After decades in the business, this streamlined operation practically has a monopoly on the New York catering biz, and with good reason. Year after year, it delights couples and their guests with inventive dishes like BLT-shortcake bites, truffled duck pastrami, beef short ribs, and deconstructed banana splits. Kirsch has exclusive arrangements at several venues, including Tappan Hill and the Loading Dock. Prices upon request.acquolinacatering.com
Acquolina’s all-star team of chefs whips up hors d’oeuvre like 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 $100.
Amanda Smith Catering and Event Planning917-626-6055; amandasmithcaterers.com
Mexico-born Amanda Pilar Smith’s company offers specialties like lavender-flecked tuna on Asian pear with wasabi cream. The ceviche trio and taco bar are particularly popular. Smith deftly handles events of 10 to 300 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. 1713; 212-245-1080; amerivents.com
The exclusive caterer for the new Queens Museum, Amerivents creates crowd-pleasing wedding menus using locally sourced ingredients. Expect traditional fare like classic hanger steaks served with more exotic bites like honey-drizzled sweet-potato empanadas. Menus start at $50 per person.
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 like spiced foie-gras crème brûlée with pineapple salad and braised lamb shanks with gorgonzola bread pudding. Seated dinners from $65 per person. (good value)
Benchmarc Events13-17 Laight St., nr. Varick St., fourth fl.; 212-625-8270; benchmarc-restaurants.com
Chef Marc Murphy brings his lovable restaurant fare to private spaces, with appetizers like goat-cheese profiteroles and entrées like grilled pork chops with caramelized onions and apples. Benchmarc prides itself on the ability to customize weddings. Prices upon request. (good value)
Bite31 Perry St., nr. Waverly Pl. ; 917-676-1320; bitefood.com
Scott Skey and Nick Hosea’s 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 Road914-47-4212; 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
Kenny Callaghan’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 sliders to grilled salmon and Memphis-style baby back ribs. From $35 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 gèlee 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.
Cater By Shawnee423 W. 154th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave. 347-449-4886; caterbyshawnee.com
For the past 14 years, Shawnee Braggs has been impressing clients by fusing soul food and West Indian cuisine with flavors from around the globe. She herself works with clients to customize their menus. Wendy Williams, Ashanti, and Ne-Yo are among her fans. Prices upon request.cateringbyra.com
This company is hyperfocused on minute details, and its customized menus include seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients. The always-professional catering staff are accustomed to serving discerning audiences: Its exclusive venues include the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Morgan Library. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)tocquevillerestaurant.com
Husband-and-wife duo Marco Moreira and Joann Makovitsky favor seasonal ingredients for their modern fare. Highlights include the creamy Parmesan-grits appetizer and entrées like seared foie gras with sea-diver scallops and braised artichokes with porcini mushrooms. Hors d’oeuvre and a three-course dinner start at $85 per person. (good value)palmhouse.com
Known for their seasonal, local menus containing dishes like grilled red snapper with bruschetta, these Brooklynites are the exclusive caterers at the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. They can also be hired for events, small or large, at other venues. From $135 per person.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 $225 per person, with alcohol and cake). (ecofriendly)
Cloud Catering42-81 Hunter St., Long Island City; 718-383-3313; cloudcateringny.com
The staff at this versatile company trolls local farms and greenmarkets to suss out the freshest fish, meat, and organic produce. Stand-out entrées include red-wine-braised grass-fed short rib with pommes purée and glazed heirloom carrots. Cocktails from $80 per person; seated three-course dinner from $175. (ecofriendly)
Cobblestone Catering199 Court St., nr. Wyckoff St., Cobble Hill, 95 Wall St., nr. Water St., Ste. 705; 212-991-5634; 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; cocktailcaterers.com
This LGBT-certified catering biz brings back retro food with a chic flair. The team can handle anything from an extended cocktail party to family-style and sit-down dinners with dishes like seared ahi tuna, toasted orzo, and julienned-vegetable salad. From $85 to $150 per person. (good value)
Crave Catering + Events570 Henry St., nr. 1st Pl.., Carroll Gardens; 718-643-0361; cravecateringny.com
Partners Marco Morillo and Debbie Lyn-Morillo have Nobu, Blue Hill, and Payard Patisserie & Bistro on their résumés. Accordingly, their specialty is rooted in haute comfort food. They once catered a rodízio-themed outdoor reception for which they served a rotisserie-roasted pig and churros with café-con-leche ice cream. From $150 per person.
Creative Concepts380 Lexington Ave., nr. 42nd St.; 646-308-1243; creativeconceptsnyc.com
Chef Miguel Urrego can whip up a variety of seasonal menus for small and large events. Choose from hors d’oeuvre like rosemary-focaccia bites and spicy-shrimp pancakes and entrées like herb-crusted, grass-fed lamb tenderloin. Prices upon request.
Creative Edge Parties110 Barrow St., nr. Washington St.; 212-741-3000; creativeedgeparties.com
For more than 25 years, this company has tailored menus to fit each couple’s tastes. Offerings include burrata caprese crostini and grass-fed filet mignon. Prices upon request.
- 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 at Queens Museum
NYC Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368 ; Tel: 646-673-8814 ; delishny.com
Catering to couples in the tri-state area, Delish NY creates highly personalized, unforgettable wedding experiences at any venue, and is the exclusive caterer for the spectacular new Queens Museum, overlooking the Unisphere.
- 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.
- Lombardi's Love Lane Market
Tel: 631-298-9500 ; www.lombardislovelanemarket.com
Specializing in catering to Vineyard Weddings and Events, Lombardi's Love Lane Market is located in the heart of the North Fork, LI. Menus are customized with an inspired seasonal selection, using local ingredients. Lombardi Caterers has been providing professional catering and quality food since 1976.
- 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 with restaurant quality cuisine to each event. Mint utilizes seasonal menus crafted by our talented Chefs.
- Neuman's Kitchen
203 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002 ; Tel: 212-228-2444 ; www.neumanskitchen.com
Neuman's Kitchen brings 34 years of award-winning experience from their kitchen to yours. Experts in design and wedding artistry collaborate with chefs to create innovative bites like mini Montauk lobster rolls and pork belly lollipops. A house favorite is braised beef short ribs with Romesco, goat cheese potato puree and olive tapenade.
- 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.
- 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.