Spare yourself the shopping, prep, and clean up by dining out on the Jewish New Year. Here are 10 restaurants for Rosh Hashanah where you can celebrate deliciously. Not near any of them? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.
Summer House, North Bethesda, Maryland
Kick off with challah bread complemented by apples and honey before moving on to matzo ball soup, braised beef short ribs, warm flourless chocolate cake, and more. Available September 29 and 30 from 5-9 PM. $44.95 per adult and $16.95 per child 12 and under (not including tax or tip).
Rave restaurant review: “Summer House is always a pleasure. The staff is super friendly and the hosts that greet you are friendly and sincere.”
Make a reservation at Summer House.
Felidia, New York, New York
Executive chef Fortunato Nicotra serves a four-course Rosh Hashanah dinner honoring the history of Italy’s Jewish community. Courses include marinated salmon with pomegranate and apples, roasted branzino, and two family-style mains: roasted chicken and red wine braised brisket. For dessert, flourless chocolate cake with white chocolate ice cream and challah with honey and apples. Available September 29 through October 1. $85 per person.
Rave restaurant review: “The food is excellent! The servers are charming and the townhouse setting feels intimate. Fortunato, the chef, is a genius.”
Make a reservation at Felidia.
Toloache–Midtown, New York, New York
Jewish and Mexican traditions gracefully blend to create an inventive Rosh Hashanah menu (a la carte, prices vary). There are braised brisket stuffed tacos, guacamole amped up with whitefish, dulce de leche glazed duck breast, and apple tart with honeycomb and dulce de leche-cinnamon sauce. Complement the meal with an Earl Grey accented kosher margarita. Available September 29 and 30.
Rave restaurant review: “The food, service, and atmosphere were perfect. This is why we love this restaurant and always bring new folks there.”
Make a reservation at Toloache.
Tocqueville, New York, New York
Indulge in a three-course menu to bring in the New Year. The meal begins with homemade challah and fresh apples before moving on to chicken bouillon soup dotted with chicken truffle ravioli, sea trout a la plancha, and tropical fruit pavlova with green coconut, mango coulis, and coconut-lime sorbet. Available September 29 and 30. $88 per person.
Rave restaurant review: “This is a sophisticated restaurant that offers fine food and service in a beautiful, romantic setting for discerning diners.”
Make a reservation at Tocqueville.
Equinox, Washington, D.C.
Chef Todd Gray puts a (mostly) plant-based spin on Rosh Hashanah with his four-course celebratory dinner. Courses include challah crostini with charred figs and mascarpone, red curried pumpkin soup, slow-roasted spaghetti squash with eggplant “lardons” and truffled mushroom cream, and apple croustade paired with rosemary caramel and vanilla bean gelato. Available September 30 and October 1. $55 per person; $25 per person for the optional wine pairing.
Rave restaurant review: “Best restaurant in D.C. Wonderful plant-based menu. Impeccable service. And you can have a conversation — not noisy. Beautiful dining room.”
Make a reservation at Equinox.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, Chicago, Illinois
They put out quite a spread to celebrate. Opening choices include gefilte fish with red beet horseradish and matzo ball soup. Main options are herb-roasted chicken, braised beef brisket, and halibut in papillote. For dessert? Flourless chocolate cake or apple pie. Available September 29 and 30. $54.95 per adult and $24.95 per child 12 and under (not including tax and tip).
Rave restaurant review: “Our favorite restaurant in Chicago! Excellent in every aspect. A restaurant that should be on everyone’s list.”
Make a reservation at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab.
Mon Ami Gabi, Bethesda, Maryland
Executive chef Andrew Fleischauer serves a family-style menu including challah bread with sliced Gala apples and honey, matzo ball soup, beef brisket, and flourless chocolate cake. Available September 29 and 30 from 5-9 PM. $44.95 per adult and $17.95 per child 12 and under (not including tax or tip).
Rave restaurant review: “We truly enjoyed Mon Ami and the food was delicious and the service was outstanding.”
Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi.
Mity Nice Bar & Grill, Chicago, Illinois
Enjoy traditional dishes served family-style including chopped liver, potato-crusted Lake Superior whitefish, beef brisket with gravy, challah bread, kasha varnishkes, noodle kugel, and potato pancakes. Available September 29, 4-8 PM and September 30, 4-8:30 PM. $44.95 per adult and $17.95 per child 12 and under (not including tax or tip).
Rave restaurant review: “Wonderful place, been visiting for years!”
Make a reservation at Mity Nice Bar & Grill.
Casolare, Washington, D.C.
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with a sweet treat. Honey raisin challah is served with honey butter, Honey Crisp apples, and local honey. Available during dinner on September 29 and 30.
Rave restaurant review: “One of the best meals I’ve ever had. The staff was amazing and the food was incredible. I can’t wait to go back.”
Make a reservation at Casolare.
High Street on Hudson, New York, New York
It’s not the High Holidays without some blue-ribbon baked goods. Score sweets galore – caramelized honey cake ($15), chocolate babka ($19), and chocolate chip cookies ($30 per dozen) – as well as plain and golden raisin challah ($10 each). Available through October 3.
Rave restaurant review: “Loved the food and the service. I’m a vegetarian and I was delighted by the tasty and inventive options. Would definitely recommend and go again!”
Make a reservation at High Street on Hudson.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (Joe’s Seafood, Mity Nice, Mon Ami Gabi, Summer House).