As someone who plans events for a living I can tell you that my standards are extremely high and obnoxiously critical. Jennifer Finch and the Above were perfection! From the first time that I walked the venue with Jennifer and I asked questions that I knew only a venue of a specific caliber would know; I knew this venue was up to the task. You also know that this venue is taken seriously because at every event the owners stop by and will jump in and support their staff. They came to my rehearsal dinner, to the cocktail hour, they were cleaning tables, and passing out food. Owners don’t do that at most venues. The staff from top to bottom was a dream! I don’t have one negative thing to stay and again this is what I do for a living. It was a huge deal for me to be a bride that day and not an event producer. I do not live or know anything about Staten Island but it is 100% worth going to. I highly highly recommend this venue and Jennifer! I don’t have enough words for how beautiful and flawless they made our day! I owe them everything!

- Amanda M. Sept. 6, 2019

My husband and I had our wedding at Above this past June and I cannot recommend Above enough. From the first moment of contact to our wedding day, I had no problems at all. Jenn was the best! She answered all of our questions/emails promptly and kept us up to date on all of our wedding planning. The room is absolutely stunning and is so different from any other venue. We are still receiving compliments on how impressive the venue was! The cocktail hour food is delicious and there were over 10 pages of options to choose from! The options also included pizza and strombolis which were a hit. Above was extremely accommodating in every step of the way- Jenn always found a way to fit our needs! She also reached out to many vendors herself to get the necessary paperwork for the venue. On my wedding day I had an unforeseen disaster with my seating chart and was unable to use it (the seating chart was done by an unreliable outside vendor NOT associated with Above). Jenn and the whole event staff went above and beyond to HAND SEAT each guest from my guest list. They kept me calm and were able to move all my guests from the cocktail hour to their assigned seats within 10 minutes. This kind of service is something you absolutely need in your wedding venue. I cannot thank the staff of Above enough for going above and beyond to make our wedding the best day ever.

- Kelsey C. Aug. 13, 2019

I met with Jen and she was wonderful. Extremely helpful and put my mind at ease with wedding planning. She was able to meet with me after giving her only 45 minutes notice even though she had a full plate that day. I’m happy we went to meet with her and even happier we have a beautiful venue now for our wedding.

- Jessica Whisner Aug. 8, 2019

As our one year anniversary comes up I am happy to reflect on our special day. Sue V. helped us from the moment we stepped in to book Above Ballroom to the moment they dragged my drunk butt into my suite after my amazing WEDDING RECEPTION!! Not everything went as planned due to the weather and unexpected events but I would not change a thing! Sue was beyond amazing and so was Jackie my Bridal Attendant!! They were kind and super helpful at all the confusing parts of being a Bride. People still talk about how beautiful and extravagant our wedding was and it is truly all thanks to the amazing Team at Above

- Victoria W. Aug. 3, 2019
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra, 
I am honestly speechless and that never happens. As a corporate event planner I really felt bad for anyone who had to deal with me for my wedding but your team was up for the challenge. From the first day I met Jennifer, before I even saw Above, she was ready for every question I through at her. I asked questions that would show me how much your team looks at the details and all of her answers were just what I wanted to hear. Never throughout the planning did I feel like she wasn’t 100% on top of it and invested in an amazing day. It never seemed like the money was the top priority, James and I were. Any time I emailed her we questions or new documents she always responded quickly. I also loved the fact that she would really read my documents and give me suggestions; show me that she would always take the time to respect my work. I could not be more grateful for Jennifer because she was the reason why I was able to step back and not be an event coordinator for that day and just be a Bride. 
Now for the rehearsal dinner, wedding day, after party, and the breakfast. There was not an anything that I would have changed about the events we had at your venues. 
Rehearsal dinner was a beautiful way to get everyone together and just have some fun and some good food. The servers were always there for us, whatever we needed. They even came and changed the air temperature three times because my now husband was getting nervous and hot.  Jakup and Rezi (hope that is the right spelling) were so attentive and no one every had to wait for anything. 
Now to the wedding day! 
Jacki, my bridal attendant, again its hard to find words to show you how grateful I am for her. She was again a huge reason why I was able to be just a Bride. She handled anything we asked, she was sweet and comforting. She never needed to be asked twice and she was always on top of the things we had planned. I felt like I knew her for years and not hours, she just has that welcoming personally that puts you at ease. 
Tom, in all honesty I didn’t deal with Tom a ton but on rehearsal day he came up and introduced himself. On the wedding day he came in to check on us and then came back to congratulate us. He took care of my parents, my in-laws, and my crazy grandmother. He also has that ability to make you feel comfortable. He did little things like taking my left over flowers and bringing them to my breakfast; those are the thing that set him apart. I really appreciate all of those little touches, it honestly shows you that they all really care about us having a day we will never forget. 
These three people are super-stars and made an absolutely perfect day for us!!
One more thing; My whole family has so much respect for the two of you. Meeting you at rehearsal and then seeing you at the wedding, it really shows why your team members care so much, because you do. I have worked in a lot of venues over the years and I will never see the owner come down let alone jump in and help their staff. James was so taken back watching you clean and give your staff a chance to keep up and breathe. Since James is a chef seeing that really hit it home for him on how right we were to get married at Above. 
James and I didn’t really get to sit and eat, even though Jackie and Tom were always bringing us food. But we heard from everyone how amazing all of the food was. James’s chef friends were amazed and I saw mainly clean plates after dinner. And everyone was taken back by that pork chop!! 
Again I want to Thank you! Thank you for having us, thank you for showing your staff how its done, thank you for hiring people who care about people, thank you for creating such a beautiful space and Thank you for giving us the day we dreamed of. 
We hope to be back soon! 
I hope you have an amazing rest of your week and weekend. 
Amanda and James Feminello
- Amanda and James Feminello June 5, 2019

