Not your rabbi’s seder: Five NYC restaurants hosting Passover dinners

Observe the eight-day festival with nouveau takes on the traditional Jewish seder at NYC restaurants, amped up with Italian, Mexican and Portuguese flavors

Challah with golden-raisin butter at Shalom Japan

Challah with golden-raisin butter at Shalom Japan Photograph: Filip Wolak

Passover kicks off at sundown tonight, and that means eight days of great food, bonding with family and friends, and popping bottles of Manischewitz on a Monday—because hey, it’s a holiday. Whether you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern fare, an Italian-inspired menu or South of the Border eats, we’ve got you covered with five stellar seder dinners in NYC.

Telepan: On Monday and Tuesday nights, Bill Telepan’s Upper West Side flagship will dish out a multicourse seder meal. Expect a Passover amuse of smoked-trout potato latkes; meat dishes like brisket with mashed carrots, or roasted-and-braised chicken with spicy chickpeas; and a flourless dark-chocolate cake with coconut sorbet to finish. Apr 14, 15. $95.

Balaboosta: For the second night of Passover, Einat Admony welcomes Missy Robbins (A Voce) and pastry chef Mindy Segal (Chicago’s Mindy's Hot Chocolate) to her Nolita kitchen. The trio will offer a family-style, Italian-inspired holiday menu, including pesce in saor (marinated mackerel with onions, pine nuts and raisins), chicken-vegetable soup with artichoke-scallion matzo balls, and brasato (braised short ribs) with walnuts, anchovies and dates. Apr 15. $125.

Louro: At David Santos’s West Village joint, Passover is served with a Portuguese spin. The festive spread includes a sardine salad with arugula and piquillos, gefilte fish with poached egg and piri tomato sauce, and matzo ice-cream sandwiches paired with your personal favorite wines—it’s BYOB. Apr 14. $65.

Toloache Running tonight through April 22, all three outposts of Julián Medina’s eatery—with locations on Thompson Street, West 50th Street and East 82nd Street—will be serving a Mexican Passover menu featuring brisket tacos ($13), smoked-fish guacamole ($14) and matzo-ball soup with an epazote-and-jalapeño-scented consommé ($10). Kosher wines and tequilas will be available, plus a Sabra margarita (kosher tequila, prickly pear, agave nectar; $12). Apr 14–22.

City Grit: Cookbook author Louisa Shafia (The New Persian Kitchen) takes over City Grit on Wednesday night for a Middle Eastern feast. Dig into Silk Road–inspired dishes like chicken-and-chickpea matzo balls, lamb stew and tahdig rice, and take home a copy of Shafia’s tome to practice at home. Apr 16. $85.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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