Rosh Hashanah — the two-day celebration that marks the start of the Jewish New Year — begins at sundown Friday, September 18. Like all holidays during the pandemic, family gatherings will likely look a little different this year with social distancing still in full effect, but great food remains a must, even if dinners are scaled back somewhat. Here are a few restaurants around Seattle that have special menu items planned, available for takeout and curbside pickup. Note that these restaurant offerings are not certified kosher.
Dacha Diner: Capitol Hill’s acclaimed Eastern European comfort food restaurant may be most known for its decadent khachapuri, but patrons shouldn’t miss out on its other offerings, many of which were influenced by co-owner Tom Siegel’s Jewish upbringing. For this week, Dacha is bringing back its matzo ball soup and taking preorders for challah bread up until Wednesday morning.
Dingfelder’s Delicatessen: The Capitol Hill deli on East Pine Street offers a selection of a la carte dishes for Rosh Hashanah that range from mains to sides. Among the items are tzimmes, noodle kugel, slow-roasted brisket, and a whole roasted pomegranate honey za’atar chicken.
Schmaltzy’s: This lunch spot in Frelard (an offshoot of the Napkin Friends food truck) has an herb chicken meal available for $125, intended to serve four people. Sides include matzo ball soup, kugel, and challah, with an apple honey cake for dessert. Curbside pickup for preorders is available on Saturday, September 19, after 1 p.m.
Zylberschtein’s: The Jewish deli and bakery in Pinehurst — known for its meaty sandwiches and bagels — is offering a family brisket meal with fingerling potatoes, green beans, and an apple cake warmed with cinnamon and cardamom from $50-$95 (depending on whether it’s for two or four people). Diners can also add square raisin challah, matzo ball soup, and honey from local purveyor Shipwreck to the order. And there are some bagel, fish, and meat platters available for breaking the Yom Kippur fast Monday, September 28.