about that?.......

                          Not an option.

                          1. re: fourunder

                            Why fourunder? Too far?

                            1. re: jmarx

                              I just copied and pasted your comments from Jan 6th above....and you indicated the other Harvest venues were not available... or an option

                              Tabor Road Tavern is a nice place.. Checking their site, it seems the reason they may have told you it was not available has to do with your party size of 65.

                              If you want to consider it, you may have to adjust your plans for the type of menu you would be willing to have......or fib on the number of guests

                              http://harvestrestaurants.com/places-...

                        2. Have you considered any of the following....

                          The Park Savoy in Florham Park

                          http://www.parkavenueclub.com/Default...

                          http://www.newarkclub.com/

                          http://lakemohawkcountryclub.com/