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Where to Order Food for Passover This Year

Seders are likely going to look very different, but you can still get chef-made matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, and brisket

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With people following social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, spring holidays are going to look very different this year. Many big dinners with family and friends for Passover (starting April 8) or Easter (April 12) have been canceled. “So many of us are always guests, but this year, everyone is going to have their own intimate seder,” says Tova du Plessis, who owns Jewish bakery Essen. Most years, she prepares Passover meals to go, but this year du Plessis had to quickly order small cake pans when she realized no one will be hosting 10 people for seder.

If grocery shopping and cooking a full seder meal isn’t in the cards this year, use this guide to find prepared Passover meals for pickup and delivery. Note that these options are Jewish-style but not kosher.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Steve Stein's Famous Deli

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1619 Grant Ave Suite 39
Philadelphia, PA 19115
(215) 673-6000
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Steve Stein’s in Northeast Philly will deliver complete Passover meals for $19.95 per person with soup, appetizers, entrees, vegetables, kugel, and cake. All the classics — from matzo ball soup to chopped liver to honey cake — are available. Order by phone three days in advance for the Passover menu. The deli’s regular menu, which includes some of the same items, can be ordered for day-of delivery.

2. Hymie's Deli

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342 Montgomery Ave
Merion Station, PA 19066
(610) 668-3354
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Hymie’s is preparing start-to-finish Passover meals that comes with soup, matzo, appetizers, entrees, sides, and cake. The menu at the Merion deli includes gefilte fish, brisket, kugel, haroset, potato pancakes, and more. It’s $23.95 per person with a five-person minimum, but you can always freeze leftovers if you don’t have five people this year. Order by April 1 for pickup on April 8 or 9. A la carte delivery from Caviar and DoorDash is also available.

3. Hershel's East Side Deli

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51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6220
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Reading Terminal Market is open and Hershel’s, the popular Jewish deli inside the market, is delivering locally through Mercato. The Passover menu includes matzo ball soup, house-made gefilte fish, house-made horseradish, haroset, potato kugel, slow-roasted brisket, and stuffed chicken breast. Order a la carte or go for a complete meal for $20.95 per person. Seder orders should be called in or entered online by noon on April 6 for April 7 or 8 delivery.

4. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0988
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In Old City, High Street on Market is offering a takeout Passover menu with a choice of braised brisket, braised lamb shank, or roasted chicken breast to go with house-made matzo, chicken liver mousse, salad, flourless chocolate cake, and, for the seder plate, a shank bone, parsley, and horseradish. It’s $42 per person. Call to order, and then pick up the food at the restaurant on the afternoon of April 8.

5. Schlesinger's

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1521 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-7305
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At Center City deli Schlesinger’s, the matzo balls run extra large and the meat is smoked in-house. A full Passover menu can be found on Instagram. For $25.95 per person, it comes with either matzo ball soup or gefilte fish, an entree, and a side. More specialties, including potato pancakes, haroset, and cakes, are available a la carte.

6. Metropolitan Bakery

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262 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-6655
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Metropolitan Bakery won’t have its usual lineup of Passover offerings, but it is making a flourless chocolate cake. Call 215-634-4100 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to order and pay ($29) no later than April 6 at 11 a.m. and then pick the cake up through a window at the bakery’s Rittenhouse Square location on April 8 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

7. Pumpkin BYOB

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1713 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-4448
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Long-running South Street BYOB Pumpkin is cooking up a full Passover meal for $50 per person with matzo ball soup, chopped liver, haroset, brisket, and roasted veggies. For dessert, there’s flourless chocolate cake and coconut macaroons. There’s a two-person minimum. Call the restaurant 48 hours in advance to order. Pickup and delivery are both options. This doesn’t have to be a seder meal: It’s available April 8 to 15.

8. Essen Bakery

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1437 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 271-2299
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Essen is offering savory and sweet packages for Passover. A $25 “savory kit” includes matzo ball soup and chopped liver based on owner Tova du Plessis’s mom’s recipe. The $36 “dessert kit” comes with four homemade matzot, either a flourless chocolate cake or an almond amaretto cake, coconut-lime macaroons, and a matzo sweet made with toffee and chocolate. Each kit feeds four and is available for pickup or delivery, depending on your location, on April 7 or 8. Order online by April 5.

