Passover prix-fixe meals
Gourmet options for those who don't want to cook the seder feast.
Mon Mar 15 2010
Passover amuse-bouche at Telepan
Find old-school elegance and a conservative seder at this Tribeca bistro. The $150 price tag gets you three courses, including artichoke hearts and poached salmon. Sip on unlimited Israeli red and white wines while you eat at one of 15 communal tables adorned with traditional seder plates. All proceeds benefit the American Jewish Distribution Committee, an organization committed to helping Jews in need and promoting Jewish identity. 451 Washington St between Desbrosses and Watts Sts (212-966-4900, capsoutofreres.com). Mar 29, 30 at 6:30pm; $150.
The 2009 Readers’ Choice winner for Best Neighborhood Restaurant stays true to its homey reputation with a come-one, come-all “Progressive Passover.” A four-course prix-fixe meal features hearty comfort food like chicken-stuffed matzo ball soup and tongue-wrapped brisket. Nod your head to Yiddish pop and wash down the grub with $10 specialty cocktails, like Elijah’s Punch (Rum Clement, Manischewitz ice cube, salted-dried apple) or the JoeDoe Celery Soda (DH Krahn Gin, house-made celery soda, celery salt). 45 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-780-0262, chefjoedoe.com). Mon 29 sundown--11pm, Tue 30 5--11pm; $45.
Head to Soho for a Central Asian take on the Passover feast. Seating will be communal at this multicourse, two-day event, featuring dishes like pickled onions, chopped veal liver and fried trout. Wash it down with a different wine at every course, and enjoy the Seder hosted by the restaurant's own Chef Peter Hoffman. 70 Prince St at Crosby St (212-219-8570, savoynyc.com). Mar 29, 30; seatings at 6 and 6:45pm; $122 including tax and gratuity.
Bring the whole brood to Danny Meyer's newly revitalized Tabla for a five-course, Indian-flavored seder. Dishes like matzo ball soup with toasted coriander; banana-leaf-wrapped fish patties and Goan-spiced brisket will be served family-style at communal tables, with unlimited red and white wine flowing through the night. A restaurant regular will be on hand to lead the seder. 11 Madison Ave at 25th St (212-889-0667, tablany.com). Mar 30 at 6pm; $95, children under 10 $50.
Chef Bill Telepan applies his hyperseasonal approach to the seder. His four-course prix fixe ($65) includes inventive dishes like a “Passover amuse” of a potato latke with smoked trout, and dried-fruit chutney with gefilte fish. 72 W 69th St at Columbus Ave (212-580-4300, telepan-ny.com). Mar 29, 30 at 5pm; $65.
Note: Reservations are recommended for all seder dinners.