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Reception in Nolita? Locals help please!

mastiffheaven | Sep 29, 200901:22 PM

Hello, the fiance and I visited NYC last weekend to scout out wedding reception venues. We really like Soho and Nolita, we're getting married at Old St. Pat's Cathedral, and we want to walk to the reception so need something close to the church. We've narrowed the choices down to 3 - Peasant Wine Bar, Epistrophy, and Lombardi's Pizza (yes, my man is a pizza fiend!) We are older, in our 40s, and don't want the typical formal sit-down reception but really just want something fun and relaxed, cocktail style, mingling, appetizers/wine/drinks... laid back!
My question is this - has anyone been to events at any of these places?? I've emailed them for event info but haven't heard back, and I'm wondering if Epistrophy even hosts private events? Loved the relaxed vibe there. Also heard that Lombardi's has a rooftop dining area? This might be fun for rehearsal dinner. Is this area enclosed or outdoors? Wedding in December so a bit worried about the weather... Any suggestions/ideas would be most appreciated! Thanks!

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