In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year,” while in the Torah, the name Yom Teruah literally translates to “day [of] raising a noise.” So, this time around, raise a noise (and your glass) to the Jewish New Year with help from these New York City restaurants and bakeries.
Known for producing artisanal, handmade breads and pastries that are baked in small batches throughout the day to ensure unparalleled freshness, Breads Bakery has launched a Rosh Hashanah menu featuring various items for the sweet new year. Some of the menu items include an award-winning chocolate babka, signature festive challah (a round challah with assortment of seeds), honey cake, apple babka, marzipan honey, and, for the first time, and a spelt and wheat challah.
Fischer Bros & Leslie
Want to host but don’t have the time or energy to cook? Fischer Bros. & Leslie, the oldest kosher butcher in the city, is known for its extensive selection of homemade prepared foods, and they’re offering a full traditional Rosh Hashanah meal for 10 people. The menu includes soup, gefilte fish, an entrée, and lots of delicious side dishes, including sweet carrot tsmies, noodle pudding, and potato pudding.
Celebrated pâtissier Francois Payard has announced that his stores will feature an apple honey cake and green apple macarons for Rosh Hashanah. Available starting Friday, September 11, the apple honey cake is prepared in a traditional French financier style, with freshly ground almonds moistening the apple and honey-drenched cake. The cake is available for purchase to serve four, six, or eight people ($26, $39, or $52), and his green apple macarons will also be available in a variety of sizes.
This Old World Jewish food purveyor has done the impossible: They’ve created an artisanal gefilte fish terrine (baked, rather than boiled) that your guests will actually enjoy eating. The Gefilteria’s gefilte fish is made using high-quality, sustainably sourced fresh fish from the Great Lakes, olive oil, and freshly ground onions — there are no fillers involved (plus, that means it’s gluten-free). It’s flash frozen, so all you have to do is thaw and slice before serving. Visit their website to find out their stockists.
Joe & MissesDoe
Get out to celebrate the holiday on the Lower East Side, where the dynamic duo behind Joe & MissesDoe will serve a special Rosh Hashanah chef’s tasting menu on Sunday, September 13, and Monday, September 14. The four-course, $85 menu (not including beverages, gratuity, or tax) includes challah à la MissesDoe, traditional kasha varnishkes, sweet and sour potted brisket, and Rita's honey cake with cherry tapioca for dessert.
Additional reporting by Emma Alpern.