Engagements and weddings are back on track as a new survey reveals that about 2.5 million couples are expected to tie the knot this year. Moreover, new wedding trends have emerged, and The New York Times reports that nowadays, some couples are choosing to go beyond traditional receptions and are opting to go on chauffeured excursions to bar hop.
Foodies who are planning to tie the knot may want to take inspiration from this trend and go on a foodie journey around the Big Apple to celebrate their engagement. If you and your partner would like a unique way to party with your loved ones, consider these ideas to plan an amazing NYC foodie engagement party.
Narrow Down Your Guest List and Book Your Ride
Just as you’ve taken your time to select the right ring after looking at various ring styles and designs, so should you allot enough time to plan your NYC foodie-themed engagement party.
Plan on narrowing down your guest list and having no more than 15 guests since you’ll constantly be on the move. Keeping track of too many people can be stressful, especially if you plan to walk or go on the subway to get to your favorite eateries, food carts, or cafes. For the most fun experience, including relatives and friends who are foodies too. Apart from you and your partner, they’re the ones who’ll be the most enthusiastic about the party.
If you plan to splurge a little though, consider hiring a chauffeured limo, van, or bus to drive you and your guests around the city. Check out Party Bus Rentals NYC– they have everything from a 26-seater party bus limo to a luxurious Chrysler 300 stretch limo. There’s also NYC Luxury Limousine, which has regular limos apart from 56-passenger party buses that you can rent for the day.
Know Where to Go
Having a theme for your engagement party can help you decide where to go. For instance, if you plan to go on a classic NYC foodie crawl, head to Di Fara in Midwood for pizza, then to Gramercy Tavern in the Flatiron District for American fare.
Next, go to Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant and dig into some raw oysters or their famous Oyster Pan-Roast, then head on over to Katz’s Delicatessen in the Lower East Side for thick pastrami sandwiches. Finish by having dessert at Magnolia Bakery or have a slice of cheesecake at Junior’s.
If you’re more into street food though, plan on visiting some of the best food carts and food trucks around the city. Have some lamb and chicken over rice at Royal Grill, then some tacos and quesadillas at Los Tacos No. 1 over at Times Square. Next, have some dosas from the Dosa Man’s cart in Greenwich Village.
For delicious West African food, go to Midtown East and check out the Divine Flavored Food Truck for efo elegusi or akara. Stop by Chinatown and get some sweet mini cakes from Ling’s, then finish with a sweet treat from Leila’s Crepe Station or the Van Leeuwen ice cream truck.
Before going on your separate ways, give each of your guests a goodie bag containing NYC treats, such as cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, cookies from Chip City or Baked in Color, plus some coffee beans from The Roasting Plant Coffee or Porto Rico Importing Co. Consider these tips to have an awesome engagement party– it’s a guarantee that your guests will enjoy themselves, and they’ll be talking about your special celebration for years to come!