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Esprit Events

216 East 49th Street 4th Floor New York, NY 10017 – View on Map
(212) 207-3888   ellen@espritevents.com
www.espritevents.com

Esprit Events is NYC’s upscale, boutique catering company offering an innovative and stylish approach to kosher events.  As a family-owned boutique caterer, we offer our clients a hands-on & personal service that the larger caterers just can’t.  

Kosher Options:
Kosher Only, Glatt Kosher Meat, Kosher Dairy, Glatt Kosher Pareve

Documents:
The Esprit Difference

Locations Served:
New York - Manhattan

Average Price:
$$$

Cuisine:
American, Asian, Dessert Specialists, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Steak, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian

Kosher Supervision:
Orthodox Union

Exclusive Venue(s):
Various

Recommended Venues:
Tribeca Rooftop, Glasshouses, Espace, Capitale, Manhattan Penthouse, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Guastavinos, Trump Soho, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Altman Building, Studio 450, The Marriott, The Foundry, Angel Orensanz, Edison Ballroom, 82 Mercer, Battery Gardens, Maritime Parc, Chelsea Piers/Pier 61,

Off-site catering available:
Yes

Home delivery available:
Yes

Liquor License:
Yes

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Esprit Events

Esprit Events


Overall Rating (4.4)


Overall Food (4.7)


Overall Service (4.3)


Overall Flexibility (4.3)


Overall Value (4.2)

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  • strongwat





    Would recommend: No     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Beware!!! We used Esprit Events for our daughter's wedding. After months of planning, I cannot even begin to describe what a disappointment this caterer was. There was no food ready for the cocktail hour. My guests waited half an hour before the food started to flow, and only after I ran down to the kitchen to see what was going on. They only planned for 2 bartenders for 150 people, so the lines for drinks were unacceptable. They ran out of white wine and champagne and did not refill any water glasses. My husband and I did not get any champagne at our own daughter's wedding! We had decided on a buffet style luncheon with 4 different stations. I was shocked to see tiny appetizer plates set up for the buffets, so guests were only able to take small amounts of food. When they went back for more, the trays were empty because there was not enough help to refill them. I saw the general manager of the company was running back and forth to the kitchen with his suit and tie on! The dessert "extravaganza" looked nothing like pictures they had shown me. There was one buffet table set up for 150 people. The containers of ice cream and whipped cream were never refilled, nor were any of the desserts, in particular the brownies we specifically requested for the groom. And such long lines! I chose this caterer based on reviews by other people and seeing pictures of their presentation. I was greatly misled. For the money I spent, I could have used one of the top caterers in NYC. My guests left hungry and thirsty! What an embarrassment! Do not use them!

    Response: I’m sorry you had a bad experience. We’ve been in business over 15 years, we cater many special celebrations each month, and we strive to create the best possible kosher catering experience for our community.

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: No     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Recently attended a wedding catered by Esprit at studio 450. There were problems from the beginning to the end. Mostly, it was understaffed; 2 bartenders for 150 people on a very warm day...the lines were ridiculous. Hors d'oeuvres were not served until 20-30 minutes after the ceremony. And then only 6 items on a tray. The poor server was attacked by all the hungry guests. The buffet luncheon was self serve, long lines and appetizer size plates. While the food was good, it was not replenished in a timely manner and no one wanted to wait on the long line. The dessert buffet, again long line, only one table and too be honest I could have done a better job. The brides parents paid $200 per person for just the catering...I really expected so much more!

    Response: Successful catering is definitely a combination of great food and wonderful service - one doesn't work without the other. We strive to explain to our clients that they need the correct level of staffing - dependent on both the number of guests and the layout of the venue. It's never a good idea to try and cut back on service staff as a cost-saving measure.

  • fajac12386





    Would recommend: No     Has booked this listing: No

    Comments: Esprit Events was the kosher caterer at a wedding I was invited to. For a party of 150 guests, this caterer was grossly understaffed, and a wedding that does not have enough staff does not run smoothly. Hors d'oeuvres were not set up on time for the cocktail hour. We waited at least 20 minutes for food to start coming out. At lunch, there was no one to orchestrate the flow of guests going to the food stations which resulted in very,very long lines. There was no one behind the stations to serve. When the guests FINALLY reached the stations, they were faced with trying to fit their dinners onto appetizer plates. There were NO dinner plates!! . On top of that, there was not enough staff to refill the food at the stations, refill water glasses for the guests, and only 2 bartenders. They could not handle the long lines of people waiting for drinks, plus they ran out of champagne, wine, tequila, and seltzer. Dessert is usually everyone's favorite part, but this dessert buffet was not impressive. Once again, there was not enough staff to refill the platters of cookies and sweets, so most of us did not get a chance to even sample everything. Really disappointing!! Had the caterer planned for the right amount of help, there would have been no problem, but it was obvious they were more focused on presentation than service. Everything else about this wedding was beautiful, but the poor service ruined what should have been a perfect day for the family. I would be very cautious about hiring them for an event.

