Many Jewish Americans observe Rosh Hashanah, known as the New Year in the Jewish calendar, for two days, while others celebrate the event for one day. It is a time of family gatherings, special meals, and sweet foods. Many Jewish people celebrate Rosh Hashanah by eating around challah bread (a rich, eggy bread) and apples dipped in honey. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, there ’s plenty of ways to partake in the holiday’ deliciousness all around the DC area. L’shana tova.
Alex Levin’s High Holiday Pastry Pop-Up — Pastry Chef Alex Levin’s 3rd Annual Rosh Hashanah Pop Up Bakery is back with a big Jewish New Year offering. The pop-up is offering traditional honey challah (with and without raisins), handmade pies, apple butter honey cake, hazelnut chocolate crunch rugelach, as well as artisanal candies. This year, Chef Alex is also opening the kitchen to guests who would like to learn how to make these baked treats to join the pop-up team for a hands-on, pastry and baking experience during the week leading up to Erev Rosh Hashanah. Space is limited for this kitchen “stage” experience but the team will do its best to accommodate everyone interested. The pop-up bakery is offering expanded "inside the beltway" delivery options on Saturday, 9/8 and Sunday, 9/9 before the holiday. Pick up options are also available at Casolare (2505 Wisconsin Ave NW), Alta Strada DC (465 K St., NW) or at Alta Strada Mosaic (2911 District Ave in Fairfax, VA.) between 2-6 pm on either date. Need a special delivery? Email Alex directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equinox — Why cook for a crowd? Bring the family and enjoy a High Holiday four-course meal at Equinox. The restaurant’s Rosh Hashanah menu features challah crostinis with charred figs and mascarpone, tabbouleh salad, your choice of fish, guinea hen, or plant-based pasta, and an agave apple cake dessert with coconut sorbet and dark rum caramel. Of course, Todd and Ellen Gray have a variety of vegan and vegetarian. (818 Connecticut Avenue, NW; 202.331.8118)
Joe’s Stone Crab Rosh Hashanah Menu — We know, Joe’s Stone Crab has a Rosh Hashanah menu? Seems like a disconnect. But! you read that correctly. This DC location is now offering a special multi-course menu just for the Jewish New Year. There are classic faves like gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, brisket, and couscous. (750 15th Street, NW; 202.489.0140)
Summer House — Summer’s not over yet! Summer House Santa Monica is keeping our spirits sunny and warm by offering an extra sweet Rosh Hashanah dinner menu complete with challah with apples and honey, brisket, matzo ball soup, and gefilte fish. It even comes with a Jewish mother who keeps pressuring you to eat more and incessantly asks when you’re getting married. (11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland; 301.881.2381)
Teddy & The Bully Bar — The team at Teddy and The Bully Bar will once again be celebrating Rosh Hashanah with a special menu on Sunday and Monday evenings September 9 and 10. Owner, Alan Popovsky, always enjoys welcoming the New Year in at Teddy & The Bully Bar with dishes like Matzoh Ball Soup, house-made Gelfilte Fish and Potato, and Butternut Squash Latkes. They also serve a traditional Brisket or order the Salmon with potato horseradish risotto. The dessert menu has Homemade Honey Cake, apricot and ginger sorbet, Flourless Chocolate Cake & Local Apple and Caramel Sundae. Make the holiday sweet and easy. (1200 19th Street, NW; 202.872.8700)
Cooking at home and want to supplement some of your menu offerings?
Remember you can always stop at Dawson’s in Rockville. They have a massive High Holiday menu that makes it easy to pick and choose from. And the team behind Central Farm Markets has worked closely with their farmers and vendors to have a wide range of offerings for your High Holiday. Think floral arrangements, challahs, and pies.