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Where would you have a festive, informal, cheap eats wedding rehearsal dinner?

Steven Feb 10, 2002 07:38 AM

We're New Yorkers in love with Montreal and we're getting married this summer at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sherbrooke, and our guests are staying at hotels on or near Sherbrooke and the Museum.

We're looking for a festive, informal and cheap place to do the rehearsal dinner the night before. It should be downtown within reasonable walking distance of the Musee.

Would love your suggestions. We thought of Ben's deli, but we hear it's not what it used to be and we know it's not the best - but Schwartz's and Brisket's etc. are not walking distance and we don't want to ask folks to drive or cab. We also thought of something in the Latin Quarter like Pizzadelic - mostly because it's in the Latin Quarter on St. Denis, which is a wonderful street, especially for tourists. But is it quite walking distance?

Anyway, please let us know what you would suggest. Thanks so much!

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    Jerry Sigalow Feb 10, 2002 01:11 PM

    Try FondueMentale on 4325 ST. Denis.514-499-1446.WE HAD A Great time and the food was fun and delicious

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    1. re: Jerry Sigalow
      Gourmando Feb 10, 2002 04:36 PM

      St. Denis is usually a good bet, but it would be a long walk from where you are. You might want to check out Weinstein & Gavinos on Crescent Street. Big, boisterous, busy pasta bar with a glassed-in pasta "factory" where you can watch fresh pasta being made. I've had great lunches there a couple of times, and think it would be super for a rehearsal party. Congratulations!

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      Francois Feb 12, 2002 11:35 PM


      Beaucoup d'amour, beaucoup de plaisir et , surtout, beaucoup de bonne bouffe... ensemble

      Unfortunately, St-Denis is not within walking distance. However, no shortage of good reasonably priced spots in that neck of the woods. My suggestions:

      Ferrari on Bishop Street, just north of Ste-Catherine (around the corner MMFA). We had a wedding supper there. Good honest italian cooking, reasonably priced. Not huge, not overly busy for supper, but still fun when one brings one's own party. Best call in advance and provide details ( ask for Elio, the owner).

      Entrecote St-Jean. Peel Street north of De Masionneuve Blvd. V. good for price BUT only one item on the menu: Entrecote (steak), so maybe dicey for entire wedding party.

      (So help help me, I cannot remember the name of this next place other than it is italian...someone on the board please help !...) another italian. On the south side of Sherbrooke Street, one block west of MMFA. It is in the half-basement of a building . I think they do supper. I seem to remember a courtyard which rest. opens up on, weather permitting.

      I am now going to go to sleep and shall post again if inspiration strikes. Again, congratulations!

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      1. re: Francois
        François Feb 14, 2002 09:23 PM

        Oh Oh Oh...I've got it...

        The place on Sherbrooke West, West of MMFA is called Il Cortile!

        My three surviving neurons finally fired off in sync...


        1. re: Francois
          François Feb 14, 2002 09:26 PM

          Oh Oh Oh...I've got it...

          The place on Sherbrooke West, West of MMFA is called Il Cortile!

          My three surviving neurons finally fired off in sync...


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          Steven Feb 17, 2002 10:14 PM

          Thank you, Francois, Jerry and Gourmando - these sound like great suggestions and we're going to visit them in a couple of weeks. Can't thank you enough.


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