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Linden Place

Flushing , NY

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laura5482
Wedding:
4/25/2010
3.7/5.0
I had a reception (was married a few months back- this was just party for fam) in June 2010. We worked with Mary and had low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. So let me get into it.

Chose Linden Place bc we are an inter-racial couple and didn't want it too overwhelmingly "chinese" as we had a lot of italian and jewish family members. Have it at a traditional "american" place was waaaay to costly and not in the budget. This also was able to easily accommodate our 300+ invite in NYC and we really did like the layout and overwhelming dance floor. The decor is a love or hate, and we loved it bc we felt it was a perfect meld of our cultures and it was so over the top ornate that made it so ridiculously amazing. There was some serious WOW factor for people that had never been there before.

Managers- we started with Ben- did not like him so much. Sorry to say but he was just too harsh. He left after a few months and we worked with Mary whom was great. Always answered her cell phone and always listened to us. Was flexible on most matters- some not so much, which I will get into later.

Staff/Service- Day of- they were FANTASTIC. Did not hire day of coordinator so we had to do everything ourselves. The staff ended helping placing EVERYTHING on the tables. I just had to do a mock set up on 1 table and they did the REST! The rest, from what I heard from everyone was good. Only negative was at the end of the night, during clean up, they threw away someone's photobooth picture that was left on the table :(

Decorating- They pretty much had no complaints and let us do whatever. They didn't even really ask. We had flowers in all the "pots" around the dance floor which were beauteous. A stand alone floral piece when you first walk into the foyer to welcome everyone. They also supplied the easel for our picture. Then we draped fabric all pretty like on the railings outside. Then just small flowers in the women's restrooms. We did not have centerpieces as for family style, would have been a waste of money bc there's just not enough room.

Bar- we chose the OPEN bar for $10 per person. GET THIS!!! This was one of the biggest hits as it was ALL TOP SHELF. EVERYTHING. There were shots of patron everywhere, left and right. This is def worth the value if you have a group that drinks a lot. The ONLY thing that they were not flexible with here was that open bar closed 1 hour before the event ended bc Mary said she's had so many problems in the past with people getting so drunk in the end they made it a venue policy. She would not budge unfortunately and we just gave everyone a fair warning! There weren't any complaints though.

Food-
COCKTAIL HOUR- we added a whole suckling pig (maybe for $300??) to be served which was a great hit. They precut the pig and put it back to look like a pig for easy serving. The rest of the cocktail hour is passed around on trays and i def saw a lot of them! so i HEARD it was good- i never actually ate any of it except for a shu mai :(

DINNER- we did the tier below the top tier which i THINK estimated to about $100 p/p. The normal ridiculous food portions of course. Again- I only had 2 bites of the lobster app- which was fantastic. I heard great reviews from both the asian and non asian side. Of course, there were a few people whom had never experienced this style of chinese so they were not as excited. Good thing there's the fried rice and noodles for them!

DJ- We chose to work with Johnny (and his brother and i can't remember his name!). They were good. They actually set up all the electronics in this place so they knew the ins and outs of the place. They are the most "american" of the choices of DJ's. They are great if you like normal top 40 music (which really isn't my husband and I) but they got the crowd moving so can't really complain. If you have specific music, be VERY CLEAR on when you want it played and they mixed that up :(
Johnny did a good job keeping up in check with time and the agenda.

Cake- Again, came with the venue and not much room for flexibility since it comes with the place. so we asked for it to be plain and had our florists bring extra stems of real flowers to decorate it. Can't remember the flavor.... but I remember it tasting good!

Bridal Suite- behind the stage. Slightly odd placement as it's behind the stage. BUT, normally they keep the "couples" table on the stage which we DID NOT want. we wanted to sit with everyone. BUT, it's large, huge mirror, but not a full length one- it's more for makeup and hair. and there's a folling rack for clothes. It did get a little hot in there, but maybe bc i was drinking a lot?? There are a lot of lights though.

Ice Sculpture- Comes with the place. It was cool. More fun for the kids- which is fine! Really awesome pics!

Cost/Price: Like I said before, at about $100 p/p, which includes tip, DJ, venue, cake, ice sculpture- pretty much this is the cost. Nothing hidden. Then we paid extra $10 p/p for open bar. For what you are getting, I thought it was great. Again, this is only for the person that is WANTING the chinese style banquet.

