New York City is home to many ethnic populations, and there is a wide range of restaurants serving authentic ethnic cuisine in the city. For Passover celebrations, when Jews commemorate the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, there are many choices for seders, or the ceremonial dinner (both kosher and non-kosher) on the first night of Passover, around Manhattan.
Lattanzi is situated on famed Restaurant Row in the Broadway theater district. The family-owned restaurant prepares the traditional cuisine of the Jewish section of Rome, Italy. Lattanzi features a dining experience on two levels in addition to a skylit patio area. The four-course (non-kosher) Passover menu is served for both lunch and dinner. Menu items include Passover chicken soup with rice, baked striped bass with sautéed spinach, baby lamb with artichokes, and almond cookies for dessert. Beverages include a choice of coffee, tea or espresso, along with a glass of sweet wine.
Lattanzi Ristorante 361 W. 46th St. New York, NY 10036 212-315-0980 lattanzinyc.com
The landmark French bistro Capsouto Freres in Tribeca has had a tradition of serving first- and second-night seders for the benefit of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for more than 20 years. The cuisine at Capsouto Freres is authentic Sephardic (non-kosher), featuring recipes influenced by the food of the Iberian Peninsula. A full seder is conducted by a cantor. The menu includes such ethnic dishes as vegetable frittata and mina (matzo-potato pie).
Capsouto Freres 451 Washington St. New York, NY 10013 212-966-4900 capsoutofreres.com
Abigael’s on Broadway
Abigael’s is a Garment District kosher restaurant that hosts first- and second-night seders. Chef Jeff Nathan is well-known as the host of the national TV show New Jewish Cuisine and winner of the matzo ball “throwdown” with celebrity chef Bobby Flay. The restaurant can accommodate more than 300 people. For Passover, diners can order from a set menu or from the regular kosher menu. Passover meals to go also are available if ordered in advance.
Abigael’s on Broadway 1407 Broadway New York, NY 10018 212-576-1407 Abigaels.com
The popular Lower East Side restaurant Sammy’s Roumanian is a throwback to the time of the Yiddish Theater in the area near Delancey Street. The restaurant offers first- and second-night seders. The traditional service includes a reading from the Haggadah (Passover prayer book) and authentic Eastern European Jewish cuisine. Diners will also enjoy live entertainment.
Sammy’s Roumanian 157 Chrystie St. New York, NY 10002 212-673-0330 nyc.com
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