Last weekend we attended a birthday dinner at Allen and Delancey. The food was impeccable, as was the service. I just kept thinking what a fantastic place it would be to rent out for a rehearsal dinner … that got me thinking about all the romantic and candle-lit spaces that I might like to throw a party.
Located (you guessed it!) on the corner of Allen and Delancey in the Lower East Side neighborhood. If they want to extend the night, there are plenty of places right close by for them to go have a cocktail after the rehearsal dinner.
They have gotten loads of press at Allen and Delancey and they deserve it! The food was great.
I love Alta in the West Village. It is located in a charming townhouse and they serve really tasty tapas. The back section of the restaurant has an open two story high dining area. The beams are exposed and it almost feels like you are in a Spanish Cathedral. A fantastic space. Try the brussel sprouts -even if you are not a fan- they are AWESOME!
Our rehearsal dinner was in the enchanting wine cellar full of old world charm at Il Buco restaurant. They serve fantastic Italian fare in a cozy and candle-lit location on Bond Street. Legend has it that Edgar Allen Poe, once a regular visitor to 47 Bond St, took the wine cellar as inspiration for his haunting short story “The Cask of Amontillado”. The space is almost 200 years old with sconce-lit brick walls, floor-to-ceiling wines, recessed alcoves with wrought-iron gates, and hanging cured meats. A feast for both the eyes and the stomach!
Above is a photo of the upstairs area at Il Buco. It has nice feel and may also be rented for special events.
Then there is Mas. A modern “farmhouse” of sorts in the heart of the West Village. Every meal I have eaten here has been out of this world. The duck, y-u-m!
Even if you don’t rent them for your rehearsal dinner, they are worth considering for a romantic evening out on the town!