NY Catering Service

New York, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My creative abilities allow me think outside the box with flavor profiles and aesthetics. I cater to all types of dietary restrictions in order to accommodate my clients' needs. I cater events of all types and sizes and provide cooking classes.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love see my guests' faces when they experience my food.


New York, NY 10065

Years in business


Times hired on Thumbtack



39 Reviews
  • David S. Feb 6, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Dinner party made easy.
    The food was delicious, and the whole production came together so fast and seemingly without muss or fuss - it was a pleasure.
  • Kirk B. Feb 6, 2017
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Hire Chris, you won't be disappointed!
    I found Chris through Thumbtack for my C-Suite boss' dinner party. Chris was the consummate professional: he offered a refreshingly original menu with seasonal ingredients and then refined the menu with input from my boss, gracefully avoiding dietary restrictions and satisfying discriminating palates. (Handmade gnudi made in front of guests were a hit!) His team arrived promptly, bringing what equipment they needed, and left the kitchen better than they found it. Chris has a big personality, adds a lot of energy to the room (see his Food Network clips)! We will certainly look to Chris for help with future events.
  • Matt G. Jan 28, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great Cooking Mentor!
    Chris gave an incredible cooking lesson to my wife. He was very open-minded regarding what she wanted to learn and most importantly he helped her cook a phenomenal meal for our family. Chris made her feel very comfortable in the kitchen and was a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!
    Chris N. Jan 29, 2017

    Thank you Matt. You guys were a lot of fun. When your wife's done with busy season we'll schedule something :)

  • Mike K. Jan 23, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Chef Chris was awesome- enthusiastic, experienced and really fun. Learned some good skills and the food was delicious! Looking forward to working with Chris again.
    Chris N. Jan 29, 2017

    Thanks a ton Mike. You guys rock and I looked forward to the chopped competition !!

  • Shayna B. Jan 19, 2017
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Great cook
    Chris and his crew really worked with me to create everything I needed and wanted for my event. Great service and great food!
  • Bonnie M. Jan 14, 2017
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Excellent food, presentation and personable
  • Darriun H. Dec 19, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Holiday Party was GREAT!!!
    Chris and his team were very efficient. They arrived on time and were able and flexible enough to adjust to last minute changes. He kept me up to speed with service plan. He made sure everything was done right and I got exactly what I wanted. The best part was he did all of this while working within my budget. Would definitely hire again or recommend him to others.
    Chris N. Dec 21, 2016

    Darriun thank you so much for your amazing review and it was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to doing it again.

  • Veronica S. Dec 13, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Great Night!!!
    Best dinner ever!! Chris made us the most amazing meal. I can't stop raving about it my girlfriends and I enjoyed the evening and he couldn't do enough for us. We are already planning our next meal with him.
    Chris N. Dec 13, 2016

    You are so sweet. Thank you so much !! You guys were so great and I can't wait until Next time

  • Tory R. Dec 12, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Amazing Experience
    We had an amazing experience with Chef Chris. He prepared a delicious four course meal for our family. Every dish was prepared perfectly; he even prepared little side dishes for the kids. The whole team did a great job, we would strongly recommend to anyone looking to hire a private Chef.
    Chris N. Dec 12, 2016

    Thanks so much Tory. You guys rock !!

  • Ann O. Nov 25, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Five star meal!
    Chef Chris is fantastic! Every bit of our four course meal was cooked to perfection, he was a pleasure to have in our home, he left our kitchen cleaner than when he started, and we will definitely use his services for a future celebration. We highly recommend him.
  • Jason L. Nov 23, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Tapas / Rioja pairing birthday party
    Chef Chris & team were amazing! I requested a tapas dinner with wines pairing for ten people at my NYC apartment. Planning, Food, Service & Clean up were all top notch. Chef was very creative with six diverse courses and his sommelier prepped, paired & explained the wines perfectly. My guests were WOWED! I would recommend Chris & his team for your next party / event.
    Chris N. Nov 23, 2016

    Thanks so much Jason. You and your family rock!!

  • Genvieve J. Nov 16, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Dining experience that will blow you away!
    Because of Chris we had a truly magical experience for my mothers birthday. Chris personalizes each meal and has a beautiful passion for what he does. Each course was phenomenal, his menu was unique and the quality of the food/ presentation was brilliant. I recommend doing the wine pairing along with the courses. He even brought a server who was an experienced wine sommelier so we had a full dining experience in the comfort of our own home. We will definitely be using him again soon!
    Chris N. Nov 16, 2016

    Thank You so much Genvieve. You and your family were such amazing guests and it was an absolute pleasure. Your kind words mean the world to me and I do care about every client and every dish I serve.

