2008_09_rhi.jpgTonight after a rough day in the markets, many of the city's residents will join their families to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is tradition to eat apples dipped in honey for a sweet new year, but if you're more interested in a spicy new year, try Mexican Rosh Hashanah dinner at Toloache. Tomorrow and Wednesday from 5-11 p.m., they'll be serving a special menu for the holiday, featuring dishes like Pescado Ahumado, house-smoked whitefish salad Yucatan style with chips; Tacos de Cordero Agridulce, a leg of lamb steamed in banana leaf with tamarind and pickled prune jalapeno salsa; Pollo con Granada, chicken breast with kabocha puree and chile de arbol pomegranate salsa; and Pastel de Aguacate, a honey piloncillo avocado cake with roasted apple salsa and date walnut ice cream. Toloache, 251 W. 50th Street, 212-581-1818.

For an extra dose of sweetness, Le Marais and Clubhouse Cafe are offering a range of honey-infused dishes for the New Year: honey poncha with honeycomb garnish, roast duck with honey, duck empanadas with honey and spices, roast salmon with honey-glazed carrots, and roasted pears with honey. Le Marais, 150 W. 46th Street, 212-869-0900; Clubhouse Cafe, 155 W. 46th Street, 212-354-3838.

For the do-it-yourselfers (or for those who are trying to save a bit after today's financial news), David Waltuck has created a Rosh Hashanah menu for Epicurious, including poached salmon with basil butter and succotash and a spiced-up honey cake, and Smitten Kitchen offers up her version of Joan Nathan's challah recipe. No matter how you choose to celebrate, here's wishing you a sweet, and hopefully more prosperous, 5769!