Events are Back

A life-changing dinner at Le Bernardin, still New York’s greatest restaurant.

We were going to tell you about Covid compliance measures and how we are keeping our clients and guests safe, but you can read about that here . Instead, we want to talk about fun stuff like PARTIES — your wedding, your kid’s graduation, your handsome husband’s 40th. Events are back, and the good news is that we can accommodate 75 % capacity at our outdoor venues, from Brooklyn to Long Island up through the Hudson Valley.  

The beautiful Wainwright House in Rye, Westchester, has only TWO more slots available this summer-fall 2021, with the 80’ by 80’ tent and parquet dance floor included in the site fee, to better accommodate your guests outdoors.  The 1920 mansion is a perfect replica of a classic French chateau, with a bridal suite, four elegant rooms indoors (ideal for smaller weddings) five roaming acres overlooking the Long Island Sound with stunning sunsets thrown in at no extra charge.  

Credit: Kathi Littwin Photography @The Wainwright House 

The Crawford Mansion, also in Rye, New York can accommodate up to 300 with a tent (rented separately) and also has a pavilion for a more farm-to-table vibe with string lights and picnic tables included.   Another venue we love is Two Hearts Vineyard, on the other side of the Hudson – a much more informal Catskills spot where guests can wander the vineyards, overlooking a lovely lake.  Rent a large tent and we can entertain 300 for dinner and dancing. 

Credit: Two Hearts Vineyard | Magnanini Winery

For more information on any of these Hudson Valley venues contact us at:   

We also want to talk about FOOD —because we are so excited for our new Bartleby’s Table menus inspired by an impromptu visit to Le Bernardin last week.  We’ve tried for years, yes, years, to score a reservation at this Michelin 3-star gem.  Bartleby and Sage’s founder, herself widowed since 2012, was inspired by her wedding couples (most of whom now meet online) to venture into the murky waters of online dating.  She got her vaccinated self to the Yale Club to meet a promising gentleman for cocktails. While said gentleman sounded ever so intriguing in profile, he proved to be a dud.  A regular Poindexter for those of you familiar with that old board game “Mystery Date”.  After wishing her date “adieu”, there was Leslie all dressed up wandering midtown Manhattan, a lovely spring evening wondering what to do next. Since restaurants had just reopened to indoor dining she thought perhaps maybe she could score a reservation at Le Bernardin last minute, which turned the evening from “meh” to marvelous. 

From the warm greeting at the host stand to the female sommelier (a rarity we applaud the management for), to the amuses bouches, the mind-blowing four-course dinner, and a playful trompe l’oeil apple dessert; the experience rekindled her spirit and brought pure joy to her heart. After a year of lockdown, after a year of no gatherings, no creative food preparation, no sensory delight, we all need to rekindle our spirits. 

To Le Bernardin and Chef Eric Ripert, thank you!  You have reminded us why we get into this crazy business in the first place—to delight our guests.    Stay tuned for our new menus: for folks who deeply care about food, designed to take you to new culinary heights.

Photo Credit: Le Bernardin Fluke Sashimi