L'shana tova! Rosh Hashanah starts this Sunday, and even if you're a last-minute planner, there's still hope for a joyous, delicious start to the Jewish New Year. Not to mention one where you don't have to do any cooking — see below for ways to observe the High Holiday by dining out.
Jack's Wife Freda
224 Lafayette St., nr. Spring St.; 212-510-8550
When: All day Sunday
What: There will be apples and honey for everyone at the Soho restaurant, plus a special Rosh Hashanah dish.
45 E. 1st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-780-0262
When: Sunday at sundown
What: Head to the East Village restaurant for a three-course Rosh Hashanah dinner that just may be better than what you grew up with. Start with challah with wildflower honey, followed by gefilte fish with "golden sauce," slow-braised brisket with tongue sausage hash and sweet and sour sauce, and Jill's Mom's Honey Cake with apple and pomegranate sorbet for dessert. For an additional $10, try the High Holy Spirit, the restaurant's holiday-special cocktail made of Hirsch bourbon, port, lemon, and smoked dates.
Price: $50 per person; call to reserve
186 Franklin St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-431-0606
When: Sunday and Monday, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
What: In addition to their High Holiday catering menu, Kutsher's is offering a five-course tasting menu. Bring the whole family to the Tribeca restaurant for crispy potato latkes, Mrs. K's Matzo Ball Soup, your choice of a fourth and fifth course (including wild mushroom and fresh ricotta kreplach and Creekstone Farms beef brisket), family-style sides, and dessert. You can also get any of the tasting-menu items for takeout by calling to order by Friday.
Price: $85 per person, $50 for kids under 10; call to reserve.
150 W. 46th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-869-0900
When: Le Marais closes for the holiday on Sunday at 3 p.m. Special orders need to be in by Friday before noon.
What: The kosher steakhouse is celebrating Rosh Hashanah with special cuts of meat aged on premise, including roast duck with honey, prime rib steaks, roast veal, and lamb rack. Next day shipping is available anywhere within the continental United States.
Price: Prices vary per pound
When: Friday and Saturday
What: Ring in a sweet New Year with Payard's Apple Honey Tart — a tart shell filled with apples and honey, topped with a honey-glazed financier. Order online by Friday for delivery or pickup at one of the Manhattan bakeries.
Price: $33 for a tart that serves six, $44 for a tart that serves eight
The Russian Tea Room
150 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-581-7100
When: Sunday through Tuesday
What: Enjoy a more elegant holiday at the classic New York spot. Order from an à la carte Rosh Hashanah menu featuring a blend of Russian and Jewish cuisines. You can start your meal with carrot and apple tzimmis or matzo-ball soup, and end with sweet kugel or apple strudel.
Price: Entrees from $38-$42
1 E. 15th St. at Fifth Ave.; 212-647-1515
When: Sunday and Monday
What: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with homemade challah, apples and honey, and your choice of three courses. Starting with roasted chicken consommé with foie gras ravioli, matzo and vegetable mirepoix, followed by seared hanger steak and short rib, and an apple almond galette for dessert is just one way to go.
Price: $68; call to reserve