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Saffron 59 Catering & Events

59 Fourth Ave., at 9th St.; 212-253-1343;

Executive chef Irene Khin Wong’s Southeast Asian fêtes delight guests with exotic touches, such as waiters wearing sarongs and raw-silk jackets, and palm leaves and kumquats adorning the tables. Saffron 59 excels at unexpected dishes such as 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.

Shiraz Events

161 W. 22nd St., nr. Seventh Ave., third fl.; 212-255-7001;

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 Devine

334 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 76th St.; 212-541-7300;

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 & Bites

178 N. 10th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 347-889-5333;

Molly Quirk dishes up modern versions of comfort food, such as 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 Caterers

325 E. Houston St., nr. Attorney St.; 212-477-4805;

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.


364 Cathedral Pkwy., nr. Columbus Ave.; 212-865-0700;

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)

Sterling Affair

575 Madison Ave., nr. 56th St., Ste. 1006; 212-686-4075;

After more than 25 years in the business, this high-end caterer continues to engineer lavish events at high-profile venues such as the New York Public Library and the New York Academy of Medicine. Expect entrée options such as miso glazed black cod. Custom cakes are also available. From $125 per person.(eco-friendly)

Sweet Basil Catering


Fashion executive turned chef Amy Aversa approaches food with a flair for creative presentation. She blends New American style with global flavors in dishes such as 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.

Sylvia's Restaurant Catering

328 Lenox Ave., nr. 126th St.; 212-996-2669;

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 Nolita

267 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 917-727-0179;

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.


251 E. 110th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-744-4422;

Executive chef Cedric Durand’s scrumptious receptions feature comfort food such as 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 Savor

146 E. 37th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-764-3188;

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.

Tip of the Tongue

43 Lincoln Rd., nr. Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn 718-693-2253;

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. (good value)

Tom Orlando Events

212 W. 22nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; Ste. 4K; 917-750-1693;

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 Events

640 W. 28th St., nr. 12th Ave., seventh fl.; 212-488-1500;

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.

The Upper Crust

91 Horatio St., nr. Washington St.; 212-691-4570;

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 Catering


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 such as shrimp flautas, ackee on sweet-potato rounds, and Caribbean jerk chicken, the dishes are hearty yet modern. Prices upon request.


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