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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karina R.
Verified review

Chris assisted me with my wedding catering - on top of being such an extremely talented chef, he is so knowledgable about food & catering logistics. I have also eaten at many of the restaurants he has cooked at - amazing! So lucky to know a chef like him.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Raegan W.
Verified review

Marylyn and Juste Hors D'Oeuvres is fabulous! She is everything that you want your wedding caterer to be. She was always very nice, very attentive to detail, easy to communicate with and highly professional. She and her staff were really wonderful throughout our whole event. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. Perhaps most importantly she was willing to work within our proposed budget. We cannot recommend her highly enough. You will not be disappointed.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan L.
Verified review

This is not catering food, this is delicious, flavorful and amazing Italian upscale restaurant food! Everyone at my wedding said the food was amazing first and foremost! Everything that was served had its own amazing flavor. The service was perfect! ***** Would recommend to anyone. Thanks Lauren! It was exactly what I wanted!

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  • 22 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marc B.
Verified review

I can not say enough great things about Rich Stein. From the moment he walked in, Rich and Paul Kane had a great energy and presence that added to the buzz of my wedding day. They were communicating and engaging. All of that would have been for nothing if the food was not good. The food was EXCELLENT. The eggplant rollatini was incredible and everyone talked about how good it was. The food was fresh and flavorful. I can't forget the broccoli rabe and sausage. Paul was great in that he put his hands to do whatever was needed to help, from appetizers to the ice to cake. I also want to throw in that, this being a backyard wedding not many people wanted this small affair but Rich took the job and made this small backyard wedding feel like a much larger wedding with the quality of food. Rich and Paul far surpassed any of the praise of previous reviews and I don't think this review can show how appreciative I am of Rich Stein for making my wedding day special. Thank you, Rich. Thank you, Paul.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 71 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura W.
Verified review

Tamara and her team catered our wedding reception (about 100 guests). She also did day of coordination and set up for the event. The day and night ran smoothly and the food was delicious (one of our guests told me the appetizers were the best she had ever had). The staff was friendly and helpful. Additionally, Tamara was flexible and amenable to our requests. She responded to our questions promptly.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Camille J.
Verified review

Wayne was the bomb.com He can cater any event I have.Everyone at my wedding raved over the food.His personal touches were appreciated and welcomed.A true professional chef!!!

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  • 68 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Flo R.
Verified review

We worked with Katherine Fonsella from DeCicco events and cuisine and she was WONDERFUL. We were planning a pre-wedding dinner for about 100 people in the Tarrytown area, but we live in Northern California. We did not know any venues or caterers or suppliers. Katherine helped us find a great, unusual loft venue, arranged all the decor, tables, lighting, and set up the catering from DeCiccos. The staff were excellent, the food was very good, everything went off perfectly. We are so appreciative of all that Katherine did to make our event wonderful!

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
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Hollis K.
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I have two words for Manjar Boutique Catering - Hire Them! Adolfo and his team were nothing more than stellar. We hired them for our wedding. From the initial courtship down to the reception and after, Manjar treated us with professionalism and empathy. There was continuous communication during the months that led to our big day. We did not want your typical "wedding dinner" of mash potatoes and steamed wrapped vegetable. Since my spouse and I are from different cultures, we wanted the food to reflect us. Manjar created a customized menu that did just that. The food tasting was also an experience as well. We felt like we were in a 5-star restaurant with the chef joining us at the table. Once we tasted their food, we immediately signed the contract! On our wedding day, the service was spectacular! We decided to have a family-style dinner where guests would have to interact with each other while passing around food plates. Our guests commented during and after the wedding how good the food and the service were -- which is exactly what we wanted.

Natwerks Catering and Events
4.7
from 60 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Nataliya B.
Verified review

We hired Nate to cater our wedding this June in Brooklyn. He was definitely willing to work with our budget and our needs and helped put together a great menu for us. He was also very friendly, punctual, and pleasant to work with. The service at the wedding was great, as was the food presentation and table settings, and the food was good, though not as good as what we had at the tasting (I guess to be expected when one is cooking for 80 people). There were definitely a few issues though, like not saving our cake for our 1st anniversary and throwing leftovers away after we asked them to be saved.

  • 22 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan M.
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I wanted to give a full throated endorsement to Laura and her excellent staff at Sunflowers Catering and Event Planning. My wife and I hired Laura on the good advice of a friend to cater our wedding party in the Brooklyn art district of DUMBO in the art gallery Smack Mellon. We could not be happier. First Laura was incredibly attentive and thorough making multiple site inspections ahead of the wedding and interfacing with the venue manager. Her preplanning and coordination was excellent. Laura runs a super tight ship and her staff were poised and on point. I grew up in the hospitality business on Martha’s Vineyard and I have catered many, many weddings. I know a well oiled machine when I see one and watching the hustle of the staff setting up ahead of the event immediately calmed my frayed wedding day nerves. I knew we were in excellent hands. Now the Food! The food was fantastic. We had a raw bar that people were raving about, the passed appetizers were delicious. It was a great feeling when dinner was served and word began to make it back to us that the guests were very happy and impressed. The cookies we asked for at the end of the night were also especially tasty. Our wedding came off like a charm, it was a great night and we owe a large part of it to Laura. I would recommend Sunflowers Catering without hesitation to anyone with an event to cater. Sincerely, Ryan Matta P.S. It is probably worth mentioning that they left the venue spotless.