    Response: Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your comment with regards to staffing - we agree that appropriate levels of staffing are key to a successful event. The layout of each venue, the selected menu and the number of guests determine the required number of staff. You are now one of several guests at the May 17th Studio 450 wedding to comment on this website about the staffing. We certainly understand that the host and her guests were disappointed. Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.

  • NY Foodie





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: My fiance\'s family hired Esprit and I, as well as all the attendees at the event, emphatically agree with the great reviews posted here. ESPRIT DESERVES 10 STARS! Ellen and her staff are a pleasure to work with, responsive, attentive to detail and professional. And the food is beyond what my family could have hoped for. We got raves from all our friends. We couldn\'t be happier with the service, food and value! Did I also mention that dishes that are beautifully presented and unbelievably delicious? I can\'t wait to use them again for our next affair! If you\'re planning an affair - look no further!

  • MollyS





    Would recommend: No     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: I was very disappointed in Esprit Events and would not recommend them to anyone for their special day. My mother and I planned everything ourselves, but we were at the mercy of a caterer who was unable to handle a wedding buffet luncheon for 150 people. Luckily, our band was amazing, so our guests were distracted from the poor service and lack of food and drink. I, however, will never forget it!

  • PaulJay





    Would recommend: No     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: My wife and I made a big mistake hiring Esprit Events for our daughter's wedding. We needed a kosher caterer to accommodate some family members and had heard positive reviews about them. Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong. When my wife complained to the owner, Ellen Vaknine, about the multiple problems, mostly related to under staffing and running out of food and drinks, she was offered an insignificant refund and this response: "... I reviewed the quantities of food & beverage that were sent to your event – and they were in line with what we typically send. The level of staffing we assigned was correct..." We have worked with several caterers in the past, always relying on their expertise to determine what was required for a successful party. We did the same with Esprit, paying exactly what they asked for staff and food per person. We did so assuming they had the experience to tell us what was needed. We were wrong. My wife did not accept their refund, as she felt it was insulting to be offered such a small amount. I would not recommend them.

  • m_golden





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Esprit catered our daughter's engagement party - it was so, so nice. The passed hors d'oeuvres were truly elegant - beautifully presented and oh, so delicious! Their Sushi station really is unusual - in addition to the regular sushi and they have a sushi with fruits and vegetables and healthy grains. I was so pleased be able to offer our guests something new and different - and the Argentinian meat station and hummus bar were just great. I wish I had saved room to sample all of the desserts - but all I managed was a baby chocolate truffle. Next time....

  • estherposner





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: No

    Comments: We hired Esprit to cater our son\\\'s Bar Mitzvah celebration on September 20, 2015. The food was fantastic. The sushi bar is something to be seen (and tasted). It was delicious. The stations, passed Hor dourves and main meal entrees were very pretty to look at and tasty to eat.

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: I used Esprit to cater my recent wedding and heard nothing but rave reviews on the food and presentation from so many of my guests. Our friends and family were very impressed. Our Rabbi even told us this was the best food he has ever had at an event! Throughout the entire planning process they were a pleasure to work with and i would highly recommend them!

  • Mother of the Bride





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: For the catering of our daughter's wedding, the food was delicious, the presentation beautiful and the service efficient. We also appreciated Esprit's patience through several menu changes.

  • Julie R





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Great experience with Esprit catering for my sons Barmitzvah this past March . The food was delicious . Amazing sushi selection. Courteous staff and good service. All the recommendations for the floor plan and table arrangements were great . Would choose this again for my next celebration.

  • Betsy





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: No

    Comments: Esprit just catered our daughters wedding and they are by far the best at what they do! Our guests raved about the quality, taste and presentation of all the food. Their staff was professional and caring and super easy to work with. If I lived in NYC I would only use them to cater events. Amazing and wonderful

  • ElizaV





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: We used Esprit for our Manhattan wedding. They made our wedding very special and very memorable. Our guests couldn't stop raving about the food! Their menu is innovative and modern. Esprit's sushi chef is really a showman. He put out an amazing array of colorful and delicious fish and vegetarian sushi. Everything they served was complex and elegant. We couldn't be happier with Esprit's work at our wedding!

    Response: Liz and Mark - Thank you for the review! It was a pleasure working with you both. Esprit wishes you a healthy and happy future together!

