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Upper West Side Bar Caterers

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Big Star Hospitality
4.9
from 142 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 244 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenny C.
Verified review

Josh did a great job bar-tending our corporate event. He was hired to bar-tend our law firm's ribbon cutting event at our new office in Midtown Manhattan, and every attendee had a GREAT time and the event was a huge success - which I think was largely due to Josh's service and great bar-tending skills. Thank you for your hard work and willingness to stay late on short notice, Josh!!

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 136 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Declan C.
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Chef Ellen is great. My third time with her band. Runs a pro catering service. Thoughtful, helps plan the menu, makes the budget work and then, on the day of the event, she and her crew get it done great. From set up to clean up, great. Honestly, you know, throwing a good party for 50-60 people, there's enough to worry about. It's a gift to be able to hand off such an important portion of the affair to a pro like Ellen. Thanks!!

Barixta
4.9
from 123 reviews
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan G.
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Kennia was absolutely wonderful to work with and provides our cocktail event superb service. She was organized and went out of her way to accommodate all of our requests and communicated grata throughout the entire planning process! I highly recommend Kennia for any bartending services as she helped make our event a great success.

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Brenda's Bartending
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamillah L.
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Brenda provided bar tending services at my husband's book launch event. She was excellent, arrived on time, was professional and very friendly and helpful. I would definitely hire her again and I highly recommend her.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 215 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly T.
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My husband and I were looking for a kind, friendly and personable bartender. After the reading the reviews for Santisi Catering, we decided to book and I am glad that we did. Our Bartender name was Kimberly(same as mine) and I said to myself " we have the same name so I know she will be wonderful". Kim was everything that we wanted in a bartender. I couldn't believe that she went into help mode from the moment she walked in the door, quickly saying "what do you need me to do" and " I will do it for you". We are already lookin forward to doing business again with Santisi Catering. Highly recommended.

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 144 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gregg M.
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The service was outstanding only to be surpassed by the quality of the food. Everything was delicious and all the guests were raving about everything that was served. The quantity was likewise outstanding as we have leftovers enough for the whole week. I would recommend Chuck and his wife to anyone looking for home catering services. It was truly an incredibly lucky find and I'm so glad I hired him for this special occasion. He really made the day extra special and one to remember.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsay S.
Verified review

Perfect! I requested catering services very last minute since my previous caterer canceled and Chef chris came to my rescue! He was so helpful and accommodating and I felt relieved the second I spoke with him. The event was flawless and It was a blessing in disguise that the previous caterer canceled because I got to experience NY Catering Service. Can’t wait to do this again. Thanks!!

Famous Events
4.8
from 86 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
Priscilla D.
Verified review

I hired Famous Bartending and Catering for my brother's 40th bday party that I hosted at my house. Jessie,was responsive to any questions I had, and answered my emails within 24 hours. Jessie selected Mimi to bartend my event and Mimi was BEYOND amazing. Mimi was very personable, professional and the drinks she made for my guest were top notch. My guest raved about Mimi! If you are looking for a bartender to hire for your event, look no further! I will def be hiring them again for my next event.

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Elite Party Staffing
5.0
from 82 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marienne H.
Verified review

Kathy and Christine are true professionals. They were right on top of things from the moment they arrived to set up for my Champagne and Raw Bar Pre-party for 30 of our guests.They greeted guests at the door and waiting service was superb. Christine rode the party bus serving champagne all the way to our Black Tie event. Then went back to my house and worked with Kathy to turn the house around for a post-party! When we returned they beautifully laid out more food and bar set up. Cleaned everything....not a thing left for me to do. All in all they worked from 4PM- 3 AM!!! Cannot thank them enough for such an amazing service.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diane M.
Verified review

This is a first class professional catering service. You really do get what you pay for: not only was the food delicious, but Lauren and her team were superb: very sweet, but also very efficient, paying attention to every detail, and giving us precious advice when needed. Our bartender (whom we had hired separetly because we had a previous relationship with him) failed to show up and Lauren immediately and seamlessly fixed that glitch by re-organizing her staff and deploying 2 of them to tend bar. Every aspect of the service was very good. We cannot recommend them enough and will use them again. Thank you Lauren, Tony, John and all the others.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise P.
Verified review

Tamara and her staff were wonderful,from beginning to the end of the event. Tamara returned every phone call and email at a lightening speed response. The food and presentation was so well done and delicious. I would highly recommend her services. I hit a home run whenI found Amoraco catering services. My daughter will never forget her 30th birthday party.

Top Pro
  • 68 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eva B.
Verified review

Dear Luisa, Just wanted to let you know that the Shower was a huge success. I received many compliments on the food choice and everything was delicious. Your staff was absolutely wonderful, they went up and beyond to make this event run smoothly. I love Francesca she did an amazing job. I would definitely refer your catering service to everyone I know and would definitely use you for all other events in the future.

