The sweet new year is here again, and if you are like me, fellow Jews, you may love the idea of a fresh roasted chicken but, like, who has the time? You don’t have to cook dinner from scratch to have a delicious holiday, fellow friends of the tribe. Here are some East End haunts that can help make your holiday sweeter than ever.
No Rosh Hashanah is complete without a round, perfect holiday challah. Carissa’s makes dozens of these incredible, artisanal loaves every fall, in different flavors. If you’re worried that she won’t have one when you need it (a valid concern), call ahead and order yours in time for the holiday.
Jason Weiner does Rosh Hashanah right. At Bridgehampton’s L&W Market, you can pick up everything you need for your holiday meal, and, here’s the great part: It’s already cooked. Roast chickens are $24 apiece, and you can complement them with all manner of vegetable sides (or the traditional Jewish appetizer of creamed herring). There are also stocks, butters, desserts, and marinated cuts of meat, for the more ambitious cooks among us.
I probably don’t have to tell you about the magic that is Sag Harbor’s Cavaniola’s Gourmet. Apart from the superlative cheese selection (which is a category unto itself), Cavaniola’s offers a staggering catering menu, with everything from appetizers to carved entrées to sides to desserts. Trade in your roast chicken for an equally Jewish boneless leg of lamb, and serve it with lemon and thyme roasted potatoes. Next door, at Cavaniola’s Wine Cellar, you can pick up all the wines you need to go with dinner, as you toast to another wonderful year. L’Shana Tova!