View On The Hudson
The night of my wedding, the venue looks absolutely beautiful. Everything from the cocktail hour room to the ballroom and bridal suite was stunning. The view of the TZ bridge lit up at night and the ceiling to floor windows made a breathtaking view that our guests talked about all night. Howard was so accommodating and treated me like a princess. He made sure everything was running smoothly and on time and made sure we had everything we could possibly need. The team at The View really made our night everything it was because of their professionalism and true passion for what they do. Thank you guys for a night we will NEVER forget!
I had the Best Wedding Venue anyone could have asked for. Ralph and his Staff were Amazing..... THe virtually Took Care of Everything, from Soup To Nuts!!!!!!!!!!!! They helped make a Couples Fairy Tale Come True. THe attentiveness and professionalism of the Staff was Impeccable.... We cannot say Enough about How Wondeful The View On the Hudson Is.... THank You Again for Helping Us Feel Like a King and Queen!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beth and Craig
THE VIEW EXCEEDED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS AND PROVIDED US WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEDDING WE COULD HAVE EVER WISHED FOR. RALPH AND HOWARD AND THEIR ENTIRE STAFF ENSURED EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTHLY AND WITHOUT A HITCH FROM START TO FINISH. THE FOOD WAS OFF THE CHART AND THE SERVICE WAS TOP SHELF. EVERYONE WHO WAS OUR GUESTS ARE STILL RAVING ABOUT OUR WEDDING. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE VIEW ON THE HUDSON TO EVERYONE. YOU CANT BEAT THE QUALITY OF FOOD, SERVICE AND OF COURSE - THE VIEW. THANKS TO RALPH AND EVERYONE AT THE VIEW FOR MAKING OUR SPECIAL DAY VERY SPECIAL
I cannot express how incredible the The View on the Hudson was for my wedding. Howard, specifically went above and beyond for me and my entire family, i'm sure to Howard it was all in a days work as he has been doing this forever but it SHOWS. I had not ONE bit of wedding stress nor did I question ANYTHING in any of our meetings, Howard had me so calm that I just knew it would all be taken care of down to what i'm using for our Gifts and envelopes. Not only did Howard make special dinners for my husband and father, the food there was A=MAZING and did not stop. After the cocktail hour people were rubbing their bellies with giant smiles on their faces....THEN the apps, and salad and main course aaaaaaaaand dessert. The venue was beautiful. As simple or extravagant as you want it to be. The View was breathtaking...I have ZERO complaints only that the night ended. I hope to be back to the view as an invited guest to a wedding ASAP so I get to see from the OTHER END all the amazing things all my friends and family raved about!!!! THANK YOU HOWARD!!!!
Our daughter's wedding reception surpassed our expectations...it was wonderful.
Howard had everything running smoothly - the staff was efficient and unobtrusive, the room looked beautiful, the cocktail hour was amazing and the dinner was perfect
I had my wedding at The View on the Hudson this past Sunday. They put on a beautiful wedding and their venue has a gorgeous view of the Hudson river. Ralph was our Maitre’D. He has a ton of experience with planning weddings and everything went off without a hitch. We also hired a day-of coordinator, but that was a pretty redundant service because Ralph really had everything under control. The food was excellent and there was a ton of it. I especially liked the wedding cake and baked apple dessert. I have rarely eaten wedding cakes that taste so moist and good. I imagine that this venue is optimal for couples who want a very well run event at an all-inclusive venue, rather than DIYers. Also, I think that the venue is better for people who want to do minimal planning, because Ralph and his staff have a certain rhythm and process they follow based on their experience of what works well. There were a couple of very minor requests I made, which slipped through the cracks, and it would have been more convenient if we could have done more of the communications by email, but all in all, Ralph and The View did an amazing job!
I think this venue is wonderful for any wedding where the bride and groom want a well executed ceremony and reception, and where the venue gives great service, great food and a great view. Job well done!
The facility and staff were first rate. During the wedding, the staff were attentive to any needs of our family. Only suggestion would be for the View staff to set up email communications for planning, as we were from out of town. Ralph was as advertised.....wonderful and highly professional. Some of our guests are already thinking of other events that they might do at the View on the Hudson.
We were treated like the King & Queen, and ate like them! Our guests are still raving about the food and service! We would recommend The View for any upcoming weddings or events!!!
