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Where to Order a Rosh Hashanah Feast in Boston

Celebrate the Jewish New Year with braised brisket, challah bread pudding, and fresh knishes to go

Two round challah loaves with sesame seeds sprinkled over top. Oleanda/Shutterstock

Rosh Hashanah, Judaism’s celebration of the new year, arrives the evening of Friday, September 15, 2023, and continues through Sunday, September 17. Friends and family will gather around tables laid with symbolic foods like apples dipped in honey and round challah bread, intended to welcome a sweet new year. Here are some excellent Boston-area bakeries and restaurants whipping up takeout feasts with everything from beef brisket to challah bread pudding for a full holiday feast.

Blacker’s Bakeshop

This family-owned, kosher, pareve Newton bakery plans to churn out round challah and Rosh Hashanah goodies up until the holiday. Pre-orders are accepted over the phone or in-store until September 5, and the bakery will be stocked daily with the holiday goods. It’s also prepping for first-come, first-serve-only sales on Thursday, September 14, and Friday, September 15. Since Blacker’s makes some of the best challah in the Boston area, it’s probably worth trying your luck in line.

Inna’s Kitchen

Fill your table with honey-glazed salmon, stuffed peppers, potato latkes (which can be made vegan) and tzimmes simmered in orange juice from Inna’s, a gluten-free, nut-free, and kosher pareve establishment in Newton. The deadline for holiday pre-orders is September 5.

Mamaleh’s Delicatessen

The Rosh Hashanah catering menu at Mamaleh’s is absolutely stacked with everything from Shabbat candles and chopped chicken liver to sticky honey cake, braised brisket, and potato latkes with apple sauce or sour cream. And if you’re picking up from the Cambridge location, you can even add drinks like Manischewitz, beer, and cider. The deadline for pre-orders is Monday, September 11 at 8 p.m., and pickup options run from Thursday, September 14, to Saturday, September 16 at either the Cambridge or Brookline shop.

Michael’s Deli

This Brookline mainstay is serving up cocktail potato latkes, blueberry blintzes, apple and honey knishes, and a whole lot more on its holiday takeout menu. Get orders in by September 8, and schedule pick-ups on September 14 or 15. Orders over $125 are eligible for free delivery, depending on location.

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Lock down treats like beef brisket, mashed potatoes, sweet noodle kugel, and challah bread pudding from the Rosh Hashanah menu at Zaftigs. Pre-orders are due by September 11, and pick-ups can be scheduled from September 14 to 17. To order from the Brookline location, email​​ or call 617-975-0075. To order from the Natick location, email or call 508-653-4442.

Mamaleh's Delicatessen

One Kendall Square, Building 300, Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website

Zaftigs Delicatessen

335 Harvard Street, , MA 02446 (617) 975-0075 Visit Website