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Greater New York City Metro Wedding Caterers

Wedding caterers have an important role to play—making sure the food and drink are top notch on your big day! Whether you’d prefer a casual buffet-style meal or a formal plated dinner, wedding caterers will create a delicious menu your guests won’t soon forget. Be sure to read reviews on WeddingWire of wedding caterers in Greater New York City Metro before booking!

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Featured Dish Food & Events
Dish Food & Events
85 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Dish Food & Events Catering is a wedding caterer based in New York City. They truly know how to provide elegant and fine cuisine for their clients to savor. They serve unpretentious food with personality and flair. Simply put, they are ready for whatever you throw at them! Services Offered Dish Food... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Featured Bartleby & Sage
Bartleby & Sage
70 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Bartleby & Sage are a fine catering and event planning company based in Brooklyn, New York. For over 20 years, they have been creating delicious contemporary and artistic food for weddings and other celebrations. Under the guidance of owner and founder Leslie Nilsson, Bartleby & Sage continue to... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Featured Hemant Mathur Catering
Hemant Mathur Catering
10 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Greater New York City Metro, NY

Hemant Mathur Catering is a Michelin-star chef led wedding caterer located in Yonkers, New York, that serves NYC, NJ, Westchester, CT and surrounding areas and has extensive experience with destination weddings. Michelin starred chef Hemant Mathur brings a taste of modern India to any occasion,... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Featured Purslane
14 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 2012, Purslane is a full-service catering company dedicated to excellent food, service, and sustainability. Part of The Oberon Group - which operates some of Brooklyn’s most beloved restaurants including Rucola, June and Rhodora - we are proud to be the first zero waste and carbon neutral... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Featured The Caribdiva Catering Company
The Caribdiva Catering Company
Wedding Caterers · Rosedale, NY

The CaribDiva Company is a boutique, curated cuisine and event planning company that specializes in YOU. Our goal? To get to know you and to put you, your vision, into every event we design for you. It's not just about the food...be it our original French inspired Caribbean cuisine, or New American,... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

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LCI Caterers
26 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · South Richmond Hill, NY

LCI Caterers is a catering food service based in Queens, New York. Owner and chef Joseph Cutolo has a passion for delicious cuisine and providing memorable and authentic service to every client. He is happy to serve only the freshest and finest cuisine to clients and enjoys bringing innovation to... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Pro Ryan Brown Catering New York
Ryan Brown Catering New York
43 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Ryan Brown Catering New York is a full service event catering company located in Brooklyn, New York. Their event team will work with you to coordinate the menu, staffing, and rentals for your wedding or party. They offer delicious, locally-sourced food, professional staff, and essential planning to... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Pro Luke's Lobster
Luke's Lobster
2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Luke’s Lobster is a catering business based in Brooklyn, New York, that specializes in seafood for weddings. This service would be an ideal choice for those who would like to add fresh maritime dishes to their big day’s menu. Originally established in 2009, they have been sourcing local, quality... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Little Pheasant
Little Pheasant
Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Little Pheasant is a full-service wedding catering company based in Brooklyn, New York. Whether you want a large buffet or three-course fine dining experience, their talented staff will bring your vision to life for your wedding day.Services OfferedLittle Pheasant offers many catering services for a... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Jillicious Foods & Events
Jillicious Foods & Events
19 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Jillicious Foods & Events is a full-service, boutique catering company in Brooklyn, New York, Jillicious Foods & Events provides full-service catering services complete with a highly trained staff, rentals coordination, and event design. With over 30 years of experience, executive chef Jill Freiberg... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Preserving Harvest Catering
Preserving Harvest Catering
9 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn based farm to table catering and events company. Preserving Harvest was conceived on the idea that food can create a sense of community. Food has the incredible ability to bring people together and we believe in doing just that-crafting food that speaks to people and resonates with them. We... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Campbell & Co.
Campbell & Co.
Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Campbell & Co. is a catering and events company located in Brooklyn, New York. Campbell & Co. caters everything from casual drop-offs to staffed events and cocktail bars, perfect for any event or wedding. Founders Alana and Erin from the Florida Panhandle pride themselves on bringing a little... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

8 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Jamaica, NY

working with various caterer and planner i can help you make your food look great Call me today and discuss how i can design your food................ (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

