This past April we had our engagement party in Above’s ballroom! Needless to say, it was more than we could have ever dreamed of! The venue was gorgeous, the food was delicious and the service was exceptional! Planning our party with Sue Vaiana was a breeze as she offered wonderful ideas with her great expertise! Our guests are still talking about our party to this day!
Reviewed On 7/31/2017 Amanda G.
My husband and I just got married at Above in January. To explain our experience would be if you are looking to blow your friends and family away and take their breath away, this is the place. The rooftop ball room and cocktail hour room is absolutely stunning-beyond words. We definitely had the wedding of our dreams and SUE was amazing! She was so helpful and made the BEST recommendations. If you choose Above you will not be let down!
Reviewed On 5/10/2017 Ashley F.
Above was the first venue we visited on a friends referral to check out the space. The second I walked into Above, this was my venue! I checked out three more venues just to say I did, there was absolutely no comparison. My wedding coordinator was Sue. She was the most patient,helpful, and sincere wedding coordinator a bride could possibly want. Above exceeded my wildest expectations. From the unbelievable food, beautiful space and decor you truly will be blown away. I could not say enough about how wonderful everything was. I highly recommending checking it out, ask for Sue!
Reviewed On 4/04/2017 Antonella V.
Wow! Not sure where to begin. I guess I will start with Jennifer Finch (Jenn) my really awesome wedding coordinator/planner. From the day I met Jenn she was not only accommodating, but also genuinely excited and interested in my big day. She knew the ins and outs of my entire event, and could be called on for just about anything. Jenn made my dream wedding happen at truly THE most beautiful venue imaginable. Above is the most wonderful place you will visit. I am telling you, once you walk into the grand ballroom, you will FALL IN LOVE! I want to have my wedding all over again, to just enjoy the party as a guest, that is how truly wonderful the place is. The elegance and attention to detail they show at the venue made this a night to treasure for everyone. The food was more than one can imagine, and it was truly incredible! Jenn accommodated our party who has severe allergies, and was sure to avoid using certain oils in all the foods cooked. It was like being in a dream. The venue is gorgeous, our pictures will be cherished for a lifetime. I cannot in words explain just how amazing Above is! If you are looking for a modern, elegant, and classic wedding venue, you NEED to go to Above. Call and ask for Jenn. She will be your dream come true. Thank you very much to the entire staff at Above, we are so lucky to have had such a wonderful wedding with you guys!
Reviewed On 1/12/2017 Graziella L
My daughter had her wedding there, and in was a memorable night for everyone. The venue was gorgeous and had so many wonderful elements. We had the outside ceremony, and then inside for the cocktail hour in a beautiful rooftop area and then to the reception with gorgeous lighting and tables. Our guests were very pleased with the entire night. Our wedding planner Sue was fantastic. She made sure everything was addressed and perfect. We couldn’t be happier!
Reviewed On 1/06/2017 Mary P
Two words come to mind when thinking of Above; world class. From the moment we walked in the door and met Jennifer Finch, we knew we were in the right place. The professionalism and hospitality made us feel at home. We planned our wedding in less than 3 months and Jenn and her staff were there every step of the way guiding us in the right direction. From the moment we arrived on Friday evening with car loads full of stuff, Jenn took control and allowed us all to be guests at our own wedding. We are amazed by the attention to detail, the quality of the food, and the professionalism of the staff. From planning to execution we never heard the word no, and even headaches were cared for. Our bridal attendant Jackie was outstanding and went ABOVE and beyond the entire night. We never had to ask for a single thing, almost as if she was reading our minds. Our Maitre’D Jeff coordinated a flawless affair and communicated with us throughout the evening. Chef Matt is definitely the king of the kitchen and we cannot wait to come back to have more of his food. Jenn works with the best vendors and we cannot be more grateful for the choices we had. Even Mr. and Mrs. Nicotra, the owners of the hotel and venue, were present overseeing the evening and checked on us the entire weekend. If you want to feel special and a part of an even bigger family, have your wedding at Above.
