7 Spots for Celebrating Passover

From traditional feasts to a creative cocktail party, here's where to go
April 9, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. Want to spend Passover with one of our recent 30 Under 30 honorees? Chef Josh Lewin is putting together a prix fixe Passover feast for Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30-11 PM. Dinner begins with matzo made with einkorn, a grain with Biblical roots and one of the oldest forms of cultivated wheat. Then comes a multi-course meal of matzo ball soup, braised beef brisket, and Turkish Passover cake. Dinner is $42 per person; plates can also be ordered a la carte. (25 Charles St; 617-723-7575)

Cook. From Monday, April 14 through Monday, April 21, chef Paul Turano's Newton New American will add some unique twists to traditional Seder fare, including beef and barley soup with herb yogurt and preserved lemon; braised lamb with cedar roasted asparagus and matzo gremolata, and a chocolate cake with orange meringue. (825 Washington St., Newton; 617-964-2665)

Craigie on Main. Options, options. On Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, chef Tony Maws will offer two Passover tasting menus: a six-course ($98) and eight-course ($118) experience that includes plates like house smoked sablefish salad, matzoh-crusted halibut and lamb three-ways. (853 Main St; 617-497-5511)

Kitchen Kibitz. Modern Jewish pop-up Kitchen Kibitz is swapping its emphasis from "cuisine" to "cocktails" for a creative event at The Hawthorne on Sunday, April 13 from 6-8 PM. "Sipping Seder" will be an evening of five coursed cocktails, whimsical drinks inspired by flavors of the feast. (And each will be accompanied by passed hors d'oeuvres.) Expect sips like "The Parting of the Sea," a gin, sherry and grenadine concoction, paired with pastrami duck on rosemary matzah; and the "Rebirth," egg and tequila with manishevitz syrup and crème de cacao, served with bourbon and pear harroset tarlettes. Tickets are $60 here.

Lumiere. For a pretty decadent dinner, celebrate the Seders with chef Michael Leviton (pictured) at Lumiere on Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 at 6 PM. Hosted by Rabbi Lev, the dinner is dubbed "Exodus: The Magical Epicurean Tour," and will include music and a multi-course dinner of matzoh-crusted smoked salmon, a charoset trio. Seatings are $100 for food and wine; $50 for children. (1293 Washington St., Newton; 617-244-9199)

Metropolitan Club. Want to eat out? From Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20, Metropolitan Club will offer a three-course prix fixe Passover dinner ($39) of matzo balls and chicken soup, veal brisket with potato kugel, and chocolate mousse with walnut meringue. (They can also be ordered a la carte.) Want to eat at home? Place a catering order by 2 PM on Thursday, April 10 and you can pick-up your Passover plates on Monday or Tuesday. (1210 Boylston St., Brookline; 617-731-0600)

Rosa Mexicano. From Monday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 22, the Seaport Mexican will put a Latin spin on Passover favorites. Think matzah ball pozole soup (made Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls), banana leaf-wrapped BBQ beef brisket, and matzoh-breaded chicken breast with a tamarind vinaigrette. Points for creativity. (155 Seaport Blvd; 617-476-6122)