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Giando on the Water

Brooklyn , NY

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Clarivel
Wedding:
8/26/2016
5.0/5.0
John is amazing! We are having our wedding on August 26th, 2016. The venue has amazing views of the NYC Skyline and 3 bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg).
John is amazing! We are having our wedding on August 26th, 2016. The venue has amazing views of the NYC Skyline and 3 Read more...
John is amazing! We are having our wedding on August 26th, 2016. The venue has amazing views of the NYC Skyline and 3 bridges (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg). Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
3.8/5.0
My Fiance and I are scheduled to have our wedding here in July 2016. The views are amazing. To date, John and Joe have been very helpful with the process and we are extremely excited about our big date. My only concern is that we will only have the bridal suite for 2 hours prior to the ceremony which will require the bridesmaids to prep in two places.
My Fiance and I are scheduled to have our wedding here in July 2016. The views are amazing. To date, John and Joe have Read more...
My Fiance and I are scheduled to have our wedding here in July 2016. The views are amazing. To date, John and Joe have been very helpful with the process and we are extremely excited about our big date. My only concern is that we will only have the bridal suite for 2 hours prior to the ceremony which will require the bridesmaids to prep in two places. Read less
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Deanna
Wedding:
10/16/2015
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I met when I was living in California. We did long distance for a year and a half until I received an opportunity to move to New York. Fast forward a year and he asked me to be his wife. I had always envisioned a California wine country wedding, or renting out a mansion in Santa Barbara for my venue, however he somehow talked me into having it in NYC. I agreed, under one condition; if I am asking 100 people to fly from California to watch us get married- it had to be in a venue with an incredible view of New York City.... And... that was within our budget (which was under the average venue cost in NYC of $60k).

We saw a ton of places from the Jersey side, Brooklyn and all the way along Queens. Then came Giando's.

We met Joe, the manager of event planning at Giando's which sits right under the Williamsburg bridge. Panoramic views stretching from downtown all the way to midtown filled ever floor to ceiling window in this four story restaurant/hall. And Joe... Dressed to the "T" with freshly polished shoes, a perfectly pressed suit and a face that looked like it could have come out of an "Life Styles of the Italian Rich and Famous" magazine! Everything about Giando's was on point.

From the planning (I am a girl with a lot of questions- hence my 20 page review), to the follow up, the details and most importantly- the day of coordination. Carman was assigned to me as a bridal attendant for the day, and Alex assigned to Kevin.

They were literally like our personal assistants, they carried tissues, wiped out tears, calmed us down (well maybe just me - I was so nervous!), brought us food and never let our drinks get empty (like literally, if you took one sip it was refilled)!

Our guests raved about this place being the BEST venue, ridiculously amazing food (we opted for a HUGE cocktail hour), and most elegant wedding they've ever been to. And the pictures... Oh the pictures. You MUST see it to believe it, 5+ stars, they are amazing...
My fiancé and I met when I was living in California. We did long distance for a year and a half until I received an Read more...
My fiancé and I met when I was living in California. We did long distance for a year and a half until I received an opportunity to move to New York. Fast forward a year and he asked me to be his wife. I had always envisioned a California wine country wedding, or renting out a mansion in Santa Barbara for my venue, however he somehow talked me into having it in NYC. I agreed, under one condition; if I am asking 100 people to fly from California to watch us get married- it had to be in a venue with an incredible view of New York City.... And... that was within our budget (which was under the average venue cost in NYC of $60k).

We saw a ton of places from the Jersey side, Brooklyn and all the way along Queens. Then came Giando's.

We met Joe, the manager of event planning at Giando's which sits right under the Williamsburg bridge. Panoramic views stretching from downtown all the way to midtown filled ever floor to ceiling window in this four story restaurant/hall. And Joe... Dressed to the "T" with freshly polished shoes, a perfectly pressed suit and a face that looked like it could have come out of an "Life Styles of the Italian Rich and Famous" magazine! Everything about Giando's was on point.

From the planning (I am a girl with a lot of questions- hence my 20 page review), to the follow up, the details and most importantly- the day of coordination. Carman was assigned to me as a bridal attendant for the day, and Alex assigned to Kevin.

