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Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

funny you should mention marina cafe - that was one place I had heard of before but was under the impression it was more suitable for bigger parties (i've heard of weddings being held there)...but perhaps i have it confused with someplace else.

Mar 01, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

Thanks for the listing of places on new dorp lane and hylan blvd for me to check out...very helpful, much appreciated! :)

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

Since I don't know the neighborhoods of staten island, that kind of info is definitely important. Thanks for the heads-up.

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

well then Bella Mama is definitely off the list! lol

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

yeah I had a feeling the size would be an issue...hence why I posted on chowhound (everyone i personally know who could tell me about parties they've been to in SI could only name big spaces). I was hoping someone from SI would know about the little gems that aren't well-publicized. What are the names of the places that you can't find websites for? cause I could always just call to get info. Like I said before, my plan is to get a list of places and drive over to SI to check them all out in one trip.

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

It will definitely be an afternoon party...not sure if it will be a saturday or sunday though (i'm open to either). As for price range - I don't have a specific amount in my head, but know that can't afford anything too pricey...definitely under $30/person food menu cause i gotta leave room to add on for drinks (will probably stick with just wine since full open bar will get too pricey and not worth it for an afternoon party).
As for Lento's, I hear that name and I think pizza and I don't want that feeling of "hey the shower is at a pizza joint", ugh!

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

ok so Tay, since you seem to be the most knowledgable on SI restaurants (and their neighborhoods), where else would you recommend? Based on suggestions so far, it looks like i'll be looking into the menus and pricing of Vida, Crown Palace, and Nino's (by the way, any opinion on them?)

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

I've actually been to many showers and none have ever been in an asian restaurant - guess people don't want to take the chance that the older relatives might not like it, lol, particularly if it's a sushi place.
It doesn't have to be italian to appeal to everyone either...I'm sure there's plenty of that on staten island though, my fear being it will be that tacky sopranos-like atmosphere - definitely do NOT want! ha!
I just went to La Strada's website - only one of their party menus was reasonably priced and when you add in drinks then it definitely gets too pricey...plus they require minimum of 30 people for private parties - this shower will most likely be 20 (25 people at the most).
I'll look into Crown Palace if it's traditional chinese food (as opposed to something trendy/sushi/fusion, which I love but may not go over well with the older relatives of the bride).

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

they have a website too (www.ninosrestaurant.com) and post their party menu but not the prices (which seems strange. lol)...another one to add to the list to find out more info...thanks!

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

thanks psnative...they don't post their party menu on their website (www.bellamamarestaurant.com) but their regular menu is reasonably priced, so I'll get in touch with them too to get more info.

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

hey I want to hear the negatives too Tay so I know what to avoid, especially since i'm clueless about restaurants in staten island...that's why I posted on chowhound in the first place. :)

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

Thanks for the link to Basilio's...no photos on the website but their description sounds nice. Their regular menu is reasonably priced, so I'm keeping fingers crossed that the party/catering menu prices (they don't have that posted on the site) will be just as reasonable.
I couldn't find a menu for Vida on the web either, but found some good reviews for the food on other sites...so I'll call them and Basilio's to get further info.

KEEP THE RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS COMING! cause i hope to have a list of places that I can just spend one day driving around staten island to check out (rather than going to SI a bunch of times).

Feb 28, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

yeah I'm hoping people who live in staten island will pipe up and tell me about some little hidden gem that few know about.
As for Vida, I'll look it up and see if I can find a menu somewhere on the web...thanks!

Feb 27, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

I don't think I'm doing this backwards...I already said what I want in my original post: something not too pricey and good for a group of 20-25 people (in other words do not want a reception hall type of place, which i know there are many of those in staten island). I don't have a specific menu/cuisine in mind, I just thought it's pretty common sense knowledge that for something like a bridal shower you'd want to pick a restaurant whose food will appeal to a group.

Feb 27, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

Although I love asian food, I don't think that's the smartest way to go for a shower...best to stick with cuisine that everyone likes.

KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMING PLEASE! :)

Feb 27, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

Thanks...looking them up now...found DoSi Caffe's website and looks beautiful. The prices didn't seem bad at first glance of catering menu, until I noticed drinks - most places usually include wine at a reasonable price, but DoSi's prices went from just including soda/coffee/tea to paying additional $15/person for open bar - seems to be no middle ground (for ex, just wine and beer) and to go with their full open bar option is out of my budget.
I looked up American Grill to check out their menu & atmosphere, but their website link doesn't seem to be working anymore.

Feb 27, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island restaurants - good for small bridal shower?

hi all,
maid of honor and looking for a restaurant in staten island to hold a bridal shower.
I'm from brooklyn and know many great restaurants here, but seeing as most of the guests will be coming from jersey and staten island, it would seem best to hold the shower in staten island (less traveling for the jersey folks). But I am not familiar with any restaurants in staten island, so recommendations are much needed!
It will be a small shower - about 20-25 people - and i'm hoping to find some hidden gem on SI, a quaint place, not too pricey.
Thanks!

Feb 27, 2008
bklynnygirl in Outer Boroughs