Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, starts in the evening on Friday, September 15, and runs through Sunday, September 17.
Symbolic foods like apples and honey represent a wish for a sweet new year, and savory sides typically include spiral-shaped challah bread, couscous with vegetables, and potato knishes. Mains like brisket and matzo balls commonly fill out the table. Rosh Hashanah is followed by Yom Kippur (September 24-25), a day of atonement and fasting. Together, they make the high holidays, ten of the most sacred days on the Jewish calendar.
Here are the D.C. restaurants and bakeries offering festive Rosh Hashanah meals for dine-in, delivery, and takeout.
The downtown staple brings back its annual Rosh Hashanah dinner on Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The three-course Jewish New Year menu kicks off with locally baked challah, apples handpicked by PRG Hospitality co-founder Alan Popovsky’s two sons, and honey, followed by starters like gefilte fish, chopped chicken liver, and butternut squash latkes. For mains, choose from all-natural brisket of beef, smoked Virginia brook trout, roasted half chicken, or honey-glazed salmon. Dessert includes options like honey cake with apricot, ginger sorbet, and flourless chocolate cake with cherries. The menu is a collaboration between Popovsky, Chopped champ Demetrio Zavala, and chef de cuisine Gregoria Contreras. The cost: $60 per person (or takeout for $62 per person). 1200 19th Street NW
The roving Maryland food truck celebrates Rosh Hashanah with a special reheat-and-eat menu filled with juicy meats, spreads, vegetable sides, and dessert for three to four. A la carte highlights include challah round loaf, matzo ball soup, harissa-smoked carrot tzimmes, and roasted beet salad with pomegranate-sumac vinaigrette, plus mains like smoked brisket, whole chicken with roasted garlic, grilled lemon, jalapeno zhug, and grilled salmon, and desserts like honey-poached apple bread pudding. Order online for pickup at its Rockville kitchen (11910 Parklawn Drive) on September 14 and September 15.
In addition to making hundreds of challah (honey raisin or plain), D.C.’s James Beard Award-winning bakery prepares a full dinner spread to host Rosh Hashanah at home. The meal for four to six ($240) includes owner Mark Furstenberg’s locally treasured recipes for chopped liver and chicken dumpling soup. The star of the show is onion-braised beef brisket that follows a traditional preparation in a roasted tomato puree. The kasha varnishkes side stars handmade bowtie pasta with wild mushrooms and chives. Call the Van Ness bakery to order for pickup on September 15 and 16: 202-765-1200. 4434 Connecticut Avenue NW
Schlow Restaurant Group’s award-winning pastry chef Alex Levin celebrates his Jewish heritage with his 5th annual Rosh Hashanah pop-up bakery. Order chocolate chunk cookies, rugelach, and other treats for pickup in D.C. (Nama Ko) and Virginia (Alta Strada) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 14 or 15. 1926 14th Street NW; 2911 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia
Cleveland Park’s modern Israeli restaurant celebrates Rosh Hashanah with a variety of dinner specials from Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17. Chef Ryan Moore prepares roasted haloumi with honey and apple marmalade; golden beet and pomegranate salad over a citrus labneh; salmon braised with chraimeh sauce and olives; and braised beef brisket with carrots and sweet potato ($14 to $28). Available during dinner service, in addition to its full menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (and until 9 p.m. on Sunday). 3311 Connecticut Avenue NW
The hit deli offers dinner boxes for the high holiday on Friday, September 15 to Sunday, September 17. A reheat-and-eat brisket dinner for four includes pastrami fried rice, honey-sesame roasted carrots, a cucumber, tomato, and peach salad, and round challah. There’s also a latke appetizer platter for four with an optional smoked salmon add-on, plus apple cake and Dolcezza’s wildflower honey gelato for dessert. Order online by Tuesday September 12 for pickup or delivery from seven D.C. area locations: Capitol Hill, Connecticut Avenue NW, Logan Circle, Park View, Pike & Rose, West End, and Georgetown (pickup only). Multiple locations
Lettuce Entertain You
Three Lettuce Entertain You restaurants offer multi-course holiday menus for dine-in and carryout from Friday, September 15 to Saturday, September 16. Place reheat-and-eat orders by Monday, September 11.
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab: The prix-fixe feast at the downtown standby includes gefilte fish with red beet horseradish; chopped liver bibb lettuce salad; matzo ball soup; herb roasted chicken or braised beef brisket with red wine bordelaise; and flourless chocolate cake or key lime pie ($69.95 per person; $29.95 for kids 12 and under). 750 15th Street NW
Mon Ami Gabi - Bethesda: A multi-course menu from executive chef Andrew Fleischauer includes challah bread with apples and honey, matzo ball soup, beef brisket, seared Atlantic salmon and more ($59.95 per person; $29.95 for those 12 and under). 7239 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland
Summer House - North Bethesda: The Pike & Rose restaurant’s spread includes challah bread with sliced apples and honey, matzo ball soup, slow-braised beef short rib, apple galette with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and more ($54.95 per guest, and $24.95 for kids 12). 11825 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda, Maryland
The East Coast chain sprinkles high holiday favorites across dine-in and takeout menus at most Founding Farmers branches (Montgomery County, Tysons, Potomac, and Reston Station) and Farmers & Distillers in D.C. A la carte options include homemade round challah, matzo ball soup, tzimmes, potato latkes, fig-orange glazed chicken, slow-cooked brisket, and its decadent flourless chocolate cake (note: its kitchens are unable to cook kosher). On the takeout front, order heat-and-eat meals for four ($160-$180) for pickup on Friday, September 15 or Saturday, September 16. Available from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. Multiple locations