They were literally like our personal assistants, they carried tissues, wiped out tears, calmed us down (well maybe just me - I was so nervous!), brought us food and never let our drinks get empty (like literally, if you took one sip it was refilled)!

Our guests raved about this place being the BEST venue, ridiculously amazing food (we opted for a HUGE cocktail hour), and most elegant wedding they've ever been to. And the pictures... Oh the pictures. You MUST see it to believe it, 5+ stars, they are amazing... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
We had a our wedding at Giando and it was the best experience! Joe was very helpful and made sure that the planning went exactly how we requested. You have to be very detailed with what you want and not assume they will know, as every wedding is different. My guests were raving about the view and food. We are satisfied with the quality of service and the price (which honestly can not be found elsewhere in NYC).
I didn't give 5 star overall only because the only way they can be reached is via phone or in person; they are not in tuned with the email option. Also because we weren't allowed to have bubbles at the ceremony.
But overall the experience was great!
We had a our wedding at Giando and it was the best experience! Joe was very helpful and made sure that the planning went Read more...
We had a our wedding at Giando and it was the best experience! Joe was very helpful and made sure that the planning went exactly how we requested. You have to be very detailed with what you want and not assume they will know, as every wedding is different. My guests were raving about the view and food. We are satisfied with the quality of service and the price (which honestly can not be found elsewhere in NYC).
I didn't give 5 star overall only because the only way they can be reached is via phone or in person; they are not in tuned with the email option. Also because we weren't allowed to have bubbles at the ceremony.
But overall the experience was great! Read less
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Carmela
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Joe Leone is awesome! He was very helpful and pleasure to work with. Our wedding was on Sept. 25th and guests are still talking about how amazing everything was. My bridal attendant Carmen was the best! We had 2 maitre d's, Alex and Victor; they made sure we were taken care of all night, they didn't miss a beat. My husband and I had the most amazing wedding that either of us could have ever imagined. We would highly recommend Giandos for any event.
Joe Leone is awesome! He was very helpful and pleasure to work with. Our wedding was on Sept. 25th and guests are still Read more...
Joe Leone is awesome! He was very helpful and pleasure to work with. Our wedding was on Sept. 25th and guests are still talking about how amazing everything was. My bridal attendant Carmen was the best! We had 2 maitre d's, Alex and Victor; they made sure we were taken care of all night, they didn't miss a beat. My husband and I had the most amazing wedding that either of us could have ever imagined. We would highly recommend Giandos for any event. Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
This place was really great! wish i could do it again the place is really beautiful and the food was awesome! I highly recommend Giandos.
This place was really great! wish i could do it again the place is really beautiful and the food was awesome! I highly Read more...
This place was really great! wish i could do it again the place is really beautiful and the food was awesome! I highly recommend Giandos. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/17/2015
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding here July 17th and had an amazing time! Joe took such good care of us and their staff was awesome! My family and friends can not stop talking about this place...especially their amazing view!!! :) Thank you Giando for a wonderful time, your professionalism and your patience with helping us plan such a special day in our lives!
We had our wedding here July 17th and had an amazing time! Joe took such good care of us and their staff was awesome! My Read more...
We had our wedding here July 17th and had an amazing time! Joe took such good care of us and their staff was awesome! My family and friends can not stop talking about this place...especially their amazing view!!! :) Thank you Giando for a wonderful time, your professionalism and your patience with helping us plan such a special day in our lives! Read less
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Meagan
Wedding:
10/17/2014
4.7/5.0
My husband and I absolutely LOVED this venue!!! We were so happy with our decision to have our wedding and reception here. First, we fell in love with the view - the venue is right on the East River and has a full view of Manhattan and the beautiful bridges. Planning was super easy but complete. Nothing was missed by Joe, our coordinator, who was such a pleasure to work with. The food was AMAZING - my guests were all raving, and we invited several "foodies". The cake was beautiful and delicious. I took 1/2 a star off for flexibility tho, because I had my heart set on a specific cake design, which was simpler than what they offer. However, I couldn't get that and had to go with one of six options they provided. Don't get me wrong, it was still beautiful but not exactly what I wanted. This can be remedied tho if you hire your own cake vendor. I also took 1/2 a star off for professionalism and responsiveness because they don't have email. It made it very difficult for me, in a job where I don't have easy access to my phone, to make time to get a hold of them. That being said, every time I was able to call they were available and answered all of my questions. Email just would have made it a bit easier. Overall, we loved the whole experience. They were outstanding and I definitely recommend working with Giando on the Water!
My husband and I absolutely LOVED this venue!!! We were so happy with our decision to have our wedding and reception here. Read more...
My husband and I absolutely LOVED this venue!!! We were so happy with our decision to have our wedding and reception here. First, we fell in love with the view - the venue is right on the East River and has a full view of Manhattan and the beautiful bridges. Planning was super easy but complete. Nothing was missed by Joe, our coordinator, who was such a pleasure to work with. The food was AMAZING - my guests were all raving, and we invited several "foodies". The cake was beautiful and delicious. I took 1/2 a star off for flexibility tho, because I had my heart set on a specific cake design, which was simpler than what they offer. However, I couldn't get that and had to go with one of six options they provided. Don't get me wrong, it was still beautiful but not exactly what I wanted. This can be remedied tho if you hire your own cake vendor. I also took 1/2 a star off for professionalism and responsiveness because they don't have email. It made it very difficult for me, in a job where I don't have easy access to my phone, to make time to get a hold of them. That being said, every time I was able to call they were available and answered all of my questions. Email just would have made it a bit easier. Overall, we loved the whole experience. They were outstanding and I definitely recommend working with Giando on the Water! Read less
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Melea
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.4/5.0
PROS
- AFFORDABLE when compared to counterparts on the river like Waters Edge or Liberty House. Included cocktail hour carving station, passed and stationary appetizers, 5 hour open bar, 4 menu options (beef, chicken, fish, veggie & they upgraded the beef to Filet Mignon), wedding cake, valet parking, wine on tables, etc.
-Great view of Manhattan including Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Empire State, unparalleled
-Location was awesome, it made our entire wedding
-Its actually in New York City (Brooklyn) – we had people coming from out of state and I wanted them to have a NY experience that was truly NY, instead of looking at NY from NJ.
- Beautiful patio which is filled with flowers in the summer and guests took tons of pictures as the skyline lit up at dusk
- Guests loved the food! Got rave reviews on both cocktail hour food and dinner.
- Tons of valet parking
- The neighborhood has plenty of cool spots to take pictures. No trip to the Brooklyn Bridge necessary.
- Large bridal suite with view and bar. The provided complimentary champagne.