Reviewed On 1/10/2017 John C
Words can not adequately express how I feel this morning after Joanna’s shower yesterday. It truly was a dream come true. I have planned many parties but this was truly exceptional. I was very apprehensive planning an event somewhere I was not familiar with. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to meet you. You made this experience so easy. I felt as if I knew you for a long time. My guests were in awe! Everyone said it was the best shower they had ever been at. The room was exquisite. Patrick was an angel. He and the staff were the best ever! They were always smiling, food and drink was always flowing. So many people remarked at how wonderful they were. ALL of them!! And then the food!! Delicious doesn’t begin to describe it. People were raving the entire time. There are no words to describe the desserts. I am so glad that a lot of people didn’t attend. The extras were the biggest hit! I don’t think people will forget Joanna’s shower any time soon. The biggest problem is that everyone said “hope the wedding is as great as the shower”. Big act to follow. Wish I could change the venue. Oh well at least I have another daughter!! Again, Vinny and I want to thank you and the entire staff at Above for everything. It was a dream come true.
Josephine Carmusciano, Aug 23, 2015
It’s almost been a year since my husband and I got married and our friends still talk about how amazing our wedding was. Our wedding was unlike anything we, or any of our guests, had ever seen before. My husband, Joe, and I knew we wanted a constant cocktail hour (I mean, hey, it’s basically the best part of a wedding) Above provided the “Rooftop Romance” package which all took place in their bar/club setting and was set up to be continuous passed/displayed food. That checked off one box but, I was pretty sure I wanted to get married outside. I took a look for the heck of it. When the elevator doors opened up into the venue, I fell in love. The room was fun and lounge-like, it had a beautiful terrace with cabanas and fire pits and it had a pizza oven/counter, which I think is one of the items that did it for me. Joe and I said we wanted our wedding to be like a typical get together with our friends, just a dressed up one, and that’s exactly what Above allowed us to have. Imagine it. The food is always being passed around, or set up for you to go take yourself, from appetizers to entrees to dessert. You never have to have a break in the party once it starts. Everyone eats and dances at their leisure (sometimes both at once). And the food was wonderful, everyone is STILL amazed at the “chicken and waffles” plates that were passed. I was concerned that this type of food set up would get messy but everything was passed in easy to serve/eat vessels. We had a ton of options for our courses and the venue’s partner cake-maker was AMAZING. Our cake was red velvet (dyed blue because our wedding colors were blue and orange, cake was orange and when you cut in, blue!) with a raspberry chocolate marshmallow ganache. It was SO delicious, people ate so much wedding cake. One of the BEST parts is that you don’t need to do anything once you choose the venue. The DJ is chosen for you (our DJ was amazing as well, Above has done a great job choosing who they partner with) and it’s a lounge/bar so you don’t NEED to get centerpieces or any of that stuff, of course you can, but you don’t have to-imagine the $ we saved! Also, NO SEATING ARRANGEMENTS. I’m not kidding when I tell you that choosing Above was a great decision not just for the atmosphere but because it makes the rest of wedding planning SO stress free. I’ll never forget how great our venue was and I won’t be able to because my guests will never let me, they might have loved it even more than Joe and me, which is a pretty great impression to have left. I look back at my wedding day and it was absolutely wonderful and exactly what I always pictured marrying Joe would be like. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more in a venue.
