Manalang said she wanted to put together stress-free meals to connect with her community, especially after many struggled during the pandemic.
“We’re really tied in with our community,” Manalang. “We want to be able to celebrate every holiday and every event our community celebrates, no matter how big or small. Being that so many of our community members celebrate the new year, we wanted to put something together for them.”
The menu was released two weeks ago for pre-order and about two dozen people placed an order for Manalang’s meals.
The Rosh Hashanah meal featured braised brisket, honey-glazed salmon and roasted quarter chicken ranging from $12 to $14. There were also quarts of matzo ball soup, balsamic thyme carrots, braised cabbage and apples, roasted potatoes and more ranging from $16 to $20. For dessert, Manalang offered honey apple cake, challah bread pudding, round challah buns and matzo toffee.
This is Little Chef Little Café’s first year offering the special meals, and they plan to continue this in the future.
Manalang opened Little Chef Little Café in Long Island City in 2019, focusing on health-conscious options. The café is open daily for takeout, delivery and window service with outdoor seating.