There are plenty of alternatives for places to go to get the family together to celebrate the New Year.
As we continue enduring a record hot summer, the idea of standing in the kitchen slaving over a kugel for Rosh Hashanah can be understandably unappealing.
And while the idea of a home-cooked holiday meal has its delicious perks (meatballs anywhere else never taste as good as my mom’s), if you feel like interrogating your grandchildren about their love lives in a new setting this year, there are plenty of alternatives for places to go to get the family together to celebrate the New Year.
But you better call ahead soon, or you’ll be stuck doing dishes.
Here are just a few restaurants around the city offering special menus for Rosh Hashanah, whether for a sit-down dinner or for takeout:
9010 Roosevelt Blvd.,
A staple in Northeast Philadelphia, Tiffany Diner will continue its tradition of offering special dinners for the holiday on both nights.
For $23.99 a person, you can enjoy soup, salad, a choice of chicken, turkey, beef or salmon and dessert.
You can also just get individual plates if you don’t want the full meal. It is recommended to make reservations at least a week before.
Ben & Irv’s:
1962 County Line Road,
This list wouldn’t be complete without this top destination for some good ol’ Jewish food.
They have a full takeout menu catered for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur available for $21.99 a person with options for a full dinner or a la carte on their website, benandirvs.com/holidays/.
They also will be doing a sit-down dinner both nights, but it’s better to call and make reservations, as spots are filling up quickly.
1236 Montgomery Ave.,
For the past 30 years, Evviva has hosted holiday dinners, and this year is no exception.
For both nights of the holiday, the Narberth restaurant will host a dinner chock full of yummy holiday staples including latkes, mini hot dogs, chicken liver, veggies and matzah ball soup.
You’ll have a choice between salmon, brisket or chicken stuffed with challah, in addition to enjoying some challah rolls and desserts like brownies or apple cake. Because it wouldn’t be Rosh Hashanah without an apple flavor, right?
Best to call and make reservations in advance.
400 2nd Street Pike,
Continuing its tradition of hosting dinners, Maggio’s in Hampton Square will serve Rosh Hashanah dinner on both Oct. 2 and 3 in its ballroom.
For varying prices, you can enjoy appetizer choices like Bubbe’s chicken soup and salads, as well as gefilte fish, chopped liver or hummus and pita.
Entrees include choices such as brisket with gravy, lemon caper chicken and Chilean sea bass with pineapple mango salsa, as well as others. Sides include staples like kasha and bowties, potato pancakes and sweet kugel.
There are also plenty of choices for a sweet treat after dinner, and a children’s menu is available. A full menu is featured at maggiosrestaurant.com.
Reservations are required by Sept. 28.
237 St. James Place,
The popular spot by restaurateurs Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook will offer Rosh Hashanah dinner on Oct. 4.
For $54 a person, you can enjoy matzah ball soup, duck and foie kebab among others, and an entree of grilled poussin dates, sweet potato and black harissa. It also includes a dessert bursting with traditional apple and honey flavors.
Definitely call for reservations.
1623 Sansom St.,
Another of Solomonov and Cook’s ventures, Abe Fisher will offer Rosh Hashanah dinner on Oct. 2 for $54 per person.
Start with an assortment of appetizers like apples and honey or date and olive rugelach and try a brisket “pho” with egg noodles, sliced brisket, pickled onions and dill. Your entree will be a choice of meals such as gefilte fish “in a blanket” or slow-braised beef. And desserts include sweet treats with fall flavors like apple or pomegranate.
Call for reservations.
Marco Polo Ristorante & Bar:
8080 Old York Road,
Marco Polo will offer a holiday dinner both nights as they have every year. That includes a three-course meal with entree options such as filet of Norwegian salmon grilled with a touch of mandarin orange vinaigrette served with vegetables and oven-roasted potatoes, and traditional tender brisket of beef accompanied by oven-roasted potatoes and vegetables.
A full menu can be found on their website at mymarcopolo.com.
Reservations are requested as soon as possible.
917 Bethlehem Pike,
Pumpernick’s will hold two eat-in dinners each night of the holiday — reservations only — at 5:15 and 7:15 p.m. for $29.95 per person, which gets you everything from appetizers to soups to entrees to sides to drinks to desserts.
You can choose from traditional appetizers like sweet and sour meatballs, gefilte fish and chopped chicken liver. Entrees include half roasted chicken with savory chicken stuffing, stuffed breast of capon with apricot glaze, broiled salmon pomodoro and many other savory choices and you can pick from a wide assortment of sides to go with your meal.
Desserts include apple and honey flavored loaf cakes among other flavors as well as a traditional round challah (with or without raisins).
The menu is also available for takeout for $21.99 per person.
Best to call soon as reservations are closing up quickly and there is limited space for each dinner.
700 Dekalb Pike,
Izzie’s menu is chock full of choices for both takeout as well as a sit-in dinner Sunday night (call to find out more), such as entrees like stuffed cabbage, Moroccan lamb stew, beef brisket with gravy, roasted turkey breast with gravy and half roasted chicken for varying prices.
There are tons of sides and appetizers to choose from as well, such as a very Rosh Hashanah-y pomegranate and arugula salad with honey vinaigrette.
Plus Jewish apple and honey cakes and babkas for dessert.
Check out izziesdeli.com for a full list.
2301 Fairmount Ave,
London Grill holds Rosh Hashanah for $40 per person on the first and second nights but also has holiday food all week, including apples and honey.
Start off with some apples and honey and matzah ball or butternut squash soup followed by a choice of “brick” chicken, braised beef brisket, horseradish crusted salmon or grilled hangar steak. For the table, you can choose two dishes from mashed potatoes, Moroccan carrots and parsnips, braised Swiss chard, sweet noodle kugel, Moroccan eggplant.
For dessert, choose from apple cake, chocolate babka, Budapest coffee cake.
Visit londongrill.com for a full menu.
So no matter where you plan on toasting a sweet new year, there are plenty of options of available for the dishwashing-averse and opportunities to spend the holidays all together.
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