Parking: free valet underneath- heard no issues on this. and it's right downstairs so it's uber convenient.

Other: we also had a photobooth (NJ Photobooths) and had them set up on the dance floor (right under the DJ). We did this since the dance floor is SO overwhelming, we wanted another reason for people to be on the dance floor and to get traffic down there. I think it worked out really well!

Overall: Really happy with how things turned out. Again- medium expectations. But let me explain that too- bc this was just the "party" and not the actual wedding, I was WAAAY more laxed and carefree about it all. This was just to make the family happy. And that it did! Really a great value!
I had a reception (was married a few months back- this was just party for fam) in June 2010. We worked with Mary and had Read more...
I had a reception (was married a few months back- this was just party for fam) in June 2010. We worked with Mary and had low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. So let me get into it.

Chose Linden Place bc we are an inter-racial couple and didn't want it too overwhelmingly "chinese" as we had a lot of italian and jewish family members. Have it at a traditional "american" place was waaaay to costly and not in the budget. This also was able to easily accommodate our 300+ invite in NYC and we really did like the layout and overwhelming dance floor. The decor is a love or hate, and we loved it bc we felt it was a perfect meld of our cultures and it was so over the top ornate that made it so ridiculously amazing. There was some serious WOW factor for people that had never been there before.

Managers- we started with Ben- did not like him so much. Sorry to say but he was just too harsh. He left after a few months and we worked with Mary whom was great. Always answered her cell phone and always listened to us. Was flexible on most matters- some not so much, which I will get into later.

Staff/Service- Day of- they were FANTASTIC. Did not hire day of coordinator so we had to do everything ourselves. The staff ended helping placing EVERYTHING on the tables. I just had to do a mock set up on 1 table and they did the REST! The rest, from what I heard from everyone was good. Only negative was at the end of the night, during clean up, they threw away someone's photobooth picture that was left on the table :(

Decorating- They pretty much had no complaints and let us do whatever. They didn't even really ask. We had flowers in all the "pots" around the dance floor which were beauteous. A stand alone floral piece when you first walk into the foyer to welcome everyone. They also supplied the easel for our picture. Then we draped fabric all pretty like on the railings outside. Then just small flowers in the women's restrooms. We did not have centerpieces as for family style, would have been a waste of money bc there's just not enough room.

Bar- we chose the OPEN bar for $10 per person. GET THIS!!! This was one of the biggest hits as it was ALL TOP SHELF. EVERYTHING. There were shots of patron everywhere, left and right. This is def worth the value if you have a group that drinks a lot. The ONLY thing that they were not flexible with here was that open bar closed 1 hour before the event ended bc Mary said she's had so many problems in the past with people getting so drunk in the end they made it a venue policy. She would not budge unfortunately and we just gave everyone a fair warning! There weren't any complaints though.

Food-
COCKTAIL HOUR- we added a whole suckling pig (maybe for $300??) to be served which was a great hit. They precut the pig and put it back to look like a pig for easy serving. The rest of the cocktail hour is passed around on trays and i def saw a lot of them! so i HEARD it was good- i never actually ate any of it except for a shu mai :(

DINNER- we did the tier below the top tier which i THINK estimated to about $100 p/p. The normal ridiculous food portions of course. Again- I only had 2 bites of the lobster app- which was fantastic. I heard great reviews from both the asian and non asian side. Of course, there were a few people whom had never experienced this style of chinese so they were not as excited. Good thing there's the fried rice and noodles for them!

DJ- We chose to work with Johnny (and his brother and i can't remember his name!). They were good. They actually set up all the electronics in this place so they knew the ins and outs of the place. They are the most "american" of the choices of DJ's. They are great if you like normal top 40 music (which really isn't my husband and I) but they got the crowd moving so can't really complain. If you have specific music, be VERY CLEAR on when you want it played and they mixed that up :(
Johnny did a good job keeping up in check with time and the agenda.

Cake- Again, came with the venue and not much room for flexibility since it comes with the place. so we asked for it to be plain and had our florists bring extra stems of real flowers to decorate it. Can't remember the flavor.... but I remember it tasting good!

