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  Night Out New American West Village Moderate Great


Getting married is great. Planning a wedding, not so much. If you’ve done it, you know what I mean. Now, it’s not like I wasn’t warned. I’d heard that planning was very stressful from friends and I sort of laughed it off. I’ve seen movies about wedding planners, and rolled my eyes at the thought of hiring one. What’s the big deal, I thought. You plan a party, send out some invites, wear a pretty dress and you’re all set. But now that I’m actually doing it, I’d love for J Lo to show up at my apartment and take over. Anytime now would be fine. No need to call, I’m here. Aside from the massive and insane amount of money it takes to throw a party for 150 of your closest family and friends, there’s the delicacy of who’s invited (or more importantly, who’s not), where to do it (the city, the North Fork, Tahiti?), and in my case the added stress of divorced parents who don’t really speak, and many of their close relatives who will not come unless the menu is Glatt kosher. Can you say Oy? So I’ve been pouring myself a few fingers of bourbon with my coffee in the mornings, and making it through. After a few breakdowns where eloping was discussed and planned (City Hall is so nice this time of year), Craig and I found a beautiful space (a loft called Manhattan Penthouse), and a fabulous kosher caterer whose food was good enough (and reasonably priced enough) to cater a wedding for foodies (Bruce Soffer of Chef’s Table But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. My dad, who’s turned into a father-of-the-bride-zilla, calls me several times a day to talk about the wedding. I find this to be sweet, hilarious, and stressful all at the same time. This week he wanted to discuss details about our orchestra (come again, Dad? Orchestra?), Craig’s tuxedo, my wedding dress (He’s got ideas!), in addition to “suggestions” about florists and photographers. He’s a breast cancer surgeon but clearly he’s missed his calling. The man could run circles around J Lo’s Mary Fiore. Anyone need a wedding planner? Call 1-800-DrStrong. He’s ready.

Anyway, look, at the end of the day, it’s all good. I’m marrying someone I’m crazy about and psyched to spend my life with. And my goal is to keep focused on the fact that this shou ... [more, click below]

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“Good food in a cramped space”

Love the creative cooking and the prices here are fair but the front room and the barrooms are a bit cramped and unpleasant. This is one restaurant where bar dining destroys the ambience and socializing potential of the bar.

“Chef Soffer Rules”

Absolutely outstanding that you snagged CHEFSTABLELTD to cater your weddinng. Been to several events with Chef Soffer in the house. Fresh, impeccable food. Delectable. Elegant. Succulent. Tender fresh sushi like none other. Really creative cocktails. Who does their amazing flowers and decor? If they had a restaurant...oy. Freshest of the fresh. Highly recommended. If one finds out CHEFSTABLE LTD is caterer, run, don't walk to the event.

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