Where to get holiday takeout for Hanukkah, the Seven Fishes, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve
Skip the cooking and get right to the eating this holiday by ordering takeout from Philly’s finest.
Instead of toiling away at a homemade feast that takes hours — if not days — to cook this holiday season, embrace one of Philly’s finest offerings: really good takeout.
All sorts of restaurants have ventured into takeout since COVID-19 restrictions led businesses to adapt, and they’ve had awhile to perfect their approach. So leave the cooking (and grocery shopping) to them.
Here are local options for Hanukkah, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Note that some restaurants have menus for more than one of these holidays.
For the first night of Hanukkah, the upscale Center City outpost of Michael Solomonov’s empire serves up matzoh ball soup with potato latkes, coffee-braised brisket with fennel and potato, cheesy pumpkin bread pudding, and olive oil semolina cake. Order soon for pickup only on Sunday, Dec. 18, between 1-3 p.m. Pickup is from Lilah, located at 1601 N. Front St. in Fishtown.
📍1623 Sansom St., 📞 215-867-0088, 🌐 abe-fisher.square.site
This Rittenhouse bar and grill will be offering up special takeout menus for Hanukkah and Christmas. For Hanukkah, each meal comes with challah rolls with honey butter, matzoh ball soup, and baby spinach and kale salad and a choice of four entrées. For Christmas, each meal comes with dinner rolls, Italian wedding soup, and baby spinach and kale salad and a choice of five entrées. Hanukkah meal is $45 per person. Christmas meal is $50 per person. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Pickup at Devil’s Alley starting Dec. 18 and ending on Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Call, email, or stop in to order. For easy ordering, screen shot the menu, circle your choices, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garces Trading Co.
The Garces group has a lot of offerings for the holiday season, includingdine-in dinner specials for Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Amada and Olde Bar. But for Hanukkah this year, Garces Trading Co. is offering dine-at-home packages. Enjoy matzoh ball soup, crispy latkes, manischewitz-braised brisket, and roasted haricots verts, ready to be heated and served, and cinnamon-orange bundt cake. $55 per person. Orders must be placed by Dec. 21, minimum order of two. Pickups available Dec. 16-17 and Dec. 19-23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 300 S. Broad St.
📍125 Walnut St., 📞 267-284-7950, 🌐 garcestradingcompany.com
Feast of the Seven Fishes & Christmas Eve
Fiore Fine Foods
The duo behind the Queen Village all-day destination has the holidays covered. For Christmas Eve, the menu offers three savory courses with milk bun parker house rolls and a choice between peposo (a traditional Tuscan beef stew that has lots of black peppercorns and red wine) or Ligurian seafood stew. Add chocolate boxes, cookie tins, or pastries for dessert. $75 per person. Must order by Dec. 18 on Fiore’s website; pickups from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24.
📍757 S. Front St., 📞 215-339-0509, 🌐 fiore-finefoods.com
Assemble the customary Christmas Eve spread with prepared dishes from seafood wholesaler Samuels Seafood Company’s retail market, Giuseppe’s. They’ve got shrimp cocktail, clams casino, oysters Rockefeller, cooked mussels in white and red sauces, and all kinds of seafood salad (octopus, scungilli, baccala, calamari, shrimp, crab, and Mediterranean). There are buckets of crab gravy and trays of seafood lasagnas, too. Fresh fish and prepared items are available daily, but holiday orders must be preordered and can be picked up Dec. 21-24.
A Collingswood classic, Nunzio is ready for Christmas Eve and the Feast of the Seven Fishes with two special menus. Choose between a four-course meal of either Seven Fishes-inspired delights or a meat lover’s feast, available for dine-in (with reservations) or takeout. The meals can be preordered through Dec. 24. $75 per person. Call to order. Pickup available Dec. 21-24 at Nunzio’s.
What’s a pizza shop doing on this list? The folks behind SliCE have crafted a pizza of the Seven Fishes — topped with clams, mussels, shrimp, tuna, crabmeat, and sardines sautéed in fresh olive oil and garlic. Lemon, basil, and anchovies round out the equation. Order a seafood Caesar to lighten up the mix. Available through Dec. 24. Closed Christmas Day.
Gran Caffe L’Aquila
Get Christmas Eve dinner delivered. The owner of this Italian restaurant channels his Cilento upbringing in this Christmas Eve menu. Look forward to a traditional Neapolitan lasagna and sugo di Natale, a Christmas Day dish with wild boar meatballs, veal braciole, sausage, and lamb in a slow-cooked tomato sauce. Order anytime for pickup or delivery up to Dec. 24.
📍1716 Chestnut St., 📞 215-568-5600, 🌐 grancaffelaquila.com
Talula’s Table, Talula’s Daily
Two of Aimee Olexy’s outposts have catering menus that cover Christmas brunch to New Year’s Eve supper. For Christmas, highlights include maple-cider glazed salmon, chicken enchiladas, jumbo cinnamon rolls, holiday cheese boards, mini crab cakes, gourmet mac and cheese, and homemade cookies. Order by noon Friday, Dec. 16, for pickup on Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 30-31, respectively.
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Dim Sum House
For some, Chinese food on Christmas is tradition. Dim Sum House is preparing a Christmas feast for pickup or delivery. Get double typhoon lobster or double ginger scallion lobster, a whole Peking duck, dim sum, vegetable, and rice or noodle. Order by Dec. 23 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day pickup at the Rittenhouse or University City Locations.
📍1930 Chestnut St., 📞 215-563-8800; 📍 3939 Chestnut St., 📞 215-921-5377, 🌐 dimsum.house
El Camino Real
The Northern Liberties Tex-Mex bar nods to tradition with its holiday dinner packages, which offer choices like rib-eye roast beef, brisket pot roast, and fried turkey. Scale your menu’s size for two to 10 people, and don’t forget to add the sparkling margaritas.
📍1040 N. Second St., 📞 215-925-1110, 🌐 elcaminophilly.com
New Year’s Eve
Chef Christopher Kearse will toast 2022 with a New Year’s Eve takeout special. Expect to do a little reheating and plating, but not much else. $120 per person for a five-course meal, including artichoke & black truffle soup, escargot braised in champagne, duck fat roasted cobia, Rohan duck breast à l’orange, and baba au rhum. Email email@example.com to reserve your dinner for takeout.
📍233 Chestnut St., 📞 215-644-9395, 🌐 forsythiaphilly.com