WOW! I fell in love with Above and the ballroom after our first visit there and knew that was where I wanted to have my wedding. I am from NJ and looked at over 20 venues and nothing hit the mark. I was looking for a modern venue, close to NY and city, high ceilings etc. The venue takes your breath away even before decorations. I loved the swarovski crystal ceilings, the insanely beautiful bar, the space for the cocktail area and well everything. Guests said the cocktail hour was the best they have ever been to and I was very happy with all the food from start to finish. We used a personal vendor for the cake, however Above will include if interested. Now on to the Staff. We worked with Sue V. from beginning to end and I could not have been more happy with her. She was so helpful from our initial meeting, to contract, to food tasting, in between up until our big day, the big day and on. Sue worked with me very closely, was super quick to respond via email and just made me feel confident and excited throughout the entire process. Thank you Sue! Our maitre’d and bridal attendant were equally fabulous and I have only amazing things to say about everyone. If you are looking for a sleek/breathtaking/modern venue I think you will be very happy with Above and their team. The owners came out to introduce themselves to us and it was a very nice touch during the cocktail hour. Thank you everyone at Above for a stunning day.

- Colette S. Feb. 3, 2019

We were married at Above this past September. We wanted a smaller wedding so we did a cocktail reception at Above, on the rooftop. From our on site ceremony to the breakfast the next morning, everything was perfect. The food was great. Our guests raved about a cocktail reception. Still do this day. Everyone LOVED the idea of a more loungy atmosphere with food all night rather than a traditional sit down dinner. We worked with Sue Vaiana. To say she is the best is an understatement. She truly knows what she is doing and it shows. She enjoys what she does & actually cares, which says a lot. I loved planning my wedding with her. All the vendors they recommended were top notch as well. I want to redo this night over & over. Everything about having our wedding at Above was perfect!!!

- Kathy S. Jan. 31, 2019

This place was jaw dropping beautiful. It was the only place my husband and I went to see and it was the only place we wanted to see. Above Rooftop had the nicest staff. We were in great hands, especially with Sue Vaiana. She helped us with literally everything from booking the venue, booking our rooms for the night of and for our guests, picking our food for the reception, getting us connected with our flower vendor, tech and lighting vendor and taking care of us the day of. They delivered the whole package. I was so scared of experiencing that wedding planning nightmare that I hear so much about, but everything was flawless! We couldn’t have picked a better venue and staff to help us with our best day ever! We are forever grateful to Sue, the Nicotra’s and the whole Above Rooftop/Hilton staff!

- Karen M. Jan. 21, 2019

What can I say that hasn’t been said already, the food was amazing, the staff was top notch and our event planner, Sue Vaiana was fantastic!! She helped make our day one we will never forget. To this day, guests are still talking about what an amazing experience they had at our wedding!!

- Patrick F. Jan. 20, 2019

This past December my husband and I got married in Nicotras Ballroom, with our reception in Trevi Garden. It was an amazing weekend and Sue Vaiana was a wonderful coordinator. Every employee from the room maids on down to Jackie, my bridal attendant, was absolutely incredible. I would recommend ALL venues in The Hilton to anyone!

- Sarah M. Jan. 19, 2019

We just had our wedding here at The Above in October & it was absolutely perfect! Jen Finch was our wedding specialist & she made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it. The food was excellent & we are still getting compliments on how beautiful everything looked & how amazing everything tasted !! I couldn’t be more happy with our decision on choosing above for our wedding venue.

