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1 World Fair Marina, Queens, NY | Directions 1136840.761061 -73.857901
Open 24 hours for boat owners who rent space.
Wonderful Wedding at World Fair Marina – We had our wedding at World's Fair Marina on Sunday September 19th, 2010 with 300 guests. Overall everything went extremely well with Siraj the catering manager and staff working very hard before and during the event to make it the wedding of our dreams.
Siraj is back as the catering manager and that increased our confidence level going in. He made himself available for several meeting to go over our prepared lists as well as to offer a tasting of our menu. Pankaj, the owner, also met briefly with us and let us know he is also available should we need him. WFM threw in some of our requests at no additional charge and also really let us do things that made our wedding unique; they were quite flexible on the use of their space and our timeline. As much planning as one does before their wedding, the bride and groom will be unable to execute anything once the big day comes so I recommend WFM because they handled our wedding very well. The staff did a very good job at providing food (we opted for buffet) for 300 people and cleaning up around them.
WFM is a gem of a banquet hall with its gorgeous view of the bay, nice gazebo area, easy access to the view which is convenient for those who smoke, need air, or just want to enjoy the view for pictures, etc. It's also a great venue for those who cannot walk up stairs. The fountain is now in working order and really adds to the ambiance. Also the parking lot is huge and right there so that is super helpful. The view of Citifield is also a plus but plan your function around the game or consult with Siraj as how to best manage though.
The food is quite tasty and a lot of vegetarian options. They offer buffet and full service. They offer full Halal cuisine, which isn't that easy to come by in-house. You also have the option to bring in outside catering in certain instances; like your own cultural specialties.
If you are big on decorating I would recommend you step out of their in-house decorator as their options are limited and their execution may not be exactly what you discussed, as was our case. But if you are not that detailed oriented and are OK with the final look being somewhat what you discussed and fairly visually pleasing, then they will do.
I do recommend the hall for 200-250 ppl if you can trim down because 300 was kind of tight if you want everyone downstairs on the main level. I also recommend you delegate either a professional or family member to act as your day-of planner if you are the type that wants everything to flow exactly as planned; which is quite hard in reality. WFM though managed to get it fairly close and what didn't go according to plan no one would have ever known because it seemed pretty seamless.
So thank you Siraj, Pankaj and WFM team for handling our most special day so wonderfully.
Worst New Year's Party Ever! – Everyone,
don't go to the world's fair marina for their new year's party. In 2008, it was just awful. My family wanted a nice atmosphere where we could spend time together, listen to good music and dance and have good food. We went to this party in 2007 and it was actually a good time so we decided to come back. I don't know what changed, but everything was awful.
Food was bad. That is the easy statement.
The DJ they picked was playing bad songs, none of the new top hits.
It was overcrowded with not enough places to sit and the dance floor could not accommodate everyone.
Here is the kicker. They served alcohol to just anyone and by midnight, there were way too many drunk people walking around. There was no sense of who is drinking too much, who is underage or any of that. And while most people don't it, it is in fact the responsibility of the establishment to monitor that.
As we were about to leave, one person through up all over my fiance. IT WAS DISGUSTING! Then after the ordeal of cleaning himself, the coat check people lost our coats. Of course they did, they overbooked! I went in there myself to find the coats and for a good TWENTY minutes, was looking. I was met by a few other guests who were looking for their coats! Pure disgrace.
When we tried to speak to the manager, all he could do is say that it is not his fault and even back to curse at my sister who was upset by this whole mess.
Guess what buddy. it is your fault.
People, do not go there!
For a party, for dinner, for an event, stay away.
Rude Behavior – I went to Marina based on the reviews I read here. I spoke to the manager and went in to see him. Because I had already explained what I wanted to the manager, I wanted to speak to him only. While waiting for him (he was with other customers), I was approached by someone and asked if I needed help, I politely told this person that I'm waiting for the manager. this person rudely said to me, "I'm the owner, you can speak to me, forget about the manager." I was so offended by his tone and manner that I decided not to have a party here. I mean i dont give a hoot if you're the owner. After seeing this kind of behavior towards a customer and towards their manager, I'm afraid how they will treat me if i decide to have a party here. All be advised the "owners" are rude, arrogant idiots.
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