Passover, despite being a food-centric holiday, is not exactly known for the delicious variety of food on the Seder plate. But in a city like New York, you can get incredible variations on the Passover platter, including surprising new influences from various cuisines. We've gathered six of New York's most interesting alternative Passovers so you can add some variation to the oldest tradition and impress your Bubby when she comes to visit.
1. Chef Julian Medina has a menu running from April 14th to April 22nd, that features such Mexican-Jewish hybrids as kosher tequila, brisket tacos, and matzo brei tres leches. All of his restaurants, which include Toloache, Yerba Buena, and Yerba Buena Perry, will offer the special menu.
Multiple locations: 251 W 50th St., 23 Ave A, and One Perry St., New York, NY
2. JoeDoe is a great modern Jewish restaurant any night of the year, but they turn it up for Passover, with a four-course prix fixe meal including a red & yellow matzo ball soup and a collection of Jewish desserts. This hotspot will fill up, so reserve a seat at (212) 780-0262.
45 E 1st St., New York, NY
3. Rosa Mexicano’s seder menu is shockingly legit, and even those who forgo the complete seder plate can get upscale-Mexican takes on haroset, maror and kugel. Even the sangria is haroset-based and uses Manischewitz wine. Want to figure out how to make all of your least favorite seder items mouthwateringly delicious? This is the ticket.
Multiple locations: 61 Columbus Ave., 9 E 18th St., and 1063 1st Ave., New York, NY
4. Balaboosta, the upscale Mediterranean restaurant from the Chef of Taim, has an upscale Passover prix-fixe for $125, including marinated mackerel, swiss-chard cakes in red pepper hollandaise, and braised short ribs with sweet garlic and ates. There will also be a live band and an afikoman, but no word on how much cash you get for finding it. Grab a reservation at (212) 966-7366.
214 Mulberry St., New York, NY
5. Bustan, a new Isreali-owned Mediterrannean spot, is offering a $65 prix-fixe with oddities including matzo pie with artichoke and duck breast and a Tunisian batil, a potato dumpling stuffed with beef and hardboiled egg. This eclectic Turkish-Greek-Jewish food is the kind of stuff you can't get anywhere but here.
487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY
Special for the first night of Passover, Chef Francois Payard is offering a three-course pre-fixe traditional menu with a few gourmet twists for $55. Enjoy Matzo Ball Soup as an appetizer, Braised Lamb Shank for a main course, and Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert! And brand new this season, Payard presents his his piece de resistance, Matzo Macarons, which are a twist on his signature Parisian macarons and made with matzo meal and salted caramel ganache. The dinner will seat from 6pm to 8pm. Reservations can be made by calling ahead.
1293 Third Ave., New York, NY