  • A.J. C. Nov 15, 2016
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Chris and his team were the perfect choice for our event. From our first conversation through execution, the process was seamless and efficient. Chris was always quick to respond and tailored a menu of hors d'oeuvres and drinks that were perfect for the occasion and within our budget. I would absolutely recommend him to others and plan to use NY Catering Service again for our holiday party.
    Chris N. Nov 15, 2016

    Thank you A.J. It was a real pleasure working with your amazing team. Thanks for the kind words

  • Heather B. Nov 14, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Chris Will Make You Shine As A Superstar Hostess!
    I hired Chris to prepare a 3 course meal plus passed apps and dessert for an intimate gathering in my home this past weekend. This was my first time hiring a chef for a personal event and it couldn't have gone better. Chris is professional, yet engaging and the food was fresh and delicious. The experience was further enhanced by the personalized service and wine pairing suggestions provided by Roman. Chris brought everything he needed with him and you could eat off the floor by the time he left. Chris and Roman also worked wonders my meager dinnerware and serving utensil options (note to self to fix that for future parties). As a special touch, Chris even whipped up some homemade mac and cheese for our younger guests. I will absolutely hire Chris and again and if you are smart - you will too.
    Chris N. Nov 15, 2016

    Thanks so much for the kind praises and let's plan a dinner :). You and your husband were GREAT HOSTS

  • Jacob J. Oct 27, 2016
    5 star experience!
    I found out about chef Chris through a catering service. I wasn't sure what to expect because I rarely entertain at home. I wanted something special for my friends because we were celebrating my promotion but I didn't want to do anything ordinary. Chris and his team were great, we asked for some specialty wine, cocktails, and food. He went above and beyond! He even brought a personal sommelier and mixologist! Incredible! Really cannot say enough good things about his food and beverage team! I highly recommend the perfect bite. Creamy cheese, bright apple and crunchy bacon? Awesome sauce! Highly recommend for any and all occasions. Don't forget to inquire about his gnocchi, he made them right in front of us! Really cool, can't wait to have him in my home again! 5 stars!
  • Talia M. Oct 26, 2016
    Can't I rate him higher than 5 stars!!?? :)
    I hired Chef Nirschel to work a corporate dinner for my company. He was fantastic! He went above and beyond what was asked of him. He catered to my clients, food was amazing and he was fast and efficient.
  • Jess G. Oct 26, 2016
    This guys the real deal!
    Chef Chris catered the New York City Food and Wine festival for my company and to say he hit the mark is an understatement. His outgoing personality right off the bat made the overall experience absolutely incredible. He was sincere in his work and in his responsibility to get the job done. The food was beyond epic. He had this amazing appetizer that was out of this world called the Perfect Bite. And let me tell you--it was more than perfect! It had to be one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. It was perfectly smoked crispy prosciutto, brie cheese, and granny smith apples. The combinations of flavors were mouth watering. I, along with everyone else at the festival kept on coming back for more. It was such a hit! His staff was also extremely professional and did such a tremendous job getting the food together. There was never a moment someone was not at our booth trying the food. The feedback from my team and reactions from the people at the festival were overwhelmingly wonderful. He was such a great advocate for my company and I cannot wait to book him again for another event. I truly cannot say enough about this guy.
  • Gerard B. Oct 25, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Excellent on all fronts.
    Affable, available and able with a charming and authentic personality. Chef Chris makes delicious food and was a joy to have in our house. My wife and child were very happy with his services, and we are looking forward to hiring him again. The price is also excellent for the quality received.
  • Traci M. Oct 21, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Bad Boy Chef Chris is the next big chef!
    Bad boy celebrity chef Chris Nirschell is a rising star! My co-hostess and I hired Chris to be the personal chef for a small very select social group in NYC. The food was delectable, mouth watering and fabulous! His butternut squash? Puree based, no cream? It was wonderful. We also had a wonderful fall harvest salad and wild caught salmon as the entree. All (again) simply mouth watering! The last course was a mango fosters. Almond gelato and homemade whipped cream. Sweet and light. We had a wine pairing with all four courses. Chris plated the meal with artistry; he announced and described each course and was knowledgeable about the wine with which we paired each course. We will use him again. I hope our group is grandfathered into his reasonable rates for the future!! Thank you Chef Chris!
  • Daniel K. Oct 19, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Chef Chris
    Chef Chris prepared a lovely meal for my wife and I on her birthday. Chris was very professional, personable and an amazing chef! Highly recomended!
    Chris N. Oct 19, 2016

    Thank you so much Daniel. You and your wife were so amazing to cook for and I really enjoyed our evening. I am so happy you both loved it !!!

