This year the first Seder falls out on a Friday night and the second on Saturday night, so Hol Hamoed will be a good portion of the week. This gives us ample time to enjoy the holiday outdoors and not stuck inside snacking on Passover cakes made from a cake mix. Another major plus about the way the holiday falls out this year is that many restaurants will be open throughout the week. There will be a nice selection of restaurants to choose from and since we will have so much time on our hands, dining out is a great way to enjoy.
Past restaurants that have been open on Passover in New York include Abigael’s, Colbeh, La Brochette, Mike’s Bistro, Mr. Broadway, Prime Grill and Talia’s Steakhouse. In Brooklyn, Blueberry Café, Crawford’s and T-Fusion Steakhouse have been open along with the Cho-Sen Restaurants in Five Towns, Queens and Great Neck. A select few in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas have opened in the past as well. And there will a whole lot of options for diners in Florida to choose from. You can check out www.KosherPesach.com for a full list of restaurants that are open this year on Passover throughout the country including their menus and hours.
There are a few things that you should know about dining out on Passover.
1. Do your research. If you cannot eat certain foods or hold by certain traditions such as gebroktz or kitniyot it is best to find out before you go to the restaurant. You can typically find that information online or by calling the restaurant, which brings us to our next point.
2.Call ahead! It is always recommended to make a reservation before showing up. By making a reservation the restaurant has a sense of how many people are coming and can prepare accordingly. Even if you normally do not make a reservation at the restaurant you wish to go to, it is always best to call ahead. By calling ahead you can also confirm the restaurant hours which may be different this week.
3.Dine at off hours. Usually when a restaurant is very popular we recommend dining at off peak hours. Taking a late lunch or an early dinner may be the best way to ensure that your meal is prepared quickly and that the service will not be strained because of overcrowding. You will have a better chance at not having to wait for a table. Plus, you will have the undivided attention of the wait staff. Just don’t starve yourself beforehand!
4. Be patient. It is important to note that certain restaurants will be overwhelmed. Being open on Passover is not an easy task. Everything must be done according to halacha and waiters must be trained special for this time of year. If you have an important question about a dish’s preparation, it is best to speak with the manager. Most restaurants will let you know beforehand if they will be gebruktz or not.
Now that you have the basics of dining out on Passover you should be good to go! Remember that we love to see photos and details of your restaurant experiences, especially during these long holidays. Post your photos and reviews to the Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies Facebook page, with over 19,000 members!
Hag Kasher V’Sameach!
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