New York

NYC Passover Seder Spots You Can't Pass Over

Courtesy of Mile End
Courtesy of Mile End
Courtesy of Mile End

So you’re stuck in NYC during Passover, miles from your bubbe‘s lipstick kisses and stinging cheek-pinches. Think of it this way: You’ve been spared the heated political dinner table debate your ill-informed relatives will surely dig themselves into and the embarrassment that, even as an adult you’re still tasked with answering the Four Questions. But, despite these freedoms, you’re still gonna need a bowl of matzo ball soup.  

Even if the only thing you’ll miss is “discovering” the afikomen tucked behind your uncle’s tie — like it is every year — there are still plenty of opportunities to recoup the sanctioned (and delicious) traditions of Passover, here in New York City. To guard against the burden of answering a fifth question, we’ve rounded up the best places for a sit-town or takeaway Passover Seder.

Courtesy of Vic's
Courtesy of Vic’s
Courtesy of Vic’s

Vic’s

NoHoChef Hillary Sterling’s April 3 Passover Seder takes inspiration from Roman-Jewish cuisine, but each dish is dressed up with Italian and Mediterranean influences. Her Seder plate swaps a hard-boiled egg for a roasted one doused in lemon and Pecorino, the house-made matzo is paired with sharp horseradish-lemon butter, and rounds of brisket polpette are infused with spring onions and tomato passata. The menu will be served a la carte, and reservations can be made on OpenTable.

Courtesy of Mile End Deli
Courtesy of Mile End Deli
Courtesy of Mile End Deli

Mile End

NoHoMile End’s self-led, family Seder on March 31 is a BYOH (bring your own Haggadah) affair — but if your Haggadah is stuffed somewhere in your bubbe‘s basement, they’ll lend you one. The menu includes the likes of matzo with pickles, chrain, and charoset, matzo ball soup, roasted za’atar cauliflower steak, and to finish, a flourless chocolate cake.

Jeffrey's Grocery
Jeffrey’s Grocery
Jeffrey’s Grocery

Jeffrey’s Grocery

West VillageEach dish on Jeffrey’s Grocery’s Passover menu (served March 30 through April 7) is inspired by a spot on the seder plate: the matzo ball soup swimming with cabbage and carrots as the matzo, the grilled hearts of romaine as the maror, the oeufs mayonnaise topped with smoked trout as the beitzah, and the braised lamb shank spiced with preserved lemon and harissa as the zeroah, among others. Just maybe don’t dip this maror into salt water.

Courtesy of Balaboosta
Courtesy of Balaboosta
Courtesy of Balaboosta

Balaboosta

SoHoBalaboosta will host its seventh annual Passover seder with live music, plenty of wine, and an assist from Food Network chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Claire Robinson. On April 1, a $170 (kids $120) prix fixe menu will feature quail egg schnitzel with amba aioli, chermoula-basted bass with braised celery, za’atar-rubbed lamb shoulder, and an orange blossom-blood orange-beet sorbet with black tahini cookies.

Le Marais
Le Marais
Le Marais

Le Marais

MidtownMidtown’s kosher French brasserie/steakhouse will elevate its status to kosher for Passover on weekdays during the holiday. French favorites reign — think coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon — plus a variety of salads, steaks, and plenty of desserts.   

Courtesy of Breads Bakery
Courtesy of Breads Bakery
Courtesy of Breads Bakery

Breads Bakery

Union SquareWhile the beloved chocolate babka certainly won’t grace Breads’ Passover menu, pick up a host of sweets (coconut macaroons, orange marzipan cookies, chocolate mousse, cheesecake) or dishes for the seder table (spring matzo brei, pizza brei, matzo ball soup, matzo balls).

Flickr/Jason Yung
Flickr/Jason Yung
Flickr/Jason Yung

Katz’s

Lower East SideWhat better way to celebrate Passover than with the pastrami wizards of the LES? Pick up all the Passover essentials — charoset, matzo balls, tzimmes, whole-roasted chicken — or dine in for $32.45 per person: start with matzo ball soup, a choice of chopped liver, potato pancakes, or gefilte fish, plenty of brisket, turkey, or chicken, then finish it all off with sweets like sponge cake or its sweeter honey variety.

Good Enough to Eat

Upper West SideIf you’re a sucker for some homemade unleavened bread (more formally known at matzo), Good Enough to Eat is a reliable staple — they’ve been serving the stuff here since 1981. Each year, the place dishes out a spectacular Passover feast replete with a steaming chicken matzo ball soup, golden pillowy potato pancakes plated with chunky apple sauce and sour cream, and a horseradish-crusted pot roast. We promise it’ll all be more than just good enough to eat.

Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano
Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano
Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano

East Village, Tribeca, Upper West SideIf you’re hoping to spice things up this Passover, look no further than Rosa Mexicano. In honor of the holiday, the place is putting a Latin spin on your standard Passover menu. Traditional beef brisket comes wrapped in banana leaf; chicken liver is smothered in salsa verde; and each table will be set with its own plate of house-made charoset. The four-course menu clocks in at $55 a person.

Shelsky’s

Cobble HillBorn and raised on Zabar’s Nova lox and Kossar’s classic bialys, owner Peter Shelsky is precisely the sort of guy you want prepping your Passover feast. At his quaint, cozy Cobble Hill joint, he’ll treat you right this Passover with a comfort food takeout menu built of dishes from his own childhood kitchen. Expect homemade horseradish, three varieties of latkes, chopped liver, and for good measure, plenty of gefilte fish.Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer.

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Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Suprêmes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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