Kirsch delights couples and their guests with signature dishes like portobello-mushroom steak fries with balsamic aïoli and warm S’mores truffle tarts. She has exclusive arrangements at several venues, including Tappan Hill and the New York Botanical Garden. Prices upon request. (good value)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 $30 per person, seated dinners at $90. (good value)
Arthur Avenue Caterers2344 Arthur Ave., nr. 186th St., Bronx; 718-295-5033; arthuravenue.com
Based in the heart of what they (and many others) call “the real Little Italy,” these longtime caterers can create a traditional feast that will make Italian relatives swoon. They offer party-platter-type antipasto plates but also provide full-service catering (from Italian wedding soup to truffled 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
Marc Murphy expanded into catering about two years ago. Favorites from the French-Italian menu are available (including appetizers like goat-cheese profiteroles and entrées like braised lamb shank with Brussels sprouts and bacon), but Landmarc prides itself on the ability to customize weddings, whether it’s a traditional Romanian feast or a gourmet-hamburger station. From $75 per person. (good value)
Bite690 Greenwich St., nr. 10th St.; 917-676-1320; bitefood.com
Launched by chef Scott Skey and pastry chef Nick Hosea in 2004, this caterer specializes in contemporary cuisine, with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. A festive summer 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.bluesmoke.com
Ken Callaghan’s lip-smacking urban barbecue appeals to couples who aren’t averse to rolling up their sleeves and digging in. His Old 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 foie-gras-and-quail fritters and savory mini ice-cream cones; they’ve also assembled exotic “grazing stations” with favorites like Peking duck. From $100 per person for cocktails or $240 for dinner.
Catering By Shawnee347-449-4886 caterbyshawnee.com
For the past eleven years, Shawnee Braggs has been wowing clients with her ability to fuse soul and West Indian cuisines with flavors from around the globe. She will personally work with clients to customize their menu. Wendy Williams, Ashanti, and Ne-Yo are among her fans. Prices upon request.cateringbyra.com
This company is hyper-focused 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 Mansion at Natirar. Prices upon request. (ecofriendly)tocquevillerestaurant.com
Husband-and-wife duo Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitsky favor seasonal ingredients for their unique, 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. They also offer a traditional sushi menu. Hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner starts at $85 per person.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 $150 per person.cleaverco.com
An East Coast Alice Waters, Mary Cleaver has 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 Finger Lakes grapes, squash-and-potato gratin, and sautéed winter greens (from $225 per person, with alcohol and cake). (ecofriendly)
Cloud Catering718-383-3313; cloud-catering.com
The staff at this versatile company trolls local farms and greenmarkets to suss out the freshest free-range meats and fish and organic dairy and greens. Stand-out entrées include red-wine-braised grass-fed short rib with pommes puree and glazed heirloom carrots. Cocktails from $80 per person; seated three-course dinner from $175. (ecofriendly)
Cobblestone Catering95 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. They will work with clients to customize any menu and offer private tastings. Prices upon request.
Cocktail Caterers416 W. 23rd St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 4B; 646-331-9191; cocktailcaterers.com
This LGBT-certified catering biz brings back retro food with a chic, new flair. The team can handle anything from small plates 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)
These caterers are happy to travel for faraway events; destination weddings give chef Matthew Wadiak the opportunity to scour the world’s markets for local, seasonal produce. One menu included a salad with 27 types of heirloom tomatoes. From $125 to $300 per person.(ecofriendly)
Crave Catering + Events570 Henry St., at Summit St., 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’ve done a rodízio-themed outdoor reception for which they served a rotisserie-roasted pig and churros with homemade café con leche ice cream. From $150 per person.
Creative Concepts646-308-1243; 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 slow-braised flank steak. From $150 per person.
Creative Edge Parties110 Barrow St., nr. Washington St.; 212-741-3000; creativeedgeparties.com
For more than twenty years, this company has tailored menus to fit each couple’s personal tastes. Offerings include burrata caprese crostini and grass-fed filet mignon. Prices upon request.
From the Summer 2013 New York Wedding Guide
- 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.
- Diane Gordon Catering
328 East 117th Street New York, New York 10035 ; Tel: 212-289-1230 ; www.dianegordoncatering.com
Sex & the City food stylist Diane Gordon oversees every detail of wedding receptions. Known for fabulous food, beautiful presentations and professional service, this established caterer also offers mixology and event planning. Prices upon request.
- Epicurean Creations
Brooklyn, NY ; Tel: 917-299-8883 ; www.epicureancreations.com/nym
Epicurean Creations is a woman-owned New York City caterer that specializes in creating delicious food and event planning for your wedding. We provide exceptional customer service and a personalized experience to every event.
190 North 14th Street, Suite 204 Brooklyn, NY 11249 ; Tel: 718-388-5188 ; www.radishnyc.com
Radish is a full service catering company focused on customizing menus for all special occasions small and large. Our cuisine is colorful, delicious and always highlights what's at the peak of its season.
- Simply Divine
334 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-541-7300 ; www.SimplyDivine.com
Simply Divine is NYC's premier boutique event planning/kosher catering company. Seamlessly blending exquisite cuisine, superb service, and innovative décor, we listen to your dreams and make your day unforgettable.
- Tip of the Tongue, Caterers
11-32 49th Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101 ; Tel: 718-786-4200 ; www.tipofthetonguenyc.com
Seasonal menus, personalized event planning, budget transparency, and experienced staff combine as the perfect party recipe from this full-service boutique caterer offering more than just catering, including wedding coordinators, cakes and contemporary global flavors.