Russo's On The Bay

162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, NY 11414 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Russo's On The Bay

Russo’s On The Bay, located in Howard Beach, New York, offers couples an elegant and versatile wedding venue. Founded in 1987, the building has gone through numerous renovations and expansions, keeping this location trendy and contemporary. Additionally, the owner and his family’s many years in business serve as a testament to their passion, experience, and knowledge of the wedding industry.

Facilities and Capacity

Numerous rooms are available throughout this stellar venue. The Encore offers couples a classic, sophisticated ballroom with distinctive circular chandeliers and gold accents along the walls. Up to 575 guests can enjoy this space with you while celebrating the love and commitment between you and your partner. This space is likewise flexible and can be sectioned off for slightly smaller ensembles or to function as a ceremony space. Inside the Paragon, up to 250 loved ones can join you in the festivities. This ballroom continues the contemporary flair of the Encore and can likewise be divided into sections for different sized gatherings. For rehearsal dinners or to function as a private lounge, the Rose Lounge offers cultivation in an intimate setting. This space can accommodate up to 65 individuals. The Promenade, an additional event space, provides couples an airy reception area with waterfront vistas.

Services Offered

At Russo’s On The Bay, their enthusiastic staff can take care of and arrange a variety of details. They have suggestions of florists, photographers, and DJs for you to choose from, helping you plan your wedding with ease. At your wedding, relax in the dressing room which can be attended to by a member of staff. Your guests can be greeted by the doormen as they arrive and be guided through to the reception by a gracious host or hostess. Throughout the evening, fine wine can be regularly topped up on all the tables, keeping guests satisfied. With these services and more it is sure to be an exceptional nuptial event.

Cuisine

From cocktail hour to the sweet treats that finish off the evening, the talented chefs at Russo’s On The Bay can cook and bake an array of sumptuous dishes. Begin the reception with stations of hors d’oeuvres and then enjoy a plated meal with appetizers and main courses. Finish with a selection of desserts and warm beverages in addition to a gorgeously designed multi-tiered cake. No matter the stage of the meal, the food here is artistically plated for a feeling of refinement.

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Cocktail Hour
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Couple kiss on the dance floor
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Couple kiss by the bubbling fountain
Love at the Bay
Love at the Bay
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Couple sit on couch for portrait
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Couple pose showing off gown
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Silhouette of couple kissing
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Happy couple
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Couple on the dance floor
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Cigar rolling at the reception
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Kiss outside of the venue
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Couple kiss by the outdoor fountain
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Couple gaze lovingly at each other
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Cake Cutting
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With this ring
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Outdoor wedding on the water
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Elegant setup in the ballroom
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Blue lighting design in the ballroom
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Golden colors in the ballroom
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White decor and pink lighting
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Main stage in the reception area
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Happy couple on their wedding day
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Love gaze
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Holding hands at the venue
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Gazebo
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Under my umbrella
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Encore Ceremony
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Outdoor Ceremony
Paragon Ceremony
Paragon Ceremony
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68 Reviews for Russo's On The Bay

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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  • Dana

    Dana Nicole · Married on 06/07/2019

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Joe Vacca was a godsend

    If you want to be treated like royalty on your wedding day, use this venue.

    Our team was professional, helpful, and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy.
    The guests cannot stop talking about the amazing Cocktail & Viennese hour. Everyone was blown away. Guests also loved how many options are given for their main course. Older guests were happy they didn't even need to go to the bar because by the time they were done with one drink their waitress was already getting them a refill. Everything is updated and clean. The cakes were made on site and not only beautiful, but delicious. Our guests are also still talking about our grand entrance, they couldn't believe how "grand" it truly was. Russo's also worked very well with all of my vendors. Mr. Russo himself kept checking up on us and making sure we were happy. We knew we were in good hands. Guests were also impressed with the process in which they wrap up the food ( many people were full from cocktail hour and wanted to take their entree home) you are given a number and at the end of the night you give in your number in return for your leftovers. They had all the little details covered.

