For those of you who are not familiar with this religious holiday, Passover celebrates and remembers the story of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in ancient Egypt. This year, the holiday begins on the evening of Friday, April 6th and ends on Saturday, April 14th.
The Passover Seder is a feast that kicks off this eight day celebration. It is typically a tradition done by the community or intimately with family members. The story, in the Book of Exodus, is retold while eating matzo, drinking at least four cups of wine and enjoying the symbolic foods on the Seder plate. These are just some of the rituals that make this holiday special. Maror is used as a bitter herb to recall the bitterness of slavery. It is also a tradition to dip vegetables in salt water to symbolize the tears that were shed during enslavement of the Jews by the Pharaoh. The four glasses of wine must be drank throughout the meal at certain points of the Seder to represent the promises made to them.
Looking for a Seder in NYC? Of course we have the answer for you. Here is a list of places where you can enjoy a nice Passover Dinner.
121 West 19th Street
They are hosting a Passover dinner this Friday for $100 per person. You get a five-course dinner with an open bar, only including wine.
1395 Lexington Avenue
On April 7th, sing festive songs with your family that celebrate the story of the Exodus while eating a Passover dinner. Tickets are $70 for adults and $50 for children over 2 years of age.
235 Columbus Avenue
This exemplary modern Upper West Side Kosher Deli is having a Passover dinner for $32.95 per person on April 6th. This includes some Seder classics like gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, beef brisket, flourless chocolate cake and matzo. Don't forget about the Manischewitz wine. Would you rather stay at home? Lansky's is also providing a catering package for $189 which could feed up to 6 people.
451 Washington Street
Give this French Bistro a shot, they will be offering a four-course meal for $150 per person, which will be used as a donation. The Seder service will be led by a cantor and dishes like poached salmon with okra and green beans, as well as a gratin of matzo smothered with mashed potatoes, cheese and egg will be served.
214 Mulberry Street
Live beyond the tradition and try something with a little twist. At Balaboosta, three women chefs from different backgrounds, got together and decided to put together a five-course meal with includes fish cakes in a spicy Moroccan tomato sauce, Spring lamb, chicken and chickpea flour meatballs, and almond-crusted egg schnitzel. This will be offered on Saturday, April 7th for $110 per person.
45 1st Street
At Joe Doe, you will be able to find a more traditional meal. For $65 per person, indulge in a four-course meal with items including fried matzo, a Seder plate including traditional ingredients like maror and charoset, brisket, chicken liver, "Jewish Wedding Soup" and cookie sandwiches to finish off the meal.
72 West 69th Street
Come uptown for a progressive take on Passover, using ingredients from the green market. With a more sensible Seder menu, Telepan is offering an experience worth having. On both Friday and Saturday, they will serve a six-course menu for $75 per person which will include chicken with potato blini and a lovely chocolate cake, flourless of course, served with some coconut sorbet.