"...Yen and Gary made our wedding best of the best and our guests are still talking how perfect our wedding was. Whoever asks me for a caterer,I will definitely recommend Real Food!!..."
"...I already thought the world of Yen and Gary before the wedding just for putting up with all my emails, but the wedding itself surpassed every one of our expectations. The ambiance was magical: simple black and white, with green and white flowers and candles everywhere. We had planned to have the ceremony outside, but it rained the day of. What could have been a crisis was not a problem for them. They set up everything inside and it was even more beautiful than I could have imagined.
The whole evening went flawlessly--thanks to Yen and Gary, we were able to enjoy our own wedding and not worry about anything. Yen thought of all the little things, like when we were doing pictures, she brought us all a plate of hors d'oeuvres (since we were missing cocktail hour). And when I was panicked at the end of the night when I lost my camera, she calmly assured me that we would find it and helped me search all over until we indeed found it!
Anyone getting married in NYC should look no further--you will not get better food, service, and value anywhere (and certainly not from friendlier people)!!"
"Simply put, Yen is incredible. The food was spectacular and if that was all there was to Real Food Catering, it would still be an amazing bargain. But Yen went well beyond merely providing the food. We had a fairly complicated dinner planned (with multiple mini-concerts during dinner performed by our friends) and she figured out how to time everything so our guests had the experience we wanted them to. She made sure everything went smoothly with all the different vendors we had coming in. And I can't even count how many times throughout the night she checked in to make sure everything was as we wanted it. I still get a little emotional when I think about how great a job Yen did and how perfect our wedding was thanks to her."
"...Half of our guests were vegetarians and the other carnivores, and she balanced their needs beautifully. The appetizers were most awesome, and all the guests raved! Furthermore, Yen's staff was extremely responsive. The service was flawless but not intrusive. The bar was always stocked, and the transition between appetizer to entree to dessert went unnoticed by the guests. I would use Yen's services over and over again...."
"...From our first meeting onward, Yen went above and beyond the typical caterer role and at times almost felt like a wedding planner, offering great feedback and ideas to make the day perfect, the food excellent and the cost under control. Yen worked with us on our budget, helping us make small tweaks to the menu, the party rental furniture and other details so we didn't have to sacrifice to save.
Yen, her wait staff and the bartenders were awesome to work with and totally on top of everything, from the planning through the end of the reception. Also, be sure to include Yen's day-of coordinator, Gary. It was probably the best money we spent on the wedding, and he was a lifesaver throughout the day. We can't recommend him enough."
"From the day we went for consultation, we knew they stood out. Not only they cared about each and every wedding, they also put efforts to get to know us better. They have helped us get organized and gave us advices of how to go about the wedding whenever we needed. They were very assuring. Not only that, most importantly, the food they create was just incredible. Everyone was raving how good the food was...."
"...I am a research nerd and I looked at so many reviews on this site and others, and Yen's name kept coming up time and again. Well, the other reviews were right on the money. My husband and I could not have been more pleased with Yen's work. She and her team make you feel that they are genuinely as excited about your big day as you are--Jennifer and Joseph, in particular, were fantastic in making everything run smoothly and making certain that hubs and I were happy throughout. The food received raves--particularly the polenta, steak and fish entrees. The cocktail hour food was also incredible! We had fun planning with Yen, but most of all she inspired confidence and calm in her abilities to pull off a wonderful wedding..."
"...Not only did they provide the food for our day, but Yen and Gary take on the roll of wedding planners as well. They guided us with our DJ, our bakery, our table/linen rentals, as well as our decor at our venue Studio 450 in NYC. Yen and Gary were very accesible during our planning period - we put a lot of work in pre wedding which made the night go off without a hitch! Almost 9 months later, people are STILL talking about our wedding and a lot of that is thanks to Yen and Gary. If you have a venue that requires you to hire a caterer - dont let that overwhelm you! Hire Yen and Gary and they will walk you through the whole process!..."
"...We had an absolute blast at our wedding, and everything ran so smoothly, thanks in large part to this caterer. From the planning process to the actual event, we were so pleased and impressed by the helpfulness, responsiveness and quality of food provided by Real Food Caterers. Having our wedding in a loft, we were a bit nervous at first about being responsible for renting all of the furniture and supplies we would need to pull off our wedding, but we were led through each step of the process by Ms. Ngo, who oversaw everything from the linens to the cupcakes, and was a pleasure..."
"...I was extremely anxious about the wedding planning process, given that my husband and both work at least 80 hours a week, did not have a lot of down time to think through all of the little intricacies and details of the reception, and did not have the monster budget needed to throw a Martha Stewart Weddings-worthy event.
