The Best Catering in Brooklyn Means The Best Food, Period
- Jacqueline Raposo
- 3 Min Read
Brooklyn’s got everything. It’s got Prospect Park and Chinatown. It’s got Barclays and BAM. And as touted in Travel + Leisure, “once you think you’ve found the best restaurant in Brooklyn, there’s another show-stopper a block away.”
With so many outstanding eats from Bushwick to Bensonhurst, we’ve done the digging and rounded up the best catering in Brooklyn. So when you want the brightest in the borough but don’t want to leave the block, consider these ten Brooklyn catering restaurants standing out from the crowd.
Mini Melanie (Flushing Ave., Williamsburg)
For show-stopping pastry in teeny tiny packages, give Melanie a ring. This skilled chef worked for Mario Batali and Dan Barber before opening up her Brooklyn catering company, Mini Melanie. Customer favorites include mini Funfetti cookies made Instagram ready with a dunk in white chocolate and colorful sprinkles. And her fudgy one-bite brownies satisfy even the most chocolate-craving colleague.
El Kucho Mexican Restaurant (Wilson Ave, Bushwick)
El Kucho’s got some of the best catering in Brooklyn from dawn’s early light to your late-night taco cravings. For breakfast, burritos with eggs, chorizo, cheese rice, and beans in your choice of tortilla or tamales with chicken and cheese fuel a long day. At lunch, a taco or fajita bar allows team members to assemble steaming veggies, grilled chicken, beef, and shrimp. With a gigantic menu of customizable sauces, salads, and flautas, too, El Kucho delivers endless variety and so many flavors.
Lioni Italian Heroes (15th Ave, Bensonhurst)
Penne vodka, chicken Francese, and eggplant parmesan are customer favorites at Lioni Italian Heroes for a good reason – Brooklyn catering pro Paul DiSpirito tapped his grandmother Louise D’Alessio’s recipes to ensure “preparations for each dish make them perfect all the time.” Their party-sized heroes and extensive selection of classic Italian dishes are made fresh daily with only the finest ingredients. Lioni delivers old-school Brooklyn with timeless (and timely) hospitality.
Paesano’s on 13th (13th Ave, Dyker Heights)
Flavorful breakfast spreads, panini, and Italian specials are comfort food done right at this Brooklyn catering community favorite. But the party-sized sandwich menu is a sure-fire, no-fail catering order. Whether loaded with imported Italian meats like capicola and mortadella or a classic eggplant with mozzarella and roasted peppers, subs that are 3-6 feet long make everyday feel like Friday.
Joe and Sal’s Pizzeria (Franklin Ave, Crown Heights)
Every classic slice from Joe and Sal’s comes with a sweet and tangy sauce, a full-flavored classic New York crust, and chewy cheese to please. How elaborate the pie gets from there is up to you. Have fun with a zucchini and pancetta topped Gagootza pizza, or try a square Nonna’s with toasted garlic and crushed tomato. This Crown Heights local is Brooklyn catering’s best-kept secret. (But not for long.)
Asya Indian Restaurant (Henry St, Brooklyn Heights)
New Yorkers know comfort food knows no borders. And so the best catering in Brooklyn delivers delicious in chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, and saag paneer, too. At Aysa Indian, pea-and-potato samosas and chewy naan bread make every order a hit. But for even more comfort, finish off the meal with cottage cheese dumplings in sweet cream (rasmalai) or gajar ka halwa: thick carrot pudding studded with almonds and fragrant with saffron.
Mimi’s Hummus (Cortelyou Rd, Ditmas Park)
Locals love Mimi’s hummus — but her Middle Eastern menu doesn’t stop there. Beef kebabs and roasted veggies served up on a bed of herbed rice or stuffed in fluffy pita satisfy any day of the week. The Brooklyn caterer’s shawarma — a popular Israeli street food — gets a bright twist with tangy sheep’s milk yogurt and diced cucumber. And if you’re looking for a fail-proof dish sure to please, don’t miss Mimi’s roasted cauliflower. One of the longest-running items on the menu, it’s packed with lemon, garlic, and creamy tahini flavor.
Salad Pangea (Flushing Ave, Bedford Stuyvesant)
Look to Salad Pangea for healthy eating that’s sure to impress. Creative combinations of proteins, vegetables, crunchy grains, and sauces come ready for mixing and matching in themed menu items. Try pears, pumpkin, and quinoa in a Fall Harvest Salad Bar, or spicy Thai tofu, miso carrot ginger, and sesame-seared tuna in the Asian salad bar. The extensive menu of super fresh salads and grain bowl options mean everyone gets what they want and, order after order, boredom is never on the bar.
Pitas & Sticks (9th St, Park Slope)
Returning customers swear that ordering from this Brooklyn catering favorite means no leftovers. Bring in as much hummus, spanakopita, or falafel as you want, and it all gets devoured. “Sticks” of lamb, shrimp, beef, or chicken get marinated in bright Greek flavors of lemon and garlic and then char-grilled to perfection. Grilled vegetables, classic lemon potatoes, and seasoned rice all get Mediterranean love. So over order, and expect clean plates.
Domo Taco (Franklin St, Crown Heights and Willoughby Ave, Downtown)
If you’ve ever wondered what teriyaki steak, lemongrass chicken, or five-spice pork tastes like in a taco smothered with shredded cheese and Sriracha, Brooklyn catering favorite Domo Taco has got you covered. Their Asian + Mexican flavor fixings like corn tortillas and sesame crema come in customizable taco bars, kimchi falafel bowls, and battered fish burritos. Have them wrapped for individual orders, or in a spread for customizable creations. No matter which way you go, Domo adds a twist to Taco Tuesday.
Where will the best catering in Brooklyn take you next? Downtown or Dyker Heights?