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For those seeking haute Indian cuisine, chef Dhreej Bomar and culinary director Kunal Lamba seduce with paneer-and-avocado tacos and tandoori-grilled lamb chops. They can deftly manage parties from ten to 1,000 people. From $35 to $70 per person.(good value)
Diane Gordon Catering328 E. 117th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-289-1230; dianegordoncatering.com
A former Sex and the City food stylist, Gordon delivers picture-perfect receptions with creativity and flair. Contemporary cuisine and signature hors d’oeuvre feature classic-with-a-twist approaches, and the use of seasonal, local, and organic ingredients is a company trademark. Noteworthy hors d’oeuvre include butternut-squash-and-ricotta quesadillas, shredded-zucchini-and-feta pancakes with yogurt tzatziki, and five-spice duck beggar’s purses. Additional services include custom-menu design, on-site staffing, and mixology. Prices upon request.
Dish Food & Events543 Clinton St., nr. Nelson St., Carroll Gardens; 347-455-0077; dishfoodnyc.com
Owner Ryan Corvaia goes seasonal and local whenever possible. Highlights from his fall/winter menu include comfort-style hors d’oeuvres like mini lamb-meatball marinara in Parmesean cups and handmade butternut squash shumai with soy-ginger mustard. From $125 per person. (ecofriendly)
Elegant Affairs Caterers516-676-8500; elegantaffairscaterers.com
Andrea Correale’s full-service event-planning and catering company has entertained the likes of Billy Joel, Martha Stewart, and Mariah Carey. Executive chef Romeo Auer serves American cuisine with a twist: fall menu items include entrées like potato-crusted tilapia Provençale and hors d’oeuvres like roasted-beet lotus cups with fig-scented boursin. Prices upon request.
Epicurean Creations917-299-8883; epicureancreations.com
Specializing in catering small events (up to 150), Epicurean Creations whips up a range of delicious and creative courses, including Australian lamb-loin pops with mint-terragon pesto followed by sweet-potato gnocchi with brown butter and sage. Prices from $80 per person. (good value)
Exquisite Food631-827-6000; hamptonsexquisitefood.com
Owner and chef Simon Sheridan promises to attend every wedding he caters, proof of his company’s devotion to its clientele. Typical fare from these Montauk-based professionals can include starters like carmelized fig with duck-liver pâté and entrées like slow-braised beef short ribs with a wild-mushroom Cabarnet reduction over truffled mashed potatoes. From $120 per person.fattycue.com
Southeast Asian cuisine meets good old Southern barbecue on executive chef Corwin Kave’s and pitmaster Steve Haritopoulos’s inspired menu. The unexpected pairing of traditional smoky ’cue with citrus flavoring, like a brined and smoked 30-pound whole pig with palm-sugar sauce, is spot-on and makes for a fun, casual feast. Off-site packages start at $790 (serves 30 to 40 people). (good value)feastandfetes.com
Daniel Boulud’s catering branch creates menus and wine pairings that reflect rarefied tastes. Guest favorites include the duo of beef (braised short ribs and roasted tenderloin) and lobster with black-trumpet mushrooms. From $185 per person for a full-service three-course dinner.foodinmotionevents.com
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. Menu favorites include BLT pasta, mini Bombay burgers, and halibut poached in olive oil with bacon and mamilla clams. From $175 to $250 per person, including alcohol. (ecofriendly)
Food Matters1632 York Ave., at 86th St.; 212-427-2818; whenfoodmatters.com
This boutique caterer offers contemporary fare with setups like comfort-food stations and raw bars, as well as sit-down dinners. Start with hors d’oeuvre like bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese, then move on to dinner with filet mignon au jus or panko-crusted sea bass. Seasonal and locally sourced menus are available. From $115 per person. (ecofriendly)
Frankies Sputino718-403-0033; frankiessputino.com
Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli bring their flair for all-beef meatballs and housemade pasta into the weddings realm with this catering offshoot. Expect expertly crafted eats like cavatelli with hot sausage and browned sage butter, and pork-braciola marinara. Prices upon request.gloriousfood.com
Under the direction of co-owner Sean Driscoll, Glorious Food has indulged a variety of gourmands, including those who’ll drop as much as $200,000 for a weekend-long affair. It has catered past Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute galas, serving upscale canapés like crème-fraîche-and-caviar puff-pastry tarts. Seated dinner from $125 to $145 per person.
Great Performances304 Hudson Street, nr. Spring St.; 212-727-2424; greatperformances.com
Great Performances often uses produce from its own organic farm in Kinderhook and offers a 100 Mile Menu, featuring products sourced from within 100 miles of the city. A locally minded menu could feature portobello cannoli with parmigiano reggiano and chives, or a short-rib pinwheel with parsnip purée, shaved Thumbilina carrots, and Brussels-sprout leaves. It’s the exclusive caterer for the Plaza hotel, BAM, and other venues. From $175 per person. (ecofriendly)lemoulincatering.com
These epicureans, whose home base is about 25 miles outside the city, feed their clients in-season delectables like bisque of acorn squash and sweet potatoes, pan-roasted tournedos of beef with a Merlot wine sauce, and fall root vegetables, and, for dessert, lemon tatin au feu. Many of their ingredients come from local Hudson Valley farms and wineries. Full service from $155 per person. (ecofriendly)thelittleowlnyc.com
Joey Campanaro’s beloved West Village restaurant feeds entire receptions with favorites from his Mediterranean-influenced menu. Highlights include haute comfort food like gravy meatball sliders and perennial crowd pleasers like pork chops with Parmesean butter beans and dandelion salad. From $300 per person.mannacatering.com
In his third decade as chef-owner of untraditional-kosher Manna Catering, the inventive Dan Lenchner strives to use local and organic ingredients. From house-smoked barbecue brisket to veal dumplings with hoisin sauce, Manna offers dishes that explore a range of international cuisines, including Italian, Israeli, and Latin. From $150 per person. (ecofriendly)marceybrownstein.com
This all-organic caterer crafts elegant hors d’oeuvre such as crab-and-avocado salad with pea shoots, and entrées such as ginger-marinated lamb with cilantro-lime butter. Its produce comes straight from its two-acre garden in the Hudson Valley. The caterer also offers specialty cocktails, house-infused vodkas, and artisanal beers. Cocktail menus start at $75 per person; seated dinners at $150. (ecofriendly)
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.