- Julianne V. Jan. 15, 2019

My (then) fiancé and I knew there was no other tristate area choice for our wedding than Above Rooftop and Ballroom at The Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island. Mr. and Mrs. Nicotra have built a stunning reception venue that is housed on even more beautiful hotel grounds. If you’re considering getting married on Staten Island, this is the clear choice. The team at HGI Staten Island are unmatched in their professionalism and customer service. And if Above isn’t your style, I highly suggest considering one of the other venues they have for your wedding or event. We had our rehearsal dinner in the front lobby room and our post-wedding brunch in the team room. You’ll never second guess your choice to become a part of the HGI Staten Island family. A colleague recently attended an event at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan and commented to me that while the food there was good it didn’t compare to the food at our wedding. I’m glad my husband and I got to thank the chef personally the day of our wedding. He was personally checking each salad and making finishing touches when we went upstairs for sunset pictures. Unreal! But not at Above. We worked with event coordinator, Jenn Finch. It was easy to get in contact with Jenn for our initial meeting and she was responsive throughout our entire planning process. At the rare times she was unavailable, we were supported by her colleague, Sue, who was wonderful. We had a few date options for our desired month of September 2018 when we booked in May 2017. We had a few hiccups with guests booking their rooms under the wedding rate. We addressed them with Jenn and they were taken care of to the best of the staff’s ability. As a bride and groom, you have the responsibility for making sure things are going smoothly for your guests. At HGI Staten Island, having a coordinator as part of your wedding there is priceless. I suggest having your tasting and final meeting as early as possible. Above has incredible seasonal menus which may limit how early you can have your tasting. However, try to have the informational part of that meeting at least 5 months before. It ticks a lot of boxes and Jenn lays out every thing you’ll need to do and the best way to do it. She and her team are experts of Above. Trust them. My husband got ready in the made-for-weddings bridal suite and I got ready at home before our church ceremony. I suggest hiring a day of coordinator to make the day go smoothly. You have a huge resource in your coordinator (Jenn) and bridal attendants (they’re amazing!!) when you’re on the grounds but having a professional day of coordinator to communicate with the HGI team and your vendors (photographer, band, florist) will make the focus for you and your family only enjoying the day. And day of coordinators typically work with you a few months before. That is the only thing I would change about my wedding day. You’ll have endless opportunity to customize the space to make it your own. We chose hot pink lights behind the bar on the rooftop and arranged the furniture near the champagne bar in the ballroom to be more lounge-like. Above rooftop and ballroom make every other venue pale in comparison. It’s the same stunning venue for each couple but never looks the same because of all the options you have. It’s not cookie cutter and the quality doesn’t waver! Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Nicotra, Jenn, and the entire staff at the Hilton Garden Inn for making our wedding one of the best days of our lives

- Paula C. Jan. 13, 2019

My husband and I just got married above 9 days ago on NYE ! It was a dream come true ! I don’t even know where to begin . The Venue is gorgeous ! The workers are hands down the best !!! We worked with Jennifer finch and she made sure everything was perfect for us and listened to every detail we had and she did it ! She is so sweet and easy to work with ! Also the bridal attendant Jackie she is by your side alll day long and makes sure everything is how you want it and helps you all day . Everyone that we worked in during our wedding were just so welcoming and nice and I couldn’t be more happy with where I choose to have my wedding . It was so magical and lovely and the whole venue just makes you feel like family and you really become a true queen and king that day and they sure make you feel it ! Love love love !!!

- Elena D’Albora, Dec 31st 2018

We were absolutely amazed at the attention to detail we received at Above. I don’t know what we would have done without the special care we received from Sue, Jackie and Jeff. They are such a great team and made sure our wedding went exactly as planned. All of our family and friends told us what an amazing cocktail hour we had and the reception was the perfect setting for a magical night. The food was so delicious that we still talk about it. People always say that your wedding day goes by so fast, and it was very true. But we are so grateful to have had everyone from Above take such good care of us. I hope we get invited to wedding there soon so we could enjoy it as a guest!

- Erica D. November 11, 2018

Today marks our 1 Year Wedding Anniversary. Friday the 13th was certainly a Lucky day for my husband Matt & I! My husband & I celebrated our wedding at Above and we had the time of our lives! I will NEVER forget the day we first went to Above & met with Sue. She led us into the lobby where I was already smitten, then she took us to the rooftop: AMAZING! I felt my heart beat a bit faster as I was being swept off my feet by the ambiance of the location, the comfort I felt with Sue already and how I was already envisioning “our perfect day” to be held there. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Sue took us to the ballroom. The elevator opened, I took a few steps out into the ballroom and just in that moment, had my breathe taken away! Tears came down my cheeks and my husband to be KNEW THIS WAS IT! Over the course of our planning, we were lucky to work with Sue, who no only secured our day and our vision, but she was was our friend and at times, our counselor/therapist! The staff was amazing! Our vendors were so excited for our wedding, as it was the first time for some to be at Above; they also were awaiting an event to be had there to expierence such an exquisite location! When my husband & I had our tasting with Sue, she introduced us to the chef who also customized a vegan option for several of our guests. Incredible! The portions are unforgettable. Cocktail hour had our guests speechless & they hadn’t even stepped foot into the real beauty yet the day of our wedding. I can say with 100% certainty that we made the very best decision having our celebration at Above. Right before cocktail hour was over on our wedding day, we were whisked I the ballroom to meet with Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra, the owners of the Nicotra Group (Above) what a lovely couple! To maintain that personal level with each couple is incredible & I thank them both for their hospitality & wish them continued success with their establishments! I still keep in contact with Sue & know I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Above has set such a special place in the hearts of Matt & I, it was the night some new relationships began, some old relationships sadly did end, families merged, friends reunited and two people exchanged vows and promised to love and honor each other for their rest of their lives. 100 stars if possible! Love Above!