Bridal Suite- behind the stage. Slightly odd placement as it's behind the stage. BUT, normally they keep the "couples" table on the stage which we DID NOT want. we wanted to sit with everyone. BUT, it's large, huge mirror, but not a full length one- it's more for makeup and hair. and there's a folling rack for clothes. It did get a little hot in there, but maybe bc i was drinking a lot?? There are a lot of lights though.

Ice Sculpture- Comes with the place. It was cool. More fun for the kids- which is fine! Really awesome pics!

Cost/Price: Like I said before, at about $100 p/p, which includes tip, DJ, venue, cake, ice sculpture- pretty much this is the cost. Nothing hidden. Then we paid extra $10 p/p for open bar. For what you are getting, I thought it was great. Again, this is only for the person that is WANTING the chinese style banquet.

Parking: free valet underneath- heard no issues on this. and it's right downstairs so it's uber convenient.

Other: we also had a photobooth (NJ Photobooths) and had them set up on the dance floor (right under the DJ). We did this since the dance floor is SO overwhelming, we wanted another reason for people to be on the dance floor and to get traffic down there. I think it worked out really well!

Overall: Really happy with how things turned out. Again- medium expectations. But let me explain that too- bc this was just the "party" and not the actual wedding, I was WAAAY more laxed and carefree about it all. This was just to make the family happy. And that it did! Really a great value! Read less
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solaz
Wedding:
6/27/2009
3.4/5.0
We had just our reception there. It was Chinese banquet style (12 courses) so we paid per table (at 25 tables) and it was $10/pp for open bar for 4.5 hours. Our guests were 1/2 Chinese and 1/2 Non-Chinese and more or less unexperienced with Chinese banquet receptions. We chose to have it in the main room--with the bar, sunken dance floor, and stage. We booked the place a little over a year in advance. In that time the managers changed from Johnny to Jackie to Ben. We never received any notice about these changes and freaked out every time (wondering if the management communicated and held our date/deposit). In any case, Ben seemed to be the best of the managers. He helped us figure out the best way to serve vegetarians without having them all at one table. He also upgraded our menu at no extra cost. His recommendation for where to order wedding cake was spot on too.

What made it difficult for us to plan with Linden Place though was the language barrier--we used my grandma as a translator, but her English is a bit spotty as well. So on the day of our wedding, even though we faxed them the information on how we wanted everything set up (they don't have email), we get to the reception and there's a sweetheart table on the stage instead of our band. While it was too late to move the band, the sweetheart table more or less disappeared quickly. Their responsiveness was great, but I really envisioned the band set up on the stage. There's no control over the lighting it seems--so it's pretty bright, which is fine because eating food in the dark kind of sucks. Also, once the last course was served, we were basically forced to cut the cake earlier than we planned. This kind of prompted people leaving earlier than we planned as well. So instead of a half hour more of dancing, we had to stand around saying good-bye to people. And consequently, our reception ended earlier than we thought it would. I had even one more dress to change into. By the time the reception was supposed to be officially over, the place was ready for the next day's dimsum. So while it's typical of Chinese restaurants to do this, it's still annoying.

The plus side to all of this was that we got to invite an unlimited amount of people and eat a ridiculous amount of food for less than the cost of an American-style wedding. We also looked at 9 other places around Flushing, Chinatown, and Mid-town that would never have accommodated us (they would have either had walk-ins sitting in the back for restaurant service or another party separated by a folding wall or their food was just awful). Also, despite it being described by some people as "Versailles on crack" it's actually a very interesting space. I guess you have accept that most wedding places have tasteless decor, and then give into that at least Linden Place is more interesting. That it has free valet parking and an elevator is awesome. PLUS it has REALLY CLEAN restroom facilities. Our guests even commented. The changing room I used was especially nice and clean and secure.

