Happy New Year!
Sunday, September 25th marked the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which ran from sunset on Sunday, Sept. 25th until sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. Following Rosh Hashanah is Yom Kippur on Tuesday, Oct. 4th at sundown until sundown on Wednesday, Oct. 5th. For those of you who don’t have a plan yet for the High Holy Days, don’t fret!
Here’s a short guide to a few places around the city that are offering kosher meals for the holidays—whether you dine-in or are looking to cater at home—and even ideas of where to participate in a Tashlich (the act of throwing bread crumbs into moving water to get rid of your sins).
This Williamsburg staple is offering a la carte options to break your fast for Yom Kippur from both their eatery & sandwich counter. Items such as bagels, smoked fish, syrniki pancakes, Eastern European wines, challah, and smashed potatoes are available to order now at the eatery & grocery. Bagels are available for grab-and-go at the sandwich counter from 8:30am-3pm.
Where: 312 Leonard St, Brooklyn
Though Russ & Daughters will be closed on Wednesday, October 5th, the cafe will be open for dine-in Break-Fast from 5pm-9pm. Reservations are not necessary.
Where: 127 Orchard St, New York
Sink your teeth into Orwashers’ Sticky Bun Babka Muffins for the most delicious treat to break your fast.
Where: Various Locations
Not a fan of sticky buns, but still craving something sweet? Get a loaf of Breads Bakery’s mouthwatering chocolate babka. With chocolate in every bite, we promise it won’t disappoint!
Where: Various Locations
Always coming in with the clutch, Zabar’s is Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur ready with their Apples and Honey Crate (as well as other baskets and gift boxes). If you’re looking for more than just the honey, rugelach, challah, and spreads you can also pick up main courses, “great beginnings” (gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup, chopped chicken liver), sides, salads, and baked goods. It’s all kosher.
Where: 2245 Broadway
This Jewish NYC Deli (and Canadian-style restaurant) will be serving delicious Rosh Hashanah dinner if you’re interested! Make a reservation for their Manhattan location as soon as possible if that’s the route you’re looking to go for the Holy Holidays, otherwise, you can also have your dinner at home catered by them — just fill out the form here.
Where: 97 Hoyt St (Boerum Hill) and 53 Bond St (NoHo)
2nd Avenue Deli is a kosher-certified deli that offers a thorough Rosh Hashanah dinner menu for catering. Their catering menu is extensive, and they also normally offer a menu for your Yom Kippur meal to break the fast.
Where: 162 E 33rd Street ( second location: 1442 1st Ave)
The chef and owner, Rafael Hasid, is a Tel Aviv native who’s brought Israeli cuisine to Brooklyn by way of the Miriam Restaurant. Pre-order your Rosh Hashanah dinner on their website here, where they will be serving items including gefilte fish, braised brisket, halibut, and an apple and honey cake for dessert.
Where: 79 5th Ave (Brooklyn)
This Upper West Side, Glatt Kosher restaurant offers prepaid lunch and dinners for your Rosh Hashanah festivities. Their prix-fixe menus can be found on their site here, ranging from $64 to $108. You’ll have to pay in advance when you make your reservation, but it’s worth it instead of dealing with the hassle of cooking and cleaning yourself at home.
Where: 668 Amsterdam Ave
Citarella will offer Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur menus featuring items like Brisket, Gefilte Fish, Matzo Ball Soup, Smoked Fish Platters and more. Orders can be placed either in-person, by email, phone, or online.
Where: Various locations across NYC
Anywhere by the Hudson River, East River, or Harlem River will work as places to participate in tashlich. If you are looking for a service to participate in before tashlich consider the free services at Kabbalah Centre New York, Ohel Ayalah and Kol HaNeshamah.
Also published on Medium.