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ISO Reasonable Kosher Caterer for Bar Mitzvah Brunch In Northern NJ

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Can anyone help a friend of mine find a diamond in the rough? She is searching for a reasonably priced caterer to do a bar mitzvah brunch in northern NJ. Someone who can do more than smoked fish and bagles. She has eaten at affairs done by the usual caterers in Bergen County. Thanks.

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  1. I've heard good things about Five Star caterers-- supposedly they are reasonably priced and the food was good at the two events I went to.

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    1. re: serenarobin

      Their food is really good and Daniel Schreiber, one of the partners, goes the extra mile to please the customer and guests. However, their prices are way up there.

      1. re: serenarobin

        I know cost is relative so let me qualify by saying that with the food, mashgiach and service staff, they are around $50.00 per person which my friend says is beyond her budget.

      2. We were on a budget, but also, since our events were not in a synagogue, had some flexibility (did not need a mashgiach). We self catered - hired our own wait staff, rented our own linens and purchased the food from a caterer (we used Josh's Place in Manhattan and saved money by picking it up ourselves). We purchased silverware at a restaurant supply house and used fancy paper plates. It is more work for sure, but the waiters did all the set up, clean up; the food was outstanding and abundant, and everyone was happy. Josh's Place will also do full service of course.

        I find most of the food by local caterers passable, but lacking in creativity, quality and taste; not up to foodie standards. Note that we purchased or made our desserts - caterers buy 95% of their desserts all from the same bakeries, none of them particularly good.

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        1. re: mrogovin

          Mrogovin: Thanks. I will forward what you wrote but she is doing it in a shul and will need to be under supervision.

          1. re: Foodtekie

            Depends on the shul's policy. There are shuls that are perfectly happy serving food if it is delivered with the caterers seal still intact. I doubt there is a mashgiach temidi present every time the shul has a kiddush.

          2. re: mrogovin

            Can u please give me more reviews on Josh's Place? We are cosnidering using them for our event. What type of menu did you have- i.e. dairy or meat?

          3. Know a number of people locally who have used EJs (including for a bat mitzvah dinner). Not gourmet but more likely in your price range. I'd also call 8th day catering - they usually do brises but brunch is brunch.

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            1. re: daphnar

              Another vote for 8th Day Caterers. They do a very nice job.

              1. re: daphnar

                Thanks. I know she used them once. Exactly as you described but their strength is pizza and pasta and her party is too early for that.

              2. I did a bris brunch a few years ago with Menagerie in Englewood and was very pleased. It was bagels and lox and whole smoked whitefishes. But we also got three types of Kugel and omelet stations, fruit, appetizer salads. We also chose real plates and utensils as opposed to plastic, which I think is key to making it more upscale. It was very inexpensive for what we received and I think will likely be in your budget. They set up all the food so beautifully and there was a lot of it, the presentation and quality of the food was really the same as in a non-kosher event (and I mean that as a compliment!).

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                1. re: azna29

                  Thanks I will tell her.