Rosh Hashanah begins tonight, but not until the table is set and the traditional sweet treats (for a sweet new year, according to the Jewish calendar) are served. We rounded up some holiday treats to put on your table — and a few special dinners if you don’t have the space to host them at home.
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When it comes to challah, Breads Bakeryhas elevated an already elaborate bread. The Centerpiece Challah is a feat of engineering, with intricate braiding and ceramic dipping bowls set into the bread ready to serve with honey ($65). Other festive challahs include a multiseed round version and Marzipan Challah (glazed and studded with sliced almonds and streaks of the sweet almond treat running through the dough).
For those in a rush but also looking to keep their holiday offerings local, Eli Zabar has Apple & Honey Baskets ($100-$250) with raisin-studded challah, a ground-almond honey cake, a jar of honey and fall harvest apples from New York state orchards.
Combining apples and honey is a Rosh Hashanah tradition. Chef Francois Payard, better known as Mr. Macaron, created a green apple and honey macaron (6 for $16) as well as an Apple Honey Tart (sweet dough with a financier base and baked apples, covered in a honey glaze, $39). Find them at Francois Payard Bakeries and FP Patisserie’s Manhattan locations.
Mouth, an online curator of indie foods and products, has a honey variety basket called Sweet New Year, which collects five honeys harvested by beekeepers in Oregon, Tennessee and Florida, as well as two New York-based hives.