16 Rosh Hashana specials, dinners around Chicago

If the imminent arrival of Rosh Hashana has you more worried about cooking for the holiday than celebrating it, you can relax. Plenty of restaurants around Chicago will be offering special menus for the Jewish New Year holiday, which begins at sundown Sunday, Oct. 2, this year and concludes at sundown Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Beatrix: You're covered for dessert with a trio of special options for the holiday: chocolate chip coffee cake ($32.95 for full cake), apple cinnamon rugelach ($7.95 for half dozen) and angel food cake muffins ($16.95 for half dozen). Be early, though — orders should be placed by Thursday. Sunday to next Monday, visit website for locations and phone numbers, www.beatrixchicago.com.
Di Pescara: Available for dine-in or carryout, Di Pescara’s menu comes in family-style servings Sunday and Monday. Appetizers include matzo ball soup and chopped liver, and entrees include noodle kugel with golden raisins. Dessert — such as a honey spice cake — will also be served. It will cost adults $42.95 to dine in, with half off for children under 12. Carryout is a bit cheaper at $39.95, but if you want it delivered, there’s a $10 charge. Sunday and Oct. 3, 2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-498-4321, www.di-pescara.com
Frankie’s Scaloppine: Frankie’s will forgo straight Italian options and offer a special three-course dinner designed for the holiday, including antipasti and dessert options. Reservations are recommended; $39.95 per person, plus gratuity ($14.95 for children under 12). Carryout also available. Sunday and Oct. 3, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 5th Floor, 312-266-2500, www.frankiespizzachicago.com.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab: Another multicourse dinner comes from Joe’s Seafood, with multiple options for every course, although no vegetarian-friendly entrees. All entrees, from the brisket of beef to the Alaskan halibut, come with ginger-glazed carrots and fingerling potatoes with leeks. Reservations are recommended, and be sure to mention your interest in the holiday menu. The cost is $45.95 per person and $19.95 for kids 12-and-under. You can also enjoy the dinner at home with delivery and carryout options, Sunday and Oct. 3, 60 E. Grand Ave., 312-379-5637, www.joes.net.
L. Woods: A selection of traditional holiday choices will be available for dine-in or carryout Sunday and Monday. Carryout orders must be placed by Thursday, and reservations are recommended for dining in. The cost is $42.95 per person and $15.95 for kids. 4-9 p.m. Sunday, 4-9:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, 847-677-3350, www.lwoodsrestaurant.com.

Mity Nice Bar & Grill: You can find a classic holiday menu at Mity Nice Bar & Grill, with items like chopped liver and noodle kugel Sunday and Monday. Reservations are recommended, and the cost is $38.95 per person, $17.95 for children. www.mitynicechicago.com, 4-8 p.m Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-4745

Mon Ami Gabi:  A full, multicourse dinner with classic offerings, such as matzo ball soup and braised brisket of beef, will be offered. The deadline for carryout orders has passed, and reservations are recommended to dine in. Be sure to specify interest in the holiday menu. The cost is $44.95 per person and $16.95 for children ages 12 and under. 5-9 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 3, The Belden Stratford, 2300 N. Lincoln Park W., 773-348-8886, www.monamigabi.com.

Osteria Via Stato: A three-course menu from the Italian tavern in River North runs Sunday and Monday at a cost of $39.95 per person. Reservations are available. 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, 5-10 p.m. Oct. 3, 620 N. State St., 312-642-8450, www.osteriaviastato.com.

Saranello’s: In true Italian fashion, Saranello’s will offer family-style servings from a special holiday menu. Both dine-in and carryout options are available, for $42.95 and $39.95, respectively, and each part of the three-course meal features a vegetarian option. Kids under 12 eat for half the cost of either option. Reservations are recommended. Sunday and Oct. 3, Westin Hotel, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, 847-777-6878, www.saranellos.com.

Wildfire: A Rosh Hashana club menu at the restaurant's Lincolnshire and Glenview locations will be offered during Sunday dinner and Monday all day. The menu is designed for groups of six or more, with family-style servings, at a cost of $39.95 per person. Smaller groups can elect for a traditional Rosh Hashana supper, served individually as specials from Wildfire’s normal dinner menu. Visit website for locations and phone numbers. www.wildfirerestaurant.com.

By Adam Lukach

Chicago Tribune

(September 26, 2016)