- Kristen M. October 13, 2018

This venue is straight from a modern day fairy tale. This September I had my ceremony & reception at Above and it was perfection! Jennifer Finch assisted me throughout the wedding process. There was no question left unanswered and no detail left unnoticed. I wish I could relive the day again.. no changes.

- Theresa P. October 8, 2019

There is SOOO much I can say about The Above due to the sheer amazing experience I had. Jennifer Finch and her staff were AMAZING. My wedding day exceeded my BEST dream, the food was plentiful and delicious and the service was outstanding. I got married on Aug 2018 and my guest are still expressing how beautifully grown, sexy, and elegant their experience was. If you’re looking for a Venue that is not your everyday norm, with the same elegance, I HIGHLY recommended Above!

- Karrima S. Sept. 22, 2018

No words can describe how amazing this venue was! The view was amazing, its been 2 months and we’re still getting positive reviews for the food! We put a rustic twist on everything and it still matched the venue. So that just proves you can do anything! Also, with the hotel attached people could go straight to their rooms, and with the bar downstairs it made for a great after party. The wedding coordinator Sue was AMAZING! She really cares for her couples! She’s with you every step of the way! I wish I could do my wedding all over again!! I highly recommend this venue! You won’t regret it!

- Kaitlyn C. Sept. 21, 2018

Ahhh, where to begin.. My husband and I recently celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary!! Yay US =) Our wedding took place at Above on September 3rd, 2017 and it was beyond our wildest expectations. We had a fairy tale wedding of our dreams with the help of the Above/Hilton staff members. Our wedding coordinator Sue was truly a godsend. She was so wonderful – helpful, attentive, knowledgeable and funny! Sue made our wedding dreams come true with her thoughtful suggestions and feedback. She was so easily reachable via phone, email and in person. She walked us through everything and made sure that we were 10000% with all of our decisions. She worked with us every step of the way and we continue to stay in touch because we love her! We are absolutely certain that you will be in wonderful hands with her (& everyone who works at Above/Hilton). The service at Above and the Hilton was exceptional. Everyone there was so helpful, attentive and really made it about the bride and groom. Now for our venue, ABOVE IS STUNNING! It is modern, beautiful, clean and perfect! We loved everything.. from the outdoor ceremony space, to the cocktail hour space, to the reception space which was spectacular. The food, ohhh the food – we could not get enough of our cocktail hour food. We were not one of those couples that did not eat. We chowed down because we knew it would be amazing! (Sue had amazing suggestions for the menu and we trusted her 100%!!) We cannot stop raving and raging about Above and our experience there. We highly recommend Above Rooftop to everyone and know that you will love it just as much as we did!! 

- Julie A. Sept. 13, 2018

It started when we first visited the venue in September of 2017; my husband and I had just gotten engaged and were wracking our brains looking for venues. Above was the second place we visited and we were taken back by its beauty and size. Being as indecisive as we are, we decided to look at a few more places because we didn’t want to make any decisions impulsively, but after every venue we visited we still would say, “Above is better.” Finally, in October, we met with Jen Finch again and booked a date in July of 2018. From start to finish, Jennifer was beyond helpful and patient with us and the list of questions I would always have. She worked with us when it came to pricing and managing the other vendors so we would have nothing but a perfect day, and that is exactly what it was- absolutely perfect! We never saw the cocktail room or the ballroom decorated before our wedding, so the day of, our mouths (and the mouth of each and every guest) hit the floor. Everything went smoothly and, although my opinion about our wedding is biased, everything was beautiful. Our maitre d’ and bridal attendant were very attentive and on point with everything we needed, before we knew we even needed it. The food was phenomenal, and not one person had a complaint (which is very hard to come by!). If we could do everything all over again, we’d come right back to Above!

