New York celebrates its Jewish community; so do New York restaurants. I always look forward to Jewish holidays since restaurants pull out all stops to craft some truly inventive and delicious menus for the holidays. This Passover, I expect great meals to be had at the following restaurants:
Joe Doe: 45 East 1st street. Joe Doe is seriously going all out. For $65 you can get the JoeDoe Seder Sampler (maror, charoset, chicken liver, fried matzo), Jewish Wedding Soup (chicken meatballs, matzo balls, pickled vegetables), Slow Roasted Brisket (horseradish potatoes, parsley sauce) and Komish Cookie Sandwiches (dark chocolate, cherry filling). For reservations and details, call 212-780-0262.
Redeye Grill: 890 Seventh Avenue – Redeye is celebrating Passover with the ultimate Passover treat: complimentary macaroons. The promotion will be on from Friday, April 6th to Saturday, April 14th. On top of that, they will be featuring Chozen Matzoh crunch ice cream. What is it? It’s vanilla ice cream loaded with chocolate and caramel covered Matzoh. So make sure to leave a little of the three-hour braised short ribs so you can leave room for dessert. For reservations and details call 212-541-9000.
Rosa Mexicano: Various Locations – Rosa Mexicano celebrates Mexican Passover annually. Their Passover menu will be available from April 6-13. It was curated by Jonathan Waxman and will be available at all Rosa Mexicano locations nationwide. The menu was inspired by Waxman’s Jewish upbringing and current culinary trends in Mexico City. It includes dishes such as: Haroset A blend of dates, coconut, tangerine, pomegranate, almonds, cinnamon and rose apples ($12), Braised Lamb Shank with dates, baby onions, garlic, tangerines and chili quinoa ($24), and of course SangrÃa Haroset Herradura silver tequila (Kosher) combined with apple and lemon juices, topped with Manischewitz reduction ($12).
The Russian Tea Room: 150 West 57th Street – How does a three-course Passover dinner ($90, $50 for children) at one of NYC’s most famous grand dining rooms sound? On the first two nights of Passover (April 6 & April 7), Executive Chef Mark Taxiera will showcase his versions of Gefilte fish and Matzo Ball Soup. There will also be more modern Passover dishes, such as Whole Roasted Branzino with stewed red cabbage and charoset. . For reservations and details call 212-581-7100.
William Greenberg Desserts: 1100 Madison Ave. – A New York landmark since 1946, William Greenberg is known for some of the best sweets in the Big Apple. This Passover, you can get all your kosher dessert needs: Greenberg’s famous macaroons (coconut, almond or chocolate dipped). These goodies are perfect for the Passover Seder. They will also have Passover cupcakes: chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and shaved coconut, nutty cake with chocolate frosting and sliced almonds, and nutty cake with raspberry and white chocolate. Sounds like a win to me. 212 861-1340