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For those seeking haute Indian cuisine, chef Dhreej Tomar and culinary director Kunal Lamba seduce with fish-pakora-and-avocado tacos and tandoori-grilled lamb chops. They can deftly manage parties from 10 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
This former food stylist’s contemporary cuisine makes regular use of seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. 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 versatile menus include comfort-style hors d’oeuvre like mini short-rib-and-cheddar grilled cheese and deviled eggs with beet relish. From $125 per person. (ecofriendly)
Elegant Affairs Caterers125 Fulton St., nr. Nassau St.; 516-676-8500; 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 serious kick: Menu items include entrées like potato-crusted tilapia Provençale and hors d’oeuvre 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-tarragon pesto followed by sweet-potato gnocchi with brown butter and sage. Prices from $80 per person. (good value)
Exquisite Food105 Tuthill Rd., nr. Fleming Rd., Montauk, N.Y.; 631-827-6000; hamptonsexquisitefood.com
Montauk-based chef Simon Sheridan attends every wedding he caters, whether it’s in the Hamptons or the city. Typical fare can include starters like caramelized fig with duck-liver pâté and entrées like slow-braised beef short ribs with a wild-mushroom Cabernet reduction over truffled mashed potatoes. From $120 per person.fattycue.com
Southeast Asian cuisine meets good old Texas-style barbecue on creative director Zak Pelaccio’s inspired menu. The 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 the roasting process makes for a fun, casual feast. Prices available upon request. (good value)feastandfetes.com
Daniel Boulud and Jean-Christophe Le Picart’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 the freshest of ingredients. Menu favorites include BLT pasta, mini Bombay burgers, and lemon-and-parsley-marinated rack of lamb with broccoli-rabe pesto. 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, ext. 13; francis-louis.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 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 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, New York, and offers a 100 Mile Menu, featuring products from within the region. A locally minded menu could feature Hudson Valley duck with foie gras risotto. It’s the exclusive caterer for the Plaza, BAM, and other venues. From $175 per person. (ecofriendly)lemoulincatering.com
These epicureans, whose home base is about 25miles 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, fall root vegetables, and, for dessert, lemon tatin au feu. Many of the ingredients come from local Hudson Valley farms and wineries. Full service from $155 per person. (ecofriendly)thelittleowlnyc.com
You might not be able to get a table at Joey Campanaro’s perpetually packed West Village restaurant, but you can book his staff to cater your wedding. Little Owl feeds entire receptions with favorites from its Mediterranean-influenced menu. Highlights include haute comfort food like gravy meatball sliders and crowd pleasers like pork chops with Parmesan butter beans and dandelion salad. Prices upon request.mannacatering.com
In his fourth decade as chef-owner of nontraditional-kosher Manna Catering, the inventive Dan Lenchner offers dishes that explore a range of international cuisines, including Italian, Israeli, and Latin. Dishes might include pan-seared quail or pulled lamb with sweet-pea mash, pea shoots, and preserved lemon. 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 house-infused vodkas. Cocktail menus start at $75 per person; seated dinners at $150. (ecofriendly)
From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide
- 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.
- 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.
- Fancy Girl Table
294 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11215 ; Tel: 718-422-9151 ; www.fgtable.com
Organic catering, creative menus, beautiful presentation, and sustainable practices are the hallmarks of Fancy Girl. Chef Jeanette Maier's innovative menus use the freshest seasonal ingredients from local farmers. Elegant food for all dietary requirements.
- 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.