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Bottoms Up Bartending LLC
4.7
from 69 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steph Steve H.
Verified review

Omg!!!! Okay let me start off by saying I had 1 month to plan my wedding. I was terrified I wouldn't find the bar service that I needed in such a short time...well I was absolutely wrong. I contacted Bottoms Up Bartenders and he gave me a out of this world great price for two bartenders, everyone showed up on time and the girls did a FABULOUS job. I have already recommended them to a client for my caterer. I will definitely be using them again for any future events that I have! Thank you Bottoms up for making my wedding day extra special!!!!!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Idannis M.
Verified review

Provided great catering service under last minute pressure! Will definitely use them for future events.

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
June B.
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f despite that it was thanksiving day, and she had her own family, Chef Aless catered my family's special day with superb attention to both the food, which was beyond delicious and plentiful, and presentation. She arrived early with a trolley full of delectable hors d'oeuvres, the best turkey ever baked, and containers full of great accompanying veggies. This was the first time I have ever needed outside catering, but the experience of having Chef Aless was so seamless, and the food was so perfect, that even if I have to invent an occasion,which I will, I know she could handle it with a touch of that marvelous French charm and expertise, and very little interference from me! I'm a cook,specifically a baker. but Chef Aless is a master, and everything was delivered expeditiously and promptly. And with heart... A truly wonderful experience. Thank you so much Alessandra. JuneBarsalona

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary D.
Verified review

Peter & the Creative Table team are really great to work with. Their food, presentation, and service are top notch. They are easy to work with, professional, and get the job done- what more could you ask for. It was our second time using them to cater our holiday party, and would recommend them to anyone to use for catering and party needs! -Mary D. Marketing Manager, Financial District, NYC

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Joe The Bartender
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Charles L.
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Joe is a true professional. We hired him for an art gallery opening night event based on his stellar reviews. He arrived very early, set up a beautiful bar, and was on top of his game in everything we needed--from serving drinks to keeping an eye out and giving us suggestions. He is lovely, charismatic, and does incredible work. If you need any kind of bartending service, there simply is no other option.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pranav G.
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Jessica and Kelly, both did a very good job at my sister-in-laws baby shower a few days ago. They were very easy to work with, and very committed to their jobs. They were excellent behind the bar, serving food, as well as the clean-up. Also, they were very pleasant, which makes it even more fun to have them around. I would recommend them for your party/ event. - pranav gupta.

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faye B.
Verified review

I have had the great pleasure of being a customer and guest on several occasions of Cornbread26's catering services. Each time I was blown away by their outstanding customer service, food quality and flavor, and beautiful execution of the event's decor. Claude and Craig work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that their clients don't have to worry about a thing except for enjoying the experience and the food.

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Twisted Mixers
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa G.
Verified review

Twisted mixers just did my baby shower this past weekend. They were on time and delivered quality service. Only heard great feedback from my guests about the drinks. The bar was always full and everyone was taken care of!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anita K.
Verified review

We were happy that Jazelle bartended for our daughter wedding shower. She came on time and did a phenomenal job. We appreciate her help and hope that if we should ever have the need for bartender services again we will definitely call for her . I would also recommend her to anyone I know. - The Khan Family

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.

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.

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 it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need bartending

New York, NY

  • Event Type
    Cocktail party
  • Venue details
    Private residence
  • Beverage types
    Liquor/Mixed drinks
  • Alcohol and beverage supply
    Host will supply the drinks
  • Estimated guest count
    10-25
  • Bar needed?
    Yes
  • Tip jars allowed?
    Yes
  • Additional services or supplies
    Set up: No, Clean up: No, Food service: No, Glassware: Yes, Disposable cups: No, Coolers: No, Garnishes: No
  • Details
    Looking for a mixologist who can give instructions for a housewarming party, for about 12 guests in New York.
  • $112.5
    Average price

Need bartending

New York, NY

  • Event Type
    Wedding reception
  • Venue details
    Public venue - please describe (Central Park)
  • Beverage types
    Beer, Liquor/Mixed drinks, Wine, Non-alcoholic
  • Alcohol and beverage supply
    Other (The Bartender )
  • Estimated guest count
    150-200
  • Bar needed?
    No, the venue has a bar
  • Tip jars allowed?
    Yes
  • Additional services or supplies
    Set up: No, Clean up: No, Food service: No, Glassware: No, Disposable cups: Yes, Coolers: Yes, Garnishes: No
  • Details
    it's an outdoor wedding in central park. The reception wold be in a tent
  • $173.75
    Average price

Need bartending

New York, NY

  • Event Type
    Other (memorial service)
  • Venue details
    Private residence
  • Beverage types
    Wine, Non-alcoholic
  • Alcohol and beverage supply
    Host will supply the drinks
  • Estimated guest count
    40-60
  • Bar needed?
    Other (counter)
  • Tip jars allowed?
    No - host will cover gratuity
  • Additional services or supplies
    Set up: No, Clean up: Yes, Food service: Yes, Glassware: No, Disposable cups: No, Coolers: No, Garnishes: No
  • Details
    sèrve hors d'oeuvres, do coat check, helps with clean up
  • $101.25
    Average price
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