Honey, brisket, and flourless chocolate cakes are to Rosh Hashanah as turkey is to Thanksgiving and disdain for humanity is to the general holiday shopping season. The Jewish New Year, taking place September 24 through 26, brings a sea of luscious dining specials at restaurants throughout Chicago.
Beatrix (519 N. Clark Street, Chicago)If it's strictly sweets you're after, make a bee line to Beatrix. Here you'll find housemade honey cake and local apple and honey bags filled with apples and small jars of honey at the pastry counter. Available September 23 through September 26, orders may be placed in advance by calling 312-284-1377.
Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago)
Bistronomic is a perpetual holiday favorite throughout the year, with executive chef/owner Martial Noguier consistently curating thoughtful and seasonal menus for diners looking to get out and celebrate. Rosh Hashanah is no different, with a special three-course menu on hand September 24 through September 26 for dinner. Appetizers include Faroe Island salmon escabeche and organic barley risotto, with entree options such as prime beef short ribs with carrot mousseline and yellow walleye pike with eggplant caviar, house-preserved lemon, and Nicoise vinaigrette. For dessert, guests select between apple challah bread pudding and fig-honey financier. Dishes are also available a la carte. The cost for the prix fixe is $40 per person and reservations can be made by calling 312-944-8400.
The Goddess and Grocer (multiple locations, Chicago; pictured above)
For those looking to take their Rosh Hashanah feast home, look no further than The Goddess & Grocer, a favorite for their holiday catering menus. This Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the cafe is featuring a thoughtful array of take-home dishes September 23 through October 6. Myriad options include chicken and matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, sweet potato and zucchini latkes, beef brisket, baked whitefish, sweet and sour meatballs, roasted carrots, challah bread, mashed potatoes, tzimmes, carrot cake, honey apple cake, noodle kugel, and lots more.
Mon Ami Gabi (2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago)
All the Jewish staples are present and accounted for at Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park, featuring a multi-course menu complete with dishes like challah bread with apples and honey, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, potato pancakes, and flourless chocolate cake. The prix fixe is available September 24 and 25 and the cost is $37.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 12 and younger. Reservations can be made by calling 773-348-8886.
Osteria Via Stato (620 N. State Street, Chicago)
One of River North's preeminent Italian joints goes traditional Jewish for the holiday, offering an impressive five-course menu on the 24th and 25th. The meal opens with shareable items like sliced challah, vegetarian chopped liver, and regular chopped liver, followed by gefilte fish antipasti, and entree options such as slow-braised beef short rib and fennel-crusted flounder. Creamy polenta and ginger-glazed carrots are on deck as sides, followed by dessert options of double chocolate tarts or housemade apple crostada. The cost is $39.95 per person and reservations can be made by calling 312-642-8450.
Photo: The Goddess & Grocer