Unlike nearly every other Jewish holiday, food is decidedly absent from Yom Kippur: The day of atonement requires observers to abstain from eating from sundown to sundown. So any celebratory dining happens at the tail end of the holiday.
This year, several D.C. restaurants are providing break fast options for Yom Kippur.
The time-honored staple rings true again this year, as bagels are the go-to food of choice for many observers. Bethesda Bagels offers fish platters, featuring sable, lox, tuna, whitefish salad, and egg salad. Don’t wait to order as demand can often exceed supply. The local chainlet also has outposts in Dupont CIrcle and Navy Yard.
7263A Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, Va.
This neighborhood deli offers holiday specials including chopped liver, matzo ball soup, brisket, green beans almondine, and potato kugel. $22.95 per person; 10 person minimum.
12214 Fairfax Towne Center, Fairfax, Va.
This long-standing NoVa deli is offering a special break fast menu which includes smoked fish sold by the pound. In addition to the usual suspects (lox, herring, whitefish) owner Eric Roller plans to offer sable, kippered salmon, and house-baked salmon salad. Breakfast connoisseurs will be glad to know that the bagels and bialys are imported straight from New York City.
1317 Connecticut Avenue NW
The Dupont Circle mainstay is offering a special fish board for Yom Kippur, a spread including: smoked salmon, pastrami smoked salmon, whitefish salad, and smoked mackerel. The holiday platter ($21 per person) also includes bagels, cream cheese and traditional garnishes. The special board costs $21 per person and is available for carry out; the full menu will also be offered. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant (202-293-4400).
1914 Ninth Street NW
This Shaw restaurant is serving a pre-holiday special Friday, September 29, as well as a post-holiday dinner Saturday, September 30. Featured items include: matzo ball soup, noodle Kugel, lamb meatballs, grilled hake, fruit pancakes, and roasted Asian pear. The Kol Nidre meal is $44 per person, while the break fast menu on the 30th is $39 per person to start ($44 per person with the meat and fish options). The regular menu will also be offered.
The Greek side of brand builder Mike Isabella's family of restaurants is preparing carry-out meals Friday, September 29, and Saturday, September 30. Expect challah, hummus, potato dumplings, smoked brisket, braised cabbage with pastrami-style lamb, and apple kugel. Orders can be picked up in D.C. or Bethesda, Maryland.
740 Sixth Street NW
Due to popular request, the Chinatown deli will be open on Saturday, September 30 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to feed those coming from the nearby services at Sixth and I. And they’ll also cater to those who order at least 48 hours in advance. Featured items include challah with raisins, corned beef and Swiss quiche, cinnamon babka French toast, and bagels with lox. Additional deli offerings (served by the pound) and sandwich platters are available by request. Orders must be picked up by 5 p.m. Friday, September 29.