As the sun sets on Wednesday, April 5, Jews all over the world will be asking, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” The answer, of course, is because it is Passover. And it’s not really that different from all other nights because Passover will go on for seven more. The first two nights of the spring holiday are traditionally celebrated with a seder, a highly ritualized meal recounting the story of the escape from slavery in Egypt. These 20 restaurants are making it easier to host friends and family by offering special menus with symbolic foods and dishes that obey the holiday’s restriction against eating leavened bread.Read More
Where to Dine on Passover in Chicago
Why is this night different from all other nights? Because restaurants serve matzo
Prairie Grass Cafe
Celebrate at home with a $130 dinner for two including matzo ball soup, slow-braised barbecue brisket with cauliflower mash and apple kugel. Chicken liver, flourless chocolate cake and wine are available to add on. The restaurant will also be offering Passover specials on April 5.
A $60 dinner offered for a minimum of two people throughout Passover includes a mix of Fiya classics and Passover specials such as housemade wood-fired matzo, latkes, chicken matzo ball soup, roast chicken and macaroons. Make a reservation through Resy.
Steingold's of Chicago
Steingold’s offers a $175 Passover feast for four to six people for pickup throughout the holiday that includes Manischewitz and pomegranate-braised lamb shanks, roasted asparagus, crispy fingerling potatoes, matzo crackers, and flourless chocolate cake. All of the items are also available a la carte along with an edible seder plate that includes egg salad, charoset, beets with horseradish and pickled onions. Place an order here.
The Graystone Tavern
The Wrigleyville bar offers themed specials from March 24 to April 13 including $7 matzo ball soup, $11 matzo-battered chicken tacos, $14 matzo-battered fish and a $10 Burning Bush cocktail made with tequila, triple sec, lime juice and roasted habanero syrup. Jewish drag queen Merriam Levkowitz hosts bingo at 7:30 March 28 and performs at 11:30 a.m. April 2 and 8 p.m. April 4.
The Bagel Restaurant and Deli
The North Side deli will be offering a special dine-in Passover meal for $39.95. The menu includes chopped liver, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, carrot and prune tzimmes, green beans, and a choice of chicken, brisket, whitefish, or meatballs.
Mon Ami Gabi
Celebrate April 5 and 6 with a $54.95 meal featuring traditional dishes such as matzo ball soup, housemade gefilte fish with beet horseradish, chopped liver, brisket, potato pancakes with apple sauce and flourless chocolate cake. Make a reservation on OpenTable or place a carry-out order through Tock by 10 a.m. April 1.
Floriole Cafe & Bakery
You could do worse than picking up your seder dessert at Floriole, plus a little extra to get you through the rest of the week. Baker Sandra Holl is offering flourless chocolate cake, macaroons and crunchy meringue peeps. Order via Tock for pickup April 6-9 or 13.
Summer House Santa Monica
Chef Ben Goodnick’s Passover meal includes a choice of salmon, chicken breast, or beef short rib, plus matzo ball soup, tzimmes, potato pancakes, kasha varnishkes, and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Dinner is $55.95 per person, or $19.95 per kid, and is available Wednesday and Thursday April 5 and 6 for dine-in, pickup or delivery. Preorder via Tock.
The Goddess and Grocer
Order the full seder meal here for two (or for one for two nights), or get entrees, appetizers, sides, and dessert a la carte. Options include matzo ball soup, matzo-crusted chicken schnitzel, zucchini lasagna, sweet potato kugel and matzo s’mores cookies. Order here by noon March 29 for pickup at any of their four locations April 5 and 6. Delivery is available for orders of $150 or more.
The Gold Coast French restaurant will be offering a three-course prix fixe dinner for $46 for the entire week of Passover. The menu includes multiple choices for every course — including chicken liver mousse, a tartare of the day, salmon, short ribs, and crunchy bittersweet chocolate bars — possibly to encourage diners to return for multiple meals.
This Ukrainian Village deli is offering a to-go meal April 5-8 and 10-13: for $19 per person, get a choice between roasted salmon with spinach or grilled chicken breast, plus matzo ball soup, steamed vegetables, latkes with apple sauce, and beets with horseradish. Order via Tock.
Osteria Via Stato
A la carte specials available for dine-in, carryout and delivery April 5 and 6 include matzo ball soup, beef short rib and chocolate-dipped macaroons. Make a reservation on OpenTable or place an order here.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe’s is offering a special Passover meal for dine-in and takeout April 5 and 6, although without its signature stone crab, which is 100 percent treyf. Instead, choose from herb-roasted chicken, braised short rib with red wine bordelaise, or Alaskan halibut en papillote, all accompanied by matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, potato pancakes, and flourless chocolate cake. The meal is $69.95 per person, though dishes are also available a la carte. Make a reservation here or place a carryout order on Tock by April 1.
Ema is serving a takeout Passover dinner with Mediterranean flavors: matzo with toasted almond and garlic spread, brisket with smoked almond chermoula, chicken kebab, lemon dill rice, and sticky date cake. Meals are $58.95 per person April 5 and 6; order via Tock.
Like its sibling restaurant Ema, Aba puts a Mediterranean spin on the traditional Passover meal by serving hummus with matzo crackers and crudité, braised short rib with berbere spice, crispy chicken thighs with almond dukkah, and almond tart for dessert. Dinner is $58.95 per person and available for pickup or delivery April 5 and 6. Order via Tock by 9 a.m. April 3.
Beatrix is offering the same Passover dinner on April 5 and 6 for carryout or delivery from its Fulton Market, River North, and Streeterville locations. The meal includes garlic herb marinated roasted chicken, slow-braised short rib with sherry jus, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, regular and vegetarian chopped liver, and flourless chocolate cake for $54.95 per person. Preorder via Tock by 8 p.m. April 3.
The Mexican-Jewish bakery is once again serving its flourless cafe de olla pecan and almond cake topped with chocolate ganache for $26 from March 28 through April 14. Order here for pickup or delivery.
Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen
The Chicago classic deli is serving a full range of Passover dishes, sides, and desserts, including charoset, lamb shank bones for the seder plate, a choice between red and white horseradish, and five flavors of macaroon. Order a la carte or choose a $55 chicken or $65 brisket dinner for two that includes matzo ball soup, kishke, matzo kugel, glazed carrots and flourless chocolate cake. Delivery within the Chicago city limits is available through DoorDash. Order via Tock.
The virtual deli and bakery is offering $15 quarts of matzo ball soup with vegetables and fresh dill and $20 chocolate almond cake for pickup and delivery April 1-15. Place an order here.