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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 pan-seared diver scallops with kobacha squash and tom yum broth, or aged rib-eye steak chimichurri with Korean gochujang marinade. From $155 per person.shirazevents.com
In addition to full wedding planning and event design, Shiraz caters modern New American fare inspired by global trends and local ingredients. Favorites include New Zealand lamb chops with purple-potato mousse, mint pesto, and heirloom microvegetables. Tailored drinks may include a customized mixology bar. Prices upon request..
Simply Devine334 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-514-7300; simplydivine.com
This kosher catering service covers all the bases, offering to 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. From $185 per person.
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 $125 per person. (ecofriendly / good value)special-attention.com
Owner Ellen Gelb is best known for her unfussy, modern cuisine, such as mini lobster rolls and BLTs. Entrees might include parpadelle with wild mushrooms, toasted bread crumbs, and sage, and, for dessert, chocolate mousse gateau. 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 $48.50 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 the New York Academy of Medicine. Expect entrée options like miso glazed 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 pork-and-chive dumplings with sesame-soy dipping sauce and garden vegetable latkes with smoked salmon and crème fraîche. 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, which offers contemporary Mexican cuisine, also caters family-style taco wedding receptions. Prices upon request.
Tastings251 E. 110th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-744-4422; tastingsnyc.com
Executive chef Cedric Durand’s scrumptious receptions feature comfort food like truffle mac ’n’ cheese followed by entrées such as braised-veal-cheek blanquette with wild-rice pilaf. All-inclusive from $80 per person for cocktails; $250 for seated dinners.
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. Prices upon request.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 themselves on hearty dishes that aren’t fussy. Complete menus from $80 per person. All-inclusive receptions from $220.tomorlandoevents.com
Known for combining elegance and comfort, Orlando and his staff offer clever fare such as grilled sea scallops with fig and balsamic glaze or delicata-squash ravioli. 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.
- 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.
- Betty Brooklyn Catering Co.
455 Utica Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11203 ; Tel: 718-832-3889 ; bettybrooklyn.com
As a chef owned and operated company, food is the focus and passion behind Betty Brooklyn. They love what they do and believe that you can taste that in their cooking. They craft bold, fresh and flavorful dishes that your guests won't be able to stop talking about.
- 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.
- 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.