Wedding food gets a bad reputation—and for good reason. Between subpar appetizers and lackluster entrées (which are usually cold once they hit the table), you're not exactly getting the best meal of your life.
If you've always dreamed of a meal at The French Laundry in California or Daniel in New York, we have good news for you: There are world-renowned restaurants that also happen to do private events and weddings. That's right, for a fee, you can book establishments like Mario Batali's Del Posto and Tom Colicchio's Riverpark.
Granted, these offerings don't come cheap, but if you have the cash and you want an unforgettable wedding, you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect "chicken or fish." Herewith, a few top chefs and restaurants that will make your meal one to remember.
① Mario Batali's Del Posto
(New York, NY)
This lavish Italian restaurant located in Chelsea offers four different-sized rooms to choose from for events like weddings, with an option to buy out the entire space. Couples can select either a four- or six-course menu, and you can guarantee there will be handmade pasta on the list. If you're lucky, maybe Batali will come out and give a toast.
② Thomas Keller's The French Laundry
Why dine at The French Laundry when you can get married there instead? The stone cottage and garden surrounding the iconic Napa Valley restaurant make for a beautiful setting for everything from ceremony to reception. Price will vary but keep in mind the daily tasting menu starts at around $300 a person.
③ Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns
(Pocantico Hills, NY)
If you want a one-of-a-kind menu for your special day, chef Dan Barber's farm-to-table restaurant in the Hudson Valley will deliver. Known for his unconventional use of vegetables and plants in recipes, Barber is developing dishes you won't see anywhere else in the country. Whether you prefer a small or large wedding, the location can accommodate parties as intimate as 14 and as grand as 260.
④ Barbara Lynch’s No. 9 Park
Located in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, No. 9 Park is an intimate and elegant venue to host a small wedding reception. With an emphasis on Italian and French cuisines, you and your guests will enjoy polished dishes from James Beard Award-winning chef Barbara Lynch and her crew. Wine director, Cat Silirie, will also assist in selecting the best wines to pair perfectly with your dinner.
⑤ Tom Colicchio's Riverpark
(New York, NY)
Overlooking the East River, this venue is a gorgeous setting for a city wedding. Depending on the size of your guest list, there is a variety of spaces to accommodate both small and large weddings up to 300 people. If you have a big group, we recommend renting out the whole restaurant to take advantage of the floor-to-ceiling windows and private terrace where your guests can take in breathtaking views during cocktail hour.
⑥ Stephanie Izard, Goat Group Catering
If you're a fan of Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat, then you'll be happy to know the chef also has a catering company that services events and weddings. Your customized menu will reflect the unique dishes the Top Chef winner has on her regular menu, like chickpea fritters with roasted pork shanks.
⑦ Daniel Boulud's Daniel
(New York, NY)
Attention to detail and impeccable service are exactly what you'll receive if you choose to celebrate your special day at Daniel. Not to mention personalized menu options, and a seated four-course dinner starts at $190 a person, with a tasting menu available upon request. Plus, you're just steps away from Central Park, which is a lovely place to have an outdoor ceremony.
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