Reviewed On 7/07/2015 Kara C
This was the first venue we visited, and we knew that it was the one. We wanted to see a few more venues just to make sure, but after visiting another top choice and being completely unimpressed after seeing Above, we decided we found the perfect place. Jennifer Finch was amazing, we worked out a price and since we didn’t meet the minimum guaranteed number of guests, we were able to add on a raw bar and some other goodies for the left over $. Jenn was extremely helpful throughout the whole process, and easily accessible by e-mail. The food was amazing, our cocktail hour received tons of compliments, and everyone kept talking about it for days. The venue was just gorgeous- our reception area took everyones breath away, and we had simple centerpieces (cala lilies and candles around the tall vases). The rooftop cocktail hour area was beautiful and spacious with plenty of sitting space, standing space, and the outdoor area was beautiful with its fire pits! The ceremony space was nice, they have a large structure already built so you could dress it up, or leave it alone. We encountered a little bit of a hiccup when there were silver structures erected behind the building that could be seen from the ceremony space, but Jen and Mr. Nicotra tried to accommodate us and offered us other alternatives (we still liked the original space so we kept our ceremony there) Everything was perfect. Our bridal attendant was amazing, our maitre’d was great, as far as I know, there were no problems and everything was taken care of. We received a complimentary bridal suite after the wedding and it was beautiful. There was a gift for us on the bed from Mr and Mrs Nicotra, rose petals, our bags and flowers were in the room, and our bridal attendant saved us some food because we werent able to try it during the day itself. Overall it was an amazing day, amazing venue, amazing people, and I could not be happier with Above, Mr & Mrs Nicotra, Jen, and everyone else who helped out!
Reviewed On 7/03/2015 Elina F
Tommy and I both work for the same insurance company, but didn’t formally meet until our holiday party. We started dating later that year and eventually moved in together. Tommy proposed the week after our company’s next holiday party and I had no idea it was coming. He told me to look at the new ornament he bought for our little Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I must have stood in front of it for five minutes before I noticed the ring sitting in an open box underneath the lights!
We chose Above because it was not like any other venue. After seeing pictures of Above online, I had no intention of looking any further. The pictures only capture par t of how breathtaking it is when you are standing in the middle of the ballroom. Above was the clear choice . Jennifer Finch, our event planner, made the process so easy for us. She puts her heart and soul into each couple she plans for. I felt like I should have had her in my wedding party! The whole staff went out of their way to make us feel like royalty.
Our ceremony was held at St. Charles Church in Staten Island. Next, we arrived at Above for the cocktail hour. There was so much food! The selections were beyond your traditional menu, with specialties like baby lamb chops with pomegranate pinot noir glaze, sweet potato dumplings with ponzu sauce , and my favorite, lobster mac and cheese.
The ballroom was fit for a king and queen with its square white tables, light gray carpeting, lavender up-lighting, and oneof-a-kind chandelier. The alternating tables were decorated with tall arrangements of birch tree branches and crystals or a set of three crystal candelabras with feathers. Our sweetheart table, decorated with a silver lace overlay, picked up the room’s romantic lighting.
Our dinner menu consisted of three entrees to choose from: duck with roasted figs and creamy polenta, lemon-crusted sea bass with citrus butter sauce, and short ribs with chianti glaze, which was the most popular. Our cinnamon bun wedding cake with cannoli filling was delicious. I cannot wait for our one year anniversary so I can defrost the top layer and have more!
I do not think we stopped dancing the whole night, thanks to our DJ. Everyone we talk to says it was the best wedding they have ever been to. I cannot thank Jennifer Finch, the Above staff, and the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Nicotra, enough. This establishment is a step “Above” the rest!
I don’t even know where to begin! I fell in love with Above after coming across the venue on The Knot. I had to see it in person. Being from Staten Island, my husband was a little hesitant at first because all he could envision was the lounge that he has been to on a Friday night. I said trust me, there is a ballroom that you must see. We met with our Salesperson/Planner, Jennifer Finch. As she took us through the room where the cocktail hour is held, all I kept thinking was I need to look no further. We then entered the elevator to go down to the ballroom, the doors opened and it was breathtaking! The light colors, square tables, panoramic view of the city and the unique Crystal Chandelier!!! The room sells itself! It’s like nothing I have ever seen which is exactly what I wanted. We thanked Jenn for her time and told her we would be in touch. We needed to visit one other place (which was your standard traditional room) before making the final decision. As we walked through this venue my husband turns to me and says, call Above tomorrow & tell Jenn we want to come in with our deposit. Now, Jenn warned us before we left and said that we should leave a deposit if we were serious about the room and the date. It was only going to be a few days so we didn’t think anything of it. Well, we should have listened to her because we were too late and lost the date. Poor Jenn received an earful from me. As she walked into her office you could see that she was genuinely upset. I felt so bad since it was our fault but Jenn wanted to make it better and she did! Things happen for a reason and this sealed the deal for me. I knew we made the right decision and not to mention it turned out to be 60 degrees on a Saturday in late December!! Fast forward to the day & everything went perfectly. If it didn’t, we had no idea. The food was amazing! People still talk about it today. The lobster mac & cheese! Chicken & waffles with peaches! Braised short ribs! My mouth is watering as I am writing this. I wish I could have taken all of the leftovers home! Jenn, and the rest of the staff (Jen the Bridal Attendant & Tommy the Maitre’D) were so attentive to me, my husband, and our parents – totally exceeded all of our expectations. This venue is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY and anyone would be foolish not to have their special day held here. We are now starting to go through all of our pictures from the photographer and they don’t look real! The pictures look like they are right out of a magazine! My husband & I have been married for 3 months and there isn’t a day that goes by where we wish we had the opportunity to relive that day. I can’t thank Jennifer Finch and Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra enough for making us feel like a King & Queen!
