We all need a little Rosh Hashanah in our lives right now. For those unfamiliar with the fall holiday, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It’s a time to seriously reflect on the year that’s passed, think about what’s ahead, and (like all Jewish holidays) eat enough to make multiple family members self-diagnose a dietary allergy. Whether you want a special takeout dinner that involves more than just honey and apples, or you’re desperately seeking an outdoor dining experience after some insufferable audio glitches during a Zoom shofar blowing, here are ten NYC restaurants offering specials this year. Shana tova.
This relatively new barbecue spot in Chelsea Market is offering family-style meals that will feed between four to six people, which is convenient since that’s exactly the personnel range your sister allows in her house (even before 2020). Each set meal comes with your choice of turkey or brisket, as well as braised kale, mashed sweet potatoes, gravy, rosemary-walnut streusel, cornbread, cinnamon babka bread pudding, and, our personal favorite side, jelly made from manischewitz. Make sure to schedule your pick-up order before Saturday, September 12th at noon, which you can do via email at email@example.com or going to their website.
Not even Adonai himself could muster the time or energy to make challah from scratch in a studio apartment during a global pandemic. If you’re looking to supplement your Rosh Hashanah with various baked goods you definitely didn’t bake, order from Breads Bakery. They’re delivering things like apple challah, some of the best chocolate babka in the city, and two different kinds of fancy honey that will instantly turn your apartment into an artisanal walk-in pantry. You can pre-order for pick-up and delivery through their website here.
Ashkenazi food hogs up much of the Jewish food spotlight in NYC (“hog” is figurative here, of course). For those looking to celebrate a sephardic Rosh Hashanah dinner, know that Kubeh in Greenwich Village is offering a special outdoor dining meal as well as at-home meals for one, two, four, and six people. Each dinner comes with Breads Bakery challah, Persian bean and noodle soup, fattoush salad, cauliflower with beet tahini, roasted eggplant, and your choice of stewed chicken with walnuts and pomegranate, dill tahini fish, couscous with raisins, leeks, and cinnamon, or lamb with prunes and apricots. Pre-order your to-go meal through their website here, or secure an outdoor dining reservation here.
Mile End’s Rosh Hashanah specials are available starting September 14th, in case you accidentally booked a trip upstate on the weekend of Rosh Hashanah and now feel the sort of immense guilt your grandmother worked so hard to instill in you. Go to their website to place your order for things like brisket, mushroom barley soup, and a serving of pickles meant for eight people that you might eat alone at midnight.
As much as you may want to live out a fantasy of staging your own 30 Rock Rosh Hashanah episode, Liz Lemon is quarantining in LA and The Rainbow Room isn’t open for service. What you can do is order a Rainbow Room holiday dinner to eat at home. Place your pick-up or delivery order for a meal that comes with things like brisket, apple and pomegranate salad, and an apple upside-down cake. Call 212-632-5016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miznon on the UWS has a few options for four-person Israeli dinners available for pick-up or delivery. You can choose your main course (lamb stew, eggplant, chraime cod, beef stew, or coq au vin), and you’ll also get apples and honey, matzo ball soup, vegetable sides, challah, tahini and other sauces, and honey cake for dessert. Mizon will deliver anywhere in Manhattan, and Bergen County, New Jersey - as well as on Long Island. Place your order before September 15th at 8pm through their website here. Miznon North also has outdoor dining available, in case you’re looking for an in-person celebration.
Seed + Mill
It’s possible Rosh Hashanah is bumming you out this year because you can’t go home to see your family, and, least importantly, you can’t admire your cantor crush on the bimah. Seed + Mill (a vegan, kosher halva specialty store in Chelsea Market) is shipping slices of their fresh halva all over the country. Make a plan with your family ahead of time to order the same cinnamon halva to your respective homes, and the holiday might feel a little more special. You can check out their online store to see all the flavor options and place your order.
Zaro's Family Bakery
Another option for kosher baked goods is Zaro’s. The original location in the Bronx was founded by a Jewish immigrant back in the ’20s, but now they have locations everywhere. For Rosh Hashanah this year, they’re selling things like five different kinds of challah, everything rugelach filled with cream cheese, black and white cookies, and cakes. You can place your order for pick-up or delivery through their website.
If your Jewish bakery allegiances lie with Russ & Daughters, you can order one of their High Holidays specials for pick-up at their Orchard Street location and delivery all over Manhattan. They’re selling raisin challah, cinnamon babka, raspberry rugelach, honey cake, and special honey (as well their typical menu of bagels and smoked fish) for pick-up and delivery between September 14th and September 22nd. Russ & Daughters isn’t accepting any in-person or phone orders, so use their website to pre-order yours.
Dates, apples, and raisins are nice - but we can all agree that they’re more symbolically fulfilling than they are emotionally fulfilling. If you’re using Rosh Hashanah as an excuse to order a platter of bagels and nova for your family gathering, Zabar’s has smoked fish and bagel kits available for delivery and pick-up. They’re also selling more traditional Rosh Hashanah dishes and desserts, in case you simply cannot proceed without brisket and honey cake. Check out the full list of options and place your order here.