  • Fiona C. Oct 19, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Delicious way to enjoy a birthday dinner at home with someone doing all the work for you
    Chris and his sommelier Roman cooked us up a night to remember. We enjoyed cocktails with gin with cucumber and ginger, plenty of tasty hors d'oeuvres (including wrapped stuffed dates, mixed tomato croutons and sailboats of green apple, brie and baconesque prosciutto) and a delicious main course of filet and rosemary potatoes. The dessert was a decadent chocolate sponge cake with tiramisu & pecan ice cream. Chris and Roman came to our Airbnb three hours before cocktail time to set up and start cooking; they cleaned up before leaving. They indulged us in political and gastronomical discussions during their prep time too :) An evening of a relaxed yet gastronomical indulgence with super friendly and profession team. Thank you, Chris and Roman, for a wonderful birthday celebration for Fiona!
    Chris N. Oct 19, 2016

    Thank you so much Fiona. You and your guests were so fun and engaging with every aspect of the experience. Hope you had an amazing night at Hamilton; you deserve it. You rock !!

  • Daniel S. Oct 10, 2016
    I recently had a dinner party at my apartment and Chef Chris and his team did a fantastic job. He is a complete professional, very personable and I felt very comfortable with him. The food was unbelievable (especially the homemade pasta) , the service was exemplary and my kitchen was spotless at the end of dinner. I have already booked another party with him, and I'm looking forward to another great dinner!!!! Thanks Chef!!!
  • Niki J. Oct 7, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Excellent night!
    Chris and his team were excellent right from the start. They turned up on time, took charge of everything and left my kitchen spotless. The food was also creative, beautifully plated and absolutely delicious - we had a fab night. Thanks Chef Chris!
    Chris N. Oct 7, 2016

    Hey niki, Thank you son much your guests were a. Absolute pleasure !!!

  • Brooke A. Oct 7, 2016
    Couldnt Ask for a Better Experience!!
    Chris Nirschel & his team were absolutely fabulous!! NY Catering Service catered a party for my boyfriend's parents' 45th wedding anniversary and i have nothing but wonderful things to say. The Night went smooth & everything was PERFECT!! The food Fantastic, Chris is super friendly, passionate about food, professional & still totally personable! He & his staff were very easy to interact with & they went above and beyond,to ensure all the little details were covered. I am so grateful & i highly recommend the NY Catering Company to anyone looking to enjoy a party they r throwing without having to stress over the food etc-Chris and his team have it all covered!! I give them an A++++++
    Chris N. Oct 7, 2016

    Thanks Brooke I look forward to our next experience.

  • Mackenzie A. Oct 6, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Best Birthday Ever!!!
    Chef Chris and his team gave me the BEST birthday ever! The food was insanely delicious and the presentation had me and my guests in awe!! They were all so awesome. Clean, quick, and efficient. Chef Chris was the life of the party and he really goes above and beyond to make sure his guests are happy. I cannot wait to hire him again in the future, and I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a private chef!!! THANKS!
  • Molly K. Oct 5, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Great 30th bday dinner
    Chris prepared a really great dinner for a party of 12 at our apartment for my husband's 30th. The food was absolutely delicious and creative. Overall, it was all great but there were a few areas of improvement; it was a little surprising that he didn't bring with him his own knives and that the bartender he used didn't bring any equipment with him (shaker, mixer, etc.)which we were told he'd be bringing. With that said, this was not a deal breaker for us as the food was delicious, creatively prepared on site, and presented well to all our guests.
  • Gabrielle A. Oct 1, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    He was amazing!
    Chris N. Oct 7, 2016

    Your family rocks !!

  • Robert S. Sep 20, 2016
    Best Vacation Yet! Private Chef Included...
    We recently returned from a family and friends vacation in Costa Rica. We rented a beautiful 5 bedroom home (for 1 week), just off the 17th tee at the Four Seasons resort in Papagayo. We flew in the Bad Boy Chef, Chris Nirshel from New York City, to dazzle us with exotic dishes and flavors. Dazzled we were. It was obvious that Chris knew his way around the kitchen, and just watching Chris do his thing was like watching a gourmet ballet. From breakfast, to delectable snacks, lunch and dinner, Chris was the star of our Costa Rican vacation. Chris did all the shopping for the local foods, spices, fruits and vegetables and was just plane fun to hang out with. Living up to his bad boy reputation, Chis went Four Wheeling on some dangerous mountain, flipped his Four Wheeler, and came back looking like he had gone 14 rounds with Iron Mike Tyson... broken toe, ribs and covered in dirt and lacerations... but the delights from the kitchen never stopped! We are going to rename Chris The Terminator Chef. So folks, my money is on this bad boy chef as Chris made our vacation one we will not forget, ever, unless we get Alzheimer's. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
    Chris N. Oct 7, 2016

    Robert, It was such an honor being selected to travel with your family cooking amazing food, at An amazing house, with an amazing family !!