Posted March 2015
Simply amazing service with out-of-this-world food!
Our wedding took place about 3 weeks ago at the Above Ballroom; the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We choose this venue for two main reasons: it was attached to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel to accommodate my husband’s family from Maryland and other out-of-town friends from college/work, and the food! But Above was much much more than we expected! The elegance and modern classiness of the Above ballroom fit my elegant chic style, and wowed all of our guests. From fantastic views to a beautiful ballroom, we still continue to hear our guests raving about the wedding, and some even said it’s the best wedding they’ve been to. Ever! The food was out of this world at Above. Seriously some of the best food we have ever eaten! When we went for the tasting, we had to make the tough choice of short ribs over the filet mignon, but it proved to be 100% worth it, and the most popular choice. The dish was wonderful, and reflective of all of the creative combinations that the Chef Frank Lombardi comes up with. The dishes were so unique and delicious, I think people could have eaten them all night. Special shout out to the Maryland crab cake and the scallops. Though I am from Staten Island originally, I now live and work in the DC metro area. Planning a wedding 4 hours away felt so easy with Jennifer’s help! She was always available to answer my emails and calls, and flexible with scheduling in-person meetings. Plus, Above provided so many services as a part of the package that the only other vendors we needed were photo/video services, floral arrangements and a band! The Maitre D and the Bridal Attendant (Victoria) were so helpful; they took care of things we did not even have to think about. They were one step ahead of us and really allowed us to stay collected and enjoy our wedding. And a shout out to Victoria, who did an awesome job bustling my dress! It can be tricky, especially when the buttons are hidden under the lace! The Above Ballroom really speaks for itself — not too many decorations are needed, and the crystal lights reflected in the floor to ceiling windows turn out amazing in all the photos (especially blank and white photos)! This place it top-notch!…
Posted December 2014
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I got married at Above on August 1, 2014. Everything was absolutely perfect. Even though the weather did not hold up, the indoor ceremony was spectacular, the cocktail hour was delicious, and our guests had such an amazing time that they are still talking about it! I worked with Sue, and I cannot recommend her more highly. She was always there for me with advice, suggestions, and the calm voice I needed when it all got to be too much. She even got delicious champagne for me and my bridesmaids while we got ready on the big day!
The venue was honestly breathtaking, especially once the sun went down. Even though I had seen it before, I gasped when I came in for the first time that night because everything was so beautiful. The muted colors are perfect because they will match anything, and the modern designed if extremely elegant. And the food! Everyone still talks about the food. There was so much, and it was so delicious. Even though I got to eat my fair share, I’m hoping I’m invited to a wedding there soon so I can try more of it! If you have the opportunity, book Above. You will not be disappointed!!!
Posted August 2014
One word to describe our wedding at Above: PHENOMENAL! We had guests travelling all the way from Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Norway, and …Staten Island to join us for our wedding ceremony and reception at Above. And they all had the time of their lives!
