Six Special Seders For Passover 2018 in New York City

Get rid of your chametz and hop on over to these interesting (bread-free) seders for the holiday!

Tired of the same old Passover seder? Want to spice things up this year with a Russian-inspired meal or the classics like chopped liver served up by an acclaimed steakhouse? You’re in luck because we’ve got six “alternate” seder ideas for you this year and the best is you don’t have to cook a thing. All the meals for these seders are cooked up by some of the best kosher or kosher-style restaurants in New York.

PLEASE NOTE: We have made mention of each location’s level of kashrut.

Talia’s Steakhouse (KOSHER):


Talia’s is continuing their 15 year tradition of offering kosher food during Passover. They will be open for both Seders and for lunch and dinner during Yom Tov, Chol Hamoed, and Shabbat. They also have a full service Kosher for Passover bar! To make reservation, you can e-mail them at or call (212) 580-3770.

WHEN: Consult website for all 8 days

WHERE: 668 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025


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Ohel Ayalah (KOSHER):


Sitting around a spread of veggies, baba ganouch, and other snacks, you will delve into “A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah.” You are welcome to take it home when the seder is over. You will read (sometimes in Hebrew and sometimes in English), sing, discuss, and debate. And also schmooze. After dipping into the haggadah (pun intended!) for about two hours, you will be served dinner buffet style. And after that, Grace, Miriam’s Cup, Hallel, and a lot of singing. The entire event, from beginning to end, will take about 3 1/2 hours.

WHEN: First Seder is on March 30 @ 6:30 p.m. / Second Seder is on March 31 @6:30

WHERE: Prince George Ballroom, 15 E 27th Street, New York, NY 10016



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Seder Shebang (KOSHER):


Seder Shabbang is JCC Manhattan's answer to Passover 5778/2018. Join them as they host the community in four unique seder experiences complete with fascinating and entertaining facilitators, beautiful song and ritual, and gourmet food and wine.

WHEN: Friday, March 30 @ 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street, New York, NY 10023


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The Russian Tea Room (NOT KOSHER):


Since being founded by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1927, The Russian Tea Room has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite - an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and executives plan their next deals and celebrate their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances.


WHEN: March 30-31

WHERE: 150 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019


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Balaboosta (NOT KOSHER):



This special evening will include a delicious Passover menu accompanied by wine, live music, and more! This year, Chef Einat will be collaborating with Elizabeth Falkner & Claire Robinson!


WHEN: Sunday, April 1 @ 6:30 p.m.


WHERE: 214 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012



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Russ & Daughters Cafe (NOT KOSHER):

*E-mail to be put on the waitlist for tickets.

Every year the cafe invites a friend of the Russ & Daughters family to lend their unique voice and talents to lead our seder. This year, they are thrilled to have Andy Bachman and 3 generations of the Russ family as hosts this year. Andy Bachman is a rabbi and community leader who has served communities in Brooklyn and at New York University during his career.  He is now building a network of hyper-local storefront JCCs and establishing a civil rights memorial trail in New York City.


WHEN: Saturday, March 31 @6:30 p.m.


WHERE: 127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002



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