Old Guard or Upstart?
Old: Alger House
This 105-year-old carriage house is just the sort of Greenwich Village home you wish your parents had had the foresight to invest in, if only for your future wedding reception. The décor is charming but dated—massive area rugs, antique mirrors—and can easily be enhanced with the right lighting and rentals. The building’s Great Room accommodates up to 110 for dinner and dancing. Green Mansions, which runs the venue, handles catering; customizable menu packages start at $85 per head. Sixth Ave. nr. Bleecker St.; 212-627-8838; algerhouse.com.
New: Apartment 2B
The private event space at the year-old Andaz 5th Avenue hotel captures upscale-loft living at its best. The area is divvied into a series of connected studios and rooms, including a lust-worthy open kitchen that can squeeze in 150 people for a homey cocktail hour, and Studio 1, which can accommodate 80 for dinner and offers views of the New York Public Library across the street. All-inclusive packages start at $30,000. Catering is handled by chef Roberto Alicea, who cut his teeth at the Michelin-starred NoMI in Chicago. 485 Fifth Ave., at 41st St.; 212-601-1234; andaz.com.
From the Winter 2011 New York Wedding Guide