(Closed) NY/Long Island Bees

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@WhatMaeBee:  I live in Massapequa! I haven’t been there in years but I thought it was really nice when I went to a sweet 16 there, sorry wish I could be of more help BUT I felt that I had to comment since this is my hometown:)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@WhatMaeBee:  The Rivera was the first place we looked at. It was very pretty but it was kinda small. (Especally now that our guest list expanded to 200) I do believe they offered a tasting before signing the contract (You would come in when there is an event going on so you would get to taste the real thing). You should call and set up an appointment to meet with them. The lady that met with us was very nice. I wish I still had the folder with the papers that we got.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@WhatMaeBee:  sweet, were next door neighbors! I just asked my mom about it- she also has not been there in 10 years and she said she thought the place was pretty but the food was just “eh”. Things could have changed since than though!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We are getting married at the watermill in smithtown. I may be biased but the food was the best I tasted. Woodbury country club was a close second. You should try there if the food is not up to par at the rivera.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

WantToBeM.E. – you are right, the setting of the Riviera is just wonderful and they do a great job upkeeping the property.  The menu is good, but you could custom pick the foods you want and of course, the more particular, the more costly – but I’ve coordinated a sweet 16 there last year (I’m from NYC).  If you need help facebook me (liseramos)  Do book a year ahead as it is quite popular.  

Best of luck to you and your beloved!!!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I booked my wedding here for July 2013 and like you I had concern about the food reviews after going seeing the place and searching the island I found that I will not find another location that meets the rivears appearance which ultimately was what I wanted well after Ifound I couldn’t have a barn wedding. When I really sat down and thought about it and compared all the things they had to offer the bad reviews obviously lost. I work in healthcare and I have learned there are people in this world no matter what u do or say will never have something nice to say and when I am in a situation like this I remind my self then think logically.  I can’t honestly say I have ever walk away from a wedding and raved about the food . It’s mass produced don’t expect a 5 star restaurant when they are cooking andrushing to feed 120 people at once. And when you read the reviews the food complains are about specific things like fish being over cooked well common it’s not a fish market it happens. Anyways they offer so so many things options are endless and they are wonderful every time I go to visit I feel as if they are throwing more extras in and to me that’s better then a over cooked fish. Good luck hope to hear where you picked. I looked into that hall I believe the dance floor is in another room then the dinning I kinda think that’s worse then overlooked fish. Lol 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@WhatMaeBee:  hi! We are going to look at the thatched cottage tomorrow I’m so excited! If you don’t mind sharing ( you can pm me!) did you do a package ? If so what’s included ? And how many people?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

The Riveria has a very unique setting – it’s the all wooden interior with raised beams that give it either a barn-like or old-fashioned, historic feel that’s sort of one of a kind. 

The Thatched Cottage loses that. I’ve been to Thatched Cottage multiple times (usually for political parties on election night) While I will vouch the food and service is good – it always feels like a really out-dated banquet hall. It’s very dark, very enclosed. A much different feeling from the Riveria if that’s what you loved. 

I actually took my wedding into Queens because I didn’t like Riveria, Coindre Hall was a hassle and you were in two separate room etc. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Remember that people are quick to go online and give a bad review then they are to give a good review.

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