The venue is beautiful, if not slightly dated in some respects. Howard Vaz was amazing to work with and the whole experience was fabulous, one that we will treasure forever.
We had a great wedding at The View on the Hudson. This venue is beautiful and a great value for the money. Views are, of course, excellent. Food is decent and ballroom is very pretty. Everyone had a lot of fun! They customized quite a bit for us, which was nice. Cake came out great and outside vendors seemed to have to problem coordinating.
We had our ceremony & reception at The View and I could not have been happier. Our outdoor ceremony was perfect. It’s not a huge set-up, but for our 155 guest list, it worked out great. I loved having the place to ourselves for the night.
Our guests raved about the food and we actually got to eat! My one concern before the wedding was that the bar set-up would take people away from the action, but the wait staff kept my guest’s drinks full without even having to leave the ballroom! The whole flow of the night exceeded my expectations.
I could call anytime with a question. Whether it was Howard, Ralph or the receptionist who answered the phone, anything I need was solved quickly. The night of the wedding, they took care of everyone. Ralph runs a tight ship and I had complete confidence in him. He even helped bustle my dress!
If you’re looking for a reasonable venue, gorgeous views and great staff, I would certainly recommend The View!
I want everyone to know about this place. Soup to nuts, it was perfect. From the initial planning to the night of. Howard was our "GM" and took care of everything. Don't let him frustrate you, he definitely knows what he is doing. We all have "visions", just like we did, of what the night should be like, Howard will ask why certain things are wanted and be very frank with you. He puts the couple ahead of the Venue.
The week of, Howard was very stern about bringing everything over early. "You are not to worry about anything here, I will worry about it", and he was a man of his word. The food was top notch and abundant. I had guests complaining that they couldn't get drunk because there was so much food. The venue has an awesome view of the Tappan Zee Bridge, unfortunately we picked a date that Irene visited. Due to weather we had to get married inside, people did not even blink. And the acoustic for a band was awesome.
That night, Howard and his manager were catering to everything. They really know how to run a show. I needed a drink he was there. After the ceremony and pictures he made sure we were eating.
The venue itself is a domed pavilion with a side room for cocktail hour and an open bar area. Some people may think the decor is outdated but I thought it was dated far back enough to add its own uniqueness to it, all personal preference.
The website does not give this place justice. Before you cross this place off the list you have to see it in person, it is located in a cute town with hotels only 8 minutes away.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you View on the Hudson
I would highly recommend The View to brides in the NY/NJ/Hudson Valley area. The setting is beautiful and all-in-one -- you have the comfort and convenience of a ballroom and full-service facility, but the gorgeous river views are right outside to enjoy throughout. The food is delicious, and there is tons of it included in the base price -- an insane amount of passed hors d'oeuvres and appetizer stations at cocktail hour long before the sit-down dinner. Ralph was out maitre'd and he was incredible. So attentive the whole evening to us and our 200+ guests.
Look no further if you want a fabulous wedding!!! From start to finish Howard was amazing. He is knowledgeable and professional and will lead you through the process of wedding planning. The venue is absolutely gorgeous, photos were taken outside and are phenomenal. The ceremony was also outside and was equally as exquisite with the backdrop of the Hudson. The food was phenomenal and our guests are still talking about the fabulous selections, quality and variety of the menu. The View was beyond our wildest expectations!!!!
We had the night of our lives! The staff at The View was professional and made our wedding perfect. They took care of everything! No task was too big or small. Howard and Ralph took care of our guests and saw that every detail was taken care of before the wedding and after. We couldnt have ask for a better place to get married.
Let me start off by saying that we had a wonderful reception- the room was set up wonderfully, the band was rocking, and everyone had a good time. If we had to do it again, we'd still have the reception at the View on the Hudson.
However, I can't write a review of this place without mentioning that we did not enjoy dealing with Howard, one of the reception planners at The View. From the first day, we found him to be incredibly smarmy, arrogant and someone who wants to do things HIS way. At several points when trying to plan for when to do certain things (when to have the toasts, father/daughter dance, etc.) we asked what he was planning in terms of the general timeline of the day (when food would be served, when he'd bring the cake out, etc.). He kept telling us that he didn't have a general timeline and it was based on how many people would be there and how things were going during the event. I'll come back to this later.
