Guastavino’s is a historic wedding venue located in New York City, New York. This architectural masterpiece is an intricate and spacious setting for weddings and other life celebrations. This event space is situated just beneath the 59th street bridge and can be utilized for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, ceremonies, and receptions. Guastavino’s offers soaring granite arches and a catalan vaulted tile ceiling which makes this space completely unique.
Facilities and Capacity
Guastavino’s is home to a 15,000-square-foot interior which is fit to host weddings of 150 guests or more. In addition to the historic interior, this wedding venue also features a private garden at it’s mid-town location. The indoor part of Guastavino’s can be adapted to feature a dance floor and stage for entertainers. Additionally, this wedding venue has parking and wheelchair access which makes it easy for all your friends and family to arrive. Guastavino’s also offers rooms for the bridal parties to prepare for the day’s festivities.
The Queensboro Bridge was built and first opened to traffic in 1909. Guastavino’s resides just beneath this bridge and was designed by Rafael Guastavino and his son. They had a plan to develop the space into a commercial setting for local vendors to utilize. Guastavino is originally from Barcelona and his Catalonian architectural influence is recognizable in the vernacular technology used to construct the vaults. The space was used by local vendors to buy and sell fruits and vegetables until the Great Depression hit. Following those years, this space was used by the city’s Department of Transportation until 1973 when the New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee declared the Queensboro Bridge and the spaces below it a landmark. Guastavino’s has been protected from entrepreneurs looking to develop that area ever since.
Guastavino’s provides and on-site wedding planner and event coordinator to help assist you in planning your special day. The staff with handle all the set up, clean up, and tiny details of your special day so that you can focus on enjoying the celebration. Additionally, Guastavino’s offers on-site catering services and bartending, but also allows outside vendors of your choice. Tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware, and flatware are all included in Guastavino’s wedding packages.
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10 Reviews for Guastavino's
Recommended by 99% of couples
Jared M. · Married on 09/14/2019
Quite Easily Manhattan's Best Wedding Venue
Guastavino's is right in line with the top wedding venues in NYC like The Plaza and The Pierre and after having our wedding here in September, I can easily say that Guastavino's tops both of those across all categories: class, service, food, flexibility, size, personality, luxury, the list goes on and on...Sent on 10/29/2019
Throughout our process of exploring venues, we did look at other top venues like The Plaza, The Pierre, The Essex House, and others. We also attended weddings previously as guests at all of these venues. We were never guests at a wedding at Guastavino's so in that sense, we were going in blind.
When we first walked into the space, we were in awe. It is so unique in its architecture, layout, and feel, and is very iconic New York. Built right into the arches of the Queenboro Bridge, it doesn't get much more Manhattan than that.
Besides falling in love with the space instantly, what put us over the top was the attentiveness, personal care, and obvious experience from every single person we interacted with from day 1. I will add, this feeling and attentiveness did not subside for one second throughout our year long process leading up to the wedding and even after. It is clear that owner John and his staff really understand what service means and they certainly understand how to put on an exceptional event.
What's even more impressive is that, while the price is not by any means cheap or budget, it is absolutely reasonable. Reasonable in the sense that it's not outrageous, you fully understand every single cost without any secrets, shadiness, or question at all, but also the entire team actually cares and listens to your budget concerns, vision, and ideas and does everything in their power to make it all come together. And if for some reason they cannot, they are transparent and let you know. We cannot say the same about ANY of the other venues we looked at.
Beyond that, when I say that Guastavino's has done it all, seen it all, and can handle literally any request you can think of (even if its the week of the wedding), I really mean it. There were several occasions where I asked "can we do this" or "is this possible" knowing well that the answer is likely no, but the answer was always "yes absolutely" or "we've never done that, but we will make it happen."
What makes Guastavino's really special is the staff all led by John as I mentioned. John is a real New Yorker, not a pushy salesman, and it's clear he is a family man. It's also obvious this is the culture he engrained in his team. I can honestly say, whether I was interacting with John, our talented coordinator Megan, our awesome host Joe, Abdul (who needs no title), our attendant Erica, or ANYONE else on the team, WE felt like family.
Ok, so the food... Have you ever been to a wedding and said "wow the food was great?" Probably not, but your guests absolutely will. The best way to describe it is that Guastavino's went into a top New York restaurant, hand picked the chef and his entire team, and brought it to Guastavino's. The food is actually incredible, and your guests will tell you. Warning: they may never stop telling you. We left our tasting a little skeptical of how they could possibly deliver that elegance, flavor, and experience the night of our wedding for 220+ people, and believe me when I tell you, they absolutely did. Dishes are creative, flavorful, HUGE PORTIONS, and all around just 5-star.
I will leave it with this: you absolutely get what you see at Guastavino's and if you want an honest, luxury, top 5 NYC venue, you MUST at least give Guastavino's a look. Arguably, I didn't even need to write this entire review, because I know that the second you step foot in the space and interact with the team, you will experience the same magic we did and then, and only then will you understand (and ask yourself "why didn't I check this place out sooner?").
Thanks John, Megan, Joe, Erica, and the entire team at Guastavino's. You really are the best in the business.
Cristen L. · Married on 12/15/2018
We were married at Guastavino's on 12/15/18 and the entire day went by so smoothly.Sent on 01/04/2019
Megan and Annmarie (the event managers) were so thorough, organized, creative, and attentive throughout the entire process. They are open to any request and make you feel at ease.
The food was outstanding -- you get a large qty of cocktail hour choices (all of them amazing) and entree choices. The food doesn't feel mass-produced like at some other venues. Every dish seems like it was made special for you. My only complaint is that I wish the cocktail hour was more than an hour! The stations and pass-arounds were exceptional.
The bar service exceeded expectations -- the signature drink at the cocktail hour was served as guests left the ceremony so the bars didn't get jammed, plus there were plenty of trays of champagne and wine for people to grab from. The bars never really formed a line. Not to mention, Guastavino's only serves top-shelf brands. The reception service was treated the same way...servers came around with wine/drink orders, wine was on the table, plus guests can go up to the bar.
Music -- we chose Cafe Wha (also outstanding) and the acoustics/partnership between the band and Guastavino's was perfect.
General flow of the day -- soooo organized, on-schedule, and seamless. I can't name one hiccup.
The best part is that Guastavino's assigns both a day-of coordinator to make sure you stay on schedule AND a bridal attendant (she was incredible. I felt so spoiled!).
Rachel · Married on 02/18/2018
Guastavino's was so amazing. The whole team worked so hard to make our wedding dreams come true, in fact the whole day exceeded our wildest dreams. Everything went so smoothly, my groom and I were able to enjoy every minute without a worry. The whole wedding planning process was fun, stress free all leading up to the most beautiful day in our lives. Wish we could do it all over again!!Sent on 01/13/2019
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Great venue, different, amazing service and food !