However, Yen totally came to our rescue. She was incredibly reassuring, patient, and professional from the start, and immediately assuaged our anxieties. She took the time to listen to us carefully and was very quickly able to deduce exactly the type of vibe that we wanted our create for our event. She came up with a brilliant, personalized menu that reflected our respective cultural backgrounds (Asian/Latino), which our guests (many of whom are serious foodies) continue to rave about even after the wedding. She also really helped out with mapping out the space and assisting us with aesthetic elements of the event. The other vendors that she recommended (for lighting, cake, and music) were absolutely top notch. Her staff, particularly Gary, the event manager, were super friendly and professional...."
"...they did such an amazing job. Our guests were so impressed with the food and the service. Yen is such a professional - I didn't worry about a thing. We could not have been happier!..."
"...We wanted to have a menu that had elements of a Chinese banquet. Instead of blowing smoke up our behinds, Yen let us know realistically what elements would work well in that space and what elements would not work well. We appreciated her professionalism and honesty and in the end it was an unforgettable night. From the table set-up to the h'ors d'oeuvres to the awesome service of the wait staff to the phenomenal dual entree...everything was a hit. So many people came up to us to tell us how great the food was and how attentive the catering staff was. Any doubts I had were obviously dismissed the minute Yen and her team walked in that day!..."
"Yen and Real Food Catering performed above and beyond my expectations! The food was fabulous her staff friendly and professional and her willingness to help me, a first time mother of the bride was well beyond what she HAD to do. Also her referals for music, party rentals ,flowers etc were all fantastic. I highly recommend using Real Food Catering no one could have a done a better job."
"...I cannot save enough positive things about Yen and Real Food Catering and am not giving these "5s" lightly! People raved about the food (which was amazing) and it really suited everyone's taste from friends, to family and guests from overseas.
Yen is like a combination caterer and wedding planner and could not have been easier/more fun to work with. Her team is completely professional and even made our initial tasting visit special. They are understated, but always there if you need the slightest thing. Yen has an incredible aesthetic, so not only is the food wonderful, but it looks beautiful on the plate and she had great suggestions about our table settings as well. I would recommend her without hesitation..."
"...I have to say that people could not stop raving about the quality and service. From the day we hired Yen she helped us with all of our vendors and each person she recommended we ended up hiring. I've never worked with someone so professional and helpful. Get the Skirt Steak, Dumplings, and Chilean Sea Bass!!"
"I think a lot of people throw around 5-star reviews -- I'd like to say that I don't do that, but I don't see how I could give Yen anything less.
She was great to work with she will do anything you want, but if you ask her she will give you useful advice based on her experience, which is ample. We had our ceremony and party in the same room, which made her responsibilities for setting up that much more important. In the run-up to the wedding she made us feel very confident and comfortable, because she is a real pro and it shows. The quality of the food was excellent (we got many compliments), and all of the staff members were super-friendly."
...I am a research nerd and I looked at so many reviews on this site and others, and Yen's name kept coming up time and again. Well, the other reviews were right on the money. My husband and I could not have been more pleased with Yen's work. She and her team make you feel that they are genuinely as excited about your big day as you are--Jennifer and Joseph, in particular, were fantastic in making everything run smoothly and making certain that hubs and I were happy throughout. The food received raves--particularly the polenta, steak and fish entrees. The cocktail hour food was also incredible! We had fun planning with Yen, but most of all she inspired confidence and calm in her abilities to pull off a wonderful wedding..."
"There are no words to really express how happy my husband and I were with Yen. Throughout the entire planning process she was there to calm us and assure us of certain things. She is so organized and really knows how to please her clients. The food at our tasting was delicious, but the food at our wedding was even better. Every meal was equally tasty which sometimes get compromised with catering. The cocktail hour was perfect and the dessert was wonderful. Not only did she provide amazing food but her planning and taking charge of the set up was fabulous. When I walked into the venue (which was a raw space) everything was what I wanted and looked perfect. We were supposed to have a hurricane the day of the wedding and Yen kept me updated. I was not nervous at all because i knew my wedding was in the right hands. The weather ended up being perfect and the rain subsided and my day was perfect. In addition to wonderful food, service and staff the price was perfect...."
"Yen and her staff are amazing. Not only are they attentive but their food is absolutely delicious. Everything from the hors d'oevres to the midnight snack tasted amazing. During the cocktail hour especially, guests could not stop telling us how incredible the hors d'oevres were."
"Real Food Catering turned out to be perfect choice for our New York wedding on a budget. From beginning to end, Yen and her staff were an absolute joy to work with and proved to be extraordinarily professional, classy and personal. During our consultations, it was apparent that she was more than just a caterer but an exceptional event planner. Yen wants the best for her clients and that is just what we got.
One of the challenges in choosing a caterer was that we didn't want the traditional sit-down wedding. We had a lot of personal touches and events planned throughout the evening and we needed a caterer to be flexible and considerate of our ideas. Yen understood this entirely and provided us with great input. She really took the time to get to know us and tailor-fit her food to our wedding and that is what sets Real Food Catering apart from the other caterers we met with.
Another big concern for us was our strict budget. Aside from hiring a caterer and a venue, we pretty much, with the help of our talented friends and family, did everything ourselves in an effort to keep costs down..."