We recently had lunch at the Bowery Hotel's Gemma bistro and checked out the party space. This space isn't for the faint-hearted -- think rockstar/A-list socialite/too-cool-for school vibe. But the space is beautiful and is picture-perfect for the downtown bride. There are three rooms and a balcony that separately or combined can accommodate from 60 to 300.
Gemma's private dining room also would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner for 20-30. It' not your parent's Bowery any longer.