Above, a sophisticated rooftop wedding venue, showcases panoramic views of the New York City skyline through its two-story floor-to-ceiling windows, an open-air terrace, and a contemporary ballroom. Above towers over 10 stories of stylish hotel rooms and suites, perfect for the honeymoon couple, bridesmaids, and guests.
Contact: Wedding Consultant
718.477.2400 X 5
1100 South Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10314
- Guests (Seated Dinner) Up To: 325
Guests (Cocktail-Style Reception) Up To: 325
Tented Events Available: No
Outdoor Ceremonies: No
Indoor Ceremonies: Yes
After-Party Room: Yes
On-Site Wedding Planner: Yes
On-Site Overnight Accommodations: Yes
Nearby Overnight Accommodations: Yes
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes
Reception Price Per Person (may vary by day, month, menu, guest count): $175 - $300
Ambiance: Modern Ballroom, Rooftop Experience, Stylish Suites
Chic Rooftop Wedding★★★★★“This venue is like NOTHING else we have experienced. Every person in attendance was completely surprised by how unique, high-end, and interesting our wedding was compared to others they had been to. First, the fact that this venue is directly attached to the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn, is the first attribute that made our experience special. Included in our wedding package was a one-night stay in their brand new bridal suite which had two bathrooms, a separate bedroom, a living room, and a makeup staging area. The bedroom was COVERED in rose petals, and on the dresser was a bottle of champagne on ice and a GIFT from the NICOTRAS, the owners! Within the master bedroom area was a separate bathroom with a walk-in, glass enclosed shower for two. The overnight stay ALONE would have made the experience special. But the wedding itself, is of course the reason for this review. We had our entire event in the chic rooftop space, which has a 50-foot marble bar, lounge style tables, and a private dining area. Our event began just around sunset, with an amazing view since the entire perimeter of the space is enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of the NYC skyline and of course this amazing sunset! Everyone was taking pictures with the sunset in the background. We wanted a 4-hour cocktail event, and our food was served in stations. Chef Frank has his pizza oven and food bar in the party room and he was right out there serving the food while white-gloved servers passed small plates, which were NOT SMALL. There plenty of food and it was UNIQUE! We had specialties like pesto lasagne and lobster macaroni and cheese. We had two round standard tables in the corner, in case people wanted traditional seats, but NO ONE even used them! Everyone was too busy mingling, dancing to Platinum Entertainment, and enjoying the food. Our very expensive WEDDING CAKE was also included! It was custom made by Jackies Cake Boutique, the premier cake ARTIST on SI ! I cannot tell you how amazing SUE was to work with. She was fun, sweet, and how lucky we were to have her. Our bridal attendant Jen and our maitre d Tommy were so special and attentive. The bridal attendant kept checking my dress to make sure it was perfect all night! I never write reviews, and I have a really specific taste. We did not want something typical and we are SO glad we made this choice. Sit-down weddings are special in their own way. But this was a cut ABOVE the rest.”- Anonymous
Excellent, Unique Cuisine★★★★★“I grew up on Staten Island and I never wanted to get married here. We decided to look at Above because a few friends have attended weddings there. It was the first and last venue we visited! The cocktail hour is on a rooftop with fire pits and the ballroom is breathtaking! I highly recommend you use Sue as a wedding planner. She was absolutely amazing. Anything we asked she made happen and any questions were answered promptly! She was a sweetheart! Sue made everything so easy. The food was delicious! Frank the head chef is excellent. His dishes were nothing I have ever tasted before and the choices were unending! We had not one complaint from start to finish from the servers to my bridal assistant (who sewed my bustle numerous times by hand). It was truly the most amazing day of my life. It is also super convenient with being attached to The Hilton. The owners, the Nicotras, even made an appearance! I highly recommend this venue. They will treat you like royalty and your wedding will be A+ from start to finish!”- April N
Impeccable Service★★★★★“My fiancé and I almost eloped. He took one look at Above and the rest is history! Above is like nothing else you will experience when wedding planning. From the moment we walked into The Hilton we were met by our incredible event planner, Sue, who made us feel like she was planning her own event. No question was left unanswered, no detail left out. Most venues we spoke to charged extra for menus, table cloths, etc. Not at Above. You are getting A LOT for your money. I have been replaying my wedding over and over again in my mind because it was the best venue we had been to. If you want something different with the convenience of hotel rooms, a superb staff, impeccable service, and amazing food, then your search is over!”- Amanda G.
