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Bar mitzvah venue in Westchester or Rockland

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Looking for a space for my son's bar mitzvah. Don't want an outdated catering hall. Would love a nice space with good food, and reasonable prices... Or a place without catering, where I could bring in food. Any ideas?

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  1. Here's a thread that may give you some good starting points.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/359249

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    1. re: Sra. Swanky

      Yes, I had seen the old thread. Was hoping someone had other suggestions a few years later... Thanks!

      1. re: tarrytown hound

        Life the Place to Be in Ardsley is a great space. I've been to an Abigail Kirsch catered event - the food was great!

        http://www.abigailkirsch.com/exclusiv...

        1. re: tarrytown hound

          Just remembered another one. You'll probably have to hire a separate caterer, but WeeZee in Chappaqua has the space for a bar mitzvah and is probably more reasonable in price than Life...

          1. re: Sra. Swanky

            We heard that Life purports to be reasonably-priced, but absolutely nothing is included in the original quote one is given. Literally everything is extra, including the lights, and they usually don't allow you to use any outside items or vendors.

            The space itself is very industrial, cold, and cavernous and not in a funky, downtown way. I agree with Sra. Swanky that Abigail Kirsch's catering is good.

            We went through the bar/bat/b'nai mitzvah/confirmation circuit a few years ago and are literally the next town over from Ardsley. I don't remember a single party being held at Life.

      2. How many people?

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        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          About 150.

        2. was at a lovely BM this weekend at Tappan Hill. Food was outstanding. Abigail Kirsch catering was very good from the passed hors d'oeuvres to the three small desserts. Is worth every penny.

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          1. re: jwg

            Abigail Kirsch catered two bar mitzvahs for me. My son's are in their 40's now, so that will tell you how long her firm has been in operation... way before Tappan Hill. It's so nice to read (from England now) that she's still in business - or someone in her family is!

          2. My niece's bat mitzvah was last March at Brynwood Club in Armonk and it was amazing!!

            1. This is in CT, but not too far: http://loadingdockevents.com. No idea of the pricing, but it seems totally customizable.

              1. Half Moon does buyouts on Saturday afternoons that would accommodate your # of people.

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                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                  Half Moon is one of the most beautiful venues in Westchester. I wonder if they would be able to accommodate the usual bar mitzvah activities and acoutrements. Honestly, I would also worry about having a gaggle of teen boys near an enticing yet rocky shoreline after dark. They may all be extraordinarily mature, but there's always one...!

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    My husband and I had our wedding reception (about six months after our ceremony) there about 2 years ago. While I am not the hugest fan of Half Moon as a restaurant, Dympna (the event planner) did an amazing job and we were completely thrilled with the day. She deals with all sorts of events and she is very flexible (not to mention that the space itself is flexible). It's relatively affordable for the area (I think it was $100/head for adults including an open bar) and the only work we had to do was flowers and favors. We're actually considering having my parents' fortieth wedding anniversary party there too in the smaller upstairs space. We were really pleased with the food; no, it's not spectacular by Chowhound standards but it was very good and honestly people were so floored by the view that I think we could have served them PBJs and they would have been happy. :)

                    Do keep in mind that their regular buy out is Saturday afternoons at 12. They may do buy outs at other times but I imagine at a hefty additional cost.

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                      I'll bet your reception was gorgeous!

                      Many of the b-mitzvah celebrations we've been to have had some really over-the-top entertainment for the kids and required a dedicated space just for that, separate from the cocktail and dining areas. Of course, they all had dance floors as well. If the OP had something like that in mind, a restaurant may not be ideal.

                      As an adult invitee, my favorite b-mitzvah party was one that had the kids playing ping pong and air hockey in one part of the venue while we hung out in the cocktail area at the caviar station and vodka luge. :)

                2. Perhaps you could share your idea of "reasonable prices"? And how formal or informal do you want it to be. Does "nice" space mean upscale or nice-sized (or both)? At what time of year would this be? How about outdoors at a park?

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                  1. re: Elisa515

                    Thank you so much for all the input! Much appreciated. Bar mitzvah is at the end of February, so a park would not work. Yes, we would want a dance floor. Not sure if a restaurant would be able accomodate us. We like Half Moon (and Harvest) but when I called the prices were actually $120 for adults and $95 for kids! Considering kids don't drink, or eat very much, I thought that was high. Any other event spaces? Thanks again for your input!

                    1. re: tarrytown hound

                      I've been to a few bar/bat mitzvahs (same family, different kids) at Bear Mountain Park. They have some lovely buildings a few miles from the main center. Not at all a catering hall sort of place. I don't know whether you arrange for the catering yourself or have to use their on-site caterer, but the food was quite good.

                      I'm sure the price was much more reasonable than what you've been hearing.

                      Only downside, of course, is potential weather issues, but I guess you'd have that anywhere.

                  2. How about the C.V. Rich Manison in White Plains( the White Plans Women's Club.) I belive you can hire your own caterer.

                    1. Coliseum Night Club in White Plains is a very unique space to look into if your looking for not your "traditional" bar mitzvah party.