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High Holiday Fare From NY to LA

It’s not too soon to start planning your Rosh Hashanah menu. We’re kicking off our coverage with just a few of the places around the U.S. offering holiday treats to go.

Rosh Offerings From Breads Bakery

Holiday challahs are the stars at Breads Bakery in New York City, which features raisin challah, marzipan with hazelnuts and a Festive Challah with poppy, sesame, flax, pumpkin and nigella seeds. That marzipan number sounds pretty festive, if you ask us.

For a traditional dessert, you’ll find honey cake and safta cake (a moist cinnamon honey cake with apples) along with an elegant apple galette. And of course, Breads’ beloved chocolate babka is available, with cinnamon-raisin and apple flavors adding spicy fall notes.

Wexler’s High Holiday Menu

Wexler’s Rosh menu includes smoked fish by the pound. Image by Facebook/Wexler's Deli

On the opposite coast, Wexler’s Deli is unveiling a huge High Holidays catering menu. For Rosh Hashanah, chef Micah Wexler is making his holiday brisket with root vegetables, along with Dana’s matzo-ball soup — a classic potage named for his mother. Wexler’s cheeky smoked fish catering packages, named after Jewish gangsters of classic films, work great for Yom Kippur break-fast. There’s the Mo Greene, with lox, sturgeon and smoked fish salad; the Hyman Roth, which adds coleslaw and potato salad; and the Sam Rothstein, the largest package, which supersizes everything.

And in DC…

You’ll want to book early for DGS Delicatessen’s annual Rosh Hashanah dinners at its Dupont Circle location, October 2 and 3. This year’s menu features parsnip soup with apples and hazelnuts; arctic char with butternut squash and date molasses; pan-roasted chicken with hen-of-the-wood mushrooms; and babka bread pudding. The menu’s a terrific value at $45 per person.

Houston Holiday in a Box

Perennial Houston favorite Kenny & Ziggy’s — you know, the Deli Man deli — is once again shipping Rosh Hashanah dinner in a box. The deli’s High Holidays Family Feast packs two quarts of chicken soup, five matzo balls, a half-pint of chopped liver, a pint of tzimmes, carrot soufflé or noodle kugel, rugelach and babka. Priced at $189.95, it serves 15; find it at FoodyDirect.


Michael Kaminer is a contributing editor at the Forward.

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