Crunchy local apples and sweet honey are a great way to enjoy the Jewish New Year. (Credit: Shutterstock)
Philadelphia restaurants are celebrating the first Jewish High Holiday of 2012 in high spirits, with special prix-fixe menus and specials on tap.
Looking to celebrate the Jewish New Year without the dish duty? Check out our top picks for Rosh Hashanah dinner at restaurants in Philadelphia, below.
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• Supper: On Sunday, September 16 Chef Mitch Prensky will cook up a special four-course menu for $58 per person. Enjoy your choice of hors d’oeuvre, first course, main course, sides for the table and dessert. The special Jewish New Year menu includes twists on holiday classics like Chef Prensky’s mother’s own “World famous” Beef Brisket with Sweet Potato, Carrot and Apple Tzimmes; House Made Gelfite Fish; Crispy Potato Latkes and more.
• Zahav: From Sunday, September 16 until Thursday, September 20, celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a delicious tasting menu from acclaimed Chef Michael Solomonov at Zahav. For $48 per person, enjoy sixplates, including: Hummus with Chanterelles and Pine Nuts, with house-baked laffa and salatim; Matzoh Ball Soup with braised brisket and beets; Griddled Honey Cake with foie gras and apples; Crispy Haloumi with dates, apples and walnuts; Duck Three Ways, including crispy breast, grilled heart and confit leg; and Apple Fritters with Israeli honey and vanilla semifreddo.
• London Grill: Beginning Sunday, September 16 at sunset, popular Fairmount restaurant London Grill will offer a festive three-course, $28 prix fixe menu ($14 for kids 11 and younger) created by Chef Michael McNally to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. The menu will be offered throughout the length of the holiday, through Tuesday, September 18. Served throughout London Grill’s bar, main dining rooms and private dining room, the menu will feature: Matzoh Ball Soup; Brisket; Horseradish-Crusted Salmon; Brick Chicken; and family-style sides, both symbolic and traditional. Bonus: they’ll also offer an -la-carte Break the Fast Menu for Yom Kippur, September 26.
• Meritage: Meritage will also be serving up a Rosh Hashanah-themed menu served after the holiday on September 18-21. Get five delicious courses for $45 per person. Menu includes Roasted Striped Bass, Red Wine Braised Brisket, Spiced Honey Cake and more.
• Tiramisu: This Jewish-Italian spot (yep, you read that right) on Walnut Street is dishing up a three-course Rosh Hashanah menu for $35 a head. You get your choice of four dishes for the first course, seven for the second and dolci for the third. Kind of cool to ring in the Jewish New Year with homemade gnocchi and pollo chianti.
• Schlesinger’s Deli: Fill out a special Rosh Hashanah menu at Schlesinger’s (formerly Kibbitz Room) to order to go to cater your own dinner, or order off the menu in-house with specials like rib-eye steak, brisket and gravy, roasted chicken, chicken with mushrooms and spinach and broiled tilapia, plus sides like potato kugel, kasha and bowties, sweet kugel and more. Dinner includes soup, gefilte or chopped liver, entree and two sides, for $18.95 per person. They’re offering it Monday through Friday, September 17-21. There will also be special holiday desserts including apple cake, chocolate chip loaf, sponge cake and jelly roll. Make sure to order by Wednesday if you want to bring them home for Sunday dinner.
• Metropolitan Bakery: Starting Sunday, September 16, you can pick up delicious Rosh Hashanah treats at Metropolitan Bakery. Think challah bread (both plain and saffron raisin) flourless chocolate cakes (plain and almond), apple spice cake, rugalach and apple macaroons.
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