Rosh Hashanah Dining Guide

Rosh Hashanah is just about her, beckoning the Jewish New Year celebrations from September 24 through September 26, and Chicago restaurants aren't sleeping on the opportunity to celebrate. 

Real Urban Barbecue
(Real Urban Barbecue calling your name for Rosh Hashanah)

Beatrix: Since Rosh Hashanah is all about welcoming a "sweet new year," honey and apples are paramount. Get thee to Beatrix to partake in their housemade honey cake. And don't forget their (adorable) local apple and honey bags, which contains six apples and a dainty jar of honey. Both items are available for purchase at the pastry counter from September 23 through September 26. Call 312-284-1377 to place a pre-order.  

Kanela Breakfast Club: Start your Rosh Hashanah mornings the right way, with a mouthful of potato pancakes. In honor of the holiday, Kanela Breakfast Club will be serving up potato pancakes on special September 24 through September 26. 

Real Urban Barbecue: Brisket and other meaty, heady dishes are pivotal for Rosh Hashanah feasts. It is to the Jewish New Year as turkey is to Thanksgiving. Real Urban Barbecue is celebrating appropriately with a special Rosh Hashanah medley of carry-out dishes, so you can bring the familial meal home. From September 24 through September 26, the takeout menu is ideal for groups large or small, including items such as 14-hour smoked and sliced brisket, whole hickory smoked turkey, dry-rubbed whole chicken, burnt ends, whole smoked side of salmon, honey-glazed carrots, herb-roasted new potatoes, flame-roasted fuji apples, creamed spinach, sweet potato souffle, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts, flourless chocolate cake, Star of David bundt cake, and lots more. The menu will also be on hand for Yom Kippur celebrationgs between October 3 and 4. Visit for more info and to place an order. Or call the Highland Park location at (224) 770-4227 or Vernon Hills at (847) 613-1227. 

Bistronomic: Those looking to enjoy a chef-crafted prix fixe experience should make a reservation at Bistronomic, where executive chef/owner Martial Noguier will be offering a three-course meal available September 24 through 26. Guests get options for each festive course, or they may order dishes a la carte. Dishes include appetizers like Faroe Island salmon escabeche, organic barley risotto, and Chioggia and golden beet salad; entrees such as prime beef short ribs, yellow walleye pike, and fall medley of farm vegetables; and dessert options of apple challah bread pudding and fig and honey financier. The cost for the prix fixe is $40 per person and reservations can be made by calling 312-944-8400. 

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab: All the essentials are here at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab! Including challah with sliced apples and honey, gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, bibb lettuce and chive salad with chopped liver, matzo ball soup, braised brisket with red wine bordelaise, roast chicken, glazed carrots, old fashioned apple pie, and more. It's all part of Joe's multi-course Rosh Hashanah menu, priced at $49.95 per person. The menu is available September 24 and 25 between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 312-379-5637.  
- Matt Kirouac