Seder Gets Spicy!

Don't have a rabbi handy? Levana's got you covered. Photo: A.J. Wilhelm and Carmen Lopez


Happening as they do at Uncle Martys and in church basements, Seder meals arent usually known for being very tasty. But if youre not worried about the meal being kosher we wont say anything to Marty you can go out and have an Italian, Mexican, or even Indian Passover celebration. Heres where to go.

Tablas Unleavened Bread Bar returns on April 3, at 7 p.m.. The three-course meal consists of gefilte fish, brisket doctored up with goan masalas from the West coast of India, and a matzo-crust cheesecake for dessert. Adults pay $90, and kids get in for $50 (plus tax).

The Rosa Mexicano restaurants will be serving Mexican-spiced Seders April 2 through 7: Theyve got roasted jalapeos flavoring the matzo-ball soup and chipotle chopped liver served with chicken chicharrones (a.k.a. gribenes) and tortillas. For dessert there are egg creams made with U-Bet syrup.

The Alicart restaurant group is offering a traditional Jewish Seder at Arties, a Mexican meal at Gabrielas, and an Italian celebration at Carmines, featuring chicken soup with dumplings and egg and roast chicken with orange, lemon, and ginger.

On April 2 and 3 Capsouto Frres will host a Sephardic-, rather than Ashkenazi-, style dinner. (The former centers on the Iberian Peninsula, the latter Eastern Europe.) Youll get a leek, spinach, and zucchini frittata, poached salmon, the egg, cheese, and matzo lasagne called mina, and a different Israeli wine with each course. (There will also be a full service led by a cantor.) Its $125 and benefits the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Levana, your one kosher option (Glatt kosher, in fact), is offering DIY meals and ones overseen by rabbis on April 2 and 3. Everyones eating Cornish game hen or prime rib, drinking wine, and paying $115.