14 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Congratulations! your day will be here sooner than you think! If you are planning a wedding in the Tri-state area, you've come to the right place. We can cater it to perfection. Whether it's a winter wedding, or July wedding, we can help you plan the perfect wedding to celebrate. Please view our... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Fig and Pig Catering
Fig and Pig Catering
23 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

With over 15 years of catering and restaurant experience, Culinary Institute of America trained chef Holly Sheppard founded Fig & Pig in 2011 to present clients with accessible and delicious food, using the best possible ingredients. Fig & Pig is a creative, quality-driven catering company devoted... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Beth Torah Glatt Kosher Caterers
Beth Torah Glatt Kosher Caterers
5 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Flushing, NY

We are a boutique family built business started in the mid 80's. Father and son team Aodi and Ben know about all styles of cuisine and functions. From an intimate shabbat dinner to an elaborate Middle Eastern wedding we do it all. (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Chef Renee Blackman
Chef Renee Blackman
Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

Specializing in boutique dining and catered events. Whether you're looking to curate a menu for an after work cocktail party, sit down dinner, special occasion or corporate event, let's have a chat to discuss you're needs and lock in that special date. Here for all memorable occasions... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

Creative Concepts NYC
Creative Concepts NYC
3 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Astoria, NY

Your wedding celebration is one of the most personal, exciting and important days of your life-a day you want to linger in your memories. Creative Concepts NYC understands weddings and everything that makes them special. We are dedicated to making your day one to remember. (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

2 reviews
· Wedding Caterers · Bayside, NY

Whether it’s a wedding, banquet or corporate party, Papazzio is committed to providing professional, personalized and reliable wait service as well as a delicious menu using only the finest ingredients. We take pride in our ability to be flexible with all budgets, while still exceeding your... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

The Squeeze
The Squeeze
Wedding Caterers · Brooklyn, NY

The Squeeze is dedicated to producing and offering the best tasting raw foods available in Manhattan, while simultaneously honoring the planet and our environment. Their selection of cold pressed juices, raw milks, elixirs, living comfort food, and natural cleanses will help restore your body to... (Wedding Caterers Greater New York City Metro)

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How much does wedding catering cost?

Food and drink are a major part of the wedding experience (no one wants hangry guests!), so it’s no surprise that you’ll spend a big amount of your total budget on your wedding catering. The average wedding catering cost in the U.S. is about $4,000 with most couples spending between $1,800 to $7,000. Note that wedding catering prices do vary widely depending on your wedding’s location and many other factors, like guest count—but no matter where you’re getting married, delicious and plentiful food is essential to an amazing wedding reception experience.

Lower range

$ 400 or less

Average cost

$ 4000

Most couples spend between

$ 1800 - $ 7000

Upper range

$ 13000 or more

Costs displayed in graph are based on spend from thousands of couples who recently reported pricing for this service within their WeddingWire review. Pricing varies based on factors including, but not limited to, vendor’s experience, level of expertise, event guest count, date, and geographic region.

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What is included in a wedding catering package?

Your wedding catering may be provided by your wedding venue, or you may want or need to hire an outside caterer. Reading a wedding catering contract can be a bit confusing, but in general, your wedding catering cost will be priced on a “per person” basis. A standard wedding catering package includes the following:
  • Food: The wedding food cost is the most obvious part of a wedding catering package. You’re paying for the actual food that your guests will eat during cocktail hour and the main meal. Whether it’s served plated or buffet style is up to you and your caterer.
  • Beverages: Your caterer will likely provide beverages, both alcoholic and not, for your big day.
  • Staffing: From your event manager to cooks, servers, bartenders, and more, there are lots of staffers that will go into making your wedding day a success. It’s important to work with your caterer to make sure that you have enough people on hand to ensure a smooth reception.
  • Rentals: Your caterer may also provide rentals, from tables to chairs, dishes to glassware, utensils, and more. Some venues provide these rentals, or you may need to hire a separate rentals company.
  • Additional fees: Caterers may charge additional costs and fees, including cake cutting fees, corkage fees, and more. Be sure to read your contract carefully—and ask questions—to make sure you understand your wedding catering cost.

What are the different ways to serve wedding reception food?