Delicious Food★★★★★“We got married at Above on August 1, 2014. Everything was absolutely perfect. Even though the weather did not hold up, the indoor ceremony was spectacular, the cocktail hour was delicious, and our guests had such an amazing time that they are still talking about it! I worked with Sue and I cannot recommend her more highly. She was always there for me with advice, suggestions, and the calm voice I needed when it all got to be too much. She even got delicious champagne for me and my bridesmaids while we got ready on the big day! The venue was breathtaking, especially once the sun went down. Even though I had seen it before, I gasped when I came in for the first time that night because everything was so beautiful. The muted colors are perfect because they will match anything and the modern designed is extremely elegant. And the food! Everyone still talks about the food. There was so much and it was so delicious. Even though I got to eat my fair share, I am hoping to be invited to a wedding there soon so I can try more of it! If you have the opportunity, book Above. You will not be disappointed!!!”- Jenny K.
Breathtaking Spaces, Amazing Staff★★★★★“This was the first venue we visited and we knew it was the one. Jennifer Finch was amazing. We worked out a price and since we did not meet the minimum guaranteed number of guests, we were able to add on a raw bar and some other goodies for the leftover $. Jenn was extremely helpful throughout the process and easily accessible by email. The food was amazing, our cocktail hour received tons of compliments, and everyone kept talking about it for days. The venue was just gorgeous. Our reception area was breathtaking, and we had simple centerpieces (cala lilies and candles around the tall vases). The rooftop cocktail hour area was beautiful and spacious with plenty of sitting and standing space and the outdoor area was beautiful with its fire pits! The ceremony space was nice, they have a large structure already built so you could dress it up or leave it alone. We encountered a little bit of a hiccup when there were silver structures erected behind the building that could be seen from the ceremony space, but Jen and Mr. Nicotra tried to accommodate us and offered us other alternatives. (We still liked the original space so we kept our ceremony there.) Everything was perfect. Our bridal attendant was amazing, our maitre d was great, as far as I know, there were no problems and everything was taken care of. We received a complimentary bridal suite after the wedding and it was beautiful. There was a gift for us on the bed from Mr and Mrs Nicotra. Rose petals, our bags, and flowers were in the room, and our bridal attendant saved us some food because we were not able to try it during the day itself. Overall it was an amazing day, amazing venue, amazing people, and I could not be happier with Above, Mr & Mrs Nicotra, Jen, and everyone else who helped out!”- Elina F
Amazing Lounge Atmosphere★★★★★“It has been almost a year since my husband and I got married and our friends still talk about how amazing our wedding was. My husband Joe and I knew we wanted a constant cocktail hour. Above provided the Rooftop Romance package which took place in their bar/club setting and was set up to be continuous passed and displayed food. When the elevator doors opened up into the venue, I fell in love. The room was fun and lounge-like. It had a beautiful terrace with cabanas and fire pits and a pizza oven/counter, which is one of the items that did it for me. Joe and I said we wanted our wedding to be like a typical get together with our friends, just all dressed up, and that is what Above allowed us to have. The food was always being passed around or set up for you to take yourself, from appetizers to entrees to dessert. You never have a break in the party once it starts. Everyone eats and dances at their leisure, sometimes both at once, and the food was wonderful, everyone is STILL amazed at the chicken and waffles plates that were passed. We had a ton of options for our courses and the cake-maker, a partner of Above, was AMAZING. Our cake was red velvet with a raspberry chocolate marshmallow ganache. It was SO delicious. One of the BEST parts is that you do not need to do anything once you choose the venue. Above has done a great job choosing who they partner with and because we were in the lounge/bar area we did not NEED to get centerpieces. Imagine the $ we saved! Also, NO SEATING ARRANGEMENTS. Choosing Above was a great decision, not just for the atmosphere, but because it made the rest of our wedding planning SO stress free. I will never forget how great our venue was -- and I will not be able to because my guests will never let me, which is a pretty great impression to have left. I look back at our wedding and it was absolutely wonderful. I could not have asked for anything more.”- Kara C
Exceptional Service, Delicious Food★★★★★“We had our wedding at Above in November 2013 and there are just no words to describe how amazing it was! From planning our big day to the actual wedding day, it was all stress-free. The service at Above is exceptional! Our event planner Sue was the best! She was so helpful, organized, and caring, as she wanted to make sure we had the wedding of our dreams. Sure enough, it was! Our cocktail hour was held in their rooftop bar where our guests had incredible views of the city. Our reception was then held in their ballroom where we danced the night away with our family and friends under their chandeliers which looked like twinkling stars in the night sky. Our guests were able to sample an unbelievable menu which we were able to customize with their chef. This truly was the best day of our lives! Our guests are still raving about how gorgeous Above was and how incredibly delicious the food was. This venue is truly ABOVE anything else you and your guests will ever experience!”- Stephanie M.
