The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins on Sunday, kicking off 10 days of prayer and reflection that will culminate on October 5 with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Like most Jewish holidays, food is a key part of the celebration, and Chicago restaurants are happy to make it easy to host friends and family with cooking. Rosh Hashana celebrations feature ceremonial foods like apples dipped in honey to usher in a sweet new year, and round loaves of challah bread representing the circular cycle of time, as well as traditional dishes like brisket, kugel and matzo ball soup.
For Yom Kippur, restaurants offer trays of bagels and other breakfasts to enjoy after a day of fasting. Here are 17 restaurants looking to take the stress out of the big holidays.
Order a take-out Rosh Hashana dinner Friday at 5 p.m. and you’ll get Brussels sprouts and Parmesan latkes, smoked garlic hummus, shawarma rubbed brisket, za’atar roasted chicken, roasted beets and a honey pie for $65 per person. The meal is available for pickup or delivery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 25 and 26. If you want to dine in, you can get the brisket for $29. 302 N. Green St., 773-645-1400, abarestaurants.com
Start your meal with minced liver, matzo dumpling soup, gefilte fish, apples and honey before moving on to hash browns, braised short ribs, candied carrots and oil cake of olives. The meal is $55 per person and orders must be placed by noon on Friday. Get dinner or have it delivered from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 25 and 26 at River North, Fulton Market or Streeterville restaurants. Locations vary, beatrixrestaurants.com
Feast on a Rosh Hashanah dinner with apples and honey, gefilte fish, matzo dumpling soup, potato pancakes, brisket and apple crostata at the restaurant, or take- take-out on September 25 and 26. Pickup orders must be placed before 3 p.m. on Friday. 2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook; 847-498-4321; di-pescara.com
Add a Mediterranean touch to your holiday meal with avocado hummus, apple and nut salad, cardamom and cinnamon kugel and a grilled chicken kebab available for $59 per person for pick-up or delivery from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 25 and 26. Orders must be placed before Friday noon. Rosh Hashanah specialties including latkes made with kale, leeks, and Greek cheese mizithra, as well as lamb stew with dates, pearl onions, and dried figs are also available for dinner. 74 W. Illinois St., 312-527-5586, emachicago.com
Choose from brisket, chicken, salmon, or vegetarian Rosh Hashanah packages for $40 per person, which includes a chicken matzo ball or roasted autumn vegetable soup, challah rolls, and cake with apples and honey. A $25 per person Break the Fast package for Yom Kippur includes lox and bagels, vegetable frittata and fruit salad. Add-ons include noodle kugel ($35), gefilte fish ($7.50), and sweet potato and zucchini latkes ($21). Pickup and delivery orders must be placed by noon Wednesday for Rosh Hashana and September 30 for Yom Kippur. Locations vary, goddessgrocer.com/roshhashanah
This new spot in Wicker Park offers small and large challah rounds ($11-$14) as part of a Rosh Hashanah menu that includes cheese or blueberry blintzes ($2.50), roast chicken ($17 ) and gefilte fish ($7.95). Orders must be placed before Monday. For Yom Kippur, get a hand-cut nova lox platter with bagels, plain cream cheese and chives, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers and capers ($18 per person) or a meat platter with corned beef , pastrami, potato salad, bread, pickles and condiments ($17 per person). 1750 North West Ave, 773-904-7751, helfeldsdeli.com
Dine on gefilte fish with beetroot horseradish, minced liver, matzo dumpling soup, ginger glazed carrots and potato pancakes and your choice of herb roast chicken, beef brisket red wine bordelaise or wild Alaskan halibut, with flourless chocolate cake or lime pie for dessert. Served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from September 25 to 26, the meal costs $65 per person or $30 for children under 13. You can also get it to go from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. if you place an order before 5 p.m. on Thursday. . 60 E. Grand Avenue, 312-379-5637, joes.net/chicago
