New York Immigration Coalition

On behalf of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), please accept this letter of reference for Manek Irani and Darbar NY. The NYIC has worked closely with Manek and Darbar Grill for three years as the caterer for our organization’s annual fundraising gala, and we are happy to say we recommend him wholeheartedly.

In the three years that we have collaborated with Darbar team, we have been consistently impressed with their professional, yet personal, touch in every aspect of the event. In addition, Darbar NY’s cuisine is exquisite. At our gala each year, our guests remark on the wonderful food and service, and we receive numerous requests for the caterer’s information. As you know, large catered events don’t always elicit that kind of unqualified praise!

Simply put, Manek and his team are a dream to work with – helpful, flexible, easy to communicate with, responsive, and able to come up with great options even when working within a limited budget. Because Manek is so attentive to detail and so committed to success, he doesn’t cut corners whatsoever – his team is more that fully staffed so service is efficient; and food is abundant. Because Manek is so fully trustworthy, he relieves our own staff of virtually all the stress connected to a catered event: we know that we’re in good hands with Manek and his team, and we can trust him to do his job with the utmost integrity and professionalism. At the event itself, he and his team give personal attention to each of our guests (and our event draws more than 400 guests) – filling special requests on the fly for folks with dietary restrictions, making sure that other folks working the event (for example, our photographers and our own staff) have food waiting for them if they’re not able to be seated at a table. This is exactly the experience that our organization tries to convey at our event – a personal and inviting experience for guests at our highly visible annual gala.

The NYIC highly recommends Manek and Darbar NY for catering opportunities, in addition to the wonderful restaurants which Manek manages. Should you need additional or further information, please feel free to contact Jackie via phone at (212) 627-2227 ext. 237 or via email at

Jackie Wong, Director of Administration