Throughout the planning process, we were excited about the reception location, but not about dealing with Howard. We found out quickly that you need to put your foot down when there is something that's important to you, because Howard will try to wine and dine you and then try to do things his own way. Don't be surprised if at the first meeting, he is throwing thank you notes from previous couples in your face trying to convince you that people think he is great. He is not.
A few negatives about how Howard ran the reception. The reception was from 6:30-11:30 and come 9:30 I was starting to get hungry and was wondering when the entree would be served. Howard didn't have the kitchen bring out the food until 10:30 after which the toasts had been given, the band had taken its break and were back out playing again, and people were once again hitting the dance floor. Going back to my previous point about Howard's not being clear about when he was planning to do things, the band was playing loud and upbeat music during dinner when we hoped that during that time it would be softer DJ music so that people could eat and talk to each other. This wasn't the band's fault at all- they were awesome and had taken their break around 9:30 or so.
The cake cutting occurred a little bit before 11pm. Howard wheeled the cake out himself into the middle of the dance floor and my wife and I took our places. With knife in hand, we got ready to cut the cake when Howard suddenly told us that we were not to cut the cake ourselves- that we were just to pose for the photographer and then he would cut the cake himself. "So, we can't cut our own cake?", my wife asked.
Everyone was enjoying themselves on the dance floor as we were getting close to 11:30. Then I (and pretty much everyone else) noticed Howard walking up to the band. At 11:29, he was in their ear telling them to stop playing. I understand our event was from 6:30-11:30, but Howard made himself VERY visible and it was enough to annoy me during the reception. Luckily we had a really cool band who basically ignored him and played for another 15-20 minutes and ended the night on a high note.
So, in conclusion, I first have to say that we had an awesome reception thanks to a great room, an amazing band and photographer, and wonderful family and friends who came from all over to join us for a special weekend. If I could go back and do it again, I would not hesitate to book the View on the Hudson again. However, I would make absolutely certain not to work with Howard. When you're in the high stress situation of planning a wedding, you need someone with a good personality, who's down to earth and you can joke around with a little bit and make sure you're in good hands. That is the complete opposite of what you'll get with Howard. Howard frames himself as the consummate professional ensuring that all the clocks will run on time and that nothing will fall by the wayside. As evidenced by the reception, we found that while most things went according to plan, not everything did. And further, even if they did, that doesn't count for everything- you need to KNOW that you are in good hands by having a down to earth and professional person running the show. I'm sorry to say Howard was neither of these things.
Everything was great here for my wedding in April 2011. The only thing I'd do differently is ask for a bar setup instead the reception room because too many guests were stationed at the bar, not on the dance floor (too far away). Views are lovely and Howard Vaz was amazing! He ran the whole show flawlessly.
The View on the Hudson, Howard and his team were great. I couldn't have asked for a better day. Howard was very accommodating with our menu selection and we had a last minute guest show up and he saw that the guest was taking care of. My guests are still talking about the food and how amazing the food was. There is no greater pleasure than hearing that your guests had a great time. Great food, great location, one wedding at a time venue.....cant' get any better. The View is a "win" all the way around.
The View on The Hudson: A+
I fell in love with the location, the views, and the food.
The View on The Hudson (Howard): B
Howard made planning my wedding very difficult. He was at times rude. Every meeting I was nervous because I didn’t know what mood he was going to be in. However, when I called (a billion times) he was very responsive and answered every question and put me at ease.
1. The whole time through planning Howard told my husband and me that he could pipe in music during the cocktail hour. At our last meeting, a few days before the wedding I mentioned it again. He told us that all they had was a cd player and the last time they tried to use it really didn’t work well. So, I had to scramble and luckily my dj was able to do it at the last minute.
2. During the rehearsal the day before our wedding, my family and bridal party arrived to run through everything. There was no heat – it was 46 degrees!! He made it extremely uncomfortable for the rehearsal.
3. After the cocktail hour my guests filed into the reception and my bridal party and my husband and I were announced. After that there was no music being played. My family was taking pictures on the dance floor. After twenty or so minutes of no music I questioned my dj. She told me Howard didn’t want people dancing when hot food was being passed around (Our first course was ravioli –very good). But there wasn’t any food being passed around it took the staff an additional 10 minutes to start to serve the food. It was an awkward time – all my guests were just sitting there doing nothing.