- Ariana L. Sept. 11, 2018

June 30 2018 is one of my most memorable day. My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at the ABOVE Hilton garden Inn Staten Island. The service, the food, the friendly and accommodating staffs, the ambiance, the bar, the presentation of the cocktail hour and the main dining were a rock star! Sue Vaiana, my wedding coordinator is the best. She makes you feel like you’re the most important person in the world . She made sure that, that evening did not have any boring minute. The main dining room decor blew me away! The flowers , linens, towering cake, the amazing Lights display, the sunset view that got everyone in awe , and best of all the food were all A#1 perfecto. Every dish is to die for. From fish to steak to vegetarian . My wedding photos and video’s were done by Infinity Photography.( Moe, Bernie, Vinny and Omar.) These guys would go out their way to get the best pictures and videos of you. I highly recommend them for their professionalism and high caliber work. Till today ,everyone still talk about my beautiful wedding at the ABOVE, Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island.

- Rosavilla and Romi V. Sept. 11, 2018

We got married this past May. The Nicotra’s, our wedding planner Sue, and all of the staff at Above did everything they possibly can to make our day perfect. The food was amazing, the views were spectacular, and I couldn’t have had a better time all around. Sue was always there to answer any questions I had, ease any nerves, and helped every step of the way. Everyone at the venue makes you feel like family! 5/5!!!

- Christie C. Sept. 3, 2018

My husband and I absolutely loved this place – and the people who work there!! Sue, the event planner we worked with at Above, was simply the best. From our very first meeting she was kind, down to earth, organized, honest, and answered every question I had before our big day. She really made our experience at Above stress-free. Mr. And Mrs. Nicotra, the owners, were also incredibly kind. They even stop by at the weddings of their guests to say hello and check-in. The food was 10/10. We are STILL hearing from our guests how delicious everything was. If you are looking for a menu that is a step above that of a typical catering hall, consider Above. The food was definitely a highlight for us and our guests. The staff at the hotel and at Above were all so very kind, helpful, and professional. You could tell the employees there really take pride in what they do. Overall this place was a 10/10. There was not one thing that I thought could have been done better. I keep saying that I wish I could be a guest at a wedding there so I could enjoy it all over again!

- Gabriella R. August 26, 2018

We had our wedding this past April at Above and it was beyond perfect ! The place is absolutely beautiful. The food was amazing and the staff and service were amazing also. Planning with Sue Vaiana made it so easy as well. She was always available to answer any questions throughout the way. It was the perfect day and we couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate our wedding !

- Kara B. August 24, 2018

We had our magical wedding at Above on May 27,2018. We had the best experience ever. We were a little afraid because we come from Queens, and we weren’t sure how people would feel about coming to Staten Island, but we are so glad we went with our instinct because it was just a 35 minute drive on the wedding day. No one had anything bad to say, the venue is gorgeous, there’s not ONE bad photo from my wedding day. My guest where at aw when they saw the place. Then the food! The food is on another level. I was extremely satisfied with everything that day, and we thank the staff for putting in 100% best day ever, for sure

- Apollonia P. August 23, 2018

My daughter and son-in-law were married at Above in June, 2018. Everything was great from the moment we checked into the hotel on Friday before the rehearsal dinner until we left after the breakfast on Sunday. The ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were fantastic. All attendees told me this was the best wedding they ever attended and they raved about the venue and the food. Jennifer Finch coordinated everything about the wedding and was always available from the first time we met until the wedding was complete. Jenn made sure everything went perfectly. In addition, the owner of the venue, Mr. and Mrs. Nicotra stopped in to the wedding to make sure everything was going as planned. I would highly recommend the Above for your event.

- Sandy B. August 20, 2018

The first thing we did after getting engaged was look at venues, and felt very frustrated. Every venue seemed to be the same thing, a basic cocktail hour followed by an unimpressive ballroom that we have seen at most weddings. However, when we walked into Above we were blown away and knew this was where we wanted to have our reception. The cocktail hour lounge is huge and we love how there is both an indoor and outdoor space for guests to enjoy. After the cocktail hour we headed down to the gorgeous ballroom with crystal light fixtures and floor to ceiling windows. The staff had us time our wedding so that we would be able to have gorgeous sunset views during our first dance. Those pictures were to die for (tied with the CHAMPAGNE WALL!)! We also thought an underappreciated feature to the venue was the modern square tables, which we always preferred to the classic round. Besides the initial WOW factor that we got from the space alone we loved the food options. Above has such a unique and diverse menu for weddings. Our guests were raving about the food provided at cocktail hour. Not only was the food great but they provided a wide selection so no one was left disappointed or hungry. For the main course they also have a wide selection of options that you usually don’t get at a wedding. Forget the standard options you usually have at a wedding. We were able to offer our guests red snapper, duck and pork as the dinner options. And they were very accommodating to any allergies that our guests had. The night ended with a unique twist on dessert. They had a lot of really cool dessert options that they can be eaten on the dance floor because they don’t want the party to stop for people to eat. Some desserts included milk shake shooters, cake pops and so much more. The food was all around great. We ended the night renting out the cocktail space for an after party, and it was one of our best decisions. It was so nice to unwind with out guests, and enjoy the space again with a different vibe. Finally the staff at Above was great. We worked directly with Sue V. and she was very reliable and responsive with all of our questions and concerns. She guided us along throughout the process and made planning for the big day as easy as possible. All in all, Above was able to provide us with the classy but unique wedding that we were looking for with not only a lot of food but great quality. We could not have been happier.

