Passover in New York
Our family will be travelling to New York and will be in the the area during the first sedar night. We are hoping to find a restaurant that provides for Passover dinner without too much detailed traditon. My father-in-law is too old at this point to sit for a good old fashioned 4 hour sedar. I guess the key words for us are 'homey' and 'casual'. Any suggestions would be truly appreciated.
I noticed that Jovia is doing Passover. East 60's. Give them a call and see if it's casual enough for you.
Knickerbocker on University usually does a passover dinner. I peek at the menu every year and it looks yummy (in a tradtional sort of way). It is also a perfect comfortible place for a multigeneration dinner.
Every year, Lattanzi, an Italian restaurant, on 46th St., b/t 8th & 9th Av. (aka "Restaurant Row"), offers a special Passover menu. This year, it will be served from April 2nd to April 11th. No seder, just the meal. They are known for offering some cuisine of the Roman Jews on their regular menu, the most famous being the artichokes, which are on the Passover Menu.
Note: Lattanzi is always closed on Sunday.
You could also check with Capsouto Freres, which is a French restaurant located downtown on Washington St. I'm pretty sure they do something for Passover, but I don't know if it's just a meal or includes some seder activities.
I vaguely recall that Rosa Mexicano has a Passover menu. I know it sounds unlikely, but I'm told it is quite good. No guarantees - I would call them to find out if they are doing it again this year.
Several synagogues in midtown and downtown will have community seders that will be a short cab ride or walk away from your hotel. Most will accommodate people from out of town, but it helps to let them know in advance. Here's a link from Central Synagogue:
Here's a link from a local newspaper aimed at Jewish people in their 20's and 30's:
Pricing is from $25 or so to $125, level of observance from reform to orthodox, time from 1 1/2 hours to 4+ hours.
In my experience, the food at community seders is not as good as in restaurants, but better than the food in most strictly kosher restaurants. The company is better than eating alone or with a very small family group, and the singing can be spirited.