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Esprit catered our recent annual celebration with appetizers and desserts. Really fun food, that tasted great. Staff were attentive the night of the event and Biana was awesome dealing with us in advance. Very accommodating. Great vendor to work with! Marla Cohen, Executive Director Kane Street Synaoguge

  • mindel





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Esprit was amazing! Their prsentation was fabulous and their sushi was amazing. You would never have known it was kosher. The service is great as well. They are very pleasing and strive to make you happy. I would highly recommend them.

  • MollyL





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: We chose Esprit Events for our spring wedding in May and the food was simply amazing! Our guests couldn’t stop talking about the creative candy sushi that was there and the delicious food. If you are looking for a company that doesn’t serve run of the mill kosher food then I would definitely check out Esprit. Ellen was also very attentive when I had questions; she always got back to me within 24 hours and was happy to cater the menu to my preferences.

  • Roni_J





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: So far I have planned two events with Esprit, (my two daughter’s bat mitzvah) and they have failed to let me down. Each time I met with Melanie she was fully prepared and knew the ins and outs of kosher food. Both times we served their fresh strawberry champagne for the adults, it added the perfect sweetness to go along with our array of passed horderves. The chocolate cake that we had at the end was absolutely dream worthy, the only that that I am sad about is that Esprit doesn’t have a restaurant where I could eat there whenever I please. I’ll just have to settle with using them for all of my future events!

  • Stacey





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Esprit catered my husband's 50th birthday two weeks ago and they were exquisite. I couldn't stop thinking about their dessert tray and chicken sliders, every thing was so delicious. I would highly recommend them if you are planning an event!

  • Rande





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: We used Esprit Events to cater my daughter's Bat Mitzvah. Everyone raved about food -- fresh, creative and beautifully displayed Not only was the food amazing but entire process was pleasurable. Esprit is totally professional and a very thoughtful caterers. They provide insight, guidance and care as if it were their own celebration.

  • orenh18





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Espirit Caterers catered my wedding and it was absolutely amazing for every aspect. the food was delicious , presentation was amazing , and the service was great. everyone was very delighted with the food and that made me very happy.

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Espirit has catered all of my family events over the past few years. The food is great quality, unique and always executed perfectly. Not your meat and potatoes kosher caterer. Highly recommend them!

  • Lulu1029





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Espirit catered my wedding on June1, 2014 at the Maritime Parc in Jersey City, NJ. I highly recommend these caterers because they were professional, easy to work with and most importantly have the best food ever! The menus are really well thought out and modern and that’s what I loved about it. I am foodie and typically don’t find wedding food to be the best but mine was : )

  • NYCchick





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: I used Esprit because I had been to two events they catered and the food was just so fresh and delicious and beautifully displayed. My friend raved about how easy to work with and she was right. The food was amazing, the amounts were perfect and they worked with me to personalize it. i had a fairly limited budget and Ellen helped me get the best value. The staff they sent was incredibly helpful and professional and friendly without getting in the way. Esprit should be your first - and last - call.

  • liba





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Esprit Events catered our wedding and they were fantastic! They worked with us on every detail and created a menu that was specific to our tastes and needs. All of our guests were blown away--which we didn't think was possible. On the day of the event itself, Biana was extremely helpful, and the kitchen stayed flexible with their scheduling to accommodate anything that came up (as it inevitably does). Very grateful to Esprit and highly recommend it!

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: Used Esprit for my son's bar mitzvah and they were wonderful! The staff was very friendly and personable, while still being professional. They were able to get me everything I wanted but still managed to stay within my budget. I plan to use them again for my daughter's bat mitzvah, and reccoment them to all my friends!

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: No

    Comments: Our son was married two days ago and while the wedding was really wonderful, most people just keep telling us how amazing the food was. Esprit did the most spectacular job in a challenging venue. The food was incredibly imaginative and beautifully presented and, most of all, absolutely delicious. We have been to literally hundreds of weddings and never, ever have we tasted steak as delicious as Esprit served. They even managed to roll out a traditional French wedding cake - a tower of profiteroles - in honor of our new French daughter-in-law. Working with Esprit was a delight - the easiest part of the wedding planning. We would use them again in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymous





    Would recommend: Yes     Has booked this listing: Yes

    Comments: We just had a wonderful experience with Esprit at our daughter's Bat Mitzvah! From the pre-party tasting to the execution at the actual event, Esprit was attentive, listened to our ideas and created a menu that was unique and delicious. Our guests were amazed and impressed with the variety of passed appetizers, the buffet stations satisfied everyone from the meat eaters to the vegans, and our guests are still talking about the dessert buffet! I would highly recommend Esprit to anyone who is looking for a unique and delicious kosher experience!