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Therese D.
Verified review

Chef Aless is a gem. When we first met Chef Aless she immediately put us at ease. She has the perfect blend of intuitiveness, professionalism, flexibility and a wonderful attention to detail! I was so excited to have her cater for our wedding and told some of the guests beforehand to be sure that they stopped by to meet her! It is always so refreshing to work with someone so accommodating and easy to work with, and Chef Aless has those qualities in spades. The food was as beautiful as it was delicious. My personal favorites were the miniature pork taquitos! You want things to be just right for your wedding and Chef Aless ensured that they were! She brought her own servers after ours fell through shortly before the wedding. Days before the wedding I emailed to see if she could help out with “just one more thing” and it was no problem. In short, I never had to worry about her part in our wedding day, and as any bride can attest that speaks volumes. Thank you, Chef Aless! We are so grateful. We hope we will have a reason to use your services for another occasion again!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael N.
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Peter and his professional staff made the event painless and enjoyable (at-home cocktail party wedding reception for 68 people). They worked efficiently behind the scenes during the event so I never had to worry about food and beverage serving. Beautiful presentation, impeccable service with a smile, and most importantly - tasty! They set up 4 hours in advance and cleaned up our home exactly as they found it.

  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
James W.
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We were hosting a 25th Wedding Anniversay for 50 guests. Gordon Was Easy To Work With And Very Flexible.(This was our second time using him and his staff) His Menu suggestions were too many for us to decide on our own (We actually had to host a conference call with the chef involved). When our special day arrived Gordon did not disappoint. The food was great. His presentation was creative, his dishes were delicious. Would Recommend the White Wolf Chef 100%. Will Def use him again. James W.

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Chef Dave's
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Ali S.
Verified review

Chef Dave just catered my wedding last Sunday 3.26.17 in NYC. First and foremost- Chef Dave is a super nice guy and very accommodating. I originally thought we would only have 40 guest, but we were wrong and ended up with 70 guest. Chef was totally flexible and adjusted the menu accordingly. He was very responsive and coordinated with my event planner seamlessly. The food was amazing! We also had so much food! Our guest had second and thirds... they loved it too. The meatballs were out of this world, the chocolate flourless torte was a crowd pleaser especially for my GF friends! Chef Dave was so easy to work with and gave me so much peace of mind! I am so grateful that I was able to connect with him via Thumbtack.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth H.
Verified review

They were so amazing! They accomdated my needs and remained in contact with me from the day I hired them to the day of my wedding! Ivett and Bernadett were professional, courteous, and so helpful! I would definitely recommend them and use them again! ❤️❤️

3R's Events
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Erika D.
Verified review

Regina and her team were amazing! She catered a Bridal shower for me along with 5 other bridesmaid and the brides mom so you can imagine the amount of questions and wants we had! Regina was so patient and quick to respond. The day of was a gloomy day in NY with a race going on in the area but they delivered our vision beautifully!! And everyone loved the food and decor!! I would recommend 3rs to anyone looking for catering and party planning!!

FATBOYSBBQBUS
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Nacole B.
Verified review

FANTASTIC! We had Fatboysbbqbus cater our outdoor wedding yesterday (6/3/17) and everyone loved the food and the service of the staff. Fred is very professional with a great sense of humor ;) and made sure we had everything we wanted, he went above and beyond. The food, WELL.....the beef brisket was so tender it broke apart before you got the piece to your mouth and it wasn't dry!! The smoked turkey was delicious, not an overly smoked flavor, just enough (dip it in their homemade bbq sauce YUM) If you love mac cheese then Fatboys Smoked Gouda mac n cheese with bacon is a MUST....AMAZING! Hams & Hots, corn on the cob, macaroni salad and corn bread all delicious. My Husband and I have no complaints about anything with our dealing with Fatboysbbqbus, price was great especially for all the food you get. No one will go hungry. We wanted to do a backyard bbq wedding and have a great time with family and friends without all the fancy, dressing up, craziness of a traditional (expensive) wedding and it came perfect. Thank you Fatboysbbqbus!!

Harvest Caterers
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa N.
Verified review

I cannot say enough about the extreme pleasure it was working with Apostle from Harvest Caterers. The experience was so awesome, I hired them for my rehearsal dinner AND my wedding hospitality suite.

Vivo Osteria Restaurant
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Leonardo G.
Verified review

I called Emanuel Catering To assist the best day of my life... My wedding!! They were very professional, three different delicious options for my guests, entries, a wonderful Italian cake, really nice and kind waitresses... Definitely, Emanuel Catering was a really good asset on my wedding...

Seaflour Foods, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Ann Marie J.
Verified review

It was a pleasure to have Susan cater our daughters wedding. It was a destination wedding in Ct. She made us feel at ease with her professionalism and extensive knowledge of her culinary expertise. The service was impeccable.

Rob's Kitchen Caravan
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Corey D.
Verified review

Rob and his staff were amazing to work with from start to finish. We had 125 people at our wedding on a horse farm with little to no space for him to work. And yet, he delivered delicious food, excellent service and, all in all, he helped us create an absolutely amazing wedding! From our first email, to the day of, Rob was quick to respond and worked diligently to make sure we got everything we wanted. We have crazy work schedules and he always made a point to come to us for meetings and even for our tasting! Which was an awesome experience in and of itself. Rob creates amazing food and worked with us to create a delicious menu that all of our guests are still raving about. In some ways, our wedding was a caterer's nightmare. But Rob never flinched (at least not around us...lol) and when all was said and done, Rob and his staff delivered a dream come true! Thank you Rob and the staff at Rob's Kitchen Caravan!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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