Hey, NYC 'hounds. I know posts like this are a total pain, but I would LOVE some help here.
My brother and his fiancee--two Brooklyn artists--are getting married in a small, informal ceremony (ahem, at City Hall) in September and they are trying to figure out a place for a celebratory dinner afterwards for 20-25 people (mostly family). Here are the varied criteria:
1. Preferably downtown--walking distace from City Hall would be nice, but is not necessary. A great place in Brooklyn would also work.
2. My brother says "Someplace with zero attitude. Like, there can be fabulous people there, but they can't be assholes. No uptight, frenzied, heroin-addicted model/waitresses." Good, friendly service is essential.
3. Celebratory--so not hushed or stuffy.
4. A place with some semblance of "old New York" would be nice.
5. Good food! My bro and his fiancee are true 'hounds, but they don't read the boards much. They haven't specified, but I think they'd prefer French/Italian/American-type food.
6. They have expressed interest in Balthazar, but the attitude thing could be problematic. I think aesthetically that's what they're looking for.
7. Price-wise, it's somewhat flexible, but ideally it would be around $75/head or less. Most of the family doesn't drink, but those that do like their wine but aren't snobs about it.
This will be on a Friday afternoon/early evening.
They checked out Delmonico's (didn't think it would work) and will soon look at City Hall (the restaurant). Older posts recommended Chanterelle, but I think that would be too formal. Also Union Square Cafe, the Tonic, the Harrison and Lupa (could they seat that many people?!). Any other ideas would be very, very much appreciated.
Thank you, thank you, wonderful 'hounds.
-Missy P. (Bay Area boarder)