About Restaurant Associates
Restaurant Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier hospitality company, operating over 100 prestigious locations. Restaurant Associates, based in New York City, provides premium food services to museums, performing arts centers, aquariums, corporate dining, educational facilities and off-premise catering events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Toronto. Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, the world’s leading foodservice organization.
Corporate & Educational Dining Services
Restaurant Associates operates a portfolio of corporate accounts spanning a variety of industries including publishing and media, advertising, banking and financial, technology, beauty and fashion, sports, law firms and educational facilities. Our exclusive and proprietary list is well over 100 accounts. Our cafés have won numerous awards & recognitions including The World Bank Group for Food Management’s Best Menu, Café 57 at Hearst Publications for Catersource’s Non-Commercial Caterer of the Year and the Royal Bank of Scotland being the first and only venue in the country to receive a 4 star Green Restaurant Association certification.
Our commitment to upscale corporate dining has led the way to develop the following successful culinary programs: New York Steakhouse, Everything Vegetarian, Middle Eastern and Global Chef Series, Using local food festivals and seasonal specialties to enhance the café menus, the culinary team constantly surprises our guests with new menu items and culinary trends. Acknowledging the importance of nutrition and wellness, Restaurant Associates has an extensive wellness platform that includes registered dietitians to showcase our wellness offerings and explain our programs to guests with monthly Wellness Awareness Days.Cultural Dining Services
Performing Arts Centers
Performing Arts Centers Aquariums
We strive to provide world class dining at the world class venues we have the privilege of being located in. We provide unforgettable dining occasions that are unique to each of our museum, performing arts center and aquarium partners that complement the venue and exhibits that the customers have chosen to visit. From afternoon tea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a Provence-themed menu at the National Gallery of Art, to the National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitsitam café offering a menu based on the indigenous foods and culinary traditions of five regions of the American Indians, we offer a variety of distinct dining options for our guests. Our dining venues have received many awards & recognitions including The Wright Restaurant at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum winning the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design and the 2010 AIA NY State Design Award for the design of The Wright. Other award winners were the National Museum of the American Indian winning 2nd place in the 2010 Gourmand Cookbook Awards The Best in the World in the World Cuisine Local category for The Mitsitam Café Cookbook as well as winning the Silver award in Cookbook Design by Pubwest . The Terrace Restaurant at Longwood Gardens also won Best Mushroom Soup at the annual Mushroom Soup festival as well as Bravo Restaurant at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 4 years in a row and the Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction 3 years in a row.
Catering by Restaurant Associates
Catering by Restaurant Associates is one of the premier caterers for corporate, social and fundraising events. Whether at one of our exclusive locations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to an off-premise location, they are a favorite among the luxury goods, fashion, movie and cosmetic industries. Some of the spectacular events that Catering by RA has catered recently have included the Galas for Metropolitan Opera Opening Night, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and New York Philharmonic Annual Opening Night & Spring Galas. Catering by Restaurant Associates also does some of the most exclusive television upfronts including CBS, ABC and the USA Television Network this past year. The most recent fashion events were all catered by Catering by RA including Tommy Hilfiger, ELLE Magazine, Tory Burch and Rachel Roy.