Thanks to everyone at the Hilton Garden Inn for doing your jobs so well


Thank you and Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra so much for the thoughtful box of chocolates…they’re delicious. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone at the Hilton Garden Inn for such a wonderful anniversary!

I can’t believe Moran has been coming to the Hilton Garden Inn for so many years. The Moran Company is over 160 years old and one of our locations is located at 2015 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island, which makes us local veterans. We’ve been holding our annual training events for  many years before and when we saw that the Hilton Garden Inn  was coming   ­ to  Staten Island, we were more than thrilled! The timing of the Hilton Garden Inn  coming to  Staten Island was perfect for us, otherwise  during that time we would have been forced off  Staten Island to  another location.

I have stayed at many Hilton properties throughout the country over the last 25 years and I must say that the Hilton Garden Inn at Staten Island is way at the top of being one of the best in the Hilton family. What has been created and maintained by all of you at the Hilton Garden Inn is the very reason we have chosen your hotel for all of the past years and is also why we always want to continue to return for many years to come.

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everyone making us all feel like part of the “Family” atmosphere that exists at your hotel. We can’t thank all of you enough for your professionalism and how you are always so accommodating to all of our needs beginning with the scheduling and planning of the events, to the arrival at the hotel, everything in-between  including all the  way thorough  to  when we all check out  to  return either back home or  work. I must also mention that it  is so wonderful to  see Mr. & Mrs. Nicotra  present at the  hotel on a frequent  basis and for  both of them taking the time and effort to  notice  us and just popping in to  say hello.

Thanks to everyone at the Hilton Garden Inn for doing your jobs so well, keep up the excellent work and we wish you all the best of luck and happiness for  many decades to come!

p.s. thank you and Mr./Mrs. Nicotra so much for allowing the use of the “Rooftop” meeting space for this week’s event. It goes to show how you are all so accommodating to us. I would like to share that it was a pleasurable experience for  all of us at Moran. We would be the first to volunteer to return to the “Rooftop” is you were running short on meeting space again©.


Sincerely, Tom

I Am Beyond Happy And Grateful!!

Seriously, not a thing went wrong. How many people can truly say that and mean it? We owe our wedding perfection to Sue Vaiana and the Nicotra’s Ballroom team! From answering my incessant questions in the planning stages, making helpful suggestions, helping me out with vendors, making last minute decisions for me right before the wedding so that I didn’t have to think about it….the customer service was out of this world! I seriously did not have a bridezilla moment because my day was in great hands. The space looked GORGEOUS, the food during the cocktail hour was wonderful (so I heard over and over) and our reception food was delicious! I cannot rave enough about this place. I am beyond happy and grateful!!

They Executed Everything Brilliantly.

My husband and I got married on October 30, 2016, we immediately fell in love with Nicotras Trevi Garden. The space matched my Halloween Wedding perfectly, the room was absolutely gorgeous. Our wedding planner Jenn from day one was on point, planning a wedding is pretty stressful and she made sure everything went smoothly. That being said, I thought I was going to lose it when she said she was pregnant and would be out on maternity weeks prior to our wedding. Fortunately for us, Jenn was not the only asset to Nicotras, Gina picked up and kept everything rolling just as smooth. We had two amazing women working with us. I am very big on details and they executed everything brilliantly. We went with Jenns recommendation for DJ (Platinum) and Photographer (Joey G) and they were phenomenal as well. A little note to all of the future Mr & Mrs, you’re about to spend months planning the first step in your journey together, your day will FLY by faster than you can imagine… a little help goes a long way and it is a blessing to have the Nicotras staff by your side…. and don’t forget to eat!!

Our only regret is that we can’t relive that amazing night!

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.

High Quality Wedding, With A High Quality Staff.

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.

We still have guests saying they want us to do it again!

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

We definitely had the wedding of our dreams

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 Knew We Were In Good Hands!

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 Were Able To Do Everything In One Spot!

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

Absolutely Everything was Taken Care Of, Even Malfunction With my Dress!

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