When determining your wedding food cost, a big factor will be how you’re planning on serving the meal. There are a few serving style options for weddings:
  • Plated: Otherwise known as a sit-down meal, your guests will be served their meal at their table by a member of the wait staff. There may be a single entrée option served or several entrée options, which your guests can either order in advance (usually on their RSVP card) or at the event. This is the most formal and traditional of wedding serving styles.
  • Buffet: For a more casual serving style, guests serve themselves from a buffet station. Fifty percent of couples choose a buffet-style reception.
  • Family-Style: Servers provide large platters of food to reception tables, and guests pass the trays around and serve themselves.
  • Cocktail-Style: A more modern service style, food is served via passed hors d’oeuvres and at stations. This allows guests to walk around, and mix and mingle during the reception instead of sitting at their tables.

What is the average wedding catering cost per person?

The average wedding catering cost per person varies depending on your wedding’s service style. For a plated meal, the average cost of wedding catering in the U.S. is $40 per person. For a buffet, the average is $27 per person.

Is a wedding reception buffet always the cheaper option?

Most of the time, a wedding reception buffet is indeed less expensive than a plated dinner. While you’ll pay less in staffing and rentals for a buffet-style meal, you’ll need more food since guests are serving themselves. To keep your buffet budget-friendly, avoid serving costly foods (shrimp, for example) buffet-style or have a staffer on hand to serve your guests from the buffet to keep the portions under control.

What is the average cost of alcohol for a wedding?

Alcohol can comprise a major part of your total wedding catering cost. In general, the average starting price in the U.S. for bar service at a wedding is $15 per person.

New York City Wedding Caterers: How to Find the Perfect Wedding Caterer in New York City for Your Special Day

Sharing a meal together with your closest friends and family is an important and traditional part of the wedding celebration. Also, you’re going to need some fuel for when the dancing starts! Your New York City wedding caterer plays a big role in making your wedding a success and also represents a big chunk of your wedding budget. So, how do you find the right caterer for your Big Day?

How to Find a Wedding Caterer in New York City

First of all, you are in luck. Living in New York City gives you access to a large and distinguished group of caterers. This is especially fortunate if you wish to serve a special meal that reflects your ethnic or cultural heritage. In The Big Apple, you can find caterers who specialize in nearly every culinary style.

Take care in choosing your caterer. An online search will point you to those with enough money to buy advertising or hire a savvy marketing team, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best. If you plan on hiring a wedding planner, he or she will also be able to make great suggestions. Your wedding venue is also likely to have a list of potential caterers or may even require you to choose a caterer from their approved vendor list. Make sure you check your venue’s catering policies before you begin shopping for your caterer.

Finally, start looking for your caterer as soon as possible. Many of the best wedding caterers in NYC are booked a year or more in advance.

Budgeting Your Wedding Menu

One of the most exciting parts of planning your wedding is working with your New York City wedding caterer to craft a personalized menu for your guests. Before you even start thinking “Asian fusion meets Tex-Mex," you’ll need to provide your caterer with a head count and a budget ballpark.

Most caterers price per person, so having a solid guest list is essential to ensuring you stay within your food and drink budget. Knowing your budget will also help you decide on certain things like whether to opt for a cost-effective buffet-style meal or splurge on plated meals, and whether you want to offer up appetizers during the reception.

Don’t forget about drinks, which can be a big money drain. Couples on a budget may want to limit drink options to wine and beer and provide guests with drink tickets. If your budget is a little more flexible, consider adding a few mixed drinks and cocktail options.

Crafting Your Wedding Menu

Once you’ve got your budget down, it’s time to actually start planning your menu. Your caterer may offer recommendations, but this is your special day, so be clear about what you want. Also, let your caterer know upfront if you have any dietary restrictions. Your caterer needs to know if you want a vegetarian meal or if your future mother-in-law can’t eat gluten.

Start by choosing a cuisine style -- are you into Americano or do you love the idea of a fancy taco bar? Then focus on your main dish. This will inform the sides and even the appetizers. As you begin reviewing your options, consider what foods will be in season during that time of the year and whether you want your menu choices to reflect something meaningful to you as a couple. For example, if your religion is central to your identity, you could include traditional foods and dishes. Alternatively, you can serve artisanal pizza as a nod to the meal you ate on your first date.

Need help finding the perfect New York City wedding caterer for your special day? Take a look at our listings of caterers throughout New York City.