- Brianna E. May 20, 2018

On October 27, 2017 a fairy tale wedding came true for my husband and I at the Above, located in the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island. The day was perfect from the beginning to the end because of the professionalism shown by all. Especially my event planner Sue Vaiana for herimpeccable service. From our first meeting to my reception, she made all my wishes come true. When my guests arrived they were greeted with flutes filled with champagne and an escorted ride up the elevator to our ceremony. The ambience was perfect, the room was filled with flowers, candle light and a view of a perfect sunset. Vows were exchanged and everything felt magical. Off to the cocktail hour on the rooftop. The hors d’oeuvres and cocktails kept flowing. Some guests even ventured outside to sit by the fire and enjoy the breathtaking view. The reception was amazing, out maitre’d, Jeff, did not miss a beat and everything went as planned. Delicious food prepared by Chef Matt, endless drinks and a perfect ending with a gorgeous topsy turvy cake. I would especially like to thank the owners, Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra for attending my wedding. They are always a visible presence at every affair to ensure their guests are having a good time. Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra, you definitely made this bride and groom feel very special!

- Kimberly P. January 2, 2018

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!

- Amanda G. July 31, 2017

July 2016 I married the love of my life in the most wonderful place. Above At the Hilton Garden Inn. We loved the venue from the moment we walked through the door. We loved the idea of revisiting our location every for our anniversary so a hotel was our top choice. Also, we have a child and when the reception started we were able to keep him close with a nanny but safely in a hotel room just in time for bed. It was a great feature. Our tour started with the most amazing, flexible, answer any question, excited for every crazy whim idea Sue Viana. She went “Above” and beyond to make our wedding as special as it could possibly be. She does this everyday, she’s in your corner, you need help or a minute to breathe, she’s there. She’s amazing! The year I spent planning go back and forth to Staten Island from Queens was worth every minute of my wedding! When you walk into cocktail hour it’s the fun begins! And it doesn’t stop until you wake up in the morning and realize it wasn’t a dream.. and then a new and exciting journey begins! Cocktail hour was great, all the food! And the mingling, some outside, some inside, but every person had a plate, and a drink! And they loved the food! We love food, so having a menu that was different, not the same typical wedding food was very alluring to us and we’ll chef Frank delivers!! I have a food allergy and he made sure I was able to eat everything without it conflicting with the style of taste of his delectable creations. When we walked into the ballroom it was at the same time the sun was setting and the pictures of the orange sunset are breathtaking. We Danced the night away, dinner was amazing, the drinks never ended, but once again Sue surpassed our expectations because the team she had in place to take care of us was just phenomenal. Victoria was my bridal attendant and she was so great. My dad has a back injury and she brought his dinner down to his room when he needed to go lay down. She brought food to my child and nanny cause although they were at cocktail hour they were not at the reception. She helped with some many things, I asked and wanted for nothing, she was always a step ahead of my needs. Our Maitre’D was the same, so professional on top of everything, a shadow always there to help. Our reception ended late (a feature we gladly paid extra for) and then we went to room room, which was included in our wedding arrangements, this was not an ordinary room, it was a beautiful suite. There was champagne and monogrammed robes and a refrigerator filled with food and dessert in case we didn’t eat as much as we’d liked! The beauty, fun and hospitality of the night never ended! I love Sue and the Nicotra family! They set a standard that is unparalleled! I recently celebrated my one year anniversary and they sent us an anniversary gift! Above, Sue, her team, the Nicotra family thank you for making my wedding dreams come true!!

- Sara E. July 31, 2017

We celebrated our wedding in October, and the Above Rooftop was absolutely the perfect spot for our special day. Our coordinator Sue was available throughout the planning process to help work through every detail, and bridal assistant Jackie made certain the day flowed seamlessly. The room itself is remarkable, with amazing views, indoor and [weather permitting] outdoor space, allowing our guests to have a comfortable evening. Last, but not least, the food was fantastic!

- Deena A. December 28, 2017

We had out reception at Above on 9/16/2017 and everything about the day was perfect. Sue was our wedding planner from Above and she was always able to answer any questions I had and give recommendations throughout the planning process. Mr. and Mrs. Nicotra were also wonderful. They stopped by at our tasting, rehearsal dinner at Lorenzo’s, and our reception. Aside from the planning being easy, the food was AMAZING, the space was beautiful, and all of our guests being able to stay in the hotel at a discounted price made every penny worth it.

