Rosh Hashanah, the first of the High Holy Days, begins this Friday, September 15, marking the beginning of the Jewish New Year. Often observed as the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the millennia-old holiday is also marked by specific foods commonly found in Jewish culture, with a special nod to sweet foods symbolizing a sweet start to the new year. It culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement where practicing Jews fast for 24 hours, at sundown on Monday, September 25. Across the South Fork, there are several restaurants and markets that take their High Holy Days spreads super seriously. Here’s where you can stock up for all your High Holy Days’ culinary needs.
Sydney’s Taylor Made in Westhampton Beach does Rosh Hashanah right. Available for pick-up, offerings include over a dozen hors d’oeuvres options like potato latkes, whitefish salad, and smoked salmon on potato pancakes. They’ll be filled to the gills with quarts of matzo ball soups and pounds of succulent braised brisket, but other options are slated to include herb rubbed turkey, stuffed cabbage, and roast filets of beef. Click here to take a peek at what they got cooking. All orders are to be emailed to [email protected] and must be in by Wednesday.
Two of East Hampton’s restaurant mainstays, Rowdy Hall (10 Main St., 631-324-8555) and Nick & Toni’s (136 North Main Street, 631-324-3550), will be featuring specials in honor of the High Holy Days. Known for blending English-style pub food with classic bistro fare, Rowdy Hall’s culinary additions in honor of Rosh Hashanah will include Matzoh ball soup, braised beef brisket served with honey glazed baby carrots and cipollini onions from Balsam Farms. Dessert will be honey cake with apple compote. On the other side of town, Rowdy’s older sister operation, the iconic Nick & Toni’s will be featuring several a la carte specials in addition to their regular menu. Diners will be welcomed with a smoked salmon amuse bouche set with crème fraiche and caviar. The on-theme appetizer offering is slated to be chicken liver pate with roasted apples and flatbread. The specialty entrée will be brisket, of course, served with Tzimmes (a traditional Ashkenazi stew usually made from carrots, root vegetables and dried fruits). Apple honey rugelach will be for dessert, those delightful baked confections typically stuffed with some sort of compote or sweet filling. Traditionally, they are popular option to be served for the High Holy Days as they are made to signify a sweet new year.
L&W Market– the five-year-old sister operation of Almond in Bridgehampton located right next door– will have everything you need for your perfect holiday meal available for pick up this Friday and Saturday. Appetizers and platters range from assorted dips, spreads, flatbreads and crudité platters to classically smoked bluefish spread and chef Jason Weiner’s grandmother’s chopped liver. There are two sizes of braised brisket available (a small feeds two to four people while a large feeds six to eight), whole roasted chicken with gravy, and braised duck, Sephardic style, with parsnips, apricots and cinnamon. Everything’s already expertly cooked by executive chef Jason Weiner and his trusty team. All you gotta do is reheat it, maybe! Diners could also indulge in challah bread from Blue Duck Bakery, a classic noodle kugel, and apple crisp featuring apples from Milk Pail just down the road. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, September 12, and pick up is for this Friday and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.. Stock up here.
In Sag Harbor, just steps down the street from the newly renovated Temple Adas Israel synagogue, Harbor Market and Kitchen’s catering menu offers all the High Holidays culinary staples, and then some. The Rosh Hashanah menu will be available from Thursday, September 14, through Sunday, September 17, offering everything from matzo balls, red wine braised brisket, and sweet noodle kugel to challah bread, carrot tzimmes and apple crisps. In honor of Yom Kippur, this Sag Harbor locale’s menu will feature platters filled with bagels, lox and all the traditional accoutrements, a Rosh Hashanah board adorned with apples, honey, house-made pickles, cheese, hummus and challah toast points. Delivery is available throughout Sag Harbor for $30, East Hampton and Wainscott for $50, and Amagansett and Southampton (over 10 miles) for $100.