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Restaurants with Views - and deals

We mentioned that the famous Rainbow Room may (or may not) be closing, due to back rent.
[UPDATE: Restaurant week extended through March 20]
But the good news: "Restaurant Week" is turning into "Restaurant Month". From The Gothamist, who says:
"Restaurant Week has now been officially extended into next month. Over 150 participating restaurants will continue offering three course prix-fixe lunches for $24.07 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $35.00 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity) through February 27th. Wined and Dined has an abbreviated roundup of some of the participating restaurants and their individual quirks... Peruse the entire roll call of participants at NYC Go."

We've started a list of "restaurants and venues with views", at the left. These are generally locations we like, where we've conducted weddings.

And our "wish list"? Try Dizzys Jazz Club right on Central Park at Lincoln Center. Available for daytime rental. Or RISE at the Ritz on Battery Park (also afternoons). Lots of other fancy places, like Asiate, but there are smaller, quirky places with views as well. Like Pete's, the famous pizza place by the Brooklyn Bridge with the great view. They have a private room and cheap catering menus. Go hunting!


Valentine's Day Weddings

Biggest Day of the Year. Weddings, Proposals AND wedding photographers all over the place. Fri. Feb 13 will be CRAZY at City Hall. Consider scheduling your wedding for earlier or later in the week - flowers and champagne will be a silly price on V Day, and restaurants will be trying to think of some way to turn tables when couples want to sit and hold hands... it's New York, after all.
Advice: Avoid the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock (lines will be TERRIBLE), and popular parts of the park (Strawberry Fields, Ladies Pavilion, Bow Bridge). Look up "Romantic Restaurants" on menupages - then don't go there. Or best of all - have your last 'single person' date on VDay, and get married February 15. You can repeat that 'last date' every year on Feb. 14!
Update: Of course we DID marry people on Feb 14: we had some very nice weddings today - but the subways were HORRIBLE. Hope your VDay was cheery - it's cold in NY this week...


Gardens for weddings - idea list

As some of you are planning spring weddings, I'm going to start a list of gardens: community gardens, botanical gardens - and restaurant gardens. I've added a list of restaurant gardens at the side, and put the other gardens under Non-Profit spaces.

Hotels by Central Park West

If you want to walk to Central Park from your hotel, there are a few options. Most people pick a location on the West side of the park for their weddings - though the East is just as nice. Here are some westside hotels which couples have chosen as they can be used for ceremonies in bad weather, but are walkable to mid-park if it is fair.

Beacon Hotel Broadway & 75th. Boutique
NYC Hudson W 58th. Trendy.
On the Ave Broadway & 77
Lucerne Amsterdam & 79. Old Fashioned.

You can find others on any search engine, by using "Upper West Side". There are a lot of boutique hotels - just be sure the rooms are big enough to hold a wet weather ceremony, unless the hotel can offer you another room for an hour.