After decades in the business, this streamlined operation has a near monopoly on the New York catering biz, and with good reason. Year after year, it delights couples and their guests with inventive dishes such as mini pastrami and salmon bagels and chocolate-and-bourbon parfaits. Kirsch has exclusive arrangements at several venues, including Tappan Hill and Chelsea Piers. Prices upon request.acquolinacatering.com
Acquolina’s all-star team of chefs whips up hors d’oeuvre such as quail-egg-and-paprika canapés and Parmesan tulips with yellow-pepper foam. Entrées range from spinach-and-ricotta gnocchi to filet mignon. Cocktail-hour prices start at $35 per person, seated dinners at $110.
Amanda Smith Catering and Event Planning203-202-7669; amandasmithcaterers.com
Mexico-born Amanda Pilar Smith’s company offers international specialties such as lavender-flecked tuna on Asian pear with wasabi cream. The chorizo-and-potato balls with salsa verde, and the mac ’n’ cheese bites are particularly popular. Smith deftly handles events for 10 to 300 guests in locations throughout New York City, Connecticut, the Hamptons, and upstate New York. Seated dinners from $85 per person.
Amerivents250 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 613; 212-245-1080; amerivents.com
The exclusive caterer for the Queens Museum, Amerivents creates crowd-pleasing wedding menus using locally sourced ingredients. Expect traditional fare such as crab cakes with chipotle rémoulade, served with more exotic bites such as miso-dipped black cod. Menus start at $95 per person.
Art of Eating631-267-2411; hamptonsartofeating.com
There are no set menus at this catering company; the large team of in-house chefs helps couples design custom meals. The focus is on local, organic ingredients from farmers on the North and South Forks, but the Hamptons-based group has catered events around the tristate area and beyond.
Arthur Avenue Caterers2344 Arthur Ave., nr. 186th St., the Bronx; 718-295-5033; arthuravenue.com
Based in the heart of what they (and many others) call the “real Little Italy,” these longtime caterers create traditional feasts that will make Italian relatives swoon. They offer antipasto platters but also provide full-service catering (from Italian wedding soup to filet mignon). Prices upon request.
Barraud Caterers405 Broome St., nr. Center St.; 212-925-1334; barraudcaterers.com
Well regarded among epicureans, this catering company—anchored by the talents of chef Ro Howe—devises tasty creations such as foie gras mousse on cranberry brioche with Szechuan strawberry gelée, and braised lamb shanks with Gorgonzola bread pudding. Seated dinners from $65 per person. (good value)
Benchmarc Events by Mark Murphy111 W. 17th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-625-8270; benchmarc-events.com
Chef Marc Murphy brings his lovable restaurant fare to private spaces, with appetizers such as mini chicken pot pies and entrées such as roasted cod with wild-mushroom ragout. Benchmarc prides itself on the ability to customize weddings. Prices upon request. (good value)
Bite31 Perry St., nr. Waverly Pl. ; 917-676-1320; imightbite.com
Scott Skey’s catering business specializes in contemporary cuisine with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. A festive soirée might include fried-chicken-and-watermelon bites and a farmers’-market buffet table, featuring a local roast suckling pig served with blackberry-bacon compote and tomato chutney. Prices upon request.
Blue Hill On the Road914-366-9606, ext. 226; bluehillfarm.com
Devotees of Blue Hill’s restaurants in Greenwich Village and Tarrytown, New York, can wow their wedding guests with chef Dan Barber’s exquisite seasonal farm-to-table cuisine. Menus are customizable, and Blue Hill can help with every aspect of your event, whether it’s a huge tented affair in the countryside or a small family gathering in the backyard of a brownstone. Prices upon request.bluesmoke.com
Jean-Paul Bourgeois’s lip-smacking urban barbecue appeals to couples who aren’t averse to rolling up their sleeves and getting a little messy. His Ole Hickory pits smoke everything from pulled pork, brisket, and vegetable kebabs to Arctic char and baby back ribs. From $39 per person. (good value)
Canard, Inc.503 W. 43rd St., at Tenth Ave.; 212-947-2480; canardinc.com
These innovative caterers have dreamed up passed hors d’oeuvre such as pea-shoot gelée and deconstructed chicken wings. They’ve also assembled exotic grazing stations featuring crowd-pleasers like Peking duck. From $100 per person for cocktails or $250 for dinner.cxra.com
This company is hyperfocused on minute details, and its customized menus include seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients. The always professional catering staff is accustomed to serving discerning audiences: Exclusive venues include the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, and the Morgan Library. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)tocquevillerestaurant.com
Husband-and-wife duo Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitsky favor seasonal ingredients for their modern fare. Highlights include the creamy Parmesan-grits appetizer and entrées such as seared foie gras with diver scallops, and braised artichokes with porcini mushrooms. Prices upon request. (good value)cleaverco.com
An East Coast Alice Waters, Mary Cleaver has earned a following among food connoisseurs for her emphasis on high-quality organic and local ingredients and her commitment to sustainable fishing and humane livestock practices. Reception menus can include braised Long Island duck with roasted grapes from the Finger Lakes, squash-and-potato gratin, and sautéed winter greens (from $275 per person, with alcohol and cake). (ecofriendly)
