Where to Eat for Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
Everything you need to dine in, dine out, or just generally avoid having to cook dinner yourself during the high holidays.
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Shana tova! As Westchester bids farewell to 5778, we find not everyone can celebrate with a traditional family dinner. Whether you’re far from home or pressed for time, Westchester’s got a healthy variety of options perfectly suited to helping you put together a no-fuss holiday meal your bubbe would be proud of!
Your friendly neighborhood Jewish deli/restaurant/caterer has put together a complete ten-person family style dinner for carryout. $359.99 gets you appetizers of stuffed cabbage and either gefilte fish of chopped liver, chicken noodle soup with matzo balls, an entrée (either five roasted chickens with a tray of stuffing, a whole roast turkey, or 4lbs. of sliced brisket), cranberry-pineapple compote, cole slaw, tsimmes, challah, and sides like string beans almondine, mushrooms, and noodle pudding. You can even tack on rugelach, fruit salad, cakes, or other assorted goodies for an additional fee. Phone orders require 48 hours notice, so make sure to get your celebratory dinner in today! 914.468.BENS (2367)
Practically next door in Hartsdale, Epstein’s has a terrific take-out dinner for smaller families: $25.99 per person (six-person minimum) gets you your choice of soup; an app like gefilte fish, meatballs, stuffed cabbage, or chopped liver; two sides like roasted potatoes, soufflés, salad, steamed or glazed carrots, and kugel; one entrée of turkey, chicken, or brisket; cranberry compote; challah, and your choice of dessert: cookies and rugelach, fruit salad, or for a little bit extra, apple strudel or chocolate babka. You can also order from the larger catering menu, and be sure to ask about their “Break the Fast” Yom Kippur breakfast menu. 914.428.5320
So we’ve got some good news and some bad news for you in regards to this Mount Kisco mainstay. The bad news is you’ve probably already missed the cutoff to get in your Rosh Hashanah pre-orders for kugel, brisket, roasts, and hearty soup, as this local favorite will be filling so many orders they need the extra lead time. (You can still try to order à la carte, but definitely call ahead as availability will be significantly more limited than usual.) The good news is you have a full week to get in your orders for Yom Kippur Break-Fast and Erev Yom Kippur (that evening’s dinner). Order latkes, cod, macaroons, and more by the tray, pound, or dozen, and then when you come for your pick-up, pop next door to Siegel Bros. Wine & Spirits and pick up a nice bottle to compliment your meal.
If you’re already attending a get-together but you feel like bringing something a little bit special, drop by Hastings-on-Hudson for some delectable treats from this pedigreed patisserie (its other locations are the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, and Greenwich). Their High Holiday menu includes cinnamon coffee cake, marble cheesecake, chocolate truffle torte, lemon-poppy seed rings, honey walnut cake, rugelach, and plenty of handmade challah. As always with BTW, every item is gluten- and dairy-free (yes, even the cheesecake), and certified kosher pareve! Get preorders in by end of the day on September 6 for Rosh Hashanah and September 14 for Yom Kippur. 914.318.9385
While it might be tough to find a good restaurant open late on Sundays, Eden Wok in New Rochelle leans into the old jokes by ensuring that even if you can’t bring yourself to reheat food, you can still have an amazing dinner and keep kosher at the same time! The house sports pan-Asian cuisine from Thai to sushi to General Tso’s, as well as American classics like Buffalo wings and buffet. They’re also certified glatt kosher and even offer a dedicated Shabbos take-out dinner special.
It should also be noted that any of these are also great options for those stranded away from home, or just looking for a good solo dinner. You can easily skip the forms and phone calls and pick up a hot meal to bring home and enjoy on your own. Just make sure to pick it up before they close early for the holidays!