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Real Food Catering

New York , NY
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55 Great Jones Street , 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012 US (map)

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212-475-6623

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ABOUT US

Real Food Catering is elegant, personalized, and tasteful. We create memorable events through customized menus and exceptional service. Our approach of using high-quality, local... Read more
Real Food Catering is elegant, personalized, and tasteful. We create memorable events through customized menus and exceptional service. Our approach of using high-quality, local ingredients, innovative recipes, and quality foods is designed to ensure you and your guests an event to remember.

We've been featured in New York Wedding Magazine, The Knot, and are one of the highest rated user reviewed caterers on several wedding blogs including The Knot, Wedding Wire, Indie Brides, and Wedding Bee. In fifteen years we haven't spent a dollar on advertising. We've built our business and reputation on our food and service. All of our clients have come to us through referrals and word-of-mouth.

We have been the preferred caterer at some of the most recognized event spaces in Manhattan including The Angel Orensanz, The Foundry, The Metropolitan, Midtown Loft & Terrace, Studio 450, The Tobacco Warehouse and several others.

With a personalized touch our creative team can craft gourmet dinners for 10 to 300, a specialty designed buffet for 200, small cocktail parties, corporate functions, or seated dinner wedding. Real Food Catering is committed to personalizing an event to fit your needs.

CONTACT US:
Real Food Catering is headquartered at 55 Great Jones Street, NY, NY 10012. For more information, please visit us at www.realfoodcatering.net or call us at 212.475.6623. We are looking forward to being a part of your celebration. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, Premium Liquor, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

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kristin
Wedding:
10/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary are the best of the best. We knew the moment we met them, that they were the ones that were going to make our special day spectacular. Not only are they warm, genuine, and calming (during a typically stressful year of planning); but they are professional, personable and take that extra step to make sure everything is perfect. My husband and I chose a raw space, that we had to piece together vendor by vendor. This was a daunting task at first, but Gary and Yen helped to make it all come together, and when the day arrived, our jaws fell to the floor. We were blown away by how seamless the day went, how attentive everyone was to us and our guests. Gary and Yen just GOT us. They got our vision. They nailed it, spot on.

Their staff is extremely professional and courteous. Aside from Gary making sure my husband and I were happy and comfortable all night, they had 2 other staff members constantly checking on us to make sure everything was as perfect as it could be. There were tons of appetizers being passed around the room. There was never a moment where a guest had to go in search of food. The drinks were flowing, and lines never formed at the bars. All important aspects to a wedding, if you ask me. Gary and Yen just know the game, and know how to run one smooth wedding. Our guests raved about our food. From the appetizers (truffle grilled cheeses, pork buns, tuna tartare, among many more) to the seated dinner (buttermilk fried chicken & ribeye steak) every single guest was beyond satisfied. Even the side dishes were just fantastic.

Truthfully, my husband and I are so sad the day is over for many reasons, but a huge reason is that we no longer get to work with Gary and Yen. They truly became our friends throughout the process. We will miss them and will be forever grateful for helping us put together the wedding of our dreams. We couldn't have done it without them.
Yen and Gary are the best of the best. We knew the moment we met them, that they were the ones that were going to make our Read more...
Yen and Gary are the best of the best. We knew the moment we met them, that they were the ones that were going to make our special day spectacular. Not only are they warm, genuine, and calming (during a typically stressful year of planning); but they are professional, personable and take that extra step to make sure everything is perfect. My husband and I chose a raw space, that we had to piece together vendor by vendor. This was a daunting task at first, but Gary and Yen helped to make it all come together, and when the day arrived, our jaws fell to the floor. We were blown away by how seamless the day went, how attentive everyone was to us and our guests. Gary and Yen just GOT us. They got our vision. They nailed it, spot on.

Their staff is extremely professional and courteous. Aside from Gary making sure my husband and I were happy and comfortable all night, they had 2 other staff members constantly checking on us to make sure everything was as perfect as it could be. There were tons of appetizers being passed around the room. There was never a moment where a guest had to go in search of food. The drinks were flowing, and lines never formed at the bars. All important aspects to a wedding, if you ask me. Gary and Yen just know the game, and know how to run one smooth wedding. Our guests raved about our food. From the appetizers (truffle grilled cheeses, pork buns, tuna tartare, among many more) to the seated dinner (buttermilk fried chicken & ribeye steak) every single guest was beyond satisfied. Even the side dishes were just fantastic.

Truthfully, my husband and I are so sad the day is over for many reasons, but a huge reason is that we no longer get to work with Gary and Yen. They truly became our friends throughout the process. We will miss them and will be forever grateful for helping us put together the wedding of our dreams. We couldn't have done it without them. Read less
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Jonathan
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Perfection doesn't really quite paint a vivid enough picture.

Yen and Gary are exquisite. There is not much more to say than that.

Some advice I can offer:

-Book them early
They are by far the least expensive caterers you will find for a quality you don't honestly find often, regardless of price point. If they are available. BOOK IT. NOW.

- Trust them and Use them
They cook delicious food. While I don't want to commit them to more than they technically offer, Yen is wonderful and very very helpful. Meaning, if the menu won't work or if the timing is all wrong she will tell you. Believe what she has to say. If she says something is not worth it or the vibe won't match the cuisine. Just trust her.

-They just make good food.
We wanted a Korean influenced dinner at our wedding; a Hispanic/British flair for canapés. A very odd mix to say the least and they knocked all three cuisines out of the park. At the risk of sounding snobbish, there were 3 Michelin star rated chefs in attendance, all three made it a point to say it was the best food they had ever eaten at a wedding.
Further, even the staff relished the opportunity to eat something other than the "chicken or the fish" that was made well.

They are smart, caring people who want this to be as personal and special as you do.
Perfection doesn't really quite paint a vivid enough picture.

Yen and Gary are exquisite. There is not much more Read more...
Perfection doesn't really quite paint a vivid enough picture.

Yen and Gary are exquisite. There is not much more to say than that.

Some advice I can offer:

-Book them early
They are by far the least expensive caterers you will find for a quality you don't honestly find often, regardless of price point. If they are available. BOOK IT. NOW.

- Trust them and Use them
They cook delicious food. While I don't want to commit them to more than they technically offer, Yen is wonderful and very very helpful. Meaning, if the menu won't work or if the timing is all wrong she will tell you. Believe what she has to say. If she says something is not worth it or the vibe won't match the cuisine. Just trust her.

-They just make good food.
We wanted a Korean influenced dinner at our wedding; a Hispanic/British flair for canapés. A very odd mix to say the least and they knocked all three cuisines out of the park. At the risk of sounding snobbish, there were 3 Michelin star rated chefs in attendance, all three made it a point to say it was the best food they had ever eaten at a wedding.
Further, even the staff relished the opportunity to eat something other than the "chicken or the fish" that was made well.

They are smart, caring people who want this to be as personal and special as you do. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/30/2016
5.0/5.0
I cant even begin to describe how amazing it was working with Yen and Gary of Real Food Catering. They are more than "just a caterer." I really dont think my wedding would have been as perfect if it wasnt for them, and I definitely wouldnt have had as much fun because I would be worrying about everything. Yen and Gary and their team took all the stress off my shoulders, not just the day of, but the whole wedding planning process.

The food was out of this world, and they really went above and beyond to deliver exactly what we wanted! They made special dishes just for us to fit in with the Mediterranean flare we wanted the menu to have. It's been almost a month since our wedding, and we are still getting compliments about how delicious the food was (ohhh lamb chops I still think about you). Not only was the food perfect, but so was the service and rest of the staff.

From now on I will only recommend Real Food as an events caterer going forward to anyone. Real Food Catering is the best in the business, and they really know what they are doing. Not to mention Yen and Gary are wonderful people and I miss interacting with them and bothering them with all my questions!
I cant even begin to describe how amazing it was working with Yen and Gary of Real Food Catering. They are more than "just Read more...
I cant even begin to describe how amazing it was working with Yen and Gary of Real Food Catering. They are more than "just a caterer." I really dont think my wedding would have been as perfect if it wasnt for them, and I definitely wouldnt have had as much fun because I would be worrying about everything. Yen and Gary and their team took all the stress off my shoulders, not just the day of, but the whole wedding planning process.

The food was out of this world, and they really went above and beyond to deliver exactly what we wanted! They made special dishes just for us to fit in with the Mediterranean flare we wanted the menu to have. It's been almost a month since our wedding, and we are still getting compliments about how delicious the food was (ohhh lamb chops I still think about you). Not only was the food perfect, but so was the service and rest of the staff.

From now on I will only recommend Real Food as an events caterer going forward to anyone. Real Food Catering is the best in the business, and they really know what they are doing. Not to mention Yen and Gary are wonderful people and I miss interacting with them and bothering them with all my questions! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/18/2016
5.0/5.0
We got married on 9/18. We were able to customize our menu, adding a bit of Korean and Argentinian influences. In the end, we got nothing but rave reviews from our guests regarding the delicious food as well as the professional and courteous servers. We were planning this wedding from California so I was insanely anxious but every time we met with Yen and Gary in NYC, I felt more at ease. In the end we had the perfect wedding thanks to this amazing team.
We got married on 9/18. We were able to customize our menu, adding a bit of Korean and Argentinian influences. In the end, Read more...
We got married on 9/18. We were able to customize our menu, adding a bit of Korean and Argentinian influences. In the end, we got nothing but rave reviews from our guests regarding the delicious food as well as the professional and courteous servers. We were planning this wedding from California so I was insanely anxious but every time we met with Yen and Gary in NYC, I felt more at ease. In the end we had the perfect wedding thanks to this amazing team. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/16/2016
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about Yen and her team. From the delicious food to the incredible service. Yen is amazing to work with. Extremely friendly, flexible, and professional. We got married at 501 Union and our guests raved about the food. Everyone was stuffed! We only met with one other caterer which was much more expensive and the food was good but not our style. We loved Yen's approach to classic dishes yet keeping it modern and elegant. Perfect food and caterer!
I can't say enough about Yen and her team. From the delicious food to the incredible service. Yen is amazing to work with. Read more...
I can't say enough about Yen and her team. From the delicious food to the incredible service. Yen is amazing to work with. Extremely friendly, flexible, and professional. We got married at 501 Union and our guests raved about the food. Everyone was stuffed! We only met with one other caterer which was much more expensive and the food was good but not our style. We loved Yen's approach to classic dishes yet keeping it modern and elegant. Perfect food and caterer! Read less
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Maya
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
I am still unable to put into words the level of appreciation and love I have for Yen and Gary at Real Food Catering. We reached out to them before we had a venue, we were greeted with the nicest most professional emails from the beginning. We ended up booking the Foundry in LIC, a venue they were very familiar with, you know you've picked a great caterer when your venue says "you've picked the dream team". They continuously went above and beyond to give us other vendor suggestions for different aspects of our wedding. Yen and Gary never put any limitations on any of our wedding foodie dreams, in fact they encouraged them. When we first met we walked away with a menu that made us drool, who knew wedding food could incorporate fried chicken, truffle mashed potatoes and more!!! Their level of professionalism make them an unbeatable duo, we could not have accomplished half of what we did without their help. Yen and Gary are an amazing team, and their staff is the absolute same. I 100% suggest you hire them immediately, and I suggest you use their day of coordinator services. Almost a month later, I still have people complimenting me about our wedding food, and it feels great! I am still having Yen and Gary withdrawals, and am actively coming up with new events just so we can hire them again!!!
I am still unable to put into words the level of appreciation and love I have for Yen and Gary at Real Food Catering. We Read more...
I am still unable to put into words the level of appreciation and love I have for Yen and Gary at Real Food Catering. We reached out to them before we had a venue, we were greeted with the nicest most professional emails from the beginning. We ended up booking the Foundry in LIC, a venue they were very familiar with, you know you've picked a great caterer when your venue says "you've picked the dream team". They continuously went above and beyond to give us other vendor suggestions for different aspects of our wedding. Yen and Gary never put any limitations on any of our wedding foodie dreams, in fact they encouraged them. When we first met we walked away with a menu that made us drool, who knew wedding food could incorporate fried chicken, truffle mashed potatoes and more!!! Their level of professionalism make them an unbeatable duo, we could not have accomplished half of what we did without their help. Yen and Gary are an amazing team, and their staff is the absolute same. I 100% suggest you hire them immediately, and I suggest you use their day of coordinator services. Almost a month later, I still have people complimenting me about our wedding food, and it feels great! I am still having Yen and Gary withdrawals, and am actively coming up with new events just so we can hire them again!!! Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Yen and Gary are an absolutely unbeatable team who somehow manage to do everything just right! Our guests -- many of whom are self-avowed "foodies"-- have not stopped raving about the food. From appetizers to desserts, Yen ensured that every morsel was a treat to behold. As our designated Day Of person, Gary's absolutely unflappable calm and seemingly magical ability to make things happen meant that we could have a great time at our own party without worrying about a thing. Perfect!!!!!
Yen and Gary are an absolutely unbeatable team who somehow manage to do everything just right! Our guests -- many of whom Read more...
Yen and Gary are an absolutely unbeatable team who somehow manage to do everything just right! Our guests -- many of whom are self-avowed "foodies"-- have not stopped raving about the food. From appetizers to desserts, Yen ensured that every morsel was a treat to behold. As our designated Day Of person, Gary's absolutely unflappable calm and seemingly magical ability to make things happen meant that we could have a great time at our own party without worrying about a thing. Perfect!!!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Real Food Catering was the absolute best choice we made while planning our wedding. They made everything (and I really mean everything - chairs, floor plans, timeline, not to mention FOOD) seem so easy, and I can't imagine the amount of work that actually went into all those details. The food was fantastic and different, way above your typical wedding fare. Yen and Gary are not just phenomenal at their jobs. but they are seriously good people. Meeting with them felt like sitting down and chatting with super organized friends. We are astounded with the quality of service this team provides, and the entire staff they brought with them was top notch; every single server, bartender, etc. had a smile on their face throughout the whole night and they could not do enough to make sure us and our guests were happy. This is obviously a well-organized, perfectly managed business, and we HIGHLY recommend them.
Real Food Catering was the absolute best choice we made while planning our wedding. They made everything (and I really Read more...
Real Food Catering was the absolute best choice we made while planning our wedding. They made everything (and I really mean everything - chairs, floor plans, timeline, not to mention FOOD) seem so easy, and I can't imagine the amount of work that actually went into all those details. The food was fantastic and different, way above your typical wedding fare. Yen and Gary are not just phenomenal at their jobs. but they are seriously good people. Meeting with them felt like sitting down and chatting with super organized friends. We are astounded with the quality of service this team provides, and the entire staff they brought with them was top notch; every single server, bartender, etc. had a smile on their face throughout the whole night and they could not do enough to make sure us and our guests were happy. This is obviously a well-organized, perfectly managed business, and we HIGHLY recommend them. Read less
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Bonnie
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