They told us that they had never been at such a fun wedding reception, and all the European guests agreed that it was worth travelling so far to share that special day with us! They did not want the party to end. The venue of Above is hip, young and modern and offers a view of the NY skyline. Our guests especially enjoyed the outdoor cabana’s and fire pits at night.
The food was sophisticated and delicious. The chef is very creative and helped us make all the right choices. The DJ kept all the guests dancing all night until the very last minute. The guests actually did not want to leave at the end of the night. Most amazing however, was our wedding coordinator from Above, Jennifer, who planned the whole event from A to Z. She worked very hard to make our wedding day go smoothly. During the months before the wedding, we never worried or were nervous about anything because Jennifer took it all in her hands.
Jennifer, and Above gave us the best day of our lives!
Above will be in our memories forever.
Posted August 2014
Our Wedding at Above was simply amazing! The décor, food, staff and service were beyond! Each person that we encountered went above and beyond to work with us and make our day personalized and special! Thank you to Jennifer for my event co-ordination, Frank, amazing chef!! And to Louis and Rich for creating such a beautiful place! My Husband and I will never forget how they helped us make our dreams come true!
Best, Kimberly & Jason
Posted July 2014
My fiancé & I almost eloped. He took one look at Above & the rest as they say is history! Above is like nothing else you will experience when wedding planning. From the moment we walked into The Hilton we were met by our incredible event planner, Sue, who made us feel like she was planning her own event. No question was left unanswered, no detail left out. Most venues we spoke to charged extra for menus, table cloths, etc. Not at Above. You are getting ALOT for your money. I have been replaying my wedding over & over again in my mind because it was hands down the best venue we had been to. If you want something different with the convenience of hotel rooms, a superb staff, impeccable service and amazing food then your search is over!
Posted July 2014
In just a few weeks my husband and I will be celebrating our one year wedding anniversary – July 5, 2013 our dreams LITERALLY turned into reality! Above was the most absolute PERFECT venue we could have chosen from. The classy and unique look is what drew us to this venue. The event coordinator Jennifer Finch is what had us sold! Not only did we get married the day after my favorite holiday, the rooftop bar-back was completely lit up like the American flag! It was to die for! The reception hall itself was completely breathtaking and astonishing. Like I said, it was a dream come true! The service was TOP NOTCH and the employees were very professional. I would recommend any future bride and groom to consider this venue as your choice. While doing so, make sure you ask for Jennifer Finch, she’s definitely a great person to work with! She will make sure your day runs smooth and stress free.
Posted June 2014
My husband and I started looking for wedding venues the week after Hurricane Sandy, and both being life-long Staten Islanders we felt a lot of pride for the borough we grew up in. After making the “usual” calls to every catering hall from New Jersey to Brooklyn – we had a strong urge to have our wedding closer to home. We made appointments to look at the few wedding halls on Staten Island, our first being with Jennifer Finch for Above at the Hilton. At the time, Above was still a new venue and was still under construction. After meeting with Jennifer we booked the Hilton for our wedding – WITHOUT EVER SEEING IT. Jennifer and the staff spoke that passionately about it. They had artist renderings, and sample fabrics and the view of the rooftop from the outside was enough to hook us. We were a little nervous, but knew that our wedding would be at the very least nothing anyone on the island had ever had before. Fast forward ten months – our minds had been blown. Jennifer communicated with us constantly to help us pick out every detail of our wedding. Her recommendations from the vendor program were professional and everything we needed. She even made sure to sneak us in to see the venue the minute outsiders were let in. The chef sat down with us at the tasting and let us mix and match entrees. Coming from a big Italian family, food is key, and his excitement for his creations made me look forward to that day even more. Our wedding is still one people talk about. From the cocktail hour to being able to go upstairs to the lounge for an after party – the day was flawless. My guests still talk about the food and always comment that they “can’t wait to go to another party there.” Some of my favorites? Chicken and waffles and brick oven pizza and calzones at cocktail hour, and the passed desserts for venetian. I can’t say enough about the service, my bridal attendant made me feel like a celebrity for the day and the drinks were flowing at the gorgeous bar. Not to mention that both Jennifer and the owner Mr. Nicotra personally checked in throughout the event. We had guests from as far off as Arizona, and many travelled from Jersey, upstate New York, and Manhattan. Being able to stay in the hotel was a plus for everyone. People are still talking about it. One friend that had gotten married called it “the wedding of the year.” Food, service and decor cannot be topped in the area. PS – Need to give a huge shout out to two of the house vendors Jennifer recommended – Mike from Platinum Entertainment and Chad from Carroll’s Florist. I’m as obsessed with flowers as my husband is with music and they took our dreams and rolled with them. – Lisa K.
