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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, palm leaves and kumquats adorning the tables, and unusual fare like Vietnamese vegetable summer rolls with slivers of jicama and herbs wrapped in rice paper. From $145 per person.seasonscateringnyc.com
Chef-owner Marc Tessitore prides himself on his attention to detail and guarantees he will attend every event. Past menus have included roasted-vegetable-and-potato Napoleon with asparagus purée, and candied-ginger crème brûlée. Passed hors d’oeuvre start at $12 per person; buffet and plated dinners from $45. (good value)seasonsofsouthampton.com
This caterer works with a variety of venues and can accommodate an intimate poolside reception or a 250-guest party in its nineteenth-century farmhouse. The outfit is most famous for its clambakes, but you can customize the cuisine, which includes many fresh, local offerings. Prices upon request.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 Shiraz cake truffle with wine-soaked chocolate cake and a dried hibiscus petal. Tailored drinks may include seasonal-fruit infusions and herb garnishes. Cocktails from $100 per person; full service from $250.simplydivine.com
Owned by Judy Marlow, this boutique kosher company has been crafting unique events and menus since 1988. Signature dishes include coconut milk and Kaffir lime-marinated sea bass with jalapeño-coriander vinaigrette. The in-house pastry chef takes care of specialty cookies and full-size cakes. Prices upon request.
Sips & Bites178 N. 10th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 347-889-5333; sipsandbitesnyc.com
Molly Quirk and Joshua Underwood dish up modern twists on traditional comfort food, like the bite-size chicken-and-waffles appetizer accompanied by strawberry-maple butter and cracked pink pepper- corns. They put a premium on local ingredients, often sourcing them from upstate New York farms. From $45 per person. (ecofriendly/good value)sonnier-castle.com
Sonnier & Castle caters events of all sizes with a flair for innovation and unexpected combinations. Hors d’oeuvre include peekytoe-crab profiteroles and curry-and-duck meatballs with mushroom foie gras. From $175 per person.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 $40 per person. (good value)sterlingaffair.com
After twenty years in the business, this high-end caterer continues to turn out lavish events at venues like the New York Public Library and Ellis Island. Expect entrée options like truffled black cod. They also create customized wedding cakes. From $125 per person.
Sweet Basil Catering646-368-1699; sweetbasilcatering.com
After more than twenty years in the business, this high-end caterer continues to turn out lavish events at venues like the New York Public Library and Ellis Island. Expect entrée options like truffled black cod. Custom cakes are available. From $125 per person.sylviasrestaurant.com
Soul-food icon Sylvia Woods’s daughter Bedelia Woods helms the catering arm of the Harlem hotspot. On the menu: Chilean sea bass with saffron-butter sauce, Cornish hen with Champagne rice stuffing, and pork tenderloin with pesto–sun-dried-tomato orzo. From $37 per person. (good value)
Alexandra Payard’s tasty receptions feature bite-size hors d’oeuvre like ginger-salmon tartare, followed by a roaming tasting dinner with dishes like farm-raised guinea hen with English-pea purée, finished with a Cognac-marinated cherry tart. 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 find the right location for their weddings. 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 mustard-crusted King salmon over French lentils, Mediterranean shrimp tempura with jalapeño ponzu and red pappardelle with burrata and chives. 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 company offers creative seasonal menus from the chefs at Blue Smoke, Gramercy Tavern, the Modern, and more. Cocktail receptions from $75 per person; seated dinners from $150 to $300 per person. By appointment only.theuppercrust.com
Since 1983 this West Village caterer, which has its own event space but also 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. Not afraid of big numbers, the company 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 newly minted 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 Carribean 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 2013 New York Wedding Guide
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
CCNYC is a full-scale catering and event company. We are dedicated to making your day one to remember by utilizing our unique team approach and having the keen ability to listen to your needs.
- Diane Gordon Catering
328 East 117th Street New York, New York 10035 ; Tel: 212-289-1230 ; www.dianegordoncatering.com
Sex & the City food stylist Diane Gordon oversees every detail of wedding receptions. Known for fabulous food, beautiful presentations and professional service, this established caterer also offers mixology and event planning. Prices upon request.
- Epicurean Creations
Brooklyn, NY ; Tel: 917-299-8883 ; www.epicureancreations.com/nym
Epicurean Creations is a woman-owned New York City caterer that specializes in creating delicious food and event planning for your wedding. We provide exceptional customer service and a personalized experience to every event.
190 North 14th Street, Suite 204 Brooklyn, NY 11249 ; Tel: 718-388-5188 ; www.radishnyc.com
Radish is a full service catering company focused on customizing menus for all special occasions small and large. Our cuisine is colorful, delicious and always highlights what's at the peak of its season.
- Simply Divine
334 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 ; Tel: 212-541-7300 ; www.SimplyDivine.com
Simply Divine is NYC's premier boutique event planning/kosher catering company. Seamlessly blending exquisite cuisine, superb service, and innovative décor, we listen to your dreams and make your day unforgettable.
- Tip of the Tongue, Caterers
11-32 49th Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101 ; Tel: 718-786-4200 ; www.tipofthetonguenyc.com
Seasonal menus, personalized event planning, budget transparency, and experienced staff combine as the perfect party recipe from this full-service boutique caterer offering more than just catering, including wedding coordinators, cakes and contemporary global flavors.