Renaissance Ballroom & Catering FAQs

Below please find the answers to most frequently asked questions.  If you have any additional questions please give us a call @ 718-853-3030 or info@renabr.com

Q: What events do you cater?
A: We do Engagements, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvos, Sheva Brochos, Corporate Events, Dinners, Breakfasts, Seminars, Brissim Etc.

Q: Could you please send me your prices?
A: Our base price is $29.00 per person+ waiters, this includes  hot or cold appetizer, soup, main dish and 3 sides, dessert, as well as bread, table salads and drinks. Included as well, is the linen and hall. Ask about our great variety of delectable menus and upscale décor if you’d like to upgrade.

Q: Can I set up a time to tour your facility?
A: Sure.  We are available during office hours (Mon-Thurs. From 10-5, Weekends may vary) to give you a comprehensive tour of our ballroom.  If our timing doesn’t work with your schedule we will try our best to accommodate you.

Q: Do you have a particular date available?
A: Date availability changes quickly.  Please call our office to secure a date.

Q: What time can I start my event?
A: Morning events, such as brissim, breakfasts, seminars etc. can start as early as 8:00
Our evening affairs start @ 6:30. Our Saturday night events can start 30 minutes after sundown.

Q: How many hours do you allow for my event to run?
A:  We allow 4 hours for most affairs and for Weddings and Seminars 6 hours.

Q: What is needed to reserve the date?
A: A non-refundable deposit of $1,500 with a signed contract.  Availability is subject to change until receipt of deposit.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We do not issue refunds.  In the event that we do book the cancelled date we will in effect issue a refund.

Q:  What is the capacity of your ballroom?
A: We can accommodate up to 350 wedding guest, 400 dinner guest.  We do divide the ballroom for smaller affairs as well.  You can book 1/3 of the hall for a minimum of 40 couples.  Half hall for minimum 50 couples, 2/3 for minimum 70 couples and for the whole hall you’ll need to guarantee a minimum of 100 couples.  We also have our VIP room that accommodates a small affair of 50 people.

Q:  What happens if I can’t meet the minimum required?  Can I apply the difference to upgrades?
A: No.  But we do give you $12 credit (from base price) per missing couple.

Q: How much in advance can I book the Whole Hall, Half hall etc.
A: The whole hall can be booked well in advance.  For anything less than that we cannot confirm booking until 3 months prior to affair. In the event that we have two requests for ½ hall on same date we can confirm upon deposit. However, in the summer months, and during sefira, when the demand is lower we are more flexible with the minimum couples.

Q:   But I can’t wait till the last minute to book my affair.  Is there any way I can book less than the whole hall before that?
A: We can put your name down on the date, (without a deposit), and should someone wish to book the other part of the hall we will call you.

Q: Do you do party planning as well as catering?
A: We can coordinate a custom catered event; complete with linen, flowers, stations, bars, and anything else the customer might imagine for that special day.

Q: Can I bring in my own event coordinator?
A: Yes, however this needs to be with our consent.

Q.  What are the sizes of your tables?
A.  Ladies 60” round tables seat 10-11 guests.  Men’s oval tables seat 12-13 guests.

Q.  Do you have square tables as well?
A.  You can have square tables (which seat 10-12 guests) for an additional rental fee

Q: Do you handle all table setting, and can you place centerpieces and individual party favors, or souvenirs?
A: Yes. We take care of the table set-up, which includes; Linen, china, silverware, glasses and napkins.  We can assist you in placing any centerpiece or party favor as per request.

Q. Can I bring in my own food?
A. No.  Due to kashrus restrictions all food must be supplied by us.  No Homemade cakes, fruits or salads are allowed.

Q. What about store bought cakes?
A. We do allow our customers to bring cakes from vendors who are approved by our Kashrus Supervisor

Q: Who is your Kashrus Supervisor?
A: We operate under the Nirbater supervision

Q: Do you offer Meat and dairy catering?
A: We do only Meat and Parve catering.  No dairy allowed.

Q: I live out of town, and am not familiar with vendors in your neighborhood.  Can you recommend florists, photographers, musicians etc.
A: Our customers come (and come back) from the Five towns, Queens, Staten Island, and as far away as LA and Europe.  We have a list of vendors in each category to choose from.

Q: Do you offer Valet Parking?
A: Yes for an additional fee

Q: Are you close to public transportation?
A: The D and N trains stop on 62nd Street and New Utrecht Avenue.  That’s one block away from our Hall.  The B9 bus also stops at our corner.

Q: How do you calculate cost for children?  Do you have a special children’s menu?  
A:  Children, up to the age of 11 are $21.00. Children can only constitute 20% of the minimum couples. They get an appetizer, soup, Sesame chicken nuggets, fries, onion rings and dessert.

Q: Do you do off premises catering?
A: Yes we do offer outside catering to the destination of your choice within a reasonable distance

Q: Do you have outside, inside space and background to take pictures?
A: Yes.  Renaissance Ballroom has a beautiful outdoor garden, and a vast indoor lobby replete with intricate railing and detail where you can capture beautiful everlasting memories.

Q. Can I come in early to do wedding/bar mitzvah preparations in the hall?
A: Yes.  We have a large family suite where all the preparations can be done.

Q: What about the chosson’s family?
A: We have a chosson room as well.

Q: Do you provide the canopy, set-up, wine candles?
A: Yes.

Q: How are payments handled?
A: An initial deposit of $1,500 is required for booking.  The balance must be paid in full 2-3 days prior to your event with either check cash or money order.  Sorry, no credit cards accepted.