Dining & Food

Events at Columbia Law School (CLS) are normally organized by Special Events, Faculty Affairs, Faculty Assistants, Center/Program Coordinators, or Administrative Department Staff. Third party events at CLS are organized by the CLS liaison. Please refer to this guide for a successful event: Event Planning

Noteworthy

COVID-19 Resource Guide

Follow the University and Law School guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our community:

Organize Events

Indoor Eating and Drinking

Per updated University guidance, small groups of Columbia affiliates (25 persons or less) are permitted to eat indoors on or off campus. Please be sure to observe the following guidance:

  • All individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear masks indoors when not eating or drinking. It is also important to minimize the time without masks to be as short as possible. Masks should be lowered when eating/drinking and put back on between bites and during conversations. They should be replaced when a meal is finished.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must maintain six-foot distancing if eating indoors and minimize time without masking.
  • Individuals should always attempt to take food to a separate location where distancing is feasible so as to protect themselves and others who are at higher risk or who are uncomfortable with eating without distancing.

Reimbursement Guidelines

For purposes of academic enrichment, full-time faculty are encouraged to take students to lunch during the course of the semester or, as an alternative, may choose to host a semester-end gathering. These meals or events should not exceed $35 per person (excluding tips and tax) and should be limited to no more than 25 persons this semester. For more information related to meals or event planning, please email the Business Office at events@law.columbia.edu.

Please note that cash or cash equivalents (gift cards or certificates) of any amount are always considered taxable by the IRS. Gift cards (including for Grubhub and UberEats) are not eligible for reimbursement.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of expenses or requests for reimbursement, please contact the Law School Business Office at concur@law.columbia.edu.

All food delivery and drop-off on campus do not require a contract and payment is made against an invoice. However, a contract is required for events of 30 or more attendees. Please refer to Event Contracts

We strongly encourage you to choose from one of these vendors that have already been vetted and approved by Columbia University: Approved Master Agreement Vendors


    Catered Events

    A purchase order is strictly required for catered events that include waitstaff or other labor. Please know that if alcohol is served, a NYC Temporary Catering Permit is also required for each day of the event. Please refer to Purchase Orders

    Choose from one of these Preferred Caterers when catering events on campus: 

    Famiglia Pizza
    Contact: Jorge Tiburcio
    Phone: 212-865-1234

    Scholastic
    Contacts:  Alonja Perez & Katie Konowich
    Phone: 201-343-0630

    Blake & Todd
    Contact: Sean Martin
    Phone: 917-565-2854

    FieldTrip
    Contact: Adriana Johnson
    Phone: 917-639-3919

    The Halal Guy
    Contact: Noaman Dar
    Phone: 516-439-0313

    Letters of Credit

    CLS issues Letters of Credit to Local Preferred Vendors for the following reasons:

    1. Refreshments for TA sessions and in-class Faculty-Student Events (P-Card payment)
    2. Sit down events at Local Preferred Venues with 29 or fewer attendees (Invoice payment)
    3. Faculty hosting events in their home (Invoice payment)
    4. Alcoholic Beverages purchase at Local Preferred Vendors (Invoice payment)
    5. Columbia Bookstore purchase (Invoice payment)

    To request a Letter of Credit Template* from the Business Office, email events@law.columbia.edu with the Subject: Letter of Credit Template and provide the following information:

    • Your Full Name
    • Name of your Department, Center, or Program
    • Mailing Address
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number

    For occasional, one-off events, email events@law.columbia.edu with the Subject: Letter of Credit* and provide the following information:

    • Vendor
    • Person Making Purchase 
    • Name of your Department, Center, or Program
    • Faculty Name & UNI (if applicable)
    • Purpose
    • Event Date
    • Location
    • Attendees #: List full names of attendees if 10 or fewer

    *Only authorized employees can issue Letters of Credit on behalf of Columbia Law School. 

    Delicatessen

    Hamilton Deli (212) 749-8924
    Strokos Gourmet Deli (212) 666-2121


    Ethiopian/Caribbean Cuisine

    Freda's Cuisine (646) 438-9832
    Massawa (212) 663-0505


    French Cuisine

    Le Monde (212) 531-3939


    Greek Cuisine

    Symposium (212) 865-1011


    Indian Cuisine

    Manhattan Valley (212) 222-9222
    Roti Roll (Bombay Frankie) (212) 666-1500


    Italian Cuisine

    Pisticci (212) 932-3500
    Famous Famiglia (212) 865-1234
    V & T Pizzeria (212) 666-8051


    Mediterranean Cuisine

    Marlow Bistro (212) 662-9020
    Samad's Gourmet (212) 749-7555


    Southern Cuisine

    Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (212) 694-1777


    Spanish Cuisine

    Tropical Sensation (212) 222-0098


    Supermarket

    Morton Williams (212) 666-4190
    Westside Market (212) 222-3367


    Wine & Liquor

    International Wines & Spirits (212) 280-1850
    Martin Brothers Wines & Spirits (212) 222-8218
    The Winery NYC (212) 222-4866