Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A look at Tribeca Rooftop

By Lauren Elkies

The wedding business is booming at the Tribeca Rooftop, said Tracey Sarn, sales and event manager for the event space at 2 Desbrosses Street (see the slide show from Wedding-Scoops.com's recent tour of Tribeca Rooftop).

Tribeca Rooftop, between Hudson and Greenwich streets, has stiff competition from Bridgewaters, the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Gotham Hall, the Angel Orensanz Foundation and Studio 450. Not all of them have caterers, and none of them has the rooftop, which boasts panoramic views of New York City and New Jersey from both floors. There are even heat lamps (included in the fee), which make the roof great for a ceremony or cocktails.

"The service [at Tribeca Rooftop] is fantastic. The food is above and beyond," Sarn said. "We don’t nickel and dime you."

Lovin' Oven Celebrations, which caters at six New York City and Long Island venues including Tribeca Rooftop, serves an eclectic American menu, although Sarn said brides and grooms can opt to bring in an outside caterer.

The 13,500-square-foot interior space is on the 12th floor and the 18,000-square-foot outdoor space is on the roof a floor up. A stairwell connecting the two floors used to be in the Palladium nightclub.

The 12-year-old Tribeca Rooftop can fit 400 for dinner and 350 for dinner plus dancing, she said.

The per-person pricing at Tribeca Rooftop is as follows, according to Tribeca Rooftop event materials and Sarn:

Thursday evening, minimum of 150 guests -- $170
Friday evening, minimum of 160 guests -- $190
Saturday evening, minimum of 200 guests -- $255
Sunday, minimum of 160 guests -- $190
Saturday day, minimum of 150 guests -- price is negotiable
(All prices are plus 8.875 percent New York State sales tax and a 20 percent service charge)

Included in the price are champagne, white wine and sparking water passed before the ceremony; open bar; cocktail stations and eight passed hours d’oeuvres; one red and one white wine with the meal; first and second courses plus finger-food desserts on the table and wedding cake; chairs with seat cushions; white linens; place settings; lights on dimmers, pin spots and votives; AV equipment; use of a baby grand piano; servers; bartenders; and coat check and ladies room attendants. There is no location fee or ceremony cost.

A small bridal room on the first floor of the building with soft drinks and water is included in the price, but it is nothing fancy. For $750, a bride can instead rent a photographer’s studio across the hallway to get ready, and pay an additional $2,000 to hold the ceremony there.

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