Book Your Wedding with Above
A BALLROOM IN STATEN ISLAND, NY
Featuring the only rooftop ballroom in all of Staten Island, New York, Above is a desirable reception venue among engaged couples. Not only are there panoramic views of the city's bridges from 10 stories up, but the place is also so elegant that few decorations are needed. The bride and groom are welcome to arrange for a private tour and once a room is rented, the happy couple is paired with a professional wedding coordinator to make planning a cinch. A list of available spaces at this venue are found below.
Rooftop Ballroom. With 20-foot high floor-to-ceiling windows, to-be-weds receive an unobstructed view of the city from the hotel's only reception space. The Rooftop Ballroom measures an impressive 6,500 square feet and welcomes as many as 325 friends and family members for the wedding of a lifetime. The 4,000 LED illuminated crystals really light up the ballroom and the dance floor provides plenty of space to try out your favorite moves.
Outdoor Terrace. Just off the rooftop ballroom is a beautiful outdoor terrace. This space features comfortable seating, romantic fire pits and even a few cabanas. The bride and groom are welcome to use this area to host a cocktail hour before the start of the reception.
What You Should Know
To-be-weds don't have to worry about catering, as the facility has some of the top chefs who prepare the most delicious meals that are sure to be raved about for years to come. The modern American cuisine features butler-passed hors d'oeuvres, such as farmers market vegetable and goat cheese strudel, shrimp wonton with plum dip and Thai chicken in lotus cups with fire roasted peanuts. When it comes time for the entrees, you are able to choose between rosemary and garlic crusted rack of New Zealand lamb, pesto crusted chicken breast with roasted garlic beurre blanc and macadamia and sesame crusted sea bass. If anyone on your guest list requires vegetarian or gluten-free dishes, this is easily arranged.
Just as tasty as the main course, the wedding cake by Jackie’s Cake Boutique is sure to impress. The coordinator arranges for mixologists to provide refreshing cocktails at your reception and on the day of the wedding, the couple receives the attention of a bridal attendant and maitre d'. If you'd like the services of a disc jockey, that is attended to by the wedding coordinator.
As an added bonus, the bride and groom are given a suite for their wedding night. In addition to that, a bridal suite is provided during the day of the event so that the ladies in the wedding party can get dressed in a relaxing atmosphere. The bridal suite has a mannequin to keep the wedding dress wrinkle-free, a wet bar for drinks and plenty of mirrors for double checking your look. A few more perks are listed below.
- Handicap accessible
- Tuxedo valet
- Wireless Internet access
From the Vendor
Above, Staten Island’s Rooftop Wedding Venue
Above is a sophisticated rooftop wedding venue connected to the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island. The rooftop features an open air wraparound terrace with panoramic views of the New York City skyline along with cabanas, fire pits, an open kitchen, and a modern cocktail hour and after party with a dramatic 50-foot-long Calacatta marble illuminated bar. One floor below, guests will experience modern seasonal American cuisine in a stunning metropolitan ballroom with 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, a single-slab Carrera marble candle wall, Venetian glass infused wallpaper and a dramatic light fixture with 4,000 Swarovski crystal LED lights. Above towers 10 stories atop stylish hotel rooms and suites; perfect for the honeymoon couple, bridesmaids and guests.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
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!
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!!