- Danielle N. October 6, 2017

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!

- Ashley F. May 20, 2017

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!

- Antonella V. April 11, 2017

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!

- Graziella L. January 12, 2017

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.

- John C. January 10, 2017

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!

- Mary P. January 6, 2017

The vision: A ton of delicious and eclectic food, top shelf liquor flowing, romantic ceremony, sexy and fun reception, no hiccups, perfection. The verdict: It was the greatest night of our lives, and three months later, it STILL is. Guests still call to this day expressing what a great time they had, and that was most important for us. This was a truly spectacular, not at all average wedding. Perfectly executed, we cannot say enough about Jennifer or Carroll. They were calm, helpful, easy to work with, so sharp, on top of their game from the day we met to the day after the wedding, and genuinely love their jobs because I feel like this friendship will last a lifetime. My heart breaks for anyone who doesn’t get married at Above.

- Marina K. December 27, 2016

This was the first venue my husband and I visited. After seeing this place – nothing else compared in the slightest. My husband and I got married at Above in September of this year. Sue V. was introduced as our wedding planner and thanks to her our experience at this establishment has been nothing short of amazing. Sue made sure that my husband and I were satisfied with every aspect of our wedding- always putting us first in her mind before making any kind of decision. Sue became a friend in addition to a wedding planner. My husband and I decided to have a “cocktail style” wedding in which we had the ceremony in the ballroom and our reception on the rooftop. Before the ceremony, the bridal attendants could not have been more helpful- they made sure our husband and I had everything and anything we needed to make the day go as smooth as possible. The ceremony was breathtaking with the glass encased walls to see the amazing view Above has to offer. The reception is when the fun really began! The food was delicious! (I am a big foodie so that was extremely important to me). There was such a variety for our guests to choose from (about 20 dishes) while having the tapas style food which allowed our guests to be able to taste all that there was to offer. The music took our wedding over the top. From the minute we met Mike (our DJ) he instantly understood the fun vibe we wanted to have at our reception. He made sure the music was exactly what we wanted and needed for our style of wedding. Our cake was beautiful thanks to Jackie’s Cakes, who works directly with Above. The cake was not only beautiful on the outside but delicious too. I will recommend this establishment to ANYONE who is interested in having a fun and phenomenal event – a special thanks to Sue for making our vision come true. It will never go unappreciated

- Sparkle L. December 21, 2016

If I could give it 10 stars, I would! I can not say enough about how amazing my wedding day was! The venue is stunning & modern, just as my husband and I wanted. The minute we stepped in the ballroom we knew this was THE PLACE. Thank you to Sue Vaiana who was amazing from beginning to end! Super helpful and encouraging and made us feel super comfortable. You can truly trust her to make your day amazing. Jacqueline was also great and treated me like a queen all night. A day we will truly never forget!!!

- Shawana L. October 26, 2017

If you are looking to plan the wedding of your dreams, Above Ballroom will make it all come true. My wedding was August 20th 2016 and I wish I can relive that day every single day of my life. Being from New Jersey and my husband is from Staten Island, I really wasn’t as familiar with this venue as he was. I wanted my wedding venue to be something different, amazing and simply spectacular. After doing much research and visiting many halls in New Jersey and Staten Island, my husband and I decided on Above and I couldn’t be ANY happier with our decision!!! From the beginning to end I worked closely with wedding coordinator, Sue. Who is literally a wedding coordinator Goddess! She was on top of everything and was super easy to work with!! The night of our wedding was simply a fairy tale. The food was incredible, and the service was on point. our Maître D’ and bridal attendant were there at all times, making sure the service was meeting our standards! We had family and friends from all over the country come celebrate with us and they are still talking about how delicious the food was, and how gorgeous the venue was. The cocktail hour had so many different options to choose from and the amount of food was endless. Our 3 course choices for the reception were also so delicious, my guest were so full by the time their main course came, they wrapped it go! The party didn’t end at the reception, we rented the rooftop bar and continued the party upstairs until 2 am. We had an open bar, DJ and an outside food vendor come to complete the amazing day! Sue also helped me coordinate our after hour party at the rooftop! Overall, I had a vision for my wedding, between the flowers, the DJ, outside vendor for after party, Sue and her staff worked with them so flawlessly to help make the vision a reality. It was everything I could imagine and so much more. My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Above ballroom to future brides and grooms, because it was truly the best day of our lives.

