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Five-Couple Poll: Where Was Your Rehearsal Dinner?

Fiamma Osteria: “It’s an entire private floor of a townhouse available for hire. The food was the best I have ever had at a large, fixed-menu party.”
—Comer, 29, and Brandon Aebersold, 30

Fig and Olive (downtown): “We wanted to show off the fun, trendy places in NYC to our out-of-town guests, and this was good for that. It was packed, the food was good, and the décor modern. The restaurant was a bit loud and the service not quite fast enough, but all in all it was a fun night.”
—Sara Katz, 27, and James Wharton, 29

Gradisca, an Italian restaurant in the West Village: “We reserved the private back room for 70 people, and ate, drank, and visited with our guests all night long. We chose it because we had been there on dozens of romantic dinner dates.”
—Hillary, 27, and Ben Carter, 29

Bread Tribeca: “We had our wedding in a loft, and this restaurant has a loft feel to it, so it was in keeping with our theme. We took over the whole restaurant, so it felt very intimate. I would highly recommend it for a party of around 40. The only drawback is that because of the very high ceilings it can be a bit loud, which was fine for us but might not be so great for another group.”
—Kerry Thompson, 32, and Daniel Golden, 55

The Sidecar at P. J Clarke’s: “We thought it’d be fun to have the dinner in a space that was very much an NY institution, but with no pretense. And since P. J. Clarke’s is one of our favorite places to eat, it was nice to have the personal connection rather than just eating at a nice restaurant. Instead of a plated dinner, we had a three-hour cocktail party, better for mingling. We only had 50 people (they have a bigger capacity), but were able to block off an area that was perfect.”
—Jenn, 31, and Kevin LaBonge, 28

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