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Although restaurants remain shuttered and large gatherings are prohibited, Passover and Easter festivities are forging ahead. With help from local New York City restaurants, catering companies, and delicatessens, handmade holiday meals can be delivered to your doorstep, keeping family traditions alive from the safety of home. Ahead, find places for to-go Seder dinners and Easter brunch and baskets, from Eli’s Market to Economy Candy.
The Upper East Side’s longrunning Butterfield Market is offering a limited number of prepared Passover meals for pick up and delivery. Packages include dinners for two ($145) and four ($265) and include main courses of brisket with gravy, a whole roasted chicken, or chicken with artichokes and olives. Sides include matzoh balls, traditional gefilte fish, potato pancakes, and more, with a dessert of flourless chocolate cookies and coconut macaroons. Customers can also pick-and-choose select Passover items from Butterfield’s larger catering menu.
NYC and Hamptons-based catering company Elegant Affairs is known for serving diners at high-end social events. Now the company, run by Andrea Correale, will bring its home-cooked catering options to your home for the holidays. The Passover feast-to-go menu includes a “Seder Plate” option for $40, as well as platters of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts with enough portions for up to 20 people.
Eli Zabar’s grocery has remained open during the coronavirus outbreak, offering both groceries and prepared foods for pick-up from its 80th Street store and delivery. The market will offer traditional comfort foods and beverages for the holiday, like smoked whitefish salad, chopped liver, handmade matzoh, and entrees like brisket, filet of beef, turkey, and more. Find its complete catering catalog for Passover here.
Russ & Daughters
All of your Jewish comfort food needs can be met, thanks to Russ & Daughters, a New York City institution for over a century. This Passover, the cafe will be hosting its annual Seder on April 9 virtually via Zoom. Along with the online celebration, Russ & Daughters is offering a fixed menu of traditional dishes including gefilte fish, brisket, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, and flourless chocolate cake. Tickets are $137 per person.
Passover classics from The Ribbon can be delivered straight to your door, with dinner starting at just $34.95 per person. In addition to the traditional pre-made options, like gefilte fish and brisket, the Upper West Side restaurant is also selling DIY Seder plates.
Breads Bakery is providing all your Seder needs with $180 packages of matzo ball soup, haroset, egg salad, and vegetarian chopped liver. A number of flourless desserts, from macaroons to brownies, are also available for purchase. Order through services like Postmates or Caviar for delivery.
The legendary pastrami and corned beef of Katz’s Deli, along with other traditional favorites, will be available for delivery between April 6 and April 10. The LES deli is also offering a dinner package that costs about $34 per person and comes with a choice of soup or salad, an appetizer or chopped liver, potato pancake, or gefilte fish, a main dish of brisket, sliced turkey, or roasted chicken, and either honey cake, sponge cake, babka, or rugalach for dessert. A complete Seder plate is priced at $18.
Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish
Forget the bagels (just this week) and order a Passover brunch from Zucker’s. The holiday package includes matzo, hand-sliced Nova lox, choice of three cream cheese, and Zucker’s famous everything seasoning. The package, which costs $129 with free delivery, serves about 12 people. Order it here.
Hill Country Barbecue
“From our smokers to your Seder,” says Hill Country of their Passover offerings, including their famous brisket, as well as potato kugel, honey horseradish roasted vegetables, apple pecan charoset, and Texas macaroons. The best part is that they’re donating 10 percent of proceeds from every Passover meal to Food for the Frontline – Meals for Heroes. The Passover Brisket, which serves 8-10 people, is $125, and the full Passover Dinner for 4-6 is $145.
Butterfield is also selling meal packages for Easter brunch and dinner for delivery and pickup. Brunch options include ham and swiss or vegetable quiche, a salad, smoked salmon canapes, deviled eggs, and fresh fruit salad, priced at $85 for two and $189 for groups of four. For dinner, $99 for groups of two and $165 for groups of 4, celebrants can choose between a leg of lamb, fresh roast turkey, and gravy, or roasted salmon for a main course, with sides like pea and leek soup, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, dinner rolls, and a lemon meringue tart for dessert. For more options, check out Butterfield’s full catering menu here.
For those who prefer cheese over chocolate, check out Murray’s Cheese Easter Baskets. The store is selling build-your-own gift crates stuffed cheese, charcuterie, and specialty foods. Plus, Murray’s offers premade cheese boards for a taste of everything, from pickles and cheese to flower-coated cheese in their “spring bouquet” board.
Economy Candy Easter Pack
Candy connoisseurs would enjoy an Easter Basket tailor-made by the Lower East Side favorite, Economy Candy. This Easter the store is offering unique candy packs that include an assortment of chocolate eggs, toys, and jelly beans, starting at $35 and costing up to $100 for the “extravaganza” pack. The store’s full selection of individual Easter candy can be found here.
Borough Provisions’ brunch
Borough Provisions, a team made up of Bien Cuit and Joe Coffee, has a number of yummy Easter baskets available. Brunch, which will come with pastries, hot cross buns, juice, individual quiches, and jam, starts at $50 for two people and $105 for four people, with a wine pairing for an added cost. There is also a “build your own tartine kit” with either salmon or lamb sausage priced at $70 to $120.
Give the gift of handmade chocolate this Easter with an impressive basket from Li-Lac Chocolates, Manhattan’s “oldest chocolate house.” Gourmet goodies range from chocolate Easter bunny pops for under $3 to a giant chocolate Easter egg for $295. The “colossal” basket goes for $350 and filled with only the best jelly beans and chocolate.
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