From the very first day we went to visit until the morning after our wedding and beyond, our experience has been great. We never felt pressured or concerned working with event planner Sue. She’s very professional, friendly, and always quick to answer your questions. We clicked from the start. They cover all the bases for any type of party and try to accommodate you and your guests with whatever is needed. Our guests enjoyed the food and had a blast. We’re still getting compliments about it today. Our only regret is that we can’t relive that amazing night.
My husband and I got married on September 17, 2016. We have been to 5 weddings after ours and there is no comparison that our venue, cocktail hour, reception and Venetian hour was top notch compared to all the other weddings. We used everyone sue recommended and had the most amazing matrede and bridal attendant. We got married in the gazebo and my very rowdy bridal party was kept pleasantly in order with the staff at Nicotras ballroom This is a high quality wedding, with high quality staff.
My husband and I got married at Nicotras in May 2017. We spent a very, very long time trying to find a venue that we were excited about and that worked for all our needs: size, budget, and something different than a normal ballroom setting. After months and months and months ofsearching, we came upon the Tea House room. To put it simply-I cannot tell you how many comments and compliments we received from our guests about the reception room, the service, the food, and the whole she-bang, and some of these people are hard to impress and I can 100% confirm that everyone truly was impressed. We’ve had several weddings in our family over the last few years and several of these were at the “creme de la creme” venues on Staten Island and New Jersey. You know the ones that are ridiculously expensive, yet feel like every other place or add all the bells and whistles but end up lacking in wedding 101: great food and service. The food, service, and overall experience we had (they really make you feel like family) were all A+! All of this-plus we didn’t break the bank. The quality of everything about our wedding and the price we paid here compared to other prices of other locations could not be beat. We still have guests saying they want us to do it again! Right away-we loved the room. The Tea House is a unique variation of a ballroom and we loved it. We began working with their planner Sue V. Who helped us every step of the way to make it the wedding of our dreams. From the beginning of planning to the very end of the reception, Sue was there to help us and support us. We had planned to have the ceremony on site outside in the gazebo area and take all our pictures on the surprisingly beautiful grounds of the Hilton. This was a really important deciding part for us too. Of course, day of the wedding it rained. And rained hard. Disappointment reared its ugly head. But-I should have known that Sue, the Nicotras and the Hilton would not let us down or let us be disappointed. For the ceremony, they set up a section of the ballroom for us, and it looked beautiful. As for taking pictures, let’s just say Sue went ABOVE and beyond to make sure we got absolutely gorgeous pictures. Honestly, I really think the ceremony and pictures turned out better than our original plan for them. While planning, we were really able to personalize the food menu to our liking. Our family are huge foodies-so the food had to be perfect. And let me tell you…it was. We got so many compliments about the food. The service the whole evening was top notch. Especially our grooms’ attendant, Victoria. If you book your wedding here-request to have Victoria as your attendant. Trust me. Seriously-request Victoria. The Nicotras themselves also were wonderful, from checking in on us several times throughout the event to also helping out and supporting us in unexpected ways. The entire wedding truly was perfect and a huge majority of that was due to the fact we picked this place, Sue, Victoria and the whole staff we encountered. Lastly (sorry I am long winded), as a same sex couple, there is always that initial concern about how we will be treated. From the first day, we were treated like any other marrying couple (which is a compliment) and honestly-we felt they were not only supportive of our union but were excited to be working with us. Within 5 minutes-any concern we had was gone. Did I mention how good the food was?
Wedding, May 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!
-Wedding, May 2017
I don’t even know where to begin! After almost 2 years of planning, Sue Vaiana helped us have the most perfect wedding. She always responded in a timely manner to any and ALL of my questions (even if I thought they were silly). She is extremely personable and really knew her stuff…which put us at complete ease. We also found all of our vendors through her at the Nicotra’s Wedding Expo, including our: photographer, videographer, DJ, florist, etc. They were all amazing and truly made our wedding seamless. The day of our wedding went off without a hitch. Once our church ceremony was over and we returned to Nicotra’s, I knew we were in good hands. We literally didn’t have to lift a finger. Her staff is AMAZING. Our maitre’d, Tom, and Bridal Attendant, Victoria were on top of everything! It’s been 3 weeks since we got married, and our friends and family are still ranting and raving over the venue and the food. (Being Italian, the food was a very important factor for us). I can’t thank Sue and the Nicotra’s staff enough!
-Wedding, June 2017
We’re extremely happy we chose Nicotra’s for our wedding! We really wanted a venue where we could do everything in one spot to make it super convenient for our guests, and Nicotra’s was a perfect option. We had our ceremony outdoors at the gazebo, cocktail hour in the Trevi Garden, reception in Nicotra’s Ballroom, and our guests stayed in the Hilton. Sue Vaiana was our event planner and was a pleasure to work with. Sue is a seasoned pro in wedding planning– she was on top of her game and all of our details throughout the process. We had a lot of very specific ideas, requests, questions, etc., and Sue was always very responsive and knowledgeable. On the big day, everything ran very smoothly. Nicotra’s puts on multiple events/parties per day, but we always felt very catered to. Our bridal attendant and maitre d’ were very organized, attentive and enthusiastic. Sue checked in with us throughout the day, keeping an eye on everything. The staff, waiters, and bartenders were all great and professional. The food was excellent. The gazebo space, Trevi Garden and ballroom were all beautiful. Overall, we think our guests sincerely had an amazing time and will be a top wedding on their lists. We had a blast and were so thrilled to see our work pay off so beautifully thanks to Sue and the Nicotra’s staff. Also, many thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra for checking in to say hi during our reception!
