Passover is one of my favorite holidays. I love everything about it, but it’s something we’ve only done at home. In recent years, though, a number of restaurants have started hosting gourmet seders of their own. Forget the anemic, jarred gefilte fish and stale matzo of your childhood! These restaurants are serving up delicious interpretations of classic Passover dishes that will please even the most pious. I can tell you that eating the fried matzo at JoeDoe feels like a religious experience even when it’s not Passover.
Several restaurants have shared their menus, including:
Hearty, Chicago: Chef Dan Smith is serving up a super-hearty Passover seder with matzo ball soup with carrot dill broth, housemade gefilte fish, braised smoked brisket, “Hearty” chicken in a pot, and apple matzo kugel, offered April 6-16. Reserve.
Jar, Los Angeles: Chefs Suzanne Tracht and Preech Narkthong’s seder on Friday, April 6th, features three courses, which includes a choice of their signature pot roast or Alaskan halibut, plus passed hors d’oeuvres, sides, such as horseradish mashed potatoes and sauteed pea tendrils, and dessert. Reserve.
JoeDoe, New York: Jill Schulster and Chef Joe Dobias are putting on a progressive Passover on April 6-8, featuring fried matzoh, Jewish wedding soup, slow-roasted brisket and Komish cookie sandwiches. Reserve.
The Russian Tea Room, New York: For $95 per person, this Manhattan mainstay is serving a three-course menu, which includes delights such as gefilte fish, beef brisket, and charoset strudel, all with a Tea Room twist. Reserve.