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Our Guide to Passover In NYC

newyork_passover.jpgFor those of us in New York City without seders of our own to attend -- or who don't have the wherewithal this year to trek out to see families in Great Neck/Newton/Highland Park/Brentwood -- but who would still like to partake in some Passover festivities, there's a variety of restaurants and purveyors in New York offering everything from gourmet gefilte fish to Kosher for Passover margaritas. Scope some of our eight favorite Passover offerings below:

Mile End
Though it may be too late to place catering orders for some of Mile End's matzo ball soup, chopped liver or brisket (the last day to place orders was Friday), you can still head over to both locations to get your matzo ball soup fix and we hear their sandwich shop on Bond St. just ordered a crate of matzo that you can substitute for regular bread on sandwiches like 'The Ruth Wilensky' (beef salami, mustard), or 'Grandpa' (smoked turkey, turkey rillettes, mustard) and their smoked lamb sausage with harissa slaw and eggplant. Word is, they may even be whipping up some matzo brei at the sandwich shop this weekend.
Mile End Boerum Hill, 97A Hoyt St., Brooklyn; Mile End Sandwich, 53 Bond St., Manhattan

Kutsher's Tribeca
Kutsher's Tribeca is going whole hog (er, we should say, Kosher brisket), serving a four-course seder menu featuring items like wild halibut gefilte fish, potato latkes, grilled Romanian steak, Creekstone Farms beef brisket, schmaltz mashed potatoes and flourless chocolate cake.
Kutsher's Tribeca, 186 Franklin St., Manhattan; $85/person ($49 for children under 10)

Jack's Wife Freda
While there won't be any traditional seders, the Soho boîte helmed by an Israeli and a South African will be whipping up matzo ball soup and we hear their yummy fish balls (think a much more gourmet -- and crispy -- version of gefilte fish) may be rolled in matzo meal instead of bread crumbs for the occasion.
Jack's Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette St., Manhattan

For those of us whose first (and maybe only) introduction to gefilte fish were those gelatinous, slightly stinky mounds of fish that came out of a Manischewitz jar, there's a gourmet version made by the folks at Gefilteria that mercifully bears little resemblance to the kind found at your childhood seders. Grab one of their salmon-striped fish loafs and some of their beet horseradish and you'll be making gefilte fish converts out of even the pickiest of eaters.

Tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, JoeDoe will be putting their own spin on a seder, hosting a four course meal that includes matzo ball soup with pickled veggies, slow roasted brisket, Passover-friendly whoopie pie and, to wash it all down, Elijah's punch featuring rum, Manischewitz, lemon, pear and apple.
JoeDoe, 45 E. 1st St., Manhattan; $65/person

Tolache/Yerba Buena
All of the Toloache and Yerba Buena outposts in Manhattan will be serving a Mexi-seder from March 25-April 2 (that is, a Mexican-inspired seder) with items like a Sabra margarita (featuring Kosher tequila, don't ya know), matzo ball soup with epazote and jalapeño scented chicken consommé, brisket tacos and matzo brei tres leches.
Toloache (various locations); Yerba Buena (various locations)

For the (reformed) Jews uptown, Telepan will be serving a non-kosher seder-style dinner tonight and tomorrow featuring dishes like matzo ball vegetable soup, arctic char, hanger steak & brisket with wild mushrooms, caramelized onions and mashed carrots, and pineapple-lemon sorbet.
Telepan, 72 W. 69th St., Manhattan; $85/person

And if matzo and seders aren't your jam, there's always the 10th annual Kosher 4 Passover Party at Hudson Terrace this Thursday, March 28.

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