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Executive chef Irene Khin Wong’s Southeast Asian fêtes delight guests with exotic touches, like waiters wearing sarongs and raw-silk jackets and palm leaves and kumquats adorning the tables. Saffron 59 excels at unexpected dishes like lobster medallions wrapped in rice paper with pickled jicama, or aged marble rib-eye steak with Korean gochujang marinade. From $145 per person.shirazevents.com
Shiraz offers modern New American fare inspired by global trends and local ingredients. Favorites include butter-poached Maine lobster with bitter-chocolate shavings and chocolate truffles with wine-soaked cake and a dried hibiscus petal. Tailored drinks may include seasonal-fruit infusions. Cocktails from $100 per person; full service from $250.
Simply Devine334 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-514-7300; simplydivine.com
This kosher catering service covers all the bases, offering to photograph, design, and staff your venue, which (of course) they would be pleased to help you choose. Menus vary, but they can do everything from pan-seared halibut to prime rib eye. Everything is prepared in-house, including desserts.
Sips & Bites178 N. 10th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 347-889-5333; sipsandbitesnyc.com
Molly Quirk dishes up modern versions of comfort food, like the bite-size chicken-and-waffles appetizer accompanied by strawberry-maple butter and cracked pink peppercorns. They put a premium on local ingredients, often sourcing them from upstate New York farms. From $100 per person. (ecofriendly / good value)special-attention.com
Owner Ellen Gelb is best known for her unfussy, modern cuisine, such as steamed lobster dumplings and Vietnamese summer rolls. Another menu might include pumpkin ravioli with sage sauce, followed by glazed pork tenderloin with braised cabbage, apples, and caraway, and, for dessert, goat cheese and grapes with caramel syrup. From $150 per person.spoonbreadinc.com
Norma Jean Darden’s expertise lies in melding different cuisines—Asian-Quaker, say, or Japanese-Jewish. For TV newsman Maurice DuBois, who met his wife in Africa, Darden made Nigerian chicken in peanut sauce. From $48 per person. (good value)sterlingaffair.com
After more than 25 years in the business, this high-end caterer continues to engineer lavish events at high-profile venues like the New York Public Library and Ellis Island. Expect entrée options like truffled black cod. Custom cakes are also available. From $125 per person.
Sweet Basil Catering646-368-1699; sweetbasilcatering.com
Fashion executive turned chef Amy Aversa approaches food with a flair for creative presentation. She blends New American style with global flavors in dishes like short-rib mini-tacos and peppered-pork báhn mì sandwiches. Cocktails from $85 per person; seated dinner from $175 per person.sylviasrestaurant.com
Soul-food icon Sylvia Woods’s daughter Bedelia Woods helms the catering arm of this Harlem hot spot. On the menu: Chilean sea bass with saffron-butter sauce, Cornish hen with Champagne rice stuffing, and pork tenderloin with pesto and sun-dried-tomato orzo. From $37 per person. (good value)
Tacombi At Fonda Nolita267 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 917-727-0179; tacombi.com
Executive chef Jason De Briere’s taco bus will turn any wedding into a fiesta. Tacombi offers contemporary Mexican cuisine, and the bus can go off-site for $3,000.
Tastings251 E. 110th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-744-4422; tastingsnyc.com
Alexandra Payard’s scrumptious receptions feature bite-size hors d’oeuvre, like ginger salmon tartare, followed by a tasting dinner with dishes such as soy-honey-glazed East Coast halibut and quince streusel with crème fraîche and candied ginger. All-inclusive from $75 per person.
Thomas Preti Events to Savor146 E. 37th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-764-3188; thomaspreti.com
With more than 25 years in the business, jack-of-all-trades Preti can also help couples seek out the perfect venue. His innovative presentation often includes tasting plates as part of the dinner menu or an elegant dessert sampler. From $165 per person.tipofthetonguenyc.com
When couples want their cuisine to reflect a diverse culinary heritage (e.g., Chinese-Dominican), they call on Scott Fagan and Eric McIntyre for a customized menu. Favorites include “Tour of Greenpoint” kielbasa stations and Long Island raw bars. They pride them selves on hearty dishes that aren’t fussy. Complete menus from $75 per person. All-inclusive receptions from $220, including tax and gratuities.tomorlandoevents.com
Known for combining elegance and comfort, Orlando and his staff offer clever fare such as Mediterranean shrimp tempura with jalapeño ponzu or miniature Philly-cheesesteak sandwiches with truffle fries. From $85 to $225 per person. (good value)
Union Square Events640 W. 28th St., nr. 12th Ave., eighth fl.; 212-488-1500; unionsquareevents.com
Culinary impresario Danny Meyer’s catering and events company offers creative seasonal menus from the chefs at Blue Smoke, Gramercy Tavern, and more. Prices upon request. By appointment only.theuppercrust.com
Since 1983, this West Village caterer (which has its own event space but caters all over the city) has been accommodating every kind of palate. For one wedding, the staff re-created the empanada recipe of the bride’s Ecuadoran grandmother. The company, unafraid of big groups, has served crowds of 3,000. Prices for cocktail-style receptions start at $100 per person, including alcohol, staff, and rentals.
Winston Catering212-663-7004; wix.com/promanonline/winston
Specializing in Mexican, Mediterranean, and Caribbean cuisines, this operation (by the former Zarela catering director) will give any wedding menu a real kick. With dishes like shrimp flautas, ackee on sweet-potato rounds, and Caribbean jerk chicken, the dishes are hearty yet modern. 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.