Passover begins Monday, and for those of us looking to enjoy everything but the cooking, chefs across the city are ready to help out. From catering options to creative Mexican-Jewish menus, here are eight places offering unique Passover specials.
Chef Julien Medina, who converted to Judaism, created a special Passover menu for those seeking an alternative to traditional dishes. Starting off with kosher margaritas, tequila, and wines, guests can select from a variety of tasty plates. Brisket tacos wrapped in matzo tortillas, braised beef short ribs, and marinated halibut are a few of the chef's cross-cultural specialties available during the eight day celebration.
205 Thompson Street; 212-420-0600
As part of his weekly Nossa Messa Supper Club, David Santos is rolling out a Portuguese inspired Passover meal on April 14. The chef is putting his own twists on classics like sardine salad, which comes served with piquillos, arugula, and a matzo ball crumble. Additional items on the special menu include salmon, brikset, and matzo ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Tickets are $65 and can be reserved by contacting the restaurant.
142 W 10 Street; 212-206-0606
The glatt kosher steakhouse may have moved to a new home, but it's Passover specials are still some of the best traditional options in the city. With reservations available for both lunch and dinner from April 14 through April 20, guests can enjoy steaks, sushi and seafood dishes.
25 W 56 St.; 212-692-9292
The new pan-Mediterranean restaurant celebrates its first Passover holiday with a special Monday night feast courtesy of Israeli born chef Efi Nahon. The $65 three-course prix-fixe includes choices like chopped liver, matzo pie, or beet and salmon salad for appetizers; branzino and lamb shank are a few of the notable entrees . A selection of Israeli wines curated by owner Guy Goldstein will also be on hand for the opening night festivities, with the restaurant's oven providing a warm glow as a backdrop throughout the evening.
487 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-595-5050
A popular spot for Jewish comfort food year round, Kutsher's is offering a special Passover menu on both Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant will host two seatings each night beginning at 5 PM and 8 PM, with a traditional seder plate and more included for every table. Guests can choose from appetizers like crispy artichokes and smoked salmon potato latkes, while quinoa gratin and pan roasted "Catskill Mountain" trout are among the entrees. For dessert, flourless chocolate cake and a selection of macaroons among other sweets are available; Dinners are $85 per adult, and $49 for children under 10.
186 Franklin St.; 212-431-0606
This trendy Manhattan Mexican chain offers a $48 Passover prix fixe available from April 14 through April 22. The latin-inspired Passover menu features matzo ball pozole soup and banana leaf barbecued beef brisket.. Side dishes like kugel and green beans are also complimentary with the order of a prix fixe menu.
1603 First Ave.; 212-753-7407; additional locations
Available throughout the entirety of the Passover holiday, this quaint Upper West Side retreat is the place to go for enjoying matzo the way mom doesn't make it. Creamy tomato soup with matzo grilled cheese croutons, Swedish matzo chicken meatballs, and s'mores sundae - with matzo of course - are all available to enjoy. If members of your party wish to stick to tradition, the first two nights will have classic favorites like chicken noodle soup and brisket.
520 Columbus Ave.; 212-496-0163