Cloud Catering & Events42-81 Hunter St., Long Island City; 718-383-3313; cloudcateringny.com
The staff at this versatile company trawls local farms and greenmarkets to suss out the freshest fish, meat, and organic produce. Standout entrées include Luberon lamb loin with charred eggplant purée and a pomegranate lamb jus. Cocktails from $100 per person; seated three-course dinner from $265. (ecofriendly)
Cobblestone Catering220 Atlantic Ave., nr. Court St., Cobble Hill; 718-222-1661; cobblestonecatering.com
Drawing from New American cuisine, Cobblestone Catering’s menus offer a selection of seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients. The caterer works with clients to customize any menu and offers private tastings. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)
Cocktail Caterers416 W. 23rd St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 646-331-9191; cocktailcaterersnyc.com
This LGBT-certified catering biz brings back retro food with chic flair. The team can handle anything from an extended cocktail party to family style, with stations or beautifully tabled buffets, featuring dishes such as buttermilk chicken with honey-jalapeño waffles and creamed gravy. From $85 per person. (good value)
CompartÍ102 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.; 201-679-92431; comparticatering.com
From the team behind Latin American restaurants Comodo and Colonia Verde comes a new full-service catering company. Specialties include arepas and poblano carbonara pasta, but they’re just a jumping-off point for customizing your menu. Compartí also gives you options that bring a whimsical elegance to weddings, such as a roving vintage bar cart of Moscow mules or Manhattans.
Creative Concepts NYC380 Lexington Ave., nr. 42nd St., 17th fl.; 212-741-0523; creativeconceptsnyc.com
Chef Miguel Urrego can whip up a variety of seasonal menus for small and large events. Choose from hors d’oeuvre such as rosemary focaccia bites and butter-poached Maine lobster tails and entrées such as herb-crusted, grass-fed lamb tenderloin. Prices upon request.
Creative Edge Parties110 Barrow St., at Washington St.; 212-741-3000; creativeedgeparties.com
For 25 years, this company has tailored menus to fit each couple’s tastes. Offerings include roasted tomato tartare with capers, crème fraîche, toasted boule, and fried quail egg. Prices upon request.
- Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
71 West 23rd Street, #1611 New York, NY 10010; Tel: 212-696-4076; www.abigailkirsch.com
Memorable weddings and Abigail Kirsch are synonymous. Whether at one of our exclusive venues or a select venue in the tri-state area, our event managers will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.
- Amali Restaurant
Tel: 212-339-8363; www.AmaliNYC.com
Praised by the New York Times for our wine list and sustainable business practices, Amali restaurant offers private rooms for parties from 20 to 150 guests. One of Eater's 38 Essential New York Restaurants, we have catered events at art galleries, the Freedom Tower and the Hearst Castle in California.
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
A boutique custom catering and event company with fare that is hand-made, fresh and approachable. Our unique team knows that events can be stressful — We're here to make them easy, beautiful and delicious.
- Delish NY Catering
250 W 57th Street, Suite 613 New York, NY ; Tel: 646-620- 4335 ; www.delishny.com
DelishNY Catering provides a wide range of tasteful and creative foods for any event. Our relationships with a multitude of culinary teams allow us to present limitless options for our catering clients. And we pride ourselves in thinking locally— embracing the communities we serve, we allow the local flavor and spirit to shine in everything we do.
- Dish Food & Events
190 North 14th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 ; Tel: 347-455-0077 ; www.dishfoodnyc.com
Dish serves seasonally inspired, elevated comfort food with global influences. Highlights from owner Ryan Corvaia’s versatile menu includes hors d’oeuvres such as fried chicken and waffle cones with apple bourbon compote and mini rock shrimp mac & cheese bites. From $150 per person.
- Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
247 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-921-4100 ; marciaselden.com
Marcia Selden Catering has been creating unique events with an accent on extraordinary food, creativity, & highly polished professional service for over 38 years. The award-winning, family run business has a passion for creating dream events with fun, delicious, and interesting cuisine that will wow you and your guests.
- 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.
- Ryan Brown Catering New York
294 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 718-852-2575 ; www.ryanbrowncatering.com
Executive chef Brown, a French Culinary Institute grad, takes an organic, seasonal, farm-to-table approach, customizing menus to meet the needs of each couple. Highlights include his Pineland Farms beef short rib with horseradish gremolata served with black-truffle mashed potatoes. From $85 per person for a seated four-course dinner. (ecofriendly/good value)
- Sterling Affair
Tel: 212-686-4075 ; sterlingaffair.com
Exquisite food, impeccable service and flawless execution are synonymous with Sterling Affair after 25 years in business. Offering full service catering and event planning at prestigious venues and off-premise sites throughout the tri state region.