Break out the matzoh, for the first days of the Passover holiday are upon us — beginning at sundown tonight, and lasting for eight days, from April 14 to 22. With its dietary restrictions (the prohibition of leavening being the most well-known) and the centrality of the Seder meal, Passover has always been a holiday deeply entwined with food. And while many Jews will spend the first nights at home at Seder dinners with family or friends, some New York restaurants will hold Passover specials throughout the holiday. Here are four to consider.
Chef Einat Admony is one of the most accomplished Israeli chefs in town (and one of the more impressive chefs in the city, period), so it’s no surprise that her Passover spread is impressive: Teaming up with Missy Robbins formerly of A Voce and Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate in Chicago, she’s offering a family-style menu heavily influenced by Italy. In keeping with a mood of celebration, there will be a live band and an afikoman (the piece of matzoh hidden, generally for children to find). Standout dishes at the NoLita restaurant include leek and Swiss chard cakes and braised short ribs with walnuts, sweet garlic and dates. Served on April 15 only. 214 Mulberry St., 212-966-7366, balaboostanyc.com
Every year, Julian Medina’s restaurants celebrate Passover with a Jewish-Mexican sort of fusion, and this year is no exception. Crossover dishes include braised short ribs with matzoh-potato croquettes and chipotle-braised brisket tacos. There are even margaritas with kosher tequila and matzoh tortillas. The menu is offered through April 22. Multiple locations, toloachenyc.com
This Brooklyn ramen spot got a great deal of attention for its “deli ramen,” essentially matzoh ball soup with ramen and smoked meat — so it’s not too surprising it gets in on the Seder game, too. In the restaurant’s Pop-Up Shabbat on April 21, there will be a four-course menu of traditional Seder dishes with a Japanese spin, whether potato okonomiyaki instead of potato pancakes, or a Manischewitz granita. 271 Smith St., Brooklyn, 718-643-0781, dassara.com
Located above the beloved Upper West Side supermarket, Fairway Cafe will serve its third annual Seder with a three-course meal, all family-style; options include classics like chopped liver, matzoh ball soup, brisket and tzimmes. And each table gets a Seder plate (with all the symbolic foods traditionally eaten on the holiday) and a Haggadah (the text read at the Seder). April 14 and 15. 2127 Broadway, 212-994-9555, fairwaymarket.com