Passover is just around the corner, with restaurants across New York preparing to celebrate the Jewish holiday. There are plenty of options for dining in and taking out, but be sure to call ahead — things are filling up fast.
Mile End Deli: With two locations in Brooklyn in Manhattan, there are three ways so spend passover with Mile End (shown above): one, a prix fixe dinner at either venue on Friday or Saturday night; an offsite seder at West Village's And&And on Saturday, complete with wine, matzo and a haggadah; an à la carte catering menu to take home everything from matzo stuffing to braised leg of lamb. Call 646-494-9508 or email email@example.com for more information. Tickets for events should be purchased in advance.
Fung Tu: This seasonal American Chinese restaurant is getting into the swing of things with a special Passover meal throughout the entire holiday (April 22-30). The Lower East Side hotspot from chef Jonathan Wu will highlight the neighborhood's mutually Chinese, Italian and Jewish heritage, preparing dishes like boiled potato gnocchi in tomato-herring sauce. (The special sauce comes from the institution that is Russ & Daughters.) There's also char siu brisket, which gives a Cantonese spin to Grandma's favorite meat.
22 Orchard St.; 212-219-8785
Rosa Mexicano: Mexican Passover? Might sound like an oxymoron, but this New York-based chain is putting a Latin twist on traditional items like charoset (dates, coconuts and tangerine join the apple "salad"), matzo balls (in a pozole broth; shown above) and brisket (wrapped in banana leaf with dried fruit). The four-course menu is available à la carte or for $48/person and must be enjoyed by the entire table. Just ask your server when you arrive on Friday or Saturday night.
Freds at Barneys: The Madison Avenue restaurant-within-a-department-store is offering both dine-in and take-out options including a full seder plate, Tuscan chicken liver pate, housemade gefilte fish, roast chicken with buttery potatoes (shown below) and, of course, brisket. The meal is available on Friday and Saturday for $110 per person and is served family style. This runs on both Friday and Saturday.
660 Madison Ave.; 212-833-2200
Breads Bakery: Both the Union Square and Lincoln Center locations of this bakery will offer a flourless menu throughout the holiday. Satisfy any pastry cravings with traditional macarons or more unusual fare: brownies, chocolate chip cookie and orange marzipan are just the start. We're most excited to try the matzo quiche.
Vic's: The NoHo restaurant will host its second annual Passover seder on Tuesday, April 26. Inspired by Hamishi dinners, or the secret meals Jews conducted in benevolent Christian homes during the Spanish Inquisition, there are à la carte specials including a seder plate, housemade matzo with horseradish lemon butter, a matzo omelette, smoked arctic char with pickled horseradish and braised beef tongue. Call to reserve your place.
31 Great Jones St.; 212-253-5700