Babka, Baby: Here’s Your Rosh Hashanah Eating Guide

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No one has to know that Nourish Kitchen + Table prepared your feast. Photo: Melissa Hom

This is that special time of the year the first of the High Holy Days when you feel like you should do something vaguely religious. Eating latkes counts, obviously. The Jewish New Year (September 4 to 6) rocks because it's one of the best food-centric holidays: It's basically sacrilegious not to feast on round challah, honey cake, and tons and tons of brisket. The good news if you live in New York, anyway is that you don't have to cook any of it. Whether you want to pick up a full spread to go or sit down and schmooze at a restaurant, there are numerous options. Here are sixteen good ones, ensuring that you properly celebrate Rosh Hashanah by eating your face off.

If You Want to Order Food to Go:
Breads Bakery
What: Israeli-born baker Uri Schefts offering a special menu of food that you can pick up to go, and it includes marzipan challah and a classic honey cake. Definitely order the apple babka a festive spin on the Best of New York-winning chocolate babka.
When: You can order now through Wednesday, September 4 by calling 212-633-2253.
Price: Prices range from $7.50 for herb bread with honey and apple chutney to $47 for a centerpiece challah with three ceramic bowls.

Mile End
What: Of course Noah and Rae Bernamoff have something special in the works: Their catering menu includes chicken and matzo ball soup, potato kugel, and braised brisket.
When: Orders must be placed by August 31, and all food is ready for pickup on September 4 at Mile End's Red Hook Commissary Kitchen (Pier 41, 204 Van Dyke St., 323A).
Price: Prices range from $7 for challah (serves four) to $26 for braised brisket (serves two).

Nourish Kitchen + Table
What: The new health-focused West Village restaurant is offering a full holiday dinner to go, which can feed four to six people. The spread includes the eatery's signature roast chicken with Moroccan spices, a side order of black quinoa with pomegranate seeds, diced apple, mint, and scallions, as well as roasted carrots and an apple kuchen cake.
When: Order anytime before September 3.
Price: $110 for the whole meal; $22 for just the roast chicken; $36 for the kuchen cake cinnamon-honey glaze and a coconut cake crust.

François Payard Bakery
What: All four locations of François Payard Bakery are selling a Rosh Hashanah French macaron collection, with raisin-pecan and green apple and honey variations. You can also buy an apple-honey cake.
When: Anytime!
Price: $29 for a twelve-piece macaron box; $39 for a cake that serves six; $52 for a cake that serves eight.

BKLYN Larder
What: With options like olive-oil-crushed potatoes, pickled beets with citrus and honey, and poached Scottish farmed salmon with capers, BKLYN Larders' offerings are bit more gourmet than your Bubby's gelfite fish. And that's a good thing.
When: Place orders by August 30.
Price: Prices range from $8 per cup for chopped liver to $26 per pound for braised beef brisket.

Shelsky's Smoked Fish
What: Know a picky New Yorker who wants gluten-free, vegetarian potato latkes? Of course you do, and Shelsky's has you covered. It's offering a special catering menu, with à la carte sides, latkes, desserts, and platters.
When: Order by August 30 at 3 p.m.
Price: Food is sold by the pound and by the person, and prices vary.

2nd Avenue Deli
What: If you need to feed your whole family, this is a one-stop shop. For $325, you can buy a spread for ten people, with your choice of soup, appetizer, entrée, side dishes, and dessert. It's a New York institution for a reason.
When: 48 hours of advance notice are required; available for delivery or pickup.
Price: $325 (but food's also available à la carte).

Russ & Daughters
What: Why not eat breakfast for your holiday dinner? Russ & Daughter's holiday menu includes salmon and whitefish gelfite fish, Baltic rye bread, and rugelach.
When: There's no strict deadline, but if you're preordering, do it soon.
Price: There's a $100 minimum for preorders, but you can always stop in and pick up foods à la carte.

If You'd Prefer Eating at a Restaurant:
Shalom Japan
What: This new Jewish-Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg is a debuting a new dish on Rosh Hashanah: "New Year's-style" duck. It comes with caramelized parsnips, apples, and Katz's honey viognier vinegar. Shalom's also serving Sake Kasu Challah with raisin butter in the holiday-appropriate round form.
When: The duck will be on the menu through the High Holy Days.
Price: $27 for duck.

Jack's Wife Freda
What: The Nolita restaurant's continuing its tradition of giving all diners free apples and honey during dinner service on September 4 and 5, as well as serving a special of honey- and red-wine-braised short ribs.
When: September 4 and 5.
Price: $28 for short ribs.

Kutsher's Tribeca
What: A prix fixe holiday menu includes five courses (like matzo ball soup, pastrami reuben egg rolls, and kreplach), plus dessert. The restaurant's also offering its full catering menu just make sure to give Kutsher's 48 hours of advance notice.
When: September 4 and 5.
Price: $85 per person; $50 for kids under 10.

Balaboosta
What: Einat Admony's running a few specials all of next week: a salad with poached, fresh, and oven-dried apples, watercress, grilled radicchio, hazelnuts and honey vinaigrette; ceviche with pomegranate seeds, fennel, roasted pistachio, cilantro, chili, and pomegranate yogurt; fish and leeks kebabs with spicy tzimmes puree and micro greens; and roasted poussin with rice and black-eyed peas, served paella-style with pomegranate walnut sauce.
When: September 2 to 8.
Price: TBD

Cherry
What: Celebrate the new year with a little unce-unce at this French-Japanese restaurant inside the Dream Downtown. Surprisingly, it's offering two holiday specials: chopped liver with shiso, umeboshi, celery, and pita, and black bass with fuji apple dashi, kabocha squash, and acacia honey.
When: September 4 and 5.
Price: $18 for chopped liver; $32 for black bass.

Tocqueville
What: Tocqueville's the place to go if you want modern takes on classic Jewish dishes. The prix-fixe, three-course holiday menu includes house-smoked arctic char with salmon roe and Greenmarket vegetables, and a duo of dry-aged prime sirloin of beef and braised cheek.
When: September 4 and 5 .
Price: $68 per person; $38 for children ten and under

Oceana
What: Chef Ben Pollinger is honoring the holiday by cooking grouper with an apple-and-shallot crust, which comes with a leek latke and fig jus.
When: September 4 and 5
Price: $34.

Katz's Delicatessen
What: Gilt City is (strangely) selling tickets for Katz's sit-down dinner. Admission includes a full meal (complete with latkes, pastrami, and babka), up to five beers per person, and your choice of an apron or T-shirt.
When: September 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Price: $80 per person.