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Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

You should try to make a decision as soon as possible. It's a very busy time of year. It wasn't me that took June 5th :)

Brioso or Pino's on Route 9 could be options for you too?

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Brioso
184 Rte 9 N, Marlboro, NJ 07746

Apr 09, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

I ended up going back to Spargo's. We'll be having the party in June. We had wanted something different but in the end we didn't want to book somewhere just because it was different. We wanted to book it at the best place for our party and Tim has really done the right thing for us in the past.

Did you make a decision?

There's many great places listed here. We visited Lou Cas in Edison. They have the same menu as ponte vecchio but a more private environment, where you can have a DJ. The place seemed dated to us though.

We had dinner at La Cippolina in Freehold and looked at their room. The room was nice but we didn't care for the food.

We looked at Sam Vera. Room was too small and didn't like how it was up steep stairs. We have several older folks and people with small children who would have to lug everything upstairs.

We considered Luchento's, but didn't like their ordinary party menu.

Apr 09, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

Thanks for the additional options! Much appreciated...

Mar 10, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

We actually were very interested in Ponte Vecchio but they were all booked up for every Sunday in April, May and June. We are actually going to visit their sister restaurant LouCas in Edison and are considering there. The menu is the same. I have not been to Ponte Vecchio but have been to Fresco in Milltown which is another sister restaurant with the same menu.

We also visited Sam Vera. We thought that their room was very small for us.

If some of these other places don't work out, I may just go back to Spargo's.

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Ponte Vecchio
3863 Highway 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Mar 10, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

No, no, no... The owners of Dosi Caffe in Staten Island changed names and owners/chef. Angelina is still the same. The problem was not only the price. It was also the attitude I sensed. It was like i don't need your business. We are going to charge you top dollar and this is what you get, take it or leave it.... I have found that I have had really great experiences going to a smaller restaurant and taking over the whole place or doing a private room. The owners (like Tim at Spargo's) seem to want to do everything to make you happy and you end up getting much more for your money. Angelina's or catering halls, are like generic party factories.

I have been to Kuzu. I enjoyed the food as well.

I would highly recommend Spargo's for you. I wouldn't use Tim's set menus. He will allow you to pick your own menu then he will price it out for you. I made up my own menu and was very happy with the price/quality/service. I even hired a bartender from him and brought in the alcohol to set up a bar. I would just manage that Dan character... Make sure you are vocal with exactly what you want from him. Someone else posted a reply agreeing with me about his service, but don't see it here. It's not that he is terrible, but the service was so warm and friendly before. He is a very dry person. I heard he previously managed a catering hall, which probably explains it.

My sister-in-law recommended some places that I will check out but none seem to grab me right away:
Sir John's New Brunswick (need to check out, went to nephew's party there but dont remember it)
Molly Pitcher Inn (too far for family- do not want to go any further than Manalapan for them)
Ponte Vecchio (seems like generic Italian but will check out)
Sam Vera (will check it out)

Does anyone else have any ideas?? Come on Chowhound people!!! :) Thanks

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Molly Pitcher Inn
88 Riverside Ave, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Ponte Vecchio
3863 Highway 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Mar 04, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

I REALLY like the space at Angelina's and have heard that the food is very good. I just can't see spending that much for a Christening- The STARTING menu is $58pp + open bar $35 + 20% gratuity and 8.6% tax. That is like $108PP!!! My mom considered having my baby shower for my son there, but we went with Dosi Cafe instead. I really loved my baby shower there and would like a place like that. For the same price of a basic shower at Angelina's we were able to get many extras like passed appetizers and a bellini bar that made the day special. I would have gone there for the Christening, but it was sold and now there is a new owner/chef. Not sure how it is... Was really happy with that event.

Mar 03, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

I had my son's Baptism about a year and a half ago at Spargo's. We love Spargo's. We go there semi-frequently for dinner. Tim (the owner) is a great guy and he food is always fresh and well prepared. The somewhat new manager Dan is not so great... I feel that the service went a little downhill since he came, but that wouldn't stop me from going there. We had about the same amount of people. We hired a DJ as well which we felt was a little bit of a waste because with that many people there was nowhere to dance. Overall, we were very happy with the event. One other thing, Tim did downsize the portions for the party which I didn't like. I wish I would have known that in advance. I would have paid extra. I have many big eaters. We just want something differen this time around.
I haven't seen/heard of Tuscan Grill and I live very close to route 9. Although, maybe I need to look! If it's anything like That's Amore, it would totally not be for us. We don't like that place AT ALL. Big portions of low-quality food IMO.

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That's Amore
430 US Highway 9, Englishtown, NJ 07726

Mar 03, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey

Central Jersey or Staten Island Private Party Recomendation for 60-70 people

I am interested in finding a venue for a my daughter's Christening party. I expect roughly 60 - 75 people. I live in Manalapan but much of my crowd is coming from Brooklyn/Staten Island, so I am looking for something convenient to those places (e.g. Manalapan, Marlboro, New Brunswick, Staten Island, Woodbridge). BYOB a plus or liquor license. Food is flexible- although need to be a crowd pleaser. Would like something different with nice ambiance... Thanks in Advance :)

Mar 03, 2011
angel28970 in New Jersey