Fellow food lovers and hosts who aren't rich:
I am trying to host a casual brunch on a Saturday in Manhattan or Brooklyn in early September. I want to keep it towards the less expensive end of possibilities, and I don't want to tell our guests (who will have been at our wedding the night before) that they have to show up at a certain time, that they must RSVP a month in advance, etc... this is a friendly offer for those guests who want to join us for eggs, champagne and pastries the next day, to please keep chatting and partying.
That means that anywhere from 60 to 100 people could show up, and we wouldn't really know until the day of.
Advice on places that have a room they'd let us book for three hours, and who could serve either a delicious fixed menu or have a lovely buffet out for guests who want to mingle and nibble, and not necessarily be confined to a table for the duration of the meal?
Especially would love to hear about places with out door options.
Also, we are interested in places that we could rent and bring in a caterer.