Catering

Catering

Catering

We do not take reservations at the cafe. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

We offer two types of catered events. BBQ buffet parties with a bar or what we refer to as bar parties which include a private bar and a minimum guarantee in alcohol sales. With a bar party you can order a selection of our platters.

If you are interested in booking an event please Contact Koren Jones using the form below. Please only fill out this form if you are interested in booking one of our catering packages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Group Reservation & Catering Menu

Please click on the menu image or link to open the pdf catering menu. This requires Adobe Reader.

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Requests will be answered Monday through Friday between 10am and 5pm.


General Catering Frequently asked questions

Do you ever close the restaurant for private events?
On occasion, upon approval by NYC Parks, we can close the restaurant for private events. During the months of May, June, July and August, we do not close the restaurant forĀ  private events on Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday all day and night. We do occasionally close the restaurant on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening, but it is costly. We will close the restaurant for lunch parties Monday through Thursday, depending on the amount of people and menu selected.

Can we provide our own music?
We do not allow outside music, unless the restaurant is closed for your group. The cafe has satellite radio music. All amplified sound must end by 10pm.

Do you require a deposit and what type of payment is acceptable?
Once you have booked a party, we require a 30% deposit. Final payment can be made by company check or credit card. Final payment is due the day or night of the event. We do not bill parties.

How long will you place a hold on a date?
We will hold a date for two weeks. If we do not hear from you in one week, we will release the hold. A party is confirmed once we receive the deposit.

What if our company is tax exempt?
To qualify as New York State tax exempt, you must provide us with the “New York State & Local sales & Use Tax, Exempt Organization Exempt Purchase Certificate” tax form #ST-119.1(702). Payment must be made by company check or a company credit card. We cannot accept cash payments for tax exempt organizations.

What happens if there is a rain issue?
For bar parties without food, one must cancel the day before the event, otherwise the bartender fee in nonrefundable. For bar parties with food, one must cancel 48 hours in advance to receive a refunds, except for weekends, where the cancellation must be received the Thursday before the event.

Do you provide a bag or coat check in?
We do not provide for any check in unless the event pays for an attendant.

How will your staff identify our guests?
All guests must wear some form of identification. We provide wrist bands at no additional cost.

Do you have a private space for BBQ Parties?
No, we are a large open area restaurant with no walls or doors. We do chain off parties as best as possible; however, we are in a public park and can not stop people from walking through the restaurant.

Where are BBQ parties held?
All BBQ Parties are held under the covered area (rotunda) at the south end of the restaurant. We do not provide seating on our outdoor patio for BBQ Parties

BBQ Menu Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer seating in your outside patio area for private parties?
No, unless the host closes the entire restaurant.

Are guests allowed to bring in their own decorations?
Yes, but they must clean up those decorations at the end of the event.

Can a host play their own music?
No, unless the event closes the entire restaurant. The Boat Basin Cafe plays music through loudspeakers located around the restaurant offering a variety of satellite radio stations. All amplified sound must end by 10pm.

Can I bring my own cake?
Yes. A $1.50 plate charge per person will be assessed if the event does not provide their own plates and utensils.

How do our guests identify the party area?
We provide signage. When booking your party, please let the catering manager know what the signage should read.

How will your staff identify our guests?
All guests must wear some form of identification. We provide wristbands at no additional cost.

Do you have private spaces for BBQ Parties?
No. We are a large open area restaurant with no walls or doors. We do chain off parties as best as possible; however, we are in a public park and cannot stop people from walking through the restaurant.

Where are BBQ Parties held?
All BBQ Parties are held under the covered area (rotunda) at the south end of the restaurant. We do not provide seating on our outdoor patio for BBQ Parties.

What type of bar arrangements do you require for BBQ Parties?
All BBQ Parties must have a bar on consumption or a bar on an hourly basis. We do not allow cash bars at BBQ events.

Bar Parties Frequently asked questions

Is there any fees for Bar Parties?
A bar setup gratuity of $150. is required for each bar at the event.

How many people can one bartender serve?
We recommend one bartender for every 75 people who are attending an event. If you choose not to pay more than one bartender, service may be delayed if the event has more than 75 guests.

What if my guest count increases?
We cannot provide more bartenders at the time of the event. Additional bartenders request needs at least a two day notice prior to the event.

Is there a time limit on Bar Parties?
3 hours, unless management agrees to extend the event.

Is there any forms I need to sign?
Yes, the bar agreement for private parties. Contact us for a copy of the form.

Is there seating and tables at Bar Parties?
Yes, we provide seating and tables for approximately 25 people and some tenting.

What if it rains?
If it should rain, Bar Parties are moved under the covered area.

Can an event be cancelled?
For Bar Parties without food the event must cancel the day before, otherwise the bartender fee is not refundable. For Bar Parties with food the event must cancel 48 hours in advance to receive a refund, except for weekend events when the cancellation must be received the Thursday before the event.

Can we bring in our own decorations?
Yes, but they must clean up those decorations at the end of the event.

Can a host play their own music?
No, unless the event closes the entire restaurant. The Boat Basin Cafe plays music through loudspeakers located around the restaurant offering a variety of satellite radio stations. All amplified sound must end by 10pm.

Can I bring my own cake?
Yes. A $1.50 plate charge per person will be assessed if the event does not provide their own plates and utensils.

How do our guests identify the party area?
We provide signage. When booking your party, please let the catering manager know what the signage should read.

How will your staff identify our guests?
All guests must wear some form of identification. We provide wristbands at no additional cost.

Do you have private spaces for Bar Parties?
No. We are a large open area restaurant with no walls or doors. We are in a public park and cannot stop people from walking through the restaurant.