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Happy New Year! 14 eateries for the Jewish High Holidays

Tzimmes at The Bagel.

Tzimmes, a traditional Rosh Hashana dish of sweet braised carrots, sweet potatoes and prunes, at The Bagel.

No need to fuss over fixing meals for the Jewish High Holidays — restaurants will do it for you. A variety of Chicago eateries are prepared to serve traditional-style menus for the two nights of the Rosh Hashana, dinner preceding Yom Kippur and suppers for breaking your fast afterwards.

Unless otherwise mentioned, Rosh Hashana menus are available on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16 and 17; Erev Yom Kippur dinners on Tuesday, Sept. 26; and break-fast meals on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Most also offer carryout meals; call ahead to order.

  1. Steve’s Deli in River North offers Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur menus for dine-in, carryout or delivery. House-made gefilte fish, matzo balls and apple-and-dried-cherry noodle kugel feature for the New Year, with entrees including roast beef brisket, roasted turkey off the bone and lemon, apricot-glazed or simply roasted chicken with challah stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green beans with slivered almonds. An Erev Yom Kippur menu offers a wide range of a la carte items, and break-the-fast trays include dairy and fish items such as egg salad, tuna salad, nova or hand cut lox, kippered salmon and sable. Order ahead for pick-up or delivery or just walk in for smaller carryout orders.

  2. Glenview House in the north suburbs offers Rosh Hashana and post-Yom Kippur meals for both dine-in and carryout. The restaurant launches the New Year with Chef Grant Slauterbeck’s four-course Rosh Hashana menu, served Sunday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Sept. 18, features chicken consomme with house made matzo balls and classic mirepoix; roasted apple and pomegranate salad with sugared almonds, baby bibb lettuce and spinach, gorgonzola snow and orange blossom honey vinaigrette; brisket and two beef roulade with oven baked red skin potatoes, roasted broccoli puree and Maddi’s bubee carmelized onion broth; and grilled carrot cake muffin with cream cheese and honey frosting and orange confit, $30. For Yom Kippur “break fast,” Wednesday, Sept. 26, a traditional dairy dinner includes albacore tuna, egg and smoked-chicken salads; roasted red pepper and artichoke quiche; smoked salmon with accompaniments; crackers and breads; juice and coffee, $14.

  3. Lawry’s The Prime Rib in River North offers a special Rosh Hashana dinner menu starting with traditional dishes such as challah, apples and honey, Bubbe’s chopped liver and Mom’s matzo ball soup; then Lawry’s Famous Spinning Bowl Salad and 8-ounce Silver Cart cut prime rib of beef with au jus served with Yorkshire pudding, or grilled salmon with balsamic glaze, all served with mashed potatoes and fresh asparagus, $59 for adults and $22 for children. Vegetarian entrees are also available as well as desserts including creme brulee, apple crumb pie, strawberry English trifle or a sampler of C.C. Brown’s ice cream sundae. All desserts include the guest’s choice of coffee or hot tea. Mention “The Rosh Hashanah Package” when making reservations, which are required.

  4. Joe’s Stone Crab in River North serves a multi-course Rosh Hashana meal of classics such as challah with sliced apples and honey, house-made gefilte fish with red beet horseradish and Suzy Friedman’s vegetarian chopped liver, with a choice of braised brisket of beef with red wine bordelaise, wild Alaskan halibut en papillote or broiled lemon-herb chicken breast; plus ginger-glazed carrots, fingerling potatoes with leeks and a choice of old-fashioned apple pie or flourless chocolate cake, $45.95.

  5. L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood offers a traditional menu, dine-in or carryout, 34.95 for adults and 15.95 for kids aged 12 and under. Featured are served family style servings apples and honey, challah, house-made regular and vegetarian chopped liver, gefilte fish, and matzo ball soup, plus an individual choice of entree — beef brisket with natural gravy, herb-roasted chicken or garlic-crusted whitefish — served with honey glazed carrots and potato pancakes; and dessert of apple crostada or chocolate cake.

