These 10 NYC Seders offer a fresh take on Passover tradition

April 17, 2024

Photo courtesy of Bubby’s

When celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover with family and friends, the Seder anchors the festivities. Whether it’s a first-night dinner or a second-night repast, a traditional table, or a DIY affair that fits your community, you can find a public, inclusive Pesach party among New York City’s restaurants, Jewish organizations, and community gathering places. Below are 10 ways to Seder–without the catering or cleanup.

Photo courtesy of Bubby’s

Passover with Bubby’s

Join friends and family to celebrate Passover with the iconic American restaurant Bubby’s Tribeca. The beloved dining spot is offering a self-led Seder menu (you and your party are on your own for everything but the food) on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bring your own Haggadah (BYOH); price is $100 per person.

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Nat’s on Bank

Join popular West Village restaurant Nat’s on Bank for a Second Night of Passover meal on Tuesday, April 23. Nat’s unique take on the Seder offers a four-course menu on which each dish represents an item from the traditional Seder plate. Dinner is $80 per person (welcome beverage included). Bookings can be made via Resy.

Dagon NYC

Join Upper West Side eatery Dagon on April 22 or 23 to celebrate Passover with a Seder menu with items available prix-fixe ($85) or a la carte. Offerings include staples like matzoh ball soup and creative interpretations like Sasso Chicken Liver Mousse and Crispy Roasted Lamb.

City Winery’s 31st Annual Downtown Seder

Founder Michael Dorf began the tradition of throwing a celebrity-studded version of the ancient holiday meal in 1991. Every year since, City Winery’s now-famous Seder highlights the ancient symbolism of the ritual repast as a backdrop, with symbols of life and hope along with art, music, and humor.

This year’s notable guests include Steven Bernstein, David Broza, Peter Yarrow, AC Lincoln, Richard Kind, Judy Gold, Alex Edelman, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Dr, Benjamin Chavis, Jr., and Terrance Floyd (George’s Brother), NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, Dr. Ruth and many more. Tickets, ranging from $75 to $180, include a multi-course plant-based dinner and at least four glasses of wine.

Story-Slam Seder with Base UWS

Join Base Upper West Side, an organization bringing together 20- and 30-something Jewish New Yorkers, for a Seder that promises singing, dreaming, and sharing personal stories of liberation based on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour format. This year’s Story-Slam Seder will be on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at an address that will be provided upon registration; tickets are $36/person.

92NY Community Passover Seder

The venerable Manhattan community organization holds its own during this Jewish holiday, offering a joyful celebration complete with singing, interactive storytelling, food, and wine. Bring the crew or come solo, with or without any previous Seder experience. The Seder will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd at 5 p.m., led by 92NY Director of Jewish Family Life Rebecca Schoffer. Tickets are $75 for adults and $50 for kids (free for kids under two).

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Second Night Seder at JCP Downtown

On Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30-7 p.m., experience an interactive, community-oriented Seder with a sense of humor. For a modern take on tradition, the Seder will follow “Don’t Fu-haggadah-boudit,” Danielle Brody’s all-ages, irreverent, illustrated Haggadah to tell the tale of Pharaoh and Moses if they lived in NYC. Brody herself will be a special guest, and the dinner is open to all ages. Tickets are $72 per attendee (discount for JCP members).

Matzah Pizza Party at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

In-person meet-and-greets are less common these days, but if you’re looking for some company this Passover, stop by this Upper West Side JCC and join in the fun of making matzah pizza using kitchen torches and kosher-for-Passover ingredients. Add a wine tasting sponsored by Columbus Avenue Wines & Spirits, and you’ve got a flavorful recipe worth sharing.

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Eat, Pray, Crunch: An Earth-based Passover Seder

This 21+ community event invites you to “deconstruct and reimagine the Passover seder in this unique, community-devised ritual” that promises six altars, four cups of wine, and “one ecstatic ritual for welcoming dew.” The symbolic Seder plate will be explored using smell, taste, touch, and story alongside small group discussions, crafts, live music, and a variety of Passover treats. Seize this chance to gather, connect with the community, and welcome spring!

Dirah Brooklyn Community Passover Seder

This first-night Seder (Monday, April 22) invites folks of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to relive the story of the Exodus and consider the enduring relevance of the Haggadah in an inclusive, welcoming environment. Included: a fully catered dinner, handmade matzah, and wine.

Chabad of Midtown Manhattan Seder

On Monday, April 22, Chabad of Midtown Manhattan will once again be offering the public a chance to celebrate the freedom of Passover. Enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked matzah, wine, and a gourmet repast in the heart of New York City.


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