9. Miss Rachel's Pantry

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1938 S Chadwick St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 798-0053
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Anyone looking for a vegan Passover feast should turn to Miss Rachel’s Pantry for a plant-based meal that includes matzo ball soup, roasted brisket-style seitan, root vegetables, and apple chutney. Order online by April 5 for curbside pickup on April 7.

1. Steve Stein's Famous Deli

1619 Grant Ave Suite 39, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Steve Stein’s in Northeast Philly will deliver complete Passover meals for $19.95 per person with soup, appetizers, entrees, vegetables, kugel, and cake. All the classics — from matzo ball soup to chopped liver to honey cake — are available. Order by phone three days in advance for the Passover menu. The deli’s regular menu, which includes some of the same items, can be ordered for day-of delivery.

1619 Grant Ave Suite 39
Philadelphia, PA 19115

2. Hymie's Deli

342 Montgomery Ave, Merion Station, PA 19066

Hymie’s is preparing start-to-finish Passover meals that comes with soup, matzo, appetizers, entrees, sides, and cake. The menu at the Merion deli includes gefilte fish, brisket, kugel, haroset, potato pancakes, and more. It’s $23.95 per person with a five-person minimum, but you can always freeze leftovers if you don’t have five people this year. Order by April 1 for pickup on April 8 or 9. A la carte delivery from Caviar and DoorDash is also available.

342 Montgomery Ave
Merion Station, PA 19066

3. Hershel's East Side Deli

51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Reading Terminal Market is open and Hershel’s, the popular Jewish deli inside the market, is delivering locally through Mercato. The Passover menu includes matzo ball soup, house-made gefilte fish, house-made horseradish, haroset, potato kugel, slow-roasted brisket, and stuffed chicken breast. Order a la carte or go for a complete meal for $20.95 per person. Seder orders should be called in or entered online by noon on April 6 for April 7 or 8 delivery.

51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

In Old City, High Street on Market is offering a takeout Passover menu with a choice of braised brisket, braised lamb shank, or roasted chicken breast to go with house-made matzo, chicken liver mousse, salad, flourless chocolate cake, and, for the seder plate, a shank bone, parsley, and horseradish. It’s $42 per person. Call to order, and then pick up the food at the restaurant on the afternoon of April 8.

308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Schlesinger's

1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

At Center City deli Schlesinger’s, the matzo balls run extra large and the meat is smoked in-house. A full Passover menu can be found on Instagram. For $25.95 per person, it comes with either matzo ball soup or gefilte fish, an entree, and a side. More specialties, including potato pancakes, haroset, and cakes, are available a la carte.

1521 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

6. Metropolitan Bakery

262 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Metropolitan Bakery won’t have its usual lineup of Passover offerings, but it is making a flourless chocolate cake. Call 215-634-4100 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to order and pay ($29) no later than April 6 at 11 a.m. and then pick the cake up through a window at the bakery’s Rittenhouse Square location on April 8 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

262 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Pumpkin BYOB

1713 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Long-running South Street BYOB Pumpkin is cooking up a full Passover meal for $50 per person with matzo ball soup, chopped liver, haroset, brisket, and roasted veggies. For dessert, there’s flourless chocolate cake and coconut macaroons. There’s a two-person minimum. Call the restaurant 48 hours in advance to order. Pickup and delivery are both options. This doesn’t have to be a seder meal: It’s available April 8 to 15.

1713 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

8. Essen Bakery

1437 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Essen is offering savory and sweet packages for Passover. A $25 “savory kit” includes matzo ball soup and chopped liver based on owner Tova du Plessis’s mom’s recipe. The $36 “dessert kit” comes with four homemade matzot, either a flourless chocolate cake or an almond amaretto cake, coconut-lime macaroons, and a matzo sweet made with toffee and chocolate. Each kit feeds four and is available for pickup or delivery, depending on your location, on April 7 or 8. Order online by April 5.

1437 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Miss Rachel's Pantry

1938 S Chadwick St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Anyone looking for a vegan Passover feast should turn to Miss Rachel’s Pantry for a plant-based meal that includes matzo ball soup, roasted brisket-style seitan, root vegetables, and apple chutney. Order online by April 5 for curbside pickup on April 7.

1938 S Chadwick St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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