ABOVE and Beyond a Nightmare! I so wish my ‘happy ever after’ could have been just that but the cards were not on my side and as embarrassing as my story is, I feel it is one to be shared so that something like this will not happen to you. For a good majority of you, it won’t happen but if it does, this is not the venue you want deal with…. My fiancé and I chose Above Weddings in Staten Island and decided to go the non-traditional route and have a cocktail hour reception on the Above Rooftop. We were to be married in the Above reception hall (30 minute ceremony) then the party was to be led to the Rooftop room for a cocktail hour style reception. The deposit was $1,000 and I am the one who signed the contract as my fiancé had to work that day. I made the deposit on November 11th 2016. The wedding date was to be August 12th, 2017. Well, when it came time to make the 6 month prior to the wedding 50% deposit, my fiancé called the venue on February 23rd, 2017 without my knowledge and canceled the wedding. I found out by listening to a voice mail message from Gina, the wedding coordinator with whom I was working with. She informed me that he called to cancel the wedding and that if they are unable to rebook the date, I could be responsible for 60% of the entire cost of the wedding. Naturally, I was devastated. I already had my gown, bridesmaid dresses ordered, wedding photographer booked, favors in, Save the Date cards already sent out, invitations in, centerpieces ordered… my world was crushed. I went from being a beaming bride-to-be to a single girl in one day. I had to contact every person I sent an invitation to and inform them that the wedding was off. I emailed Gina on February 27th and asked her what other party options there might be in case they were unable to rebook the space. She wrote back and gave me a price of $125 per person plus the 8.79% sales tax and must guarantee at least 100 people. That was only $25 less per person than the original wedding. I informed her that I could not afford that and I would be sending in the official letter of cancelation as instructed. On March 3rd, Gina wrote to tell me that they received the letter and released the date. She said she notified her colleagues of the situation so that they could do their best to rebook it. She wrote, “OF COURSE, I WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE and please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.” I never heard from her again. Well, I assumed they rebooked the date! August 12th came and went. I was finally starting to move on out of my depressed state. Then this happened… On November 21st, a few days before Thanksgiving, I received an overnight letter informing me that Nicotra Hotel –Hilton Grande Inn (Above) is entitled to collect 60% of the total cost in an amount of $9,540 less the $1,000 they already kept for a total of $8,540! They must receive it within 30 days right before Christmas day! Now they are planning to take me to court! At that point, I broke down sobbing. I was finally starting to heal and put the nightmare behind me so it was like someone prying a scab off a wound. I called the owner, Richard Nicotra, and left a crying voice mail to please not this to me. He never called me back. In a nut shell, PLEASE read the contract carefully! It’s shadily written!
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 her impeccable 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!
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!
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.
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!
Everything was just perfect !!!! They exceeded my expectations
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!
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 wondeful wedding with you guys!
Two words come to mind when thinking of Above; world class. From the moment we walked in the door and met Jennifer Finch, we new 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 apart of an even bigger family, have your wedding at Above.
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!
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.
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
The Above at the Hilton Garden Inn could not be any more perfect for a wedding venue! The entire staff including Sue, the coordinator, Jeff the maitre'd, and Jacklyn the bridal attendant, were so accommodating, attentive, and professional. The venue itself was outstandingly beautiful! Of course, the food was incredible and there were more options to choose from than I could ever count! I have had several outstanding events at the Hilton before, but the Nicotra's really out-did themselves with this event. I wish I could repeat my wedding, just so I can have another event at the Above and I would highly recommend this venue to everyone!
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!!!
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 fairytale. 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.
My daughter got married 2 weeks ago and the guests are still talking about how wonderful her reception was. The Above was amazing, the view was unbelievable, the food was delicious, and the staff was simply on point the entire evening. We started our cocktail hour in the Above Rooftop where the most delicious selection of small plates, passed hors d'oeuvres, and brick oven pizzas were served to our guests. Once the reception began I was completely impressed by the magnificent staff. The food tasted amazing and the presentation was wonderful. After the reception we returned once again to the Above Rooftop for the after party where we all danced and continued to have an unbelievable time, there was no one that wanted it to end! Our event planner was Sue, I can't say enough about her and the enormous help she was with the planning and execution of every detail. If you are planning a wedding or an event of any kind please do yourself a favor and consider the Above at the Hilton Garden Inn, you won't be disappointed!
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 immediatley 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!
I got married here in October of 2015. 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!
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!
We had our wedding at above and it was simply amazing. The food was so delicious and the service was outstanding. It was our fairytale 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 accomodatted 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.
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.
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.
I had my dream wedding at above in September 2015. Everything was absolutely perfect and everything we could have asked for. Sue was amazing and made the entire process so easy and calm. The food was unbelievable and I am still getting compliments from my guests to this day!