Cons
- No uplighting lighting in the ballroom, DJ must provide
- Funky “T-shaped” ballroom layout but it works
- Unsure if passed appetizers were actually passed or not. My mom said she got some from the table
- Made some contingencies – programs were in baskets instead of on chairs. Decor was placed with tags still on (I guess I should have removed them but I thought it would be obvious)
- No rice or bubbles at ceremony allowed
- Vendors and Bridal Party are only allowed on site up to 2 hours before the event. Meaning you wont have time for hair/makeup in the bridal suite. They expect you to arrive dressed & made-up This also means you probably will not see your flowers or decor until the last minute.
- They dont have email or wifi. You just have to call or make an appointment to meet in person.
PROS
- AFFORDABLE when compared to counterparts on the river like Waters Edge or Liberty House. Included cocktail hour Read more...
PROS
- AFFORDABLE when compared to counterparts on the river like Waters Edge or Liberty House. Included cocktail hour carving station, passed and stationary appetizers, 5 hour open bar, 4 menu options (beef, chicken, fish, veggie & they upgraded the beef to Filet Mignon), wedding cake, valet parking, wine on tables, etc.
-Great view of Manhattan including Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Empire State, unparalleled
-Location was awesome, it made our entire wedding
-Its actually in New York City (Brooklyn) – we had people coming from out of state and I wanted them to have a NY experience that was truly NY, instead of looking at NY from NJ.
- Beautiful patio which is filled with flowers in the summer and guests took tons of pictures as the skyline lit up at dusk
- Guests loved the food! Got rave reviews on both cocktail hour food and dinner.
- Tons of valet parking
- The neighborhood has plenty of cool spots to take pictures. No trip to the Brooklyn Bridge necessary.
- Large bridal suite with view and bar. The provided complimentary champagne.