- Erica O. October 25, 2016

We had our wedding at the Above just a few weeks ago and people can’t stop talking about the service, staff, food, and the overall great experience of our wedding. Everything couldn’t have been more perfect! The food was terrific and the presentation was excellent. Sue was our event planner and immediately from the first meeting saw our vision for our wedding. We were constantly in touch with each other because I lived in West Palm Beach, FL and even thou I made several trips to Staten Island she was an amazing help. From start to finish everyone at the Hilton Garden Inn was more than professional and willing to make our experience an amazing one. We were able to relax and totally enjoy our wedding knowing every member of the staff was working to make our wedding experience to be more than we could have ever imagined. All I can say is that if you are planning a wedding please go and see the Above venue you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a venue to take care of the whole package from rehearsal dinner to after party the Hilton Garden Inn is deffinately the place for you. It was the best decision we ever made to have our Dream Wedding at the Above!

- Jennifer N. October 24, 2016

We knew the moment we saw the space at Above that this is where we would get married. I honestly do not know where to start in my praise of this space and the people who work there. We worked with Jennifer Finch from day one and she made sure that everything ran smoothly in the planning process and on the day of. She was an incredible resource throughout. The day of our wedding went perfectly, largely because of the staff. From the Nicotras, to Jennifer, to the day of staff – everyone was lovely and went out of their way to make sure the day and night went off without a hitch. The space itself is so beautiful. We were able to do very simple flower arrangements and decorations, because the space needed very little to make it look special. Our guests were blown away by the cocktail hour space and the reception space itself. We had our ceremony in the reception space and it was turned around quickly during the cocktail hour. Our guests have not stopped talking about the food – every few weeks one of my friends, family members or friend of my parents tells me it is the best food they have ever had at a wedding. Some notes about the food – our tasting was such a wonderful experience. We truly felt like we were getting a personalized menu and the chef was so helpful. Also, during the cocktail hour, we had our own private space where we were brought all of the cocktail hour food before heading out to greet our guests. Jenn made sure we were eating! I grew up on Staten Island so getting married in this space was very special to me. It felt like I was always surrounded by family. My husband is not from Staten Island and was equally impressed and felt the same. The majority of our guests were not Staten Islanders – and they were as impressed as we were. This is a venue that would impress no matter the location. I cannot emphasize that enough. The venue combined with the owners and staff made this the perfect place for our wedding. They really made you feel like your event was the only thing happening, even though it is part of a bustling hotel. I could not recommend Above highly enough!

- Kate S. October 17, 2016

Our wedding was more beautiful than anything we could have imagined. Everything ran smoothly and seamlessly, which allowed my wife and I to simply sit back and enjoy the day. We held our ceremony in the ballroom and had a full club style reception upstairs with open buffet. The venue was stunning, we saved thousands by only needing minimal floral decorations. The entire process, from booking to the complimentary drink the day before to calm our nerves, our planner, Jennifer Finch, was incredible. We always felt cared for, as if ours was the only wedding she cared about. She had so many great ideas to help make the day perfect, was kind and professional when our parents had questions, and reassured us that we never had to worry. The venue is a perfect place for same sex couples. We actually met Jen at a gay and lesbian wedding convention. We would recommend this venue to anyone and everyone!

- Jen A. October 16, 2016

We had our wedding at above and it was simply amazing. The food was so delicious and the service was outstanding. It was our fairy tale wedding that we always wanted. Our wedding planners Jennifer and Carroll and Sue were excellent. They helped us with all of our needs and went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we dreamed of. Tom our maitre d was great he made sure everyone got what they wanted all night. Our bridal attendant Victoria was awesome. She spent the whole day making our day wonderful too from helping us get ready to walking down the aisle and making sure we were accommodated all day. I highly recommend above to other people planning their weddings, because we cannot say enough good things about the place. We were also very pleased with our other vendors as well. Chad from Carroll’s florist made stunning center pieces that we got so many compliments on, Anthony and Gary from Platinum Entertainment who had the party and the dance floor pumped and packed all night, and Mike from Premier Digital who took so much time to take certain pictures we wanted and much more that we were happy he thought of.

- Christina S. October 13, 2017

I got married at above two months ago and had the most amazing experience. My wedding day was perfect and everyone working at above made sure my day went smoothly. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the venue and Sue, who I worked with. She was so accommodating to my family’s and husbands requests and made a stressful process so much easier. Our guests are still talking about how amazing our wedding was. The food was incredible and everyone loved everything.

- Victoria D. October 12, 2016

Upon stepping inside the venue space, we immediately loved the place. The gorgeous open view of city landscape in the distance and the foliage. When Jennifer told us about the “Rooftop Romance” package, we were sold. Who doesn’t want the whole wedding night to be a cocktail hour?! No seating arrangements to worry about. And what seem like never ending food coming out of the kitchen. It was great for everyone to eat, dance, and drink at their own pace. The ceremony space which was the Event Above’s ballroom was just as amazing. We had the sun setting as we read our vows. It was a night we won’t forget. Everything went smoothly since you work with preferred vendors for the DJ/MC and the Cake. It went smoothly throughout the night.

- Patsy C. September 8, 2016