With the Jewish new year fast approaching, you may be checking your watch. No time to cook? I feel you. Rosh Hashanah always feels early or late, depending on the year. The good news is this: There are options for those of us who just don’t have the time or the wherewithal to throw together something delicious. Here are your best bets for catering dinner for a sweet year on Long Island.
For years, Thyme has catered for both Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre (the night before the dreaded Yom Kippur fast). Offering a comprehensive menu filled with traditional options (gefilte fish, chopped liver, matzo balls, whole-roasted chicken, brisket, noodle kugel, round challah, ruggelach, mandel brot, babka, band more), all food is available for order a la carte, and serves up to 15 people. The restaurant also serves a prix fixe Rosh Hashanah dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. during the holiday, for those who prefer to dine out.
Long Island boasts two Fairway Markets, in Plainview and Westbury, and they have an impressive Rosh Hashanah catering offering (it’s available for Yom Kippur, too). For $229, this 10-person set includes challah, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, gefilte fish, brisket with gravy, potato pancakes, a choice of spinach or green beans, tzimmes, and chocolate babka. Both pickup and delivery are available, making this a win-win.
Offering a Rosh Hashanah dinner for 10, this deli, with outposts in Woodbury, Greenvale, and Carle Place, includes stuffed cabbage, chopped liver, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, roast chicken or brisket, noodle kugel, kasha varnishkes, round challah, honey cake, and numerous other sides in their $379.99 dinner, which can be picked up in any of the Long Island locations. Call in advance to reserve.