  6. Saranello’s in Wheeling and Di Pescara in Northbrook serve family-style Rosh Hashana dinners featuring freshly baked challah, house-made matzo-ball soup, chopped liver, roasted chicken and peppers and short ribs of beef with braised lentils, followed by warm apple crostata and flourless chocolate cake with cherry compote, $36.95, half price for children. Carry out and delivery are also available, $29.95 per person, with a $10 delivery charge.

  7. Wildfire in Lincolnshire and Glenview offers a three-course dinner menu, $39.95; a kids’ menu, $16.95; and a family-style “Rosh Hashana Club Supper” menu for groups of six or more, $39.95 per person. Dishes include house-made chopped liver, apricot-glazed chicken breast, braised brisket of beef, Chef Joe’s noodle kugel and house-made honey cake. A carryout Rosh Hashana party platter menu is also available.

  8. Osteria Via Stato in River North serves a three-course meal, including challah, sliced apples and honey, regular and vegetarian chopped liver, house-marinated olives, Bibb lettuce, onions, chopped eggs, house-made gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, crispy polenta cake and ginger-glazed carrots; with a choice of entrees: slow-braised beef short ribs with red wine sauce, all-natural roasted chicken with local peppers and onions or fennel-crusted flounder with braised lentils. Dessert choices are double chocolate tart or house-made apple crostada, caramel sauce. The dinner is $39.95.

  9. Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park celebrates with homemade gefilte fish with beet horseradish, chopped liver with onion croutons, vegetarian chopped liver, matzo-ball soup and challah with apples and honey, carrots tzimmes, kasha varnishkes, noodle kugel and potato pancakes, plus a choice of entrees — seared Atlantic salmon, classic braised beef brisket or herb chicken paillard — plus a choice of apple tarte tatin with caramel sauce, warm chocolate flourless cake or stewed fruit compote, $34.95 for adults and $16.95 for children.

  10. Tuscany in Wheeling offers three-course prix-fixe dinners on both nights of Rosh Hashana and pre- and post-Yom Kippur. Challah with apples and honey, chopped liver, golden chicken broth with matzo ball, oven-roasted brisket of beef, whole roasted half chicken, wild Atlantic salmon and more feature, $31.95, $16 for children under 10.

  11. Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen in the South Loop offers a variety of holiday “must-haves” for dine-in, carry-out and delivery. Entree choices include roasted brisket with natural gravy, $15.99 per pound; half roasted chicken, $8.95 each; and baked wild salmon, $11.95 each. Place a Rosh Hashana order by Sept. 12 and get 10 percent off your Yom Kippur order.

  12. Max and Benny’s in Northbrook offers traditional Rosh Hashana dinners with all the trimmings for dine-in or carryout. Reservations accepted for groups of five or more. Take-out orders must be ordered by Sept. 13 and paid for in advance.

  13. The Bagel Restaurant & Deli in Skokie offers candlelight and white tablecloth service with a festive relish tray of chopped egg/onion salad and dill pickles; sour green tomatoes; chopped liver; gefilte fish with beet horseradish; golden chicken broth with matzo ball or kreplach; plus entrée of your choice — oven-roasted brisket of beef, au jus; half roasted tender spring chicken; fresh broiled lake superior whitefish; sweet and sour meatballs; carrot-sweet potato and prune tzimmes; oven-baked challah dressing; French green beans and onions almandine; dessert tray of old-fashioned sponge cake and honey cake; glass of sweet red or white kosher wine; and coffee, tea or fountain beverage; $32, $15 children under 10. Seatings at 5 and and 7:30 p.m.

  14. Cru Cafe and Wine Bar on the Gold Coast invites you to break the fast after Yom Kippur with an a la carte evening menu of dishes such as brioche French toast with peach compote, sliced almonds, blueberries, mint, and amaretto whipped cream, $10; Cru Benedict, featuring smoked salmon, poached eggs, dill hollandaise and potatoes, $14; P.E.L.T, house made pastrami, fried egg, romaine, tomato, sourdough and potatoes, $12; omelet your way, with potatoes, $12; and tomato, basil and goat cheese quiche, $10.

L’shanah tovah!