By Teresa Barile
Terrace On The Park Soars Above Other Catering Halls
What an extraordinary experience an affair at Terrace On the Park is. You’ll feel as if you’re floating on air, high above the pastoral Flushing Meadows Park, with the New York City skyline as your elegant backdrop. You’re also comfortably seated in the lap of luxury, where nearly every gastronomic desire is met and you are catered to like a king.
I recently attended the gala wedding reception of Frank Macchio, a Queens resident, businessman and community-minded philanthropist. Frank and his new wife, Rose Zummo of Whitestone, celebrated their union with some 400 guests at Terrace On the Park. Among those in attendance were Assemblymembers Brian McLaughlin and Ann Margaret Carrozza, Assistant Parks Commissioner Estelle Cooper and Queens County Clerk Gloria D’Amico. In addition, state Senator Frank Padavan sent an official declaration along with his warmest regards. Macchio, who spends much of his time working on fundraising events for "The Gift Of Life" as part of his Flushing Rotary Service, also sits on several boards, including that of New York Hospital of Queens. He owns Construction Services Company in Whitestone.
From the tastefully decorated lobby, the polite staff guided us to the Grand Ballroom, high atop the structure, where sweeping views of the city on a clear night are breathtaking. The elegant décor features marble columns, rich draperies and dazzling parquet floors, the intricate inlaid designs of which reflect like mirrors.
At several efficiently manned bars only top-shelf liquors were served. The list of cocktails available included cosmopolitans, martinis of all kinds and frozen fruit daiquiris and margaritas.
The cocktail hour hors d’oveures were astounding. At the huge raw bar, mounds of tender, little neck clams on the half shell and oysters were opened and placed on ice along with zesty cocktail sauce, horseradish and lemon wedges. An ice sculpture bearing bottles of vodka and caviar was dazzling. The next station featured paella, brimming with shrimp, scallops and mussels with saffron rice. At another station fresh vegetables, including portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini and roasted peppers were grilled, while the pasta station was serving samples of tortellini alfredo and penne alla vodka. Tender, crisp rings of fried calamari were served with a dollop of marinara sauce. Close by, a hibachi station featured wonderfully tender Japanese sliced steak grilled with sprouts, pea pods and teriyaki sauce. All the while, tuxedo-clad waiters whisked empty dishes away and brought more drinks at the asking.
We were then summoned to enter the main dining hall, which featured similarly elegant décor and ample bandstand area. Before our entrees were served, a hearty salad of mixed baby greens, hearts of palm and artichokes delicately dressed in raspberry vinaigrette was brought to us. Our polite and efficient waiter offered us a choice of juicy filet mignon, a divine sautéed chicken and spinach or filet of salmon with a creamy lemon dill sauce with accompanying lemon wedges wrapped in linen. A swirl of creamy white and sweet potatoes topped each dish and everything was served piping hot.
Dessert was equally special and elegant. An elaborately presented dessert table featured miniature pastries such as sfogliatelle, petit fours and napoleons. The apple strudel was warm and flaky; at a crepe station diners could create their own special dessert. Cordials of every flavor were available and platters of fresh fruit such as chocolate dipped strawberries and sweet pineapple were hard to resist. The coffee was rich and robust and the excellent service never flagged.
Everything at Terrace On the Park is top shelf, so any wedding, anniversary, birthday or other special event will be top shelf, too. Owners Jimmy Kaloidis, Thomas and George Makkos and general manager Mark Gelfand will see to it that any affair is everything it’s want ed to be and more. Their complete banquets suit every budget. Even a low-cost wedding can be elegant at Terrace On the Park and there is no limit to how elaborate a party can be. Gelfand and his banquet staff will be glad to discuss every possibility for events in their ballrooms, which accommodate 60 to 1,100 persons. In addition to the ability to customize an affair to meet any budget, Terrace On the Park management makes a host of other amenities such as florists, orchestras, live entertainment, photographers and limousines available. A party at Terrace On the Park is one not easily forgotten.
Terrace On the Park is easily accessible and is visible from several major roads in Queens. It’s time to see it from the inside and enjoy an incredible evening of fine cuisine, excellent service and spectacular views. Call Gelfand and plan an affair to remember at Terrace On The Park.
Terrace On the Park
52-11 111th St.