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"Ethnic" Restaurants that Cater

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I'm looking to feed 50-60 people with tasy food. I am concerned that "caterer" means expensive and often means mediocre or boring food (especially for cheaper caterers). So I was looking for any suggestions for restaurants, particularly in Northern manhattan, that are reasonable priced and offer pick up catering (ie just a platter of food to go). Types of food I am thinking about are pan-latino (peruvian or columbian especially), italian, or middle-eastern; southern food might work too. Probably not interested in Indian or Chinese or African food. My hope is to spend around $30/person (I can spend more if they provide delivery, plates, servers, alchol, etc, but the time of place I am thinking of likely won't).

Northern Jersey or lower Westchester recs appreciated too but please post them here
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  1. Cascina, on 9th Av., b/t 45th & 46th Sts., serves very good Italian food, is moderately-priced, and does catering.

    http://www.cascina.com

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    1. re: RGR

      Thanks. It looks like the only do catering in manhattan between 14th and 59th and their take out catering is only monday through friday. Menu looks great though!

      1. re: Produce Addict

        Brio, on Lex & 61st St., caters. We had lunch there, albeit not recently, and the pastas were excellent.

        http://store3.geomerx.com/brionyc/ind...

        A quick check of Menupages for southern/soul restaurants in northern Manhattan that cater shows these: Amy Ruth's, Copelands, and Miss Mamie's Spoonbread.

        1. re: Produce Addict

          Paladar on Ludlow Street does catering (on and offsite). I have been there for their Latin American tapas and drinks and they were quite good (but I am no expert in Latin cuisine, so I am not the best judge). You can try and give them a call.

          http://www.paladarrestaurant.com/