Average catering costs in NYC? Looking at options and for around 140 people for buffet dinner. we are hoping to keep it under $15k but it’s looking difficult. Food itself isn’t the problem (~$110 pp) it’s the staffing and rentals (plates, silverware, etc). This doesn’t include booze that’s totally separate

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I got catering proposals ranging from 120-150 per person in Philly. Add another 10-15% for the NYC cost of living?

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Are you looking at venues and then bringing in catering and rentals? It seems counterintuitive but that often costs more than just going to a restaurant or other venue that already has it all. I would also recommend going somewhere and saying your planning a “reception” or “celebration,” as opposed to a wedding. You may get better prices. That number unfortunately feels low for your guest count. Would you consider cutting back?

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Did you try Thumbtack? They have some caterers there, some have buffet style and cocktail style appetizer style food options that could work in that budget.

Otherwise maybe look at some restaurant type venues if you haven't nailed down your venue yet, that will include the silverware, plates and such in their pricing

I’ll be honest we tried so hard to have our wedding in NYC but got priced out almost immediately due to things like this :(
I hope you have a better time searching than I did!

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