Religious affiliation notwithstanding, Rosh Hashanah is a chance for everyone to indulge in mouthwatering plates of pull-apart challah, smoked fish and savory brisket. From sundown Sunday to Tuesday, New York City restaurants and bakeries join in on the festivities with limited-time dinner menus, catered feasts and special takeout pastries. From the traditional bread, apples and honey to a Mexican tarta de manzana & miel, here are ten gut-sticking ways to ring in the Jewish New Year this year.
All'Onda: Chris Jaeckle puts his Japanese-accented Venetian menu on hold for one night, serving a $75, four-course Rosh Hashanah dinner on Sunday from 5:30 to 10pm. Fill up on roasted beets, grilled snapper with pomegranate salsa verde, slow-cooked brisket and sweet-potato kugel.
Breads Bakery: Go straight to the source (of delicious Jewish baked goods, that is) and bring home award-winning chocolate babka ($12.95), baked-apple galettes with marzipan ($21.95) and, for the first time, spelt and wheat challah. Celebrating away from the city? The bakeshop ships a selection of their treats nationwide.
Épicerie Boulud: Upgrade holiday catering with seasonal fare from supertoque Daniel Boulud's market, available for delivery or pick-up from either store location. Order a la carte (potato latkes, noodle kugel, green-bean casserole) or get a complete six-person package for $250.
Fischer Bros. & Leslie: Round up some friends (and $350) for a ten-person, take-home spread from the city's oldest kosher butcher that includes gefilte dish, a choice of entree and a slew of sides like sweet-carrot tzimmes and noodle pudding.
Ivan Ramen: Get your at-home feast catered with chef Ivan Orkin's dashi-braised brisket ($175 for 6-8 people), slow-cooked in katsuo and kombu and topped with a Tokyo-style teriyaki sauce, scallions and an apple-ginger-honey chutney. Act fast, this offer ends tonight (email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mile End Deli: The Jewish-style deli goes back to its roots with a holiday supper served Sunday and Monday at the Manhattan location only. For $54, you'll get the full spread: apples and honey, matzo ball soup, chopped liver and pickles, braised brisket or poached salmon and honey cake.
Moore Food & Drink: Chef Harold Moore's newly unveiled brasserie at the Empire Hotel will run a festive, $75 dinner menu from Sunday to Tuesday, with dishes like smoked fish spread served on Black Seed Bagel chips, and a choice of roast chicken or braised brisket served with tzimmes, Brussels sprouts and potato kugel.
Francois Payard: Starting Friday, the famed patissier will turn out a limited-time apple-honey cake, prepared in traditional French financier fashion with freshly ground almonds and a topping of of sweet honey. Green-apple macarons will also be available in various sizes for shipping online.
Tocqueville: Enjoy a three-course dinner for $68 (children $38) that comes with a choice of appetizer (Jerusalem artichoke soup, house-cured sea trout), entree (schmaltz-roasted chicken, a duo of dry-aged prime sirloin and braised beef cheek) and dessert.
Toloache: Turn this fete into a fiesta with chef Julian Medina's South of the Border riffs on traditional Jewish classics, such as brisket tacos ($13), honey-chipotle-glazed salmon with Brussels sprouts ($25) and a honey apple tart with dulce de leche-cinnamon sauce ($10).