Cons
- No uplighting lighting in the ballroom, DJ must provide
- Funky “T-shaped” ballroom layout but it works
- Unsure if passed appetizers were actually passed or not. My mom said she got some from the table
- Made some contingencies – programs were in baskets instead of on chairs. Decor was placed with tags still on (I guess I should have removed them but I thought it would be obvious)
- No rice or bubbles at ceremony allowed
- Vendors and Bridal Party are only allowed on site up to 2 hours before the event. Meaning you wont have time for hair/makeup in the bridal suite. They expect you to arrive dressed & made-up This also means you probably will not see your flowers or decor until the last minute.
- They dont have email or wifi. You just have to call or make an appointment to meet in person. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
8/29/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had wanted a unique wedding on the water. We chose Giando because of the magnificent view. What we got was the most amazing wedding that either of us could have ever imagined.
The staff was supportive and helpful from beginning to end. The owners Joe and John know their stuff and were always on top of everything. We mainly worked with Joe and he made the entire planning process easy and stress-free. My bridal attendant, Lucy, was awesome and helped me out with ANYTHING that I needed. Alex, our maître d, kept my husband and I very well taken care of without being too intrusive. The entire staff went above and beyond and provided impeccable service.
The food was fresh and delicious. We had so many options during the cocktail hour that our guests were shocked to learn we were also serving dinner. In addition to the stations and passed hors d'oeuvres, we added the full seafood package which was PHENOMENAL and included baby lobster tails - highly recommended! The dinner was also spectacular.
Moreover, all of our guests were blown away by the amazing location. You absolutely cannot beat the views. Our day on August 29th was sunny and on the cooler side with zero humidity and a slight breeze off the East River. Our pictures of the sky over Manhattan with the bridges in the foreground are insane. Our ceremony and cocktail hour were outside, beginning almost at sunset. We didn’t need much décor for the aisle as we had the amazing skyline. Our reception was inside in the upstairs room. It is very open with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan – again, because of that view we didn’t need a ton of flowers. With our simple centerpieces plus the lighting – the room was perfection. I lost count of how many told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to and that everything from the view, to the food, to the service was amazing.

This venue has everything anyone could ever want and I would recommend them in a heartbeat!
My husband and I had wanted a unique wedding on the water. We chose Giando because of the magnificent view. What we got Read more...
My husband and I had wanted a unique wedding on the water. We chose Giando because of the magnificent view. What we got was the most amazing wedding that either of us could have ever imagined.
The staff was supportive and helpful from beginning to end. The owners Joe and John know their stuff and were always on top of everything. We mainly worked with Joe and he made the entire planning process easy and stress-free. My bridal attendant, Lucy, was awesome and helped me out with ANYTHING that I needed. Alex, our maître d, kept my husband and I very well taken care of without being too intrusive. The entire staff went above and beyond and provided impeccable service.
The food was fresh and delicious. We had so many options during the cocktail hour that our guests were shocked to learn we were also serving dinner. In addition to the stations and passed hors d'oeuvres, we added the full seafood package which was PHENOMENAL and included baby lobster tails - highly recommended! The dinner was also spectacular.
Moreover, all of our guests were blown away by the amazing location. You absolutely cannot beat the views. Our day on August 29th was sunny and on the cooler side with zero humidity and a slight breeze off the East River. Our pictures of the sky over Manhattan with the bridges in the foreground are insane. Our ceremony and cocktail hour were outside, beginning almost at sunset. We didn’t need much décor for the aisle as we had the amazing skyline. Our reception was inside in the upstairs room. It is very open with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan – again, because of that view we didn’t need a ton of flowers. With our simple centerpieces plus the lighting – the room was perfection. I lost count of how many told us it was the best wedding they had ever been to and that everything from the view, to the food, to the service was amazing.

This venue has everything anyone could ever want and I would recommend them in a heartbeat! Read less
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