A family-style feast available for dinner or pick-up includes vegetarian minced liver, matzo dumpling soup, rosemary brown butter chicken, potato-crusted Lake Superior whitefish, and chocolate cake for $52 per person. Order by 5 p.m. Wednesday to pick up 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 25 and 26. 7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood; 847-677-3350; lwoodsrestaurant.com
Get ready for the holidays at the Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday with challah from Masa Madre, honey from The Hive Supply, apples from Parra Farms and Greg Kugel Farms, frozen apple cake from Steingold’s and other frozen entrees including kugel, chicken soup and knish from Schmaltz and Vinegar. Children can hear a Rosh Hashanah story from 5-7 p.m. 3410 N. Southport Ave, 773-472-7171, lakeviewroscoevillage.org/lowlinemarket
This new Mexican-Jewish bakery, which operates virtually but has multiple pick-up points and offers delivery in Chicago, will offer challah round or sprinkled with guava paste and covered in puffed amaranth from Wednesday through October 7. You can also order a gift box including a round challah, a mini babka churro and a jar of locally made honey. Orders must be placed at least one day in advance. 872-202-8307, masamadre.bottle.com
Executive Chef David Koehn offers a spread ranging from apple and honey challah to matzo ball soup, brisket and seared salmon for $69 or $25 for kids under 13. Dine in or order before 5 p.m. on Thursday for takeout. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886, myamigabi.com
Savor matzo ball soup, slow-braised short rib and hazelnut panna cotta for $45 per person on September 26-27. Reservations and delivery and take-out orders must be placed by 5 p.m. Thursday. 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450, www.osteriaviastato.com
A $98 Rosh Hashanah dinner for two includes barbecue breast with roasted cauliflower and sticky caramel cake, though you can add a pint of honey-glazed carrots ($12), a quart of chicken soup and noodles ($20) or a round challah from Bennison’s Bakery ($9). Orders must be placed by Thursday for pick up from 2pm to 7pm on Sunday. The restaurant also offers a Yom Kippur menu with a sliced smoked salmon platter ($30-$57), plain cream cheese bagels ($20 per dozen) and tuna salad ($14 per pint). Place an order by October 2 to pick up 2-7 p.m. on October 5. 601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-205-4433; prairiegrasscafe.com
A four-course dinner for $55 per person includes honey apples, matzo dumpling soup, onion brisket and raspberry rugelach. Dine in September 25 and 26 or order takeout before 3 p.m. on Friday. 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling; 847-777-6878; saranellos.com
Feed five-six ($240) or 10-12 ($400) people with a Rosh Hashanah feast available September 25-26 that includes a whole roast chicken, breast, round challah, honey-glazed carrot tzimmes and an Apple Honey Bundt Cake. A Yom Kippur package offered Oct. 4 and 5 for $140 or $240 includes bagels and cream cheese with homemade dried lox nova, smoked whitefish salad, a vegetable platter, and homemade pickles. Add a soup of matzo balls for four for $31 or a pound of chopped liver for $20. 3737 N. Southport Ave., 773-661-2469, steingoldsdeli.com
Reserve or order takeout before 5 p.m. Thursday for a meal that includes challah, matzo ball soup, sliced apples and honey, slow-braised prime rib with mushroom sauce, and apple galette with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for $55 or $25 for children under 13. 1954 N. Halsted St., 773-634-4100, summerhouserestaurants.com
The restaurant’s Glenview and Lincolnshire locations serve braised brisket with noodle kugel ($35), grilled salmon with lemon caper sauce ($33), homemade minced liver with toast wedges ($6 $.95) and apple streusel pie with fresh whipped cream ($8.95) for dinner Sept. 29. 25-26 and offer trays for four to five people to take away. 1300 Patriot Blvd, Glenview; 847-657-6363; 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire; 847-279-7900; wildfirerestaurant.com
Samantha Nelson is a freelance writer.
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