With Passover starting tomorrow, I doubt that anyone who cares about celebrating a Seder is still looking for restaurant suggestions. Still, I thought I’d share my research.
I was surprised how many serious restaurants are offering Seders or Passover-themed meals this weekend:
- At Savoy, chef–owner Peter Hoffman cooks the Sephardic-accented meal and leads the Seder himself. Price: $110.
- At Tabla, Floyd Cardoz celebrates Passover Indian-style. Price: $95.
- At Compass, Neil Annis mixes a modern American and traditional Jewish menu. Price: $110.
- At Capsouto Frères, which has offered its Seder for 20 years, the menu is Sephardic-themed, and the proceeds are donated to charity. Price: $150.
These are all wonderful restaurants—places I’d be pleased to recommend any day of the week. On paper, Tabla appears to have the best deal, not merely because it has the lowest price, but because it’s the best restaurant of the bunch.
But the pièce de resistance is Passover at Sammy’s Roumanian, where the watered-down Seder (just 20-minutes long) costs $190. Just three years ago, they were charging only $90 for it. We were actually considering Sammy’s—the 20-minute service is right up our street—but at the inflated price we’ll take a pass.
So where are we going instead? L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Same price as Sammy’s; food from another universe.