Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Big City, Little (Yet Super-Chic) Soiree

This week, a client of ours who had been planning a far-flung destination wedding suddenly decided (well, needed) to throw an intimate stateside wedding soiree for 30 of their nearest and dearest friends...next month.

In record time, we flipped through our handy file of favorite small venues to find just the right private dining room. Available on a Saturday night in June. For a party of less than 30 people.  

And, well, let's just say bigger isn't always better. We were so excited to uncover some super special venues with delectable cuisine and divine decor. Here are three of our favorites!

La Grenouille 
3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022 - (212) 752-1495

One of New York's finest french dining venues doubles as a stunningly romantic setting for a wedding. Starting at $195 a head for dinner ($75 for lunch), the private party room features a wood-burning fireplace, Juliette balconies, and high ceilings topped with a sun drenched skylight. The room was once the home of the painter Bernard Lamotte, who along with his friend Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry (author of "Le Petit Prince") hosted many parties with Greta Garbo, Jean Gabin and Charlie Chaplin. The bonus! Some of Manhatttan's most beautiful blooms.

Crosby Street Hotel 
79 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012 - (212) 226-6400

Located on a quiet street in the swanky Soho district of lower Manhattan, the Crosby Street Hotel is one of the hottest new hotels around (having recently jumped the pond from its famously chic location in the UK.) From $250 per person, the hotel's private dining and reception spaces can host a wedding--from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception for 10-40 guests. Their standard package includes assorted passed canapes, a gourmet three-course dinner, champagne toast to the couple, basic open bar and complete venue rental for four hours (not including tax and gratuity).

Time Warner Center - 10 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019 (212) 823-6123

Located in the north tower of the Time Warner Center--home of the Mandarin Oriental and epicurean mecca Per Se-- Landmarc offers two impressive event rooms that reflect the restaurant’s unique design and comfortably delicious cuisine.  These rooms can hold two separate parties, or be combined into one large room. Guests can dine on a prix-fixe dinner that ranges in price from $75 and up, an open bar and wine poured tableside, and the restaurants downright divine desserts. It's no wonder that our clients chose this venue to celebrate their uber-chic New York nuptials.

Know any good spots to celebrate a swanky little soiree? Send your picks to Chandelier. 

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