    My husband and I are still impressed with our Maitre D- Joe Vacca. Joe took care of us like we were family. Everything we requested was completed. Everything looked beautiful. At one point my mom was upset about something I forgot and started to get upset with me, Joe took her to the side and very respectfully took care of the situation and encouraged mom to go to him with any problems. This may seem insignificant but it was a big relief for me and made it simple to be care free & happy the entire night. The entire night was seamless, from our grand entrance, first dance, night time photo shots, cake cutting truly all thanks to Joe and his team. We just kept saying this is the best night ever ( so cliche I know, but its the truth). Every picture of me I have the biggest smile on. Joe was visible to me the entire night, I knew that if I needed something he was right there to help me, this made me feel comfortable and at ease.

    We added the LED bar the week before the wedding and we are so happy we did. It was a great addition to the night. It truly kept many people inside the room and close to the dance floor which was exactly what we wanted. Service was quick and professional.

    Also- For the brides who want to be " The only bride"
    there was another wedding going on but you would never know it, they do a great job of keeping everyone separated.

    Sent on 07/03/2019
  • Carolyn

    Carolyn · Married on 08/31/2018

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    Russo's on the Bay is simply the Best!

    Simply the absolute BEST! We got married (both ceremony and reception) at Russo’s on the Bay on 8/31/18 and they more than exceeded our expectations. They made the planning process easy and comfortable. Sophia helped us every step of the way and was just fabulous! In the last few weeks leading up to the wedding, Joe Vacca, our matire’d, answered every question and concern immediately, he put me at complete ease. He then ran our wedding like a well oiled machine! Joe is really the best in the business! My bridal attendant Hope was great! If I needed or wanted something she was back to me in a flash with it! Bravo to the chefs! The food was outstanding! The food presentation was also very impressive! OMG the bakery - cookies, pastries and CAKE that was out of this world! The entire staff is professional and very accommodating but not in a stiff unattached way, they are friendly, everyone was smiling and happy help in anyway they could. The service was seriously fantastic! Even Mr. Russo stopped by to ask us if everything was going well and to be sure we were happy. The venue is gorgeous, the pics on their website doesn’t do it justice. I could go on and on, instead I’ll leave you with this - As our guests left, many people told us that this was the best wedding they had EVER been to! As a bride & groom, I can’t tell you how happy that made us! We would have our wedding at Russo's again tomorrow if we could! Thank you Mr. Russo and your entire team for making our wedding not only our dream wedding, but an outstanding event overall! xoxo

    Sent on 11/25/2018

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Russo's On The Bay FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    No
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Lighting/Sound
    Linens
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Cake Cutting
    Dessert
    Server(s)
    Wedding Cake
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    600
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    50
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    5
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Banquet Hall
    Garden
    Park
    Restaurant
    Rooftop
    Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Cake
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Lighting / Sound
    Outside Vendors
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    French Service
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Aisle Runners
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Chocolate Fountain
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
    May
    June
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March

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Professional Network & Endorsements

4 Endorsements

  • Riccardo Studios Wedding Photographers

    Excellence re-defined! For 25 years + never an off day. Always perfection! Always the best!

  • Metamorphosis New York Wedding Hair & Makeup

    Russo's On the Bay is truly a great venue with incredible food and atmosphere. They are a pleasure to work with. You can rest assured your wedding day will be amazing when you choose to use Russo's On the Bay as your caterer. Dayna Pap Founder Metamorphosis New York www.metanewyork.com

  • Divine Artistry Wedding Hair & Makeup

    Russo's On The Bay is an amazing venue for your wedding! The food, staff and decor is rich and inviting. No detail is too little and customer service goes above and totally beyond all the rest! By far, the one of the elite!

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  • 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard Howard Beach, NY, 11414 See on map
    347-434-8328 (Phone number)
    7186417537 (Fax Number)
    Monday 10:00AM - 8:00PM Tuesday – Thursday 10:00AM - 9:00PM Friday 10:00AM - 8:00PM Saturday– Sunday 10:00AM - 6:00PM
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