The Ultimate Venue Guide
In which we offer food-worshipping, loft-dwelling, tree-hugging, do-gooding New Yorkers 28 venues for their nuanced nuptials.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Dan Barber’s grand experiment in farm-to-table foodie-ism—located 25 miles north of Manhattan at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an 80-acre education hub and farm—can accommodate modest and large weddings. On one end of the spectrum is the private dining room, an elegant venue that seats 64 and connects to an outdoor terrace overlooking the pasture. Prices start at $235 per person for a four-course dinner, wine, and cocktail reception. Wedding cakes and ceremony fees are extra, and there’s just enough room for a small dance floor and a three-piece band. The HayLoft can fit up to 260; price upon request. 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, N.Y.; 914-366-9606; bluehillfarm.com
The New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
Wed alfresco at one of Fort Tryon Park’s verdant Hudson River overlooks, then treat your guests to a sit-down feast at this indoor-outdoor restaurant, located in a charming 1930s-era field house. Chef Scott Campbell (who, during his tenure at the Union Square Café, helped pioneer greenmarket dining) specializes in local, seasonal fare. Prices start at $155 per person, and a tent (about $4,500) is required for patio receptions. Proceeds benefit the Bette Midler–founded New York Restoration Project, providing much-needed funds to community gardens throughout the city. 1 Margaret Corbin Dr., nr. Cabrini Blvd.; 212-568-5323; newleafrestaurant.com
This beloved Bushwick restaurant has a new loft-style event space in the works, but the existing “food garden”—from which Roberta’s sources some of the organic veggies on its menu—befits ethical foodies. The space can hold up to 150 for dinner and is available April through October. A dance floor can be built just about anywhere, and if you want, they’ll provide tenting for $200 to $800. Pizza parties start at $20 per person; seasonal family-style dinners from $55. 261 Moore St., nr. White St., Bushwick; 718-417-1118; robertaspizza.com
From the Summer 2011 New York Wedding Guide