About this Vendor
The Brookside Banquets
Under new ownership, The Essex Manor has recently undergone an exciting transformation. With a unique blend of modern beauty, exceptional cuisine and professionally trained staff, we proudly announce our reinvention as The Brookside Banquets. Combining contemporary style with refined elegance, The Brookside Banquets promises to set the new standard for an inspired, once in a lifetime event.
My husband and I decided to take a chance on this venue and we are so glad we did! When we began the search for our wedding venue, we came across the Brookside in a magazine. When we went to check it out, the renovations were not even close to done but what was completed was stunning. We thought about it and decided to take the chance with an unfinished, unestablished place because we saw the potential it could have. The owner, Arthur, was very accommodating and worked with us every step of the way to make sure we were getting the wedding we wanted. My husband and I love craft beer so Arthur even went to the liquor store and purchased the kind we requested for the night of our wedding. Our wedding on June 11, 2016 was absolutely amazing and ran very smoothly. The bridal attendant (I believe her name was Lucy), made sure we were always taken care of. Our friends and family are raving to us about what a great time they had, how beautiful the venue was, and how much they enjoyed the food. We were the first big wedding at this location and it was a huge success. I can only imagine how much better they will get with time! I would highly recommend this venue to any future bride and groom!
My fiance and I booked our wedding a few months before The Brookside actually opened so it was for me taking a leap of faith. We had our wedding there a few weeks ago and they exceeded my expectations completely. I cannot think of one bad thing to say. Working with them before the wedding date was great, I always got a quick response from Arthur or Lorraine. You can tell they know what their doing and had the ability to put my mind at ease. The place itself is breathtaking, and the service and food were incredible that night. We were there earlier that day to get ready, and had the most amazing bridal attendant Eva, who was our help throughout the day. They gave us champagne, cheese, fruits, water and soda. Our bridal party were served drinks when they arrived of whatever they wanted. Our guests have told us that the cocktail hour was the best they have ever had. They had a huge selection of liquor and we had a few guests tell us how glad they were to find they served their favorite drink. We have heard nothing but good things about the food and service that they received. The staff that we dealt with personally were so helpful the entire night. This place is so professional and like I said before they know what their doing. They will make sure that your night is perfect. I do not have one complaint about my wedding and that is in a major part due to The Brookside and their staff.
So my fiancé and I were looking for a place for a quite awhile. We went to so many venues, and none of them met our standards or criteria. Until we found the Brookside. Even with the knowledge that it was a brand new place and not many events had happened there yet. We knew we were taking a risk. My wedding will take place next year and I will follow up with a review on how the event went, but as for as now I wanna share my experience I'm having with them as this amazing journey starts. Let's start by saying I went to the venue five times prior to booking or making any other commitment. I first went alone with my fiancé, then a week later with my parents, then the following week with my future mother-in-law and then as a whole family. Arthur and Lorraine hosted us all those times in the most professional and wonderful manner you can think of. It went beyond my expectations. They were very helpful. They talked and walked us through every single process of the five times I visited. We then booked a food tasting without booking the venue. The set up was impeccable and food was amazing. They explained the makings of all the food we sampled. So after all that fun we decided to negotiate on closing the deal. He did an amazing job with pricing and met our criteria. Because we do want a Saturday, and our guest count isn't very high, they made sure to take that into consideration. Lorraine has some great suggestions on vendors take her word for it. I'm so delighted with their services as of now. I'm beyond excited and anxious for my big special day to happen.
We are so happy we had our wedding at The Brookside!!! The venue is absolutely breathtaking! As soon as I walked into The Brookside I fell in love and knew this was the place I wanted to celebrate my wedding at! Arthur was extremely helpful and was literally available to answer questions or concerns at any time. Guests at our wedding were raving about how incredible the food was! Throughout the whole cocktail hour, all of our guests kept telling us how unbelievable the food was. We had 170 guests at our wedding and I was worried that there was going to be lines at the bars all night, but the staff was so efficient so there were never any lines at the bars. The staff was great and Arthur was a pleasure to work with! We really had the most amazing night of our lives and it is because of this place! We highly recommend The Brookside!!! Anthony & Michelle
The Brookside was a dream. We were married there on Sunday. Throughout the whole process of planning, they were attentive to every detail and accommodated every request that we had. The venue itself is stunning, out of control gorgeous. The food was exceptional , many guests raved about the cocktail hour flavors and options. The entrees were amazing as well. Arthur and his team were always on point. I could have not asked for a better venue or team to handle our 250+ guest affair. Highly recommend them for anyone looking to get married in north Jersey. The experience of planning with Arthur and Loraine was priceless, there are no words to express our gratitude to The Brookside. Easily the nicest venue we looked at in the area and we are so happy we had our wedding with them.
DO NOT USE THIS PLACE!!! I was suppose to have my wedding here but because of the owner operating without the correct Certificate of Occupancy it was shut down days before my wedding date. They did a terrible job in finding an alternate location. They did nothing extra to show us how sorry they "should've" felt. And to top it off, Arthur told me to tell The Wilshire Grand Hotel (where my wedding actual took place) that I was a Verteran of the US armed service because The Wilshire takes care of the Veterans and will maybe do more for me if they thought I was a veteran. WTF! I'm not a veteran but I have 4 family members and a bunch of friends that are and I find it disgusting that a person would suggest to do such a thing. So, if you are an American don't use the Brookside for ANYTHING!
My Daughter just had her wedding at The Brookside July 2nd and the review above took the words right out of my mouth!! My husband I could not be more happy with the wY everything turned out!! Arthur was excellent and his staff is amazing!!! From start to finish we couldn't ask for anything better and our family and friends are still raving about what a Beautiful place and how nice the people were and what a awesome time they had!!! 5 stars all the way!