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Giando on the Water

Brooklyn , NY

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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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Selina
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
This place is amazing and I knew it would be great for my wedding the first time I laid my eyes! My wedding was a fairy take thanks to giandos and Joe of course. Joe was so helpful and was there for me whenever I needed him. Thank you joe for making my wedding so special! The food was amazing and I can't even tell you about the cake (AMAZING).
This place is amazing and I knew it would be great for my wedding the first time I laid my eyes! My wedding was a fairy Read more...
This place is amazing and I knew it would be great for my wedding the first time I laid my eyes! My wedding was a fairy take thanks to giandos and Joe of course. Joe was so helpful and was there for me whenever I needed him. Thank you joe for making my wedding so special! The food was amazing and I can't even tell you about the cake (AMAZING). Read less
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Cassie
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Giando on the Water is a hidden gem in Williamsburg, right next to the Williamsburg Bridge. The view is spectacular and can not even be described in words. Ceremony site is right outside on the water with a view of the 3 bridges, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, etc. Joe Leone and the team at the Giando's is unmatched - they all go above and beyond for you and your guests!
Giando on the Water is a hidden gem in Williamsburg, right next to the Williamsburg Bridge. The view is spectacular and Read more...
Giando on the Water is a hidden gem in Williamsburg, right next to the Williamsburg Bridge. The view is spectacular and can not even be described in words. Ceremony site is right outside on the water with a view of the 3 bridges, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, etc. Joe Leone and the team at the Giando's is unmatched - they all go above and beyond for you and your guests! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We got married here over memorial day weekend and it was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! The view was amazing, the food was spectacular, and the whole staff was friendly, accommodating, and helpful - especially the manager Joe! We had the time of our lives and our guests seemed to enjoy themselves....we keep hearing excellent feedback! We live in Brooklyn and wanted to get married in the area - we couldn't have asked for anything better.
We got married here over memorial day weekend and it was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! The view was amazing, the food was Read more...
We got married here over memorial day weekend and it was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! The view was amazing, the food was spectacular, and the whole staff was friendly, accommodating, and helpful - especially the manager Joe! We had the time of our lives and our guests seemed to enjoy themselves....we keep hearing excellent feedback! We live in Brooklyn and wanted to get married in the area - we couldn't have asked for anything better. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
4/6/2014
5.0/5.0
This was such a beautiful place to get married. My husband wanted the option of getting married outside if the weather permitted and this was the perfect venue for that. We had the first warm day after a horrible winter, and now will have the best photos of a gorgeous view and an outdoor ceremony for the rest of our lives.

Food was top notch - everyone said it's the only wedding they've been to with good food.

Bridal suite was the perfect place to gather our bridal party before ceremony (and to duck away to after!).

Staff is attentive. And they have lots of solid recommendations for other vendors (we booked our DJ through them, could have booked many more if we needed to).
This was such a beautiful place to get married. My husband wanted the option of getting married outside if the weather Read more...
This was such a beautiful place to get married. My husband wanted the option of getting married outside if the weather permitted and this was the perfect venue for that. We had the first warm day after a horrible winter, and now will have the best photos of a gorgeous view and an outdoor ceremony for the rest of our lives.

Food was top notch - everyone said it's the only wedding they've been to with good food.

Bridal suite was the perfect place to gather our bridal party before ceremony (and to duck away to after!).

Staff is attentive. And they have lots of solid recommendations for other vendors (we booked our DJ through them, could have booked many more if we needed to). Read less
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Nadia
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We cant say enough about Giando. Our banquet manager, Joe, made our wedding planning so easy and seamless. The location was perfect, the food was great, the service was great, and our guests had a wonderful time. The view made the need for wedding decor minimal. Our maitre'd Michael was fantastic and took care of everything. Our attendant, Carmen, made sure that we were well hydrated and had a chance to eat throughout the day. The staff partnered really well with all our vendors and everything was smooth. Giando on the water truly is a gem in NYC
We cant say enough about Giando. Our banquet manager, Joe, made our wedding planning so easy and seamless. The location Read more...
We cant say enough about Giando. Our banquet manager, Joe, made our wedding planning so easy and seamless. The location was perfect, the food was great, the service was great, and our guests had a wonderful time. The view made the need for wedding decor minimal. Our maitre'd Michael was fantastic and took care of everything. Our attendant, Carmen, made sure that we were well hydrated and had a chance to eat throughout the day. The staff partnered really well with all our vendors and everything was smooth. Giando on the water truly is a gem in NYC Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Everyone was wowed by the views. The staff was professional and incredibly helpful. The food was great. We had a wonderful time. Couldn't recommend it more!
Everyone was wowed by the views. The staff was professional and incredibly helpful. The food was great. We had a wonderful Read more...
Everyone was wowed by the views. The staff was professional and incredibly helpful. The food was great. We had a wonderful time. Couldn't recommend it more! Read less
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