Posted June 2014
There is so much I want to say about the experience we had at our wedding. This venue is like NOTHING else we have experienced. Having been to a lot of beautiful weddings, we had been searching for the PERFECT venue, but was never at a wedding like this before… ever. Every SINGLE person who was in attendance was so completely surprised by how unique, different, high-end, & interesting our wedding was compared to the others they had been to.
First, the fact that this venue is directly attached to the newest wing of the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn, is the first attribute that made our experience special. Included in our wedding package was a one night stay in their brand new bridal suite which had two bathrooms, a separate bedroom, a living room, makeup staging area, a full length mirror and bust form for the wedding dress. The bedroom was COVERED in rose petals, and on the dresser was a bottle of champagne on ice AND A GIFT FROM THE NICOTRAS! Within the master bedroom area was a separate bathroom with a walk-in, glass enclosed shower for two. The overnight stay ALONE would have made the experience special.
But the wedding itself, is of course the reason for this review!
We had our entire event in the chic rooftop space, which holds a 50 foot wide marble bar, with bar seats, lounge style tables and seating throughout, a private dining area which we used for the bridal party suite. Our event began just around sunset, which had an amazing view since the entire perimeter of the space is enclosed in ceiling to floor glass windows with views of the NYC skyline and of course this amazing sunset! Everyone was taking pictures with the sunset in the background and had never experienced a wedding like this before in their lives. We wanted a 4 hour cocktail event, but were concerned with there being enough food, since our family is so used to a huge cocktail hour and sit-down dinner. IT WAS MORE FOOD THAN EVER… It was served in stations, and Chef Frank has his pizza oven and food bar in the party room, and he was right out there serving the food while gloved servers passed small plates (which were NOT SMALL..) There was more food than we had ever had at a wedding, and not only was there plenty it was UNIQUE! We had some specialties, not on the original menu which included PESTO LASAGNE, & LOBSTER MACARONI & CHEESE. We had two round “standard” tables in the corner, in case people wanted traditional seats, but NO ONE even used them! Everyone was too busy mingling, dancing to Platinum Entertainment, and enjoying the food as it was passed to them. OUR VERY EXPENSIVE WEDDING CAKE WAS INCLUDED!!! It was custom made by Jackie’s Cake Boutique who is THE premier cake ARTIST on SI! (and the nicest lady)
There was nothing TYPICAL about this wedding, but I think ABOVE has now set the bar for this different, unique, very MANHATTAN CHIC concept. I think it’s going to change the industry completely!! I cannot even tell you how amazing SUE was to work with, she was fun, sweet and pushed us to have an open mind. How lucky we were to have her. Our bridal attendant Jen & our Maitre’d Tommy were so special and attentive. The bridal attendant kept checking my dress to make sure it was perfect all night!
I never write reviews, and I have a really specific taste. We didn’t want something typical and we are SO Glad we made this choice. Sit down weddings are special in their own way. But this was a cut ABOVE the rest
Posted in 2014
I grew up on Staten Island and I never wanted to get married here. We decided to look at Above because of a few friends that have attended weddings there. It was our first venue and our last! The cocktail hour is on a rooftop with fire pits and the ballroom is breathtaking! I highly recommend you use Sue as a wedding planner. She was absolutely amazing. Anything we asked she made happen and any questions were answered promptly! She was a sweetheart! Sue made everything so easy. The food was delicious! Frank the head chef is excellent. His dishes were nothing I have ever tasted and the choices were unending! We had not one complaint from start to finish from the servers to my bridal assistant (who sowed my bustle numerous times by hand) it was truly the most amazing day of my life. It’s also super convenient with being attached to The Hilton. The owners the Nicotra’s even made an appearance! I highly recommend this venue. They will treat you like royalty and your wedding will be A+ from start to finish!