-Wedding, October 2016
I recently held my wedding reception at Nicotra’s Ballroom, and if I could go back in time I would do it over and over again! From our first meeting, Sue walked us through the entire process and was always just an email away with any questions or concerns that crossed my mind. And for every time I felt like I was missing something, Sue had an entire checklist and plan for every detail of the night. Absolutely everything was taken care of, even a malfunction in my dress was fixed within minutes thanks to Jen our awesome bridal attendant! Multiple guests pulled me aside to let me know how impressed they were by the staff. I was worried I would be too busy to truly enjoy our reception but Tom, our maitre’d, made sure that didn’t happen. He handled every vendor for us and made sure the night went off without a hitch. And of course, just like every other bride and groom before us, we were too busy mingling to appreciate all of the amazing food, but when we got back to our suite portions of every single dish were waiting for us. I am so thankful for the entire staff at Nicotra’s Ballroom, what I thought would be the most stressful event of I’ve ever had to plan, ended up being the greatest time of my life! If you were considering using this team for your special day, trust me when I say you will not be disappointed!
-Wedding, January 2017
I got married at Nicotras in late October of 2016, I planned the entire wedding myself and was very nervous about it all coming together. From the beginning my event coordinator sue was extremely sweet and accommodating, she did an incredible job assuring me that my day will be everything I envisioned. I was not let down. My hotel suite was very beautiful and very spacious, it included a vanity wall for me and my girls to get ready, regal stand up mirrors, a dress form and incredible bathrooms. My guests who also stayed at the Hilton were very pleased with their stay. Day of the wedding sue kept checking in to make sure I had everything I needed as well as making sure everything was running on time, I felt no pressure at all and could enjoy my day without any worry. My bridal attendant Victoria was incredibly professional and went to great measures to make sure I had anything I needed, she made me and bridal party feel like there was no request too big, to the extent of bustling my very long dress train. The food was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive. My ballroom was beautiful and my sweetheart table was royal. My reception gazebo was very well lit and romantic, also the backdrops available at this venue are endless and breathtaking from outside to inside all made for incredible pictures. Sue also recommended my cake decorator who ended up making the cake of a my dreams. Overall my wedding is a night I will never forget, It was everything I hoped for and more. All thanks to the great and very experienced team at Nicotras ballroom.
-Wedding, October 2016
Let me start off by saying that no venue, or staff will ever compare to Sue Vaiana and her people at Nictoras ballroom in Staten Island. We had such an unbelievable and outstanding experience on our special day. Everyone was so helpful, and her recommendations for vendors were on point. Although we went with our own flowers, we went with Paris band for music ( yes, a full band fits in the room), and Frank Segalla for photography and video. Everyone raved about the band, who really made the wedding fun, and unlike other weddings. I was very picky when it came to photos and video. But once I saw Frank’s work on his website, and videos on Vimeo, I knew I didn’t need to look any further. Frank and his people really are the best, and make you feel like family. (Look up Catherine and Danilo march 19th wedding on frank segalla Vimeo ) We held our reception at the Trevi Garden and our cocktail hour in a section of the ballroom. The Trevi Garden is to die for, and incredibly romantic with its cobblestone floors (they place a mat on top so you can have a dance floor) beautiful fountains, and awe striking lanterns that feel like they touch the sky. It felt like our ceremony was being held in garden in Italy. I’m my opinion, although the room is smaller than the ballroom and only holds about 200 people max, it BEATS the ballroom. If you‘re looking for a romantic, rustic, whimsical theme look for your wedding, no other venue will beat the Trevi Garden. ( trust me, I did the foot work in all of Staten Island and Brooklyn ). The food was great also! We were given an opportunity to do a taste test, and all entrees offered to your guest are not just typical chicken, steak or fish like at other wedding venues. The chefs at nictora really take time to make each plate creative and special for you. Although I love a good steak, the shrimp dish was TO DIE FOR, so creative and different from what I had ever tasted. It was my first choice. Adding on the Venetian hour to our price is worth every penny also,and it was something our guest really enjoyed. They didn’t just provide guest with the typical treats. They even gave us a section that had after dinner dessert liqueurs. (I provided my guests with small gold paper baggies so they can take some treats home). The Suite they provide to the bride and groom for the night was unforgettable, and stocked with so many goodies! We HIGHLY recommend this venue for your wedding. You will not regret it. We really felt like King and Queen that day and can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.
-Wedding, February 2017
“I had my wedding on April 13, 2013 at Nicotra’s Ballroom. Even before the wedding day, we received the utmost quality of service. Our sales executive, Jennifer Finch, worked with us every step of the way, offering suggestions when needed. On the day of the wedding, our Bridal Attendant and Maitre’d were so attentive and everything ran so smoothly! The food was absolutely delicious, the scenery was gorgeous and the Nicotra’s themselves were super nice. People are still raving about the food and the ballroom – even now! Our bridal suite was amazing and the Nicotra’s gave us an adorable basket with Mr. & Mrs. goodies! I would recommend this venue to any couple planning their wedding, whether they live on Staten Island or not!”
– Wedding, April 2013