Shana tova! As Westchester bids farewell to 5781, we find not everyone can celebrate with a traditional family dinner. Whether you’re far from home or pressed for time, Westchester’s got a healthy variety of options perfectly suited to helping you put together a no-fuss holiday meal for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that would make your bubbe proud.
387 N Central Ave, Hartsdale; 914.428.5320
Epstein’s has a terrific takeout dinner for families: $27.99 per person (eight-person minimum) gets you your choice of soup; an app like gefilte fish, meatballs, stuffed cabbage, or chopped liver; two sides like roasted potatoes, roasted broccoli and cauliflower, kasha varnishkes, mushroom barley, steamed or glazed carrots, string beans almandine, spinach or broccoli soufflé, kugel, and noodle pudding; one entrée of turkey, chicken, or brisket; cranberry compote or cold slaw; challah, and your choice of dessert. Picking among the sweet stuff is particularly hard, with cookies and rugelach, fruit salad, and, for a bit extra, apple strudel or chocolate babka among the offerings. You can also order from the larger catering menu, and be sure to ask about the “Break the Fast” Yom Kippur breakfast menu.
574 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.478.0555
If you’re already attending a get-together but you feel like bringing something a little bit special, drop by Hastings-on-Hudson for some delectable treats from this pedigreed patisserie. The high holiday menu includes shana tova layer cake, Safta’s seven-layer cake, mama’s apple cake, chocolate truffle torte, mocha cheesecake, honey cake, rugelach, and challah. The limited-time shana tova layer cake has a shining, red apple appearance that enhances its appeal beyond the delicious taste. As always with BTW, every item is gluten- and dairy-free (yes, even the cheesecake), and certified kosher pareve.
1327 North Ave, New Rochelle; 914.637.9363
While it might be tough to find a good restaurant open late on Sundays, Eden Wok in New Rochelle leans into the old jokes by ensuring that even if you can’t bring yourself to reheat food, you can still have an amazing dinner and keep kosher at the same time. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (and always) the house sports pan-Asian cuisine from Thai to sushi to General Tso’s, as well as American classics like Buffalo wings. It is also certified glatt kosher and even offers a dedicated Shabbos takeout dinner special.
Of course, these are also great options for those away from home or just looking for a good solo dinner. You can easily skip the forms and phone calls and pick up a hot meal to bring home and enjoy on your own. Just make sure to pick it up before the restaurant closes early for the holidays.
26 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua; 914.238.8833
Those in the know line up in the wee hours for the babka baked on premises at this eatery, bakery, market, and caterer. For the upcoming holidays, there’s so much more in store. Offerings range from challahs and chopped liver hors d’oeuvres to braised pot roast, whole roasted chicken, and Russian-style stuffed cabbage, not to mention potato pancakes, classic noodle kugel, honey cake, and limitless dessert offerings. Everything is available a la carte as alluring accompaniments or the whole shebang. You can’t go wrong either way.