Outdoor Cabanas and Fire Pits★★★★★“One word to describe our wedding at Above: PHENOMENAL! We had guests traveling all the way from Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Norway, and Staten Island to join us for our wedding ceremony and reception at Above. And they all had the time of their lives! They told us that they had never been at such a fun wedding reception and all the European guests agreed that it was worth traveling so far to share that special day with us! They did not want the party to end. Above is hip, young, and modern and offers a view of the NY skyline. Our guests especially enjoyed the outdoor cabanas and fire pits at night. The food was sophisticated and delicious. The chef is very creative and helped us make all the right choices. The DJ kept all the guests dancing until the very last minute. Most amazing however, was our wedding coordinator from Above, Jennifer, who planned the whole event from A to Z. She worked very hard to make our wedding day go smoothly. During the months before the wedding, we never worried or were nervous about anything because Jennifer took it all in her hands. Jennifer and Above gave us the best day of our lives! Above will be in our memories forever.”- Gigi B.
Chic and Elegant, with Gourmet Food Options★★★★★“My then fiancé and I found out about the addition to the Staten Island Hilton a few years ago. We took a 10-minute ride from our home to take a look at the floor plans and design ideas that would in a year be completed. The venue would be called Above at the Staten Island Hilton. We met wedding planner Jennifer Finch, who showed us beautiful photos of what Above would look like after construction. She showed us sample menus and we even stood outside and looked up at the very spot where the venue would be. We were looking at the prospect of a Manhattan-styled venue on Staten Island. We took a chance and we were blown away. The venue was exactly what we wanted: chic, elegant, an abundance of gourmet food options as well as friendly, efficient, professional, and upscale customer service. Jennifer was with us from the very beginning. She gave us a list of everything we needed to do, from flowers to limos. Our guests were in awe by the amazing cocktail hour and the variety of food. On our wedding day we did not worry about a thing. Our bridal attendant Brianna and our maitre d Tom were close by the entire night and made sure my husband and I had everything we needed. Their attention to us and our guests was outstanding. We were so excited that we really did not touch our dinners. When we returned to our bridal suite that night our dinners, desert, and champagne where there waiting along with rose petals and votive candles all around the suite. Beautiful presentation. We even received a gift from the Nicotra's; they are a class act and we wish them continued success. I mentioned that Jennifer assisted with all our planning, her recommendations were outstanding. Irving from flowers by Bernard really listened to my ideas and created floral arrangements exactly as I envisioned. Our photographer Rocco from Joey G made things so easy. Nick from Romantique was great and his drivers knew exactly how to keep us calm and happy. And then there was Jackie from Jackies cakes. She created our wedding cake exactly as I envisioned and it was beyond delicious. Our good friend Jeff Tripz & his crew from Feel the Beat Productions kept the party going and live music from Frankie Sands gave the crowd an amazing Sinatra/Martin show. Our wedding experience was excellent thanks to Jennifer and the staff at Above.”- Hope B.
Chic, Elegant, & Top-Notch★★★★★“Our wedding took place about three weeks ago at the Above Ballroom, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We chose the venue for two main reasons: it was attached to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, so we could accommodate family members from Maryland and other out-of-town friends from college and work, and the food! The elegance and modern classiness of the Above ballroom fit my elegant chic style and wowed all our guests. From fantastic views to a beautiful ballroom, we still continue to hear our guests raving about the wedding, and some even said it was the best wedding they were at. Ever! The food was out of this world at Above, some of the best we have ever eaten! When we went for the tasting, we made the tough decision choosing short ribs over filet mignon, but it proved to be the most popular choice. The dish was wonderful, reflective of all the creative combinations Chef Frank Lombardi came up with. The dishes were so unique and delicious. Special shout out to the Maryland crab cake and the scallops. Though I am from Staten Island originally, I now live and work in the DC metro area. Planning a wedding 4 hours away felt so easy with Jennifer! She was always available to answer my emails and calls and flexible with scheduling in-person meetings. Plus, Above provided so many services as a part of the package that the only other vendors we needed were photo/video services, floral arrangements, and a band! The maitre d and the bridal attendant (Victoria) were so helpful, they allowed us to stay collected and enjoy our wedding. And a shout out to Victoria, who did an awesome job bustling my dress! It can be tricky, especially when the buttons are hidden under the lace! The Above Ballroom really speaks for itself. Not too many decorations are needed and the crystal lights reflected in the floor-to-ceiling windows turn out amazing in all the photos! This place it top-notch! Wedding Date: 11/29/14”- Anonymous★★★★★ based on 10 reviewsOverall rating: