Want to have a party at your house but have someone else do the cooking? Take the headache out of hosting a party with our picks for the best in home caterers.
4 Nassau Blvd.
Garden City South, NY 11530
The best way to set yourself apart from the plastic knives and aluminum trays of an average catering service is to go completely custom. PRIME Fine Catering specializes in custom designed menus detailed towards their clients’ specific needs and requests. From a simple private dinner or grand bash like communions and graduation parties, your needs will be very well taken care of. With an 18-page menu that is split into three categories—New York Deli Entertaining, Casual Entertaining and Elegant Entertaining—there is something for everyone.
The New York Deli option features party heroes, cold cut platters, and hot entrées including seafood, pasta, meats and side dishes. The Casual Entertaining section includes hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, party platters, wraps and finger sandwiches. Elegant Entertaining is classy with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, salads and appetizers, soups, and entrées including various prime meats, seafood, vegetarian meals and desserts.
374 Tulip Ave.
Floral Park, NY 11001
If cold salads and sandwiches aren’t your thing, kick up your party with some good old fashioned, messy barbecue. Smoked ribs, pulled pork, brisket, corned beef, shrimp skewers, wings and barbecue chicken await on the catering menu at Sempre Fame, a gourmet grill and barbecue joint. Sempre Fame translates to “always hungry” so be sure to order enough food for leftovers. Half trays feed 5-6 people and full trays feed 10-12.
Another reason to have Sempre Fame cater your affair is how truly dedicated the business is to giving back to the community, and knowing that they will treat your affair like one of their own. Owners John and Chris Cavallo give back to a list of organizations including The Ronald McDonald House, Association of Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS), Breast Cancer Research, Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Foundation, Sunrise Day Camp and they have also cooked for the volunteers who helped construct a park in memory of a Sandy Hook shooting victim and assisted victims of Hurricane Sandy.
409 Glen Cove Rd.
East Hills, NY 11577
Kitchen Kabaret offers four breakfast packages, five lunch options, seven dinner options as well as a la carte selections (sandwiches, salads, pasta, chicken, fish), dessert and more than two dozen appetizer and hors d’oeuvres choices. Fun starters include mini quiches, Stromboli bites, pinwheels, black bean spring rolls, stuffed focaccia squares and Swedish meatballs.
Party packages include options for everything from cocktail parties to galas. There is a sushi package with five different platters to choose from; four dinner packages including a classic, a deluxe, an Italian feast and barbecue; and a la carte entrées, each with extensive preparations of chicken, beef, pork, pasta, veal, fish, homemade salads and heroes. Some stand-out dishes include classic beef stew, chicken Cordon Bleu, chicken Francaise, spiral sliced ham, tortilla crusted tilapia, seafood stuffed lobster, and their house favorite hero with grilled balsamic chicken topped with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil.
Gemelli Gourmet Market North
716 Glen Cove Ave.
Glen Cove, NY 11545
Gemelli Gourmet Market North offers residents of surrounding communities authentic homemade Italian food, prepared fresh daily on-premise. Gemelli’s catering menu touches all culinary possibilities, including appetizer platters with assorted domestic and imported cheeses; coconut shrimp; and smoked salmon. Hors d’oeuvres include an assortment of mini stuffed quiches, eggplant meatballs, chopped baked clams and mini meatballs with raisins and pignoli nuts. Entrées run the gamut from pasta to pork and meatballs and sausage to sushi and carving board favorites.
Gemelli also has hot and cold buffet packages, wings, ribs, cold cuts, children’s menu and desserts. Gemelli’s party heroes go far beyond the expected, with choice heroes including the Ellis Island, with imported Parma prosciutto, speck, mortadella, fresh mozzarella, provolone, vinegar, eggplant and peppers.