L’Chaim! Prepare the matzo ball soup, Passover begins on Monday, April 14 and continues through Tuesday, April 22.
Don’t feel like cooking? No worries, since many restaurants in the area celebrate Passover with classic takes — and modern twists — on the holiday meal.
Zahav serves up a sure-to-be-delicious feast with classic items like a seder plate and matzo ball soup, while Cantina Feliz promises diners a spicy take on matzo ball soup and other inspired pairings.
Our picks for Passover dinners in and around Philadelphia, below.
• Zahav: Society Hill, 237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800, April 14-15. Zahav, Society Hill’s resident modern Israeli restaurant, celebrates Passover with a Passover Mesibah menu on April 14 and 15. For $39 per person, indulge in a multi-course feast of menu items like matzo ball soup, slow roasted short ribs, smoked trout fritters, a seder plate and more.
• Supper: Washington Square West, 926 South Street, 215-592-8180, April 14-15. Supper tempts diners with its annual Passover dinner complete with chicken liver mousse, brisket, crispy potato latkes, flourless chocolate torte and much more. Dinner costs $58 per person. The full menu is available right here.
• London Grill: Fairmount, 2301 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545, April 14-22. Sip wines from Israel while feasting on a Seder dinner at London Grill. For $45 per person, sample items like braised beef brisket, horseradish crusted salmon, vegetable antipasti and more. Click here for the full menu and drink options.
• La Calaca Feliz: Fairmount, 2321 Fairmount Avenue, 215-787-9930, April 14-20. La Calaca Feliz puts a Mexican spin on Passover dinner as it offers diners special brisket tacos all week long. Pair one of the eatery’s popular margaritas with a brisket taco and call it a night.
• Cantina Feliz: Fort Washington, 424 S. Bethlehem Pike, 215-646-1320, April 14-20. Mexican food is calling this Passover. Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington promises a Mexican take on Passover fare with a four-course meal featuring king salmon tostadas, red chile matzo ball soup, short rib tacos and flourless chocolate cake. Dinner rings in at $27 per person and is available all week long.
• Metropolitan Bakery: Rittenhouse, 262 S. 19th Street, 215-545-6655, April 13. Metropolitan Bakery, a go-to spot for baked goods galore, dishes out handmade matzo in a variety of flavors — plain, olive, sesame and sun-dried tomato — beginning at 2 p.m. on April 13. Matzo will be available through the week until sell out. Satisfy your sweet tooth with confections including mini-cheesecake and apple-coconut macaroons.
• Philadelphia Queer Passover: Midtown Village, 1315 Spruce Street, April 18. For its second year, the Philadelphia Queer Passover returns to the William Way Community Center for all in the LGBT community and beyond. On Friday, April 18, indulge in Passover dinner paired with plenty of wine. Tickets are available online.
• Citron and Rose: Merion, 370 Montgomery Avenue, 610-664-4919. Beyond Passover, Citron and Rose serves guests completely Kosher, but still elevated, meals all year round. The restaurant promises diners a wide variety of fare — from vegetarian eats like mushroom matzoh dumplings, to meat dishes like warm kale salad with lamb belly. Stop by for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday and on Sundays.
• National Museum of American Jewish History: Old City, 101 S. Independence Mall East, 215-923-3811. After, or before, enjoying a Passover meal, head to the National Museum of American Jewish History to learn about the American Jewish experience through permanent and temporary exhibitions. Be sure to check out Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American the museum’s current marquee exhibition.