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High-capacity restaurants (150 people)?

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So I proposed and she said yes, and now we're in the planning phase. Since I'm an addictive planner, this is just feeding something that shouldn't be fed, but I digress. :-D

We want to avoid doing a cookiecutter (and potentially very high-budget) catering hall wedding. We'll try for the reception elsewhere and we want to have the reception at a nice restaurant. Since we're very informal people, we don't want to do dinner and dancing, just a nice get-together for everyone.

A cocktail-style dinner would be great, but we don't mind a sit-down multi-course. The culinary selection should probably include something for the not-so-adventurous since we might have a few non-foodies in attendance. Does anyone have any suggestions for a decent restaurant in the Essex/Bergen/Passaic Co. area?


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Congratulations!

I have no idea if they can do a group of this size, but I'd definitely call Fascino in Montclair, esp b/c you have time to plan. Keep in mind that Fascino has two different rooms and is BYO--there are good/bad sides to both. Crave could be a possibility as well, 'tho I have no clue as to their capacity or layout just yet. They do have a full liquor license! Will post other ideas as they come...


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Congratulations! 

I have no idea if they can do a group of this size, but I'd definitely call Fascino in Montclair, esp b/c you have time to plan.  Keep in mind that Fascino has two different rooms and is BYO--there are good/bad sides to both.  Crave could be a possibility as well, 'tho I have no clue as to their capacity or layout just yet.  They do have a full liquor license!  Will post other ideas as they come...

Congratulations.

Crave looks capable of doing a 100 - 150 maybe 200 person reception / service on site. I'd suggest giving them a call and seeing if they're interested in the job.

(I had a tour when they were finishing up the kitchen and doing some final work on the dining room last autumn.)


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I'm watching this thread closely too. I've been engaged almost 2 years and need to find a special place in NJ for 100-140 guests that's not the typical wedding experience. I've looked into Rat's but it's quite expensive, although the grounds are gorgeous.

Keep us posted on your progress, please!

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My friend Carlos Lopes has just openened a Roselle Park outpost of his popular Solar do Minho restaurant(Belleville) Rumor has it he can seat 1400. I think he could handle a party of 100-150 with ease. Fine, Fine Portugese/Rodizio if your looking for something different.


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Tell Carlos that Solar do Minho is one of my favorite Portuguese locations even considering Ironbound. I'll google it up and see what I find.


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"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock 'n roll." -Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of The Legend of Zelda, circa 1990

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