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Where to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in D.C.

There are even vegan options.

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Get ready to ring in Year 5776. Rosh Hashanah, referred to as the Jewish New Year, takes place from sunset on Sunday, September 13, through Monday, September 14.

Traditional holiday food focuses on the sweet. Challah bread or apple dipped in honey symbolize nice wishes for the upcoming year. Customary gelatinous gefilte fish and soup studded with matzo balls also find their way onto many of the offered menus.

Whether to avoid mom's dry brisket at home or just curious to taste the festivities, plenty of restaurants in D.C. offer specials for the holiday. Here are several Rosh Hashanah menus worth the schlep.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-4400
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The modern delicatessen celebrates at both the Dupont Circle and Fairfax County’s Mosaic district locations. Chef Brian Robinson organized an inventive menu, from creamy potato soup with gold rush apple and trout roe, to seared halibut with carrots and rye spaetzle to roasted beef tenderloin topped with a black truffle vinaigrette. Dessert honors the classic holiday pairing through an apple crumble served with Dolcezza's decadent honey gelato. Dinner is $45 per person, or $65 with wine pairings.

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2. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 686-2966
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The menu highlights a bountiful fall harvest at Dino’s in Shaw, with platters of roasted spiced eggplant, saffron & leek frittata and grilled kabocha squash, before duck schmaltz matzo ball soup and risotto with giblets. The main course means veal brisket with citrus & dried fruit fish “meatballs” in a sephardic tomato sauce or vegetarian shakshuka, followed by sephardic style almond cake. The special menu costs $44 per person.

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3. Equinox

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818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 331-8118
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Equinox also paired up with the Jewish Food Experience for a $50 per person dinner (there are vegetarian and vegan options, too). Find dishes like Israeli couscous risotto and pan-roasted snapper.

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4. Jackie's Restaurant

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8081 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-9700
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For the first time, Jackie's will host a meal Sept. 14 and 15 featuring options like black truffle matzoh balls, family-style brisket and honey apple cake ($35 per person).

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5. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 489-0140
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This surf 'n' turf eatery near McPherson Square serves the essential challah with sliced apples and honey, gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, and matzo ball soup. Entrees like slowly-braised beef brisket with red wine bordelaise or wild Alaskan halibut en papillote star before a choice of old fashioned apple pie or flourless chocolate cake. Joe’s three-course dinner menu is $45.95 per person, excluding tax & gratuity.

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6. Logan Tavern

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1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 332-3710
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The Jewish Food Experience teamed up with the tavern to present a menu focused on the local and homemade. Find shared appetizers of challah with honey butter and homemade chopped liver, apples & EatWell Natural Farm honey, leek fritters (keftes de prasa) and house-smoked salmon crostini. Continue with choice of roast beef brisket, salmon with Israeli cous cous or warm vegetarian farro salad. The dinner is $40 per person or $55 per person with wine pairings, including tax & gratuity. Reservations are required.

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7. Mon Ami Gabi

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7239 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-1234
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Wood grilled Amish chicken, short ribs or Atlantic salmon entrees follow the traditional challah bread, gefilte fish, and matzo ball soup at Bethesda’s French Bistro. Definitely save room for the apple galette or warm flourless chocolate cake. The prix fixe menu is $36.95.

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8. Summer House Santa Monica

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11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 881-2381
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he California-style restaurant in Bethesda offers a prix-fixe menu with choice of wood grilled Amish chicken breast, slow braised beef short rib or wood grilled Atlantic salmon, including shareable sides. Chef Martin Ticar did not forget the challah, gefilte, or matzo ball soup, ending with apple galette or warm flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The menu is $36.95 per guest at Summer House, excluding tax & gratuity.

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9. Teddy & The Bully Bar

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1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 872-8700
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Teddy's dinner will include matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, chopped liver deviled eggs, sour cream trout and more ($50 pr person).

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10. The Heights

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3115 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 797-7227
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The Heights will offer a dinner from the Jewish Food Experience with family-style appetizers, and a choice between three entrees ($42).

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1. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The modern delicatessen celebrates at both the Dupont Circle and Fairfax County’s Mosaic district locations. Chef Brian Robinson organized an inventive menu, from creamy potato soup with gold rush apple and trout roe, to seared halibut with carrots and rye spaetzle to roasted beef tenderloin topped with a black truffle vinaigrette. Dessert honors the classic holiday pairing through an apple crumble served with Dolcezza's decadent honey gelato. Dinner is $45 per person, or $65 with wine pairings.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

2. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th ST NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The menu highlights a bountiful fall harvest at Dino’s in Shaw, with platters of roasted spiced eggplant, saffron & leek frittata and grilled kabocha squash, before duck schmaltz matzo ball soup and risotto with giblets. The main course means veal brisket with citrus & dried fruit fish “meatballs” in a sephardic tomato sauce or vegetarian shakshuka, followed by sephardic style almond cake. The special menu costs $44 per person.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

1914 9th ST NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Equinox

818 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Equinox also paired up with the Jewish Food Experience for a $50 per person dinner (there are vegetarian and vegan options, too). Find dishes like Israeli couscous risotto and pan-roasted snapper.

[Photo: Official]

818 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

4. Jackie's Restaurant

8081 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
For the first time, Jackie's will host a meal Sept. 14 and 15 featuring options like black truffle matzoh balls, family-style brisket and honey apple cake ($35 per person).

[Photo: Facebook]

8081 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

5. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

750 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
This surf 'n' turf eatery near McPherson Square serves the essential challah with sliced apples and honey, gefilte fish with red beet horseradish, and matzo ball soup. Entrees like slowly-braised beef brisket with red wine bordelaise or wild Alaskan halibut en papillote star before a choice of old fashioned apple pie or flourless chocolate cake. Joe’s three-course dinner menu is $45.95 per person, excluding tax & gratuity.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

6. Logan Tavern

1423 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
The Jewish Food Experience teamed up with the tavern to present a menu focused on the local and homemade. Find shared appetizers of challah with honey butter and homemade chopped liver, apples & EatWell Natural Farm honey, leek fritters (keftes de prasa) and house-smoked salmon crostini. Continue with choice of roast beef brisket, salmon with Israeli cous cous or warm vegetarian farro salad. The dinner is $40 per person or $55 per person with wine pairings, including tax & gratuity. Reservations are required.

[Photo: Official]

1423 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

7. Mon Ami Gabi

7239 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Wood grilled Amish chicken, short ribs or Atlantic salmon entrees follow the traditional challah bread, gefilte fish, and matzo ball soup at Bethesda’s French Bistro. Definitely save room for the apple galette or warm flourless chocolate cake. The prix fixe menu is $36.95.

[Photo: Official]

7239 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

8. Summer House Santa Monica

11825 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
he California-style restaurant in Bethesda offers a prix-fixe menu with choice of wood grilled Amish chicken breast, slow braised beef short rib or wood grilled Atlantic salmon, including shareable sides. Chef Martin Ticar did not forget the challah, gefilte, or matzo ball soup, ending with apple galette or warm flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The menu is $36.95 per guest at Summer House, excluding tax & gratuity.

[Photo: R. Lopez]

11825 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

9. Teddy & The Bully Bar

1200 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Teddy's dinner will include matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, chopped liver deviled eggs, sour cream trout and more ($50 pr person).

[Photo: Official]

1200 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

10. The Heights

3115 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
The Heights will offer a dinner from the Jewish Food Experience with family-style appetizers, and a choice between three entrees ($42).

[Photo: Facebook]

3115 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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