Some of my blog’s most read posts are the ones about New York restaurants that couples could go to after their wedding in Central Park. It’s such a frequently asked question and such a very difficult one to answer, so I wrote a post about all the places where couples who featured on the blog in 2016 went to eat and celebrate after their wedding. Then I wrote another one about where couples who featured on the blog in 2015 went to eat after their wedding in Central Park. I have had to break the posts down year by year, otherwise they would be far too long (for me to write and for you to read!). Not every couple who I work with wants to feature on the blog (in fact, the majority don’t), the following are the couples whose weddings featured on the blog in 2014, and where they went to eat and celebrate after their weddings. There are lots of great restaurants in this list.
Donna and Matt came to New York in February to get married in Wagner Cove in Central Park. It was a secret elopement – they did not tell people they were coming to get married, they just surprised them with the news when they got home. Donna and Matt’s guests were a couple who were friends of friends and they had taken their photos. They also did the important job of taking them for a toast in The Boathouse after the wedding. After saying goodbye to their guests the couple went back to their hotel and had some wedding cake, which they had collected that morning from Magnolia Bakery, then got changed and went out for a meal at Keens Steak House.
Hayley and Michael brought their family and friends to New York from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in March for their wedding on Bethesda Terrace next to the fountain in Central Park. It had been snowing in New York and there was still some on the ground as they got married. After they had finished having their photos taken they met up with their guests for a reception dinner at Carmine’s on the Upper West Side. “The food was wonderful, and I would recommend this place to anyone looking for great Italian cuisine,” said Hayley.
Rachel and Dean came to New York to get married in Cop Cot in April. They went on to the South Gate Tavern at the Marriott’s Essex House for some drinks, “and they treated us spectacularly in there, we would highly recommend them,” said Rachel. After that they went over to the Water’s Edge restaurant in Long Island City for a great wedding dinner. They chose that restaurant because they wanted a view of the fabulous New York skyline to look over as they dined.
Jenny and Andy chose Wagner Cove for their ceremony location and it suited their small group perfectly. There was Jenny’s mum and her husband, and Jenny’s best friend and her husband, and Jenny’s son, Keiran, who gave her away. After the ceremony was over and the photos were taken they left Central Park and all went for a meal at Wolf and Lamb on East 48th Street, “the food was amazing,” said Jenny.
Caroline and Peter came to New York in May to get married in Wagner Cove. They eloped for their wedding, but they did not keep it a secret from their loved ones. After the ceremony they had pictures taken in Grand Central Terminal and Times Square. They popped back to the hotel for a quick drink and change of clothes then had dinner at the Aureole restaurant on West 42nd Street. They both said that it was amazing.
Georgina and Shaun got married by the Burnett Fountain under the shade of the trees in the Conservatory Gardens in May. After the wedding we all walked down to The Boathouse, which is a bit of a walk, but we took photos along the way. They had their wedding breakfast at The Boathouse, then after that they had a gondola ride on the boating lake, which I had booked in advance for them. Georgina said “I would recommend the Boathouse for a wedding breakfast, the food and service was fantastic and although it was busy it added to the atmosphere.”
Miranda and Daniel eloped to New York in June to get married in Wagner Cove. After the ceremony they had a glass of champagne at The Boathouse and they took a helicopter flight over Manhattan and ended the day on a sunset cruise. This is a huge benefit to eloping – the day is yours to do lots of other memorable things when it’s just the two of you.
Caroline and Bryan brought a small group of their nearest and dearest to witness their wedding in the Ladies’ Pavilion in July. After their wedding they went to The View Lounge at The Marriot Marquis on Times Square, this restaurant revolves to give you a 360 degree view of the city, they said that all of their guests loved it and said what great food and service they got there. Then the entire wedding party went back to their hotel for drinks and wedding cupcakes, ordered specially from Magnolia Bakery.
Sorcha and James brought friends and family over from Ireland to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in August. Their reception was held in the Genesis Bar on the Upper East Side, not too far from where the ceremony was. Sorcha said that she would highly recommend it, “the food is amazing and the staff are extremely friendly,” she said.
Clare and Alec brought their family with them to New York to get married on Belvedere Castle Terrace in August. After the ceremony, the wedding party headed for Keens Chophouse on 36th Street, one of the oldest and most respected steakhouses in Manhattan, for their reception. “The food and service is great and the decor and atmosphere makes for a classic American experience,” said Alec. They enjoyed it so much that they returned for a second visit on their last night.
Heather and Scott brought their family and friends to New York to get married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in August. After the ceremony and photos around Central Park they had a wedding cake on a park bench and then they took a limousine ride around the city for more photographs with fabulous sights in the background. On the evening of their wedding day they had a river cruise on the Bateaux New York. “This was an amazing experience and we would highly recommend this to others,” said Heather. “We were treated fantastically throughout and had gorgeous food. The views were stunning.”
David and Alison got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in August. This was to a second marriage for both of them, they both have children, who were their only guests at the wedding. They took a gondola ride and then ate at the Boathouse, and they highly recommend doing these things as a great way to finish off the day in Central Park.
Liz and Adam got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in September. After their wedding ceremony and some photos around Central Park, they had a yellow school bus transport all the wedding party to Brooklyn for some more photos under the Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan in the background. After those photos the bus dropped them off at the Club A Steakhouse on East 58th Street. They chose this restaurant because they got their own private room, because it was close to everyone’s hotels and because they did not charge a huge minimum spend.
Anita and Grant were visiting New York City because Grant was running the New York Marathon. So, they decided to tie the knot beside Gapstow Bridge in Central Park while they were here. After the ceremony they walked North through the Park to the Boathouse. As they walked they took photographs along the way. They had lunch there at the Boathouse, then after lunch, Anita and Grant went to Grand Central and Brooklyn Bridge for more photos before heading back to the hotel to take photos on their rooftop.
Camilla and Carol got married in the Ladies’ Pavilion in late December with just Camilla’s parents and brother as guests. After their wedding ceremony, they had photos taken in in Central Park, enjoyed a drive around the city in a stretch Limo and then they all went for dinner at Daniel, a swanky French restaurant on the Upper East Side.
I would love to hear any other suggestions of great New York City restaurants in the comments below – there are so many to choose from! I get asked so frequently for suggestions on where to eat, and it’s such a difficult one because the choices are so vast in this incredible city! As you can tell from this particular post, The Boathouse is hugely popular with couples who have married in Central Park, in part because it’s right there next to the Lake. The other restaurant in Central Park is the Tavern on the Green, which was closed for refurbishment in 2014, so isn’t mentioned in this post, but it’s well worth checking out.
Follow the links to see the first post I wrote on restaurant recommendations for where to eat in New York on your wedding day, and the second post I wrote with more restaurant recommendations for where to eat in New York on your wedding day. Then I also wrote similar lists to this one for couples who featured in the blog in 2015 and where they ate on their wedding day, and couples who featured in the blog in 2016 and where they ate on their wedding day. Watch this space for later in the year when I’ll be posting more clients recommendations of where to eat in New York, but if there’s one major message to take away from all these restaurant suggestion posts is that New York is a huge city with a vast range of fabulous places to eat.
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