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Elegant Affairs16 Gramercy Park S., nr. Irving Pl.; 212-475-6116; elegantaffairscaterers.com
Andrea Correale’s full-service event planning and catering company has entertained the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart. Executive chef Michael Purpura serves up American Cuisine with a twist-entrées like Nobu-style cod with miso sauce and frizzled ginger, and chicken Caesar and BLT cups as hors d’oeuvre. Prices upon request.
Daniel Boulud’s catering branch creates menus and wine pairings that reflect clients’ tastes. Guests sample fare such as lobster with black-trumpet mushrooms, plus a Périgord specialty: tournedos Rossini, fillet of beef, and foie gras ($115 to $200).
This kitchen is known for American favorites like lobster rolls on homemade hot-dog buns. Husband and wife Lloyd Zimet and Michelle Lovelace scour the Union Square Greenmarket for fresh ingredients to make hors d’oeuvre like arugula and pancetta risotto croquettes, and entrées like slow-cooked pork with four spices and apple aïoli ($175 to $250, with alcohol).
This boutique caterer offers mostly Continental fare with setups like carving stations and raw bars. Start with hors d’oeuvre like crab cakes and vegetable shumai, then move on to dinner with filet mignon au jus or Asian-crusted Chilean sea bass. Ingredients are locally sourced when possible. From $72 to $170, with alcohol.
Frank Caters212-420-6562; frankcaters.com
Whether couples want their Italian meals homey and rustic or dressed up, Frank Prisinzano can create it. Hors d’oeuvre favorites include veal polpettone and zucchini rollatini, while entrées range from traditional pasta al ragù to black cod fish in basil oil. Prices upon request.
For 30-plus years, co-owner Sean Driscoll has indulged everyone from guests at corporate parties to serious spenders who’ll drop as much as $200,000 for a weekend-long affair with 400 people (they catered the 2008 Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala). Upscale canapés include a crème-fraîche-lined caviar puff-pastry tart ($125 to $400).
A typical Gracious Thyme wedding meal might start with seared scallops in a citrus vinaigrette paired with a 1998 Pascal Jolivet Pouilly-Fumé and finish, after several other courses and wines, with tiny raspberry-and-buttercream cakes ($160 to $210).
Great Performances304 Hudson Street, nr. Spring St.; 212-727-2424; greatperformances.com
Great Performances offers produce from its own organic farm in Kinderhook. They handle intimate weddings and large-scale movie premieres with equal ease, and are now the exclusive caterer for the Plaza. From $150.
Couples and guests can dig into brisket and okra and mac ’n’ cheese from Blue Smoke, or raise a pinkie and pick at the Arctic-char truffle and the tuna "cru" of the Raw Bar Moderne-a high-end buffet on ice. Danny Meyer’s latest catering venture offers both-and a range of options in between (from $125).
Laurence Craig Distinctive Celebrations529 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 2G; 212-581-1986; laurencecraigcatering.com
These classic and modern caterers are best known for their versatility: They will bring their local, farm-harvested produce to any fare or cuisine, cook up a traditional American favorite, or prepare tapas with ingredients from a far corner of the globe. From $150.
These epicurean experts feed their clients delectables like tortellini with Swiss chard and tournedos of cod with green-olive tapenade. Provençal-born Josyane Colwell leaves her stylish signature on every event. From $150.
Little Owl Catering90 Bedford St., at Grove St.; 212-741-4695; thelittleowlnyc.com
Fans of Joey Campanaro’s lauded Little Owl restaurant enjoy his Mediterranean-influenced menu, including favorites like the meatball sliders, at their private events. Full-service catering starts at $150.
Caterer Dan Lenchner may keep it kosher, however his cuisine is anything but traditional: He once served an exotic feast featuring Balinese tuna satay and Burmese vegetable patties. Other fare includes khachapuri, a cheese-filled pastry inspired by a trip to the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and green-papaya salad with pomelo and lime ($130 to $180).
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- Amerivents at Queens Museum
NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368 ; Tel: 646-673-8814 ; amerivents.com
Catering to couples in the tri-state area, Amerivents creates highly personalized, unforgettable wedding experiences at any venue, and is the exclusive caterer for the spectacular new Queens Museum, overlooking the Unisphere.
- Canard, Inc.
503 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036 ; Tel: 212.947.2480 ; canardinc.com
These trendsetters have created such hors d'oeuvres as a deconstructed caesar salad and savory beet marshmallows. Whether for cutting edge menus or comfort food favorites, this caterer is a crowd pleaser. Prices upon request.
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
CCNYC is a full-scale catering and event company. We are dedicated to making your day one to remember by utilizing our unique team approach and having the keen ability to listen to your needs.
- Fig and Pig Catering
12 Whitwell Place Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 718-233-4287 ; www.figandpigcatering.com
Fig and Pig is a creatively driven catering company with a devotion to seasonal ingredients and the production of quality, food-focused events. Our food is methodical, yet instinctual; comforting, yet contemporary.
- Housing Works Bookstore Café and The Works Catering
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10026 ; Tel: 646-786-1100 ; www.theworkscatering.com
With 100% of proceeds benefitting the homeless living with HIV/AIDS this Soho bookshop resembles an Ivy League library with its spiral staircases, mahogany balconies, and rows of books. The Works Catering, also operated by Housing Works, serves amazing seasonal fare.
- Mint Catering
450 West 33rd Street New York, NY 10001 ; Tel: 212-695-1169 ; www.mintcatering.com
Mint Catering, brought to you by the Tour De France Restaurant Group, strives to bring an innovative experience to your event. Mint utilizes custom menus crafted by our talented Chefs using seasonal and local products.
- Neuman's Kitchen
203 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002 ; Tel: 212-228-2444 ; www.neumanskitchen.com
The award-winning Neuman's Kitchen is the place for your wedding, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. Our services include: event and food design, personalized menus, venue sourcing, staffing and rentals, and more.
- Purslane Catering
333 Clinton Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-701-8344 ; www.purslanecatering.com
Brought to you by the team behind well-loved Rucola restaurant, Purslane Catering brings a farm-to-table ethos and delicious, sustainable and beautifully executed cuisine to all of your special events. Seated dinner from $125 per person.
- Simply Divine
334 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-541-7300 ; www.SimplyDivine.com
Simply Divine – sophisticated event design/creative full service catering. Quality, exceptional design concept and presentation style, superb menus, outstanding service. We happen to be kosher and we are divine!