Gathering your family and close friends together for a beautiful rehearsal dinner is a magnificent way to begin the celebration of a lifetime. However, selecting a restaurant with the right aesthetic, mouthwatering cuisine, and adequate space for your desired guests can be tough. Luckily, New York City is brimming with tasteful and trendy eateries perfect for every palate, group size, and budget. Read on for the top-rated restaurants in the city ideal for a rehearsal dinner.
21 Club (Above)
A culinary landmark in New York, 21 Club boasts 10 banquet halls that can be rented for an exquisite rehearsal dinner. Each space possesses a capacity of up to 100 people and an option for personalized deécor. Couples craving a customized menu can choose from the restaurant's classic three-course offerings, including traditional filet mignon, rack of lamb, and fresh crab cakes. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Almond
Chef Jason Weiner's American restaurant Almond may not possess the history of Le Cirque or the Old New York allure of Rouge Tomate, but it's toothsome menu speaks for itself. Serve your wedding party memorable mouthfuls with the restaurant's revered comfort food-inspired dishes including steamed black mussels with shallots and white wine and delectable macaroni 'n' cheese.
Photo: Courtesy of ABC Kitchen
A modern classic with cuisine to satisfy any foodie's tastebuds, ABC Kitchen is the ideal restaurant for couples who adore farm-to-table cooking. A member of the esteemed Jean-Georges restaurant collective, ABC Kitchen offers a selection of fresh tapas appetizers in addition to its fresh poultry and fish entrees. Fans of Italian food will find a fit in ABC's selection of delicious pastas and pizzas.
Beloved by New Yorkers for its oysters and classic cocktails, Balthazar is an ideal fit for your rehearsal dinner. Old World ambiance and an impressive wine list simply add to the venue's undeniable appeal, while French cuisine classics including French Onion Soup and Steak Frites will please any palette.
Photo: Courtesy of Grand Banks
Fans of seafood and sea views will be enraptured with the riverside Grand Banks. Set aboard a luxurious wooden schooner on Pier 25, Grand Banks offers oysters, appetizers, and main courses to die for in addition to a spectacular vista of the Hudson River. Celebrate your upcoming nuptials by renting out the boat and toasting to your future against the backdrop of a stunning sunset.
Photo: The Water Club
A New York tradition by all standards, The Water Club's East River locale offers unparalleled views in addition to its seafood-infused menu. Delicious American dishes such as Oven Roasted Crab Cakes and Pan Roasted Chicken join an exceptional raw bar ideal for couples seeking to impress foodie friends. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Blaue Gans
With its long, banquette-hall style table, relaxed aesthetic, and Austrian-meets-German cuisine, Blaue Gans is a lesson in restrained luxury and impactful eats. Sausages and Wiener Schnitzel rule the menu for carnivores, while guests with a sweet tooth will gravitate towards the restaurant's incomparable cheese plates and apple strudel.