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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 the 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.
Sips & Bites178 N. 10th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 347-889-5333; sipsandbitesnyc.com
Molly Quirk and Joshua Underwood dish up modern versions of traditional 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 $85 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 twenty 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 hotspot. 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 Luis Aguilar Puente’s orange taco bus will turn any wedding into a fiesta. Tacombi offers contemporary Latin dishes like seared haddock and short-rib beef tacos. Its event space, Cochera Nolita, starts at $15,000, or the bus can go off-site for $5,000, which includes full setup of tables and chairs.
Alexandra Payard’s scrumptious receptions feature bite-size hors d’oeuvre like ginger-salmon tartare, followed by a tasting dinner with dishes such as farm-raised guinea hen with English-pea purée, finished with a pistachio-and-vanilla-cherry bavarois. All-inclusive from $85 to $250 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 themselves on hearty dishes that aren’t fussy. Complete menus from $60 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. Twelfth 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 recreated 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. From $35 per person for cocktails and up to $150 for a seated dinner.
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.