So in conclusion, the place is typical but much better than other Chinese restaurants for wedding receptions (especially if you have vegetarians and people who have never eaten at a Chinese-banquet).
We had just our reception there. It was Chinese banquet style (12 courses) so we paid per table (at 25 tables) and it was Read more...
We had just our reception there. It was Chinese banquet style (12 courses) so we paid per table (at 25 tables) and it was $10/pp for open bar for 4.5 hours. Our guests were 1/2 Chinese and 1/2 Non-Chinese and more or less unexperienced with Chinese banquet receptions. We chose to have it in the main room--with the bar, sunken dance floor, and stage. We booked the place a little over a year in advance. In that time the managers changed from Johnny to Jackie to Ben. We never received any notice about these changes and freaked out every time (wondering if the management communicated and held our date/deposit). In any case, Ben seemed to be the best of the managers. He helped us figure out the best way to serve vegetarians without having them all at one table. He also upgraded our menu at no extra cost. His recommendation for where to order wedding cake was spot on too.

What made it difficult for us to plan with Linden Place though was the language barrier--we used my grandma as a translator, but her English is a bit spotty as well. So on the day of our wedding, even though we faxed them the information on how we wanted everything set up (they don't have email), we get to the reception and there's a sweetheart table on the stage instead of our band. While it was too late to move the band, the sweetheart table more or less disappeared quickly. Their responsiveness was great, but I really envisioned the band set up on the stage. There's no control over the lighting it seems--so it's pretty bright, which is fine because eating food in the dark kind of sucks. Also, once the last course was served, we were basically forced to cut the cake earlier than we planned. This kind of prompted people leaving earlier than we planned as well. So instead of a half hour more of dancing, we had to stand around saying good-bye to people. And consequently, our reception ended earlier than we thought it would. I had even one more dress to change into. By the time the reception was supposed to be officially over, the place was ready for the next day's dimsum. So while it's typical of Chinese restaurants to do this, it's still annoying.

The plus side to all of this was that we got to invite an unlimited amount of people and eat a ridiculous amount of food for less than the cost of an American-style wedding. We also looked at 9 other places around Flushing, Chinatown, and Mid-town that would never have accommodated us (they would have either had walk-ins sitting in the back for restaurant service or another party separated by a folding wall or their food was just awful). Also, despite it being described by some people as "Versailles on crack" it's actually a very interesting space. I guess you have accept that most wedding places have tasteless decor, and then give into that at least Linden Place is more interesting. That it has free valet parking and an elevator is awesome. PLUS it has REALLY CLEAN restroom facilities. Our guests even commented. The changing room I used was especially nice and clean and secure.

So in conclusion, the place is typical but much better than other Chinese restaurants for wedding receptions (especially if you have vegetarians and people who have never eaten at a Chinese-banquet). Read less
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aquila
Wedding:
6/7/2008
3.6/5.0
We booked Linden Place approximately 3-4 months before our wedding date; we had last minute changes to our other venue and decided to change it to this one.

Johnny was very responsive and easy to reach via phone but not always on e-mail. We went to see him the first time to see the venue itself and discuss options. We booked one of the medium rooms as well as a smaller cocktail/lounge room which had the large bar. We went with an hor'deurves and open bar option. There are a couple of set menus you can choose from but being that this is a catering hall and not a restaurant business, they do not make anything they don't have listed on any of the menus.

Our food came in huge quantities and it was absolutely delicious (or so I was told by many since I didn't get to eat anything on that day, unfortunately). Our venue was lightly decorated by one of the female managers -- flowers by the reception table, by the stairwell and on the stage. We also had an ice sculpture next to our cake, which was provided by Linden Place.

They have free valet parking, which is a Godsend in Flushing.
We booked Linden Place approximately 3-4 months before our wedding date; we had last minute changes to our other venue and Read more...
We booked Linden Place approximately 3-4 months before our wedding date; we had last minute changes to our other venue and decided to change it to this one.

Johnny was very responsive and easy to reach via phone but not always on e-mail. We went to see him the first time to see the venue itself and discuss options. We booked one of the medium rooms as well as a smaller cocktail/lounge room which had the large bar. We went with an hor'deurves and open bar option. There are a couple of set menus you can choose from but being that this is a catering hall and not a restaurant business, they do not make anything they don't have listed on any of the menus.

Our food came in huge quantities and it was absolutely delicious (or so I was told by many since I didn't get to eat anything on that day, unfortunately). Our venue was lightly decorated by one of the female managers -- flowers by the reception table, by the stairwell and on the stage. We also had an ice sculpture next to our cake, which was provided by Linden Place.

They have free valet parking, which is a Godsend in Flushing. Read less
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