Posted December 2013
We had our wedding at Above in November 2013 and there are just no words to describe how amazing it was! From planning our big day to the actual wedding day it was all stress free. The service at Above is exceptional! Our event planner Sue was the best! She was so helpful, organized, and caring as she wanted to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams. Sure enough it was! Our cocktail hour was held in their rooftop bar where our guests had incredible views of the city. Our reception was then held in their ballroom where we danced the night away with our family and friends under their chandeliers which looked like twinkling stars in the night sky. Our guests were able to sample an unbelievable menu which we were able to customize with their chef. This truly was the best day of our lives! Our guests are still raving about how gorgeous Above was and how incredibly delicious the food was. This venue is truly ABOVE anything else you and your guests will ever experience!
Posted November 2013
When the thrill of engagement sets in and the time comes to actually plan your wedding, there is so much to do and think about, so many important decisions to make; it can all be very overwhelming. I remember when my husband and I were considering the venues to have our reception, there were so many things to think about. We checked out several different places, those familiar, having attended a wedding there before, as well as a few new places I had never seen. I am an Italian girl from Brooklyn, so the type of wedding, service & FOOD was very important for our guests. Also, having been the last of a large group of friends to be married, I wanted to be a little different too. Being different & holding true some traditions can be hard – but having our wedding at the ABOVE made it so easy, it was the perfect combination.
My husband is not from New York, so we had quite of few out of town guests coming, which made the hotel a huge plus in having the wedding at the ABOVE. I didn’t have to worry about transportation for these guests to and from the venue. The rooftop is an amazing space, not your typical cocktail hour room, but guests fully enjoyed the ambiance and surroundings. The outside deck was a great addition as well, even though it was November, there were several fire pits lit up in the seating areas and many people enjoyed the deck and the view.
When my husband & I walked into the Ballroom, it looked more amazing then we pictured. The room is spectacular with the crystal lights & the windows overlooking a beautiful November night, clear with starry sky. Our guests absolutely raved about the food, then & still now!!! From the cocktail hour to the dessert and every course in between, I am still hearing how amazing, how plentiful and finely crafted the food was… it all went over really well to tough crowd. The little bit my husband & I got to eat was delicious, so I know it did not disappoint. The Above staff was up for this crowd of 230+, the servers were plentiful and always had their hands full of food, drinks, whatever the guests needed. Our fabulous entertainment had almost the entire crowd on the dance floor all night without it being too crowded. The bars were packed, people enjoyed the seating areas so they could mingle with others that might not have been seated at their table.
All in all – we were extremely happy with how our wedding turned out, I would even say that it couldn’t have been better. The staff at ABOVE was great to work with, planning, during the wedding & even afterwards with and worked really hard to make us, our parents and our guests happy. Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra, as well as Sue were there every step of the way, even that night, personally assuring everything was held to the highest standard.
Our Maitre’D was Jeff and our Bridal attendant was Brianna. Jeff kept the evening moving as planned and Brianna made sure we had everything we needed, even before we knew we needed it. They were a great team. I often joke that I want to be invited to a wedding at the Above so I can truly enjoy it as a guest. Being the bride and groom, the entire
day is so busy, so much going on and goes by so quickly. Wherever you decide to have your reception, I hope you remember to sit back and enjoy it.
Our wedding was November 16, 2013 & almost a year later, we can look back at the video and pictures, reflect on this wonderful event and remember just how we, as well as our guests enjoyed celebrating our love.