4. The wait staff was amazing! Some of my guests even tipped the staff because they were so impressed. On the other hand some of my family and friends was served food and got up to dance, use the bathroom, etc and when they sat back down their food was gone.
My wife and I were married at the view and were very pleased with the venue and the level of service. The guests commented on the spectacular view of the marina and the Tappan Zee bridge in the background. The Hors d'oeuvres in particular were outstanding, and the meal was also very good. Ralph was helpful leading up to the wedding, and Howard pitched in on the day of as well. They prefer not to spell out all the details in the contract, and they didn't provide us a tasting. Overall, highly recommended.
The View on the Hudson was amassing...Ed and I love this magical place with breathtaking views of the Hudson river. Special thanks to Ralph and The View on the Hudson staff for being so wonderful to us and making our wedding day one of a kind!
Nancy Jay & Edward
our wedding date 10/11/09
The View highly exceeded my expectations and made our wedding day magical!
My best friend had been married at the View six years ago. I remember thinking the venue was beautiful, the view was amazing and the idea of only having ONE wedding at a time -- something rare to find in the tri-state area.
When it came time for my special day I was blown away by the level of service. Ralph helped us along the way and made us feel that any question or request was never to silly. My guests have raved about the food and level of service to this day. And my husband and I are still glowing from the warm reception we had.
Howard was our sales person and maitre d. He did an amazing job!!! I was so happy with the way he executed all of my details (which there were many!) the day of the wedding.
Our guests were extremely happy with all of the food (especially the amount of food at cocktail hour) and the service as well! In addition, the "view" from throughout the whole affair was awesome!!
We couldn't be happier with our choice of venue, it was perfect!
We were married in March 2009. It was a day wedding and everything was amazing. We worked with Ralph and he took care of everything. The room was set up perfectly and their food options were very good. They provide a perfect cake so you do not need to spend more money. They basically ran the wedding, which was great since we did the wedding ourselves and could not be everywhere at once. We have only heard wonderful things from our guests. The view is amazing...I am a hudson valley girl, so this was perfect. The View provides guests with champagne and a strawberry, but my husband is allergic to strawberries. They substituted raspberries instead...that is how attentive they are.
Ralph and all the staff members there are really amazing and made our day even better than we could have imagined! They were so flexible, helpful, and just great people to work with! We would recommend anyone to have their event there! And we hope we get to go to another one there soon! :)
I think The View is usually a good venue, unfortunately the sprinklers went off during my outdoor ceremony and many of my guests got wet. I am assuming this is not something that usually happens, hopefully it was some sort of accident.... The View itself is a very beautiful location and their service seems very good for the most part. If the sprinkler incident did not happen I would have given a much higher rating.
The View was the perfect location for our wedding... the food, service, atmosphere, etc. was everything my husband and I hoped it to be and more. I would recommend it to anyone
The view on the hudson was such a fantastic place to hold our wedding reception. The food, service, atmosphere, and staff were amazing. The view was the first and only place we looked to have our wedding reception at and we are so happy we chose it.
Having our reception at the View on the Hudson was like the fairy-tale ending to a perfect day. The venue was beautiful, the "view", of course, spectacular, food fantastic, and service - impeccable.
Howard Vas ran our affair and no stone was left unturned. We never had to ask for anything - everything was done and it was done correctly.
I would highly recommend this venue to anyone and would book them again immediately.
We had our wedding at the View last May. All the services were wonderful and Ralph helped make our day special and without complications. We entrusted him with a great responsibility and he definitely exceeded our expectations. Our guests still talk about how lovely the venue, especially the stunning view.
We planed our wedding in about 3 months and everyone at the View on the Hudson were wonderful. The location & venue were beautiful. One of my favorite things about view is that it holds only one event at a time. The food at the cocktail hour and the wedding were amazing, our wedding cake was beautiful. Overall wonderful event and would recommend it to everyone.
Set against the dramatic vista of the Hudson River and far palisades, The View on the Hudson offers unparalleled hospitality and service for all your events, from weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs to corporate functions.
And our food stylings are unparalleled. Besides our exquisite Continental cuisine, we offer equally delicious special menus, including Glatt Kosher, Korean, and Indian.
Perhaps what best attests to our clients’ satisfaction is that, once they have experienced the care they receive at The View, they return for all their special events.
We welcome the opportunity to provide you with that same level of care and help make your event every bit as special as it should be.