  • Sheri O. Sep 19, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Chef Chris exceeded our expectations and made our special gift to our family one they will never forget!
    My husband and I hired Chef Chris to treat my (at the time future) in-laws to a relaxing dinner in their home as our wedding gift to them. Chris worked with them to create their ultimate menu and the results were nothing less than superb! They raved about the food, Chef Chris's skill in the kitchen, and how wonderful he was to work with. We would hire him again in a New York minute!
  • Mark F. Sep 13, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    Best Burgers I've Ever Had
    Chef Chris was absolutely amazing. I was hosting a monthly burger group. We usually go out to burger restaurants picked by the host of that month. I decided to have Chris come and barbecue burgers for us. He recommended 4 burgers that all equally amazing. All of the guys in the group were incredibly impressed and I've gotten a ton of kudos, all thanks to Chris! The process was a fantastic experience experience from the beginning. Chris replied to my request and we had a quick phone conversation. He quickly followed up with a recommended menu, which we never changed - it was spot-on. We stayed in touch to coordinate timing, headcount and payment. He arrived 90 minutes before the event ready to rock. Not only was the food absolutely amazing, but Chris' excitement and enthusiasm made the event that much more fun.
  • Josh B. Aug 16, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    We celebrated a birthday with a few friends last week and we couldn’t have been happier with the food and service we received from Chef Chris and his assistant. No detail was spared from polished sliver and glassware to the sophisticated wines he paired with courses that were destination-restaurant quality. Whether you’re a foodie looking for a special dinner at home or hosting a larger dinner party with a mixed audience I’m sure Chef Chris will exceed your expectations. We often plan our travel around where we can enjoy special dining experiences and this wasn’t the first chef we’ve hired to cook at our home. While we enjoyed them all we recommend Chef Chris as your first choice.
  • Anna G. Jul 30, 2016
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Chris and his crew were amazing. Food, service, personality - Chris has it all.
  • Blake B. Jul 27, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    I hired Chef Chris as a surprise for my wife's birthday and he was sensational to say the least. Not only did he cook an amazing meal, but couldn't have been any nicer and truly made my wife's night an evening to remember...including bringing her flowers! I wish Chris could cook us dinner every night! Thanks Chef!!!!
  • Caroline G. Jul 7, 2016
    We had such an amazing experience with Chris and the entire team! The event went flawlessly and the food was beyond my expectations. Will definitely be using them again and would highly recommend them to friends and family.
  • Amy S. Jul 6, 2016
    My 11 year old son loves his private cooking lessons in our home with Chef Chris. Chef Chris is energetic and talented and blows my son away as they create various meals without a recipe. He’s learning knife skills, various cooking techniques, flavoring and seasoning, and plating. My son is learning so much while having so much fun. And our family gets a delicious dinner when the lesson is done!
  • Laura G. Jun 24, 2016
    Chris made a fabulous dinner for our party of 10! Chris and his staff were friendly, fun and great to have at our party. Everyone loved the meal and enjoyed his personality.
  • Brandie P. Jun 20, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    I can't tell you how phenomenal it was working with Chef Chris!! Very professional, great communication, awesome ideas, AWESOME food. He will make party an event to remember!!
  • Evan D. Jun 5, 2016
    Chef Chris was absolutely incredible! My wife and I received this experience as a wedding gift and I will definitely be recommending it to everyone. He is extremely personable, loves what he does, is willing to teach his clients and the food was absolutely amazing. He will work with you on a personal menu to fit your palate, however the Gnudi is a must try! An amazing night! Thanks
  • Marisa G. Jun 4, 2016
    Personal Chef (One Time)
    Verified Review
    We purchased a gift certificate for a dinner for 2 for someone who underwent a recent surgery. After the dinner, I heard how much he loved the experience and how accommodating Chef Chris was to his dietary needs. It was one of his favorite experiences in NYC. Arranging the gift certificate with Chef Chris was very easy. Will definitely continue to recommend him!


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Customizing each menu and experience for my client and their needs, going above and beyond creating a unique experience that surpasses their expectations.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated from the French Culinary Institute (Now called the International Culinary Center)
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I take pride in customizing my pricing for each experience I provide.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My whole life, food was my greatest passion and I took the plunge!
What types of customers have you worked with?
There really is no common job or client as I have cooked for celebrities, politicians, children, families, fortune 500 companies, etc.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I was recently given the honor to be the featured chef at the Grand Tasting at Food and Wine Festival for a fortune 500 company, where I will be catering to 3000 people daily.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Spend a few extra minutes getting to know each other so the caterer can provide the best food and experience for your guests.