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Central Park Zoo  

If You... Don't Mind Risking the Weather
Jung Lee
of Fête
Central Park Zoo
(830 Fifth Ave., at 64th St.; 718-741-3836;
“The beauty of the zoo is its lush gardens. Set up cocktails beneath the clear-ceilinged colonnade, or in a clear tent for 200 guests in the Central Garden, near the sea lions. Set up a second tent for dinner and dancing. If the weather’s horrible, you can have the party in the Rain Forest Building, though it’s humid and smells like animals.”
Caveat: “Setup can’t happen until 6 p.m.; music gets shut off at midnight.”
Also try: Wave Hill
Xochitl Gonzalez
of Always a Bridesmaid
The Foundry
(42-38 9th St., nr. 43rd Ave., Long Island City; 718-786-7776;
“Have a 125-person dinner in the courtyard of this cool, industrial venue, formerly a metal factory (they provide a waterproof, clear tent, but no tables and chairs). The adjacent, indoor space is perfect for dessert stations and a D.J. Continue the rager at the nearby Ravel Hotel—their rooftop is an ideal spot for the after-party.”
Caveat: “You need to provide guests with transportation.”
Also try: Tobacco Warehouse
Ellen Kostman
of SideKick Events
Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club
(231 Mid Ocean Dr., nr. Ocean Rd., Bridgehampton; 212-883-0606;
“The vibe here is relaxed, but it can also be black-tie. Robbins Wolfe, their in-house caterer, is really flexible. After a ceremony on the beach, have cocktails on the wraparound deck, and dinner and dancing for 225 in a room with ocean views. Finish the night off with sliders and s’mores around a bonfire.”
Caveat: “Setup can’t happen until 3 p.m.”
Also try: Listening Rock Farm in Wassaic


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