Passover is a time of reflection and celebration for those of Jewish heritage, when the community commemorates their ancestors’ exodus from Egypt and the end of slavery for their people. It comes with many traditions — from holding Seder on the first night with prayers and symbolic food items, to reading the story from the Book of Exodus in the Torah — and of course, lots of delicious (unleavened) dishes that have been passed down through generations.
This year, Passover begins on Wednesday, April 5 and goes through Thursday, April 13. Many NYC institutions have special Passover menus and treats that you can enjoy in-person or bring home to celebrate the holiday with loved ones.
Here are some choices for this year!
1. Russ & Daughters, Lower East Side
NYC staple Russ & Daughters has everything from matzo ball soup to kugel to macaroons all available for pick-up and local delivery (and even nationwide shipping!) for all of your Passover needs. You can order via their website or by calling them at 212-475-4880. The first night of Seder is Wednesday, April 5, but don’t wait until then to order since slots are limited and they fill up fast!
Where: 179 E. Houston St. (appetizing store) & 127 Orchard St (cafe)
When: Available now
2. PJ Bernstein, Upper East Side
Five-decade-old NYC Jewish dining staple PJ Bernstein is offering a special Passover menu with Seder plates, latkes, matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, stuffed cabbage, brisket with gravy and more — available for delivery, takeout, and in-restaurant dining.
Where: 1215 3rd Ave
When: Available during Passover
3. Dagon, Upper West Side
On Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, the UWS’s Dagon will offer a special Seder Menu with items to celebrate Passover. A Seder Plate will be shared on each table, plus there will be specials like a Duck Matzo Ball Soup, Celebratory Green Lamb Stew as an entree and Nutella Matzo Napoleon for dessert. You can either bundle them together for a $75 prix-fixe or you can buy them a la carte as you wish! Check out the full menu here.
Where: 2454 Broadway
When: April 5-6
4. Bubby’s, Tribeca
Bubby’s is doing it all for Passover this year! Starting with a dinner, you can join them on April 5 or 6 for a a $75 per person meal. The three-course menu will include pot roast, chopped liver, deviled eggs, matzo ball soup, and a special matzo crust berry pie! It’s also self-led and BYOH (bring your own Haggadah). Plus for the first time, Bubby’s will be offering take-out meals for local pickup on April 5th from 9 am – 2 pm. Enjoy a Passover Seder dinner from the comfort of your home for $120 per box, each serving 2 people. Learn more details here.
When: April 15-16
Where: 120 Hudson St
5. Magnolia Bakery, Multiple Locations
Magnolia’s beloved Matzo Crunch is back this year! The “ultimate Passover treat” consists of matzah crackers, topped with buttercrunch candy, dark & white chocolate, and toffee pieces. There are also delicious coconut macaroons (plus chocolate-dipped ones too) available. Check out all of Magnolia Bakery’s Passover options here.
Where: See locations here.
When: Available now
6. Barbounia, Gramercy
This Mediterrean restaurant is known prominently for their fresh fish and bread, and that’s exactly what the center of their Passover menu’s attention is on. Carefully crafted by Chef Amitzur Mor, highlights include the Passover Lamb Tasting, Grilled “Gefiltefish,” and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup. The Taboon-Roasted Nova-Scotia Halibut and Matzo-Hazelnut Napoleon aren’t bad either. The Passover menu is order a la carte! See full menu details here.
Where: 250 Park Ave S
When: April 5 – 9
7. Balaboosta, West Village
Feast on the creations of Chef Einat Admony as she prepares one-of-a-kind Passover specials for her guests of Balaboosta. Everything is a la carte and being served from April 5-12. Menu highlights include Matzoh Ball Chamusta (beef, baharat, chard, and lemon), Brisket Sabzi (herbs, persian lime, and spinach), and Seared Snapper (beets, yogurt, horseradish, and dill) Make your reservation to Balaboosta here!
Where: 611 Hudson St
When: April 5 – April 12
8. Nat’s on Bank, West Village
This West Village spot will be hosting their first ever Seder dinner this year, consisting of a three-course prix-fixe menu of modernized takes on holiday staples. For $75 per person, you can dine on menu highlights like beet pickled deviled eggs, Charoset (frisee, duck confit, cinnamon, red wine poached apple, toasted walnut, crispy shallot), Zaroah (NY Strip, soubise, cipollini onion agridulce, veal demi glace), Kugel Fries, and Chocolate Dipped Matzo. Check out the full Seder menu here.
Where: 51 Bank St
When: April 5 from 5 – 9 pm
9. City Winery, Meatpacking
City Winery is hosting a Downtown Seder on April 2 featuring performances by Bettye LaVette, David Broza, BETTY, Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket, Basya Schechter, Mark Vincent, Gary Lucas & The Golem, and Modi. There will also be special guests including Mayor Eric Adams, Terrance Floyd (George Floyd’s brother) Congressman Max Rose, and many more! The annual event will aim to “celebrate the freedom of allowing people to break bread (matzah), drink wine, laugh and sing, and contemplat the issues of the world.” Learn more about the event here.
Where: 25 11th Ave
When: April 2 at 1 pm
Written by Claire Leaden and Corey Fuller