Nu, so the sweetest place to start the Jewish New Year would be around the table at bubbe’s house, but if she can’t cook for the High Holidays, plenty of Chicagoland restaurants are happy to help you greet Rosh Hashana 5771 on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8–9. Reservations are recommended, or call soon for carry out orders.
The Bagel Restaurant & Deli, Skokie
The Bagel at Old Orchard dresses up for the High Holidays with candlelight and white tablecloth service at 5:30 p.m. The $28.95 holiday menu ($12.95 for kids), includes a relish tray, chopped liver, house-made gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzo ball or kreplach and your choice of brisket, chicken, whitefish or sweet-and-sour meat balls, with tzimmes and other sides, honey cake or sponge cake and a glass of sweet kosher wine. Reservations with credit card required.
Di Pescara, Northbrook
Family-style diners available for both dining in ($32.95) and carrying out ($29.95) include fresh-baked challah, sliced apples with honey, matzo-ball soup, chopped chicken liver and an orchard salad, plus entree choices of brisket, whitefish or chicken served with potato pancakes, glazed carrots and dessert.
Joe’s Seafood, River North
The $36.95 Rosh Hashana dinner, served from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., includes challah with sliced apples and honey, house-made gefilte fish, bibb lettuce and chive salad with chopped liver, matzo-ball soup and choice of brisket with sweet onion gravy, apricot-glazed chicken breast or wild Alaskan halibut en papillote, plus dessert.
Max’s Delicatessen, Highland Park
Holiday dinners centering on brisket, chicken, whitefish, salmon, meatballs or grilled vegetables, with all the trimmings, $21.95 ($11.95 for kids), will be served till 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, along with the regular menu.
Mon Ami Gabi, Lincoln Park and Oak Brook
Rosh Hashana dinner, $34.95 ($16.95 for children) features challah with honey and apples, matzo-ball soup, house-made gefilte fish, market salad with chopped liver, brisket of beef with roast potatoes and carrots and apple tarte tartin with caramel sauce.
Wildfire, Glenview and Lincolnshire
A three-course, traditional Rosh Hashana dinner, offered from 4 p.m. to closing, includes house-made chopped liver, apricot-glazed chicken breast or braised brisket of beef, “Joe’s Special Recipe noodle kugel,” and honey cake, $32.95 ($14.95 for children). Wildfire also offers Rosh Hashana party platters for carry out; order by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6.
If eating out on Rosh Hashana doesn’t appeal to you, carry out and catering possibilities include:
AOK Gourmet, Skokie
Complete dinners or a la carte holiday fare is available, with entree choices of brisket, stuffed chicken breast, turkey breast or grilled salmon, and sides such as noodle kugel, farfel with mushrooms, potato kugel, kishke, and tzimmes or kishke. Order by Thursday, Sept. 2. Delivery is available.
Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli, South Loop
Gefilte fish, chicken soup, brisket, roasted chicken, kishke, noodle kugel, breads and desserts feature on Manny’s High Holidays menu. Order by Friday, Sept. 3. Delivery is available.
Name your shul when you order and Schmaltz will donate 5 percent of High Holidays tabs to your congregation. A la carte choices include jumbo gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzo-balls or kreplach, chicken or beef chopped liver, brisket, herb-roasted Empire chicken, kishke, sweet noodle kugel and kashka varnishkes. Minimum order: $10.
Steve’s Deli, River North
A la carte options include gefilte fish, beef kreplach, whole roasted turkey with challah stuffing, apricot-glazed chicken, honey-glazed salmon, apple and dried-cherry noodle kugel, honey cake, Carnegie cheesecake, rugelach and more. Order at least 48 hours in advance.