One of the Jewish religion’s most sacred and widely observed holidays, Passover commemorates the story of the Israelites’ departure from ancient Egypt. Jews observe the weeklong festival with a number of important rituals, including traditional Passover meals known as seders, the removal of leavened products from their home, the substitution of matzo for bread, and the retelling of the exodus tale.
Here are seven excellent Manhattan restaurants that are perfect for a Passover dinner or seder.
Balaboosta, in Nolita, is the latest creation of Israeli-born chef Einat Admony. Balaboosta has a homey atmosphere where Admoney serves up traditional Israeli dishes. Balaboosta is a safe bet, as it comes highly recommended by New York Magazine’s restaurant critic, Adam Platt.
Mile End Delicatessen
Mile End Delicatessen’s decor is very modern. It has a busy atmosphere and for good reason; the food is fantastic. Zagat described it as “a hip, low-key spot where the Montreal-style Jewish deli menu is highlighted by ‘killer’ house smoked meats.”
Every year, Julian Medina’s restaurants celebrate Passover with a fusion of Jewish-Mexican dishes, and this year is no exception. Entrées include braised short ribs with matzo-potato croquettes and chipotle-braised brisket tacos. There are also margaritas with kosher tequila and matzoh tortillas. Check out what The New York Times has to say about this cross-cultural Passover option.
Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters offers delicious renditions of classic Kosher dishes that are worth their high price. The New York Times wrote a full page story about this Lower East Side establishment, so it’s a must-try at some point, regardless of whether you choose Russ & Daughters as your Passover eatery.
La Brochette is one of only a few Manhattan restaurants that offer a kosher fine dining experience. The main dining room is large and open yet elegant and quiet. La Brochette is well-known for its dry-aged beef, veal & sushi; we have heard the carrot ginger soup is out of this world!
Prime at the Bentley
Prime at the Besntley is an American eatery offering inspired kosher fare (steaks, sliders, and sushi) in an extraordinary setting. The restaurant is located on the roof of the Bentley Hotel and boasts sweeping views of the East River.
Reserve Cut in the Financial District is another high-end kosher steakhouse with a wine room & French-Asian menu that includes sushi and Wagyu beef. Its dry-aged steaks are expensive; however, more affordable options such as the Spicy Tuna Roll and Setai Vegi come highly recommended!