We had absolutely no clue going into wedding planning what it was all about. We...i made a lot of decisions during the wedding process and the easiest decision was selecting our caterers, Real Food Catering. I reached out to three and Yen/Gary easily stood out from the rest. It also helped knowing they were a preferred vendor of the Foundry (our wedding venue) and had and continue to win awards annually since they've started. My husband and I are probably one of the worst couples to work with. We always feel bad for whoever works with us. We perform detail level of diligence whenever we make a decision in life but Yen made the job easy for us. She responded to all my inquiries promptly. Sometimes responding at 2 in the morning. Her level of client service impressed me even before we booked her. When it came to selecting dishes for cocktail hour, reception, dessert etc i was lost. There was a comprehensive list of dishes for each segment of the wedding from all types of cuisines to choose from. Yen gave us a lot of suggestions/input and basically told us she can make anything we wanted. When we went to the tasting - we were even more impressed. It was a cute setup with two other couples at the Foundry's Albra room. They served wine, ten types of hors d'oeuvres, and different entrees she created for each couple. It was a great time and the food was amazing especially the hors d'oeurves. The tasting confirmed our thoughts that selecting them was a great decision. But it did not stop there, not only are they first a caterer but they also act as a pseudo planner. I did not hire a planner but with Yen/Gary i did not need one. They knew the foundry so well they gave us suggestions on table layout, wedding day timeline, ceremony process, and dealt with all my furniture rental. The level of attention to detail, care and professionalism Yen/Gary had displayed is rare. They will make your wedding day dreams come true if you select Real Foods as your caterer!
We had absolutely no clue going into wedding planning what it was all about. We...i made a lot of decisions during the Read more...
We had absolutely no clue going into wedding planning what it was all about. We...i made a lot of decisions during the wedding process and the easiest decision was selecting our caterers, Real Food Catering. I reached out to three and Yen/Gary easily stood out from the rest. It also helped knowing they were a preferred vendor of the Foundry (our wedding venue) and had and continue to win awards annually since they've started. My husband and I are probably one of the worst couples to work with. We always feel bad for whoever works with us. We perform detail level of diligence whenever we make a decision in life but Yen made the job easy for us. She responded to all my inquiries promptly. Sometimes responding at 2 in the morning. Her level of client service impressed me even before we booked her. When it came to selecting dishes for cocktail hour, reception, dessert etc i was lost. There was a comprehensive list of dishes for each segment of the wedding from all types of cuisines to choose from. Yen gave us a lot of suggestions/input and basically told us she can make anything we wanted. When we went to the tasting - we were even more impressed. It was a cute setup with two other couples at the Foundry's Albra room. They served wine, ten types of hors d'oeuvres, and different entrees she created for each couple. It was a great time and the food was amazing especially the hors d'oeurves. The tasting confirmed our thoughts that selecting them was a great decision. But it did not stop there, not only are they first a caterer but they also act as a pseudo planner. I did not hire a planner but with Yen/Gary i did not need one. They knew the foundry so well they gave us suggestions on table layout, wedding day timeline, ceremony process, and dealt with all my furniture rental. The level of attention to detail, care and professionalism Yen/Gary had displayed is rare. They will make your wedding day dreams come true if you select Real Foods as your caterer! Read less
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Kazumi
Wedding:
4/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We first met Yen and Gary with just our wedding date and a venue, nothing else. We had a vague idea of what kind of wedding we want to do, but nothing specific. They gave us so many ideas, suggestions, plans and options, according to our budget, cultural background and what kind of crowd we're gonna have. We were so caught up with work, but Yen and Gary were so patient and kind enough to follow up with each details we had to go through before the wedding.
Our wedding was such an amazing day for us, for our parents and for our friends! Everyone loved the food, everyone kept saying the best dinner at a wedding they ever attended!!! We feel so lucky and fortunate that we found the Real Food Catering!!!!! Recommending everyone I know whose planning to have a wedding in New York City!
We first met Yen and Gary with just our wedding date and a venue, nothing else. We had a vague idea of what kind of Read more...
We first met Yen and Gary with just our wedding date and a venue, nothing else. We had a vague idea of what kind of wedding we want to do, but nothing specific. They gave us so many ideas, suggestions, plans and options, according to our budget, cultural background and what kind of crowd we're gonna have. We were so caught up with work, but Yen and Gary were so patient and kind enough to follow up with each details we had to go through before the wedding.
Our wedding was such an amazing day for us, for our parents and for our friends! Everyone loved the food, everyone kept saying the best dinner at a wedding they ever attended!!! We feel so lucky and fortunate that we found the Real Food Catering!!!!! Recommending everyone I know whose planning to have a wedding in New York City! Read less
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