Check Out the View
By the River’s Edge
This sprawling, industrial art space in the heart of Dumbo may not be the easiest place to host a wedding—you’ll have to work around its exhibition schedule and bring in everything from tables and chairs to a caterer. But it’s certainly one of the borough’s most dramatic. The loft’s arresting, elegant, yet unfinished, vibe makes it an artsy Brooklynite’s dream. So do the 25 windows overlooking the East River, with the Manhattan Bridge stretching overhead. If the weather allows, take your photos at Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street (a permit may be required). Be sure to warn guests about the chilly wind that can accompany evenings spent close to the water. Holds up to 150 for a seated dinner; 249 for cocktails. Prices start at $4,000, plus a $3,000 to $4,000 membership fee. 92 Plymouth St., at Washington St., Dumbo; 718-834-8761; smackmellon.org.
This restaurant on the Brooklyn waterfront has been delighting couples for 36 years. It’s old New York at its finest, and the greenery-filled terrace room boasts an unparalleled panoramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s skyline across the river. What’s more, the food is far less traditional than you might expect: Chef Brad Steelman is a champion of fresh, local ingredients and regularly spins out inventive cuisine like yellowfin tuna with foie-gras stuffing and Wagyu steak tartare. Holds 100 for a seated dinner and dancing. Prices start at $275 per person. Catering is in-house. 1 Water St., at Old Fulton St., Dumbo; 718-522-5200; rivercafe.com.
Abigail Kirsch at Stage 6
Brooklynites hoping for a local, yet lavishly traditional, reception with a great backdrop needn’t look any further than this Steiner Studios facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Both the enclosed rooftop of the repurposed movie-production studio, featuring two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, and the adjacent terrace offer sweeping views of the East River, bridges, and the Manhattan skyline that are nothing short of breathtaking. The same could be said for the food, which is prepared by famed caterer Abigail Kirsch, creator of recent treats like parmesan cones filled with whipped goat cheese, topped with a scoop of tomato-basil sorbet. Holds 50 to 650 guests for dinner and dancing. From $125 per person. 15 Washington Ave., nr. Flushing Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard; 718-237-1919; abigailkirsch.com.
“Skylight West is a multistory loft space, where brides and grooms can tent the roof and host a seated dinner atop Manhattan,” says event planner Loulie Walker of Loulie Walker Events, based on the Upper West Side. “For a winter wedding, think clear-top tent with snow falling above.” The 15,000-square-foot space is rendered in a palette of cool neutrals. Couples who start their weddings on the early side are rewarded with a gorgeous sunset over the Hudson River, flanked by views of both the Empire State Building and New Yorker Hotel. The rooftop holds 200 for dinner; 300 for cocktails. Studio with rooftop starts at $13,000. Catering is not included. 500 W. 36th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-736-6200; skylightnyc.com.
From the Winter 2013 New York Wedding Guide