This past weekend, my fiance and I checked out sites for our wedding reception. Two places that we are considering are the Villa Barone Manor, and the Marina del Rey, both located in the Bronx, near the Throg's neck bridge. Clearly the two places are in competition with each other, and Marina del Rey obviously wins with location, but is pricier.
Both reception halls said that they are known for their food, but I have not really been able to find out any information on any sites regarding what guests think about the food. We asked about doing a tasting before the wedding, and Marina del Rey told us that they only do a tasting after the deposit was put down because many people had taken advantage of them in the past. Villa Barone Manor said that they do not do tastings at all.
So my question is, has anyone eaten the food at these halls, and is the food as good as they say?
Also if anyone has any other suggestions for a reception site, our priorities are :
1) Excellent food
2) Located approximately midway between Connecticut and Staten Island
3) Holds at least 175 people,
4) Less than $150 pp before tax and tip