Posted November 2013
It really must have been fate that my, at the time fiancé, and I had stumbled upon Above located at the Hilton Hotel on Staten Island. We had gone to see the Nicotra Ballrooms as a possibility for our wedding and happened to see images of the new Above Ballroom and Rooftop bar/lounge throughout the Hilton hallway. The space hadn’t even finished construction yet so all we had to go by were the artist’s rendering hanging from those walls. After discussing what the Above had to offer with Sue Vaiana, our event planner, we decided that as lovely as the Nicotra space was we wanted to take a chance on the new venue. As construction began finishing up over the next few weeks, we were invited to a reveal of Above’s Rooftop Bar which transitioned into the cocktail hour for our wedding as well as the very grand ballroom, just one floor down. Impressively, the artist’s rendering was spot on (you know that certain things always look better in a photo!). If I was to choose one word to describe it, that word would be classy. From the hundreds of crystals that hang from the ceiling to the elegant white and gray decor of the ballroom to the Above’s very own private entrance, you can’t find much else like it out there. Anytime we returned to the Hilton to discuss details, we were met with Sue’s bubbly personality who seemed equally as excited about our wedding as we were. I don’t think there was any one vendor throughout the entire process that made us feel as special as she.
The actual wedding day could not have been more perfect. Sue, as well as my bridal attendant were there to make sure that everything was as I needed. The food at both the cocktail hour and reception were beyond belief (to this day, I still have people raving about it) and the staff were so kind, helpful, and generous to my husband and I that we were sad to say goodbye when 12:00 am rolled around (although we did enjoy the added bonus of our reserved rooftop cabana’s so we could continue our evening upstairs!).
It’s an amazing feeling to have friends and family tell you, nearly a year later, that it was the most incredible wedding they had been too and probably will ever be. Weddings, of course, are all meaningful and special in their own ways. Above, however, sets a standard that is truly difficult to match.
Posted September 2013
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra,
Thank you for the most extraordinary wedding EVER! It was perfect and blew away our expectations and dreams. The venue was unique, clean, bright and so special. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. We have not one complaint because it was phenomenal. Thank you for all your time and effort, for all the extra touches you added and for your kindness and generosity. We really appreciate it and could not be happier. Everyone raved about it – best wedding ever! Thank you so very much. We will always remember what an extraordinary day it was.
Best, Amanda and Sebastian
Posted September 2013
My wedding was July 28, 2013. No words can express what a wonderful place Above Rooftop Wedding Venue is. If you’re looking for a modern, clean, elegant, city life look, Above is the place to be. You get excellent service, a wonderful wedding package with a variety of food to choose from. And if there is something in the menu that you like and you don’t see. They will create it and add it to the menu.
Jennifer Finch was my Event Planner at the time of the wedding she was pregnant with her first baby. That did not slow her down she was always ready and willing to answer any question and I had and she made my wedding day the best day of my life. I highly recommend Jennifer Finch.
For my 1 year anniversary Above gave my husband and I a beautiful white pillow which had an engraving of my husband and I name, the date we got married and inspirational word “Always” it was so thoughtful of them, we love it.
If you want a wedding venue that makes you feel like family, care for your wedding need, and makes all your dreams come to on your wedding day. Above is the place to be.
Posted July 2013
We got married at Above about a year ago. Our whole experience at Above was truly amazing! You will not find a venue like this anywhere it is beautiful, the service is outstanding and the food is delicious. They really understand and are helpful with every aspect of your special day. Please ask to work with Sue! It wouldn’t have happened without her. She is on your side and will go out of her way to make sure what you want happens. Her whole team is very accommodating and welcoming.
Above made our wedding dreams come true! We highly recommend this venue!
A + M
Posted June 2013
We had our wedding last fall at Above! No words could describe how incredible it really was! From the gorgeous rooftop cocktail hour, to the breathtaking reception in the ballroom. The whole staff couldn’t have been any better, anything we needed they were there for us in a heartbeat! Now, here we are almost a year later and all of our guests are still talking about it, and how delicious and unique the menu was! Every little detail, down to the plate settings and wine glasses were unique! We wish we could do it all over again, it was amazing and the best night of our lives!
Trust us, your guests will never forget your wedding at Above!
Posted November 2012