Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is almost upon us, which means there will be plenty of feasts taking place starting on Sept. 16 and lasting through Sept. 18. Save yourself the time and hassle of preparing a large meal and drop by one of these restaurants instead so they can do the cooking. Celebrate with traditional classics like chopped liver, matzo ball soup and beef brisket. If you would rather dine in the comforts of home, a few places also have catering options available for you to order ahead.
1) Steve's Deli
Where: 354 W. Hubbard
What: A wide range of a la carte items such as gefilte fish, matzo balls, roast beef brisket, roasted turkey and three selections of chicken. Sides include challah stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans with slivered almonds. The special menu is available for carryout, dine-in and delivery for those who want to spend their holiday at home.
2) City Provisions
Where: 1818 W. Wilson
What: Forget the stress this year and pick up dishes for your meal instead at the deli. Selections include breads and spreads, and sides such as two potato latkes and winter squash polenta. Entrees include portobello & cranberry brisket and honey glazed chicken thighs by the pound while caramelized apple corn meal cake and chocolate cakes with grape and thyme ganache are available for dessert.
3) Eleven City Diner
Where: 1112 S. Wabash
What: Make a special Rosh Hashanah reservation and dine at a white tablecloth-clad table with candles and a special challah basket for the round challah. Eleven City offers whipped sweet mashed potatoes, mama Roz Rubin's gefilte fish (blend of four fish); whitefish salad and a sweet matzo kugel in addition to a la carte ordering from the regular menu, which includes brisket, matzo ball soup, a dairy menu and more.
4) Joe's Stone Crab
Where: 60 E. Grand
What: Leave the cooking and cleaning to Joe's and enjoy a multi-course meal of classics with options like challah with sliced apples and honey, wild Alaskan halibut, broiled lemon-herb chicken breast, flourless chocolate cake and more. The price is $49.95 per person and is available on September 16 and 17 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5) Mon Ami Gabi
Where: 2300 N. Lincoln Park West
What: The French bistro will offer a comforting prix-fixe menu that includes traditional favorites like chopped liver with onion croutons, matzo ball soup, seared Atlantic salmon, noodle kugel and apple tarte tartin with caramel sauce. The cost is $34.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 12 and under. The menu will be available between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on September 16, and 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on September 17.
6) The Bagel
Where: 3107 N. Broadway; 50 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL
What: Have a traditional Rosh Hashanah candlelight prix-fixe dinner. Menu offerings include chopped liver, gefilte fish and matzo ball soup as starters; oven-roasted brisket, roasted tender spring chicken, broiled Lake Superior Whitefish and sweet & sour meatballs as entrees; and a dessert tray of sponge cake and honey cake for dessert. The cost is $32 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.
7) Osteria Via Stato
Where: 640 N. State
What: Celebrate the New Year with a three-course meal that includes selections such as gefilte fish, slow-braised beef short rib, fennel-crusted flounder, crispy polenta cake, double chocolate tart and more. The cost is $39.95 per person.
8) Lawry's The Prime Rib
Where: 100 E. Ontario
What: Guests are invited to try family dishes such as matzo ball soup, Lawry's Famous Spinning Salad Bowl, prime rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding, grilled salmon, crème brulee and more. The price is $59 for adults and $22 for children.
9) Mity Nice Bar & Grill
Where: 835 N. Michigan
What: If you're downtown, stop by Water Tower and sit down to a family-style feast of challah bread, Suzy Friedman's vegetarian chopped liver, beef brisket, carrot tzimmes, cheesecake with stewed fruit and more. The price is $34.95 for adults and $17.95 for children 12 and under.
10) e.leaven Food Company
Where: 54 E. Ontario
What: Have your Rosh Hashanah dinner catered by e.leaven Food Company and enjoy an a la carte menu of favorites including gefilte fish with horseradish, matzo ball soup, challah and other special gourmet interpretations of Jewish classics. The menu will be available from September 16 to 26.
11) Glenview House
Where: 1843 Glenview, Glenview, IL
What: Gather at Glenview House for a meal fit for the Jewish New Year. Start with a first course of chicken consommé followed by roasted apple and pomegranate salad. Then move onto brisket and two beef roulade, and finish with grilled carrot cake muffin for dessert. The cost is $30 per person.
Where: 1300 Patriot, Glenview, IL; 235 Parkway, Lincolnshire, IL
What: A three-course menu includes classic selections like chopped liver, apricot-glazed chicken breast and housemade honey cake. The price is $39.95 per person.
Call: 847-657-6363 (Glenview); 847-279-7900 (Lincolnshire)