Hanukkah — the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights — runs this year from December 2 through December 10, and several bars and restaurants around NYC are offering special deals and celebration nights as part of the holiday.
There are all the traditional foods: latkes, of course, as well as sufganiyot, or typically jelly-filled doughnuts. But in addition, some places are getting creative, such as with brisket tacos or olive oil bread (Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of one night’s oil burning for eight following the Maccabee rebellion).
Here are the specials worth seeking out in NYC.
What: The Jewish-Hungarian restaurant will serve a four-course family-style menu from chef Jeremy Salamon that includes bone marrow matzah ball soup with turmeric and coriander.
Details: Available at $65 per person, with the option to add wine pairings for $45, from December 2 through December 9. 342 East 6th St., near First Avenue
What: Breads will have its jelly-filled sufganiyot in strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, and halva flavors on hand.
Details: Available now through December 9 for $3.50 each or 12 for $33. 18 East 16th St., between Fifth Avenue and Union Square West
What: You can also get your sufganiyot fix at this doughnut shop, which will serve two flavors of the traditional jelly-filled pastry: raspberry pomegranate jam and salted caramel milk chocolate cream.
Details: Available December 2 through December 10. 638 West 47th St. at 12th Avenue
Seven Grams Caffe
What: Pick up a loaf of olive oil bread for Hanukkah from this small cafe chain.
Details: Available now through December 10 at all NYC locations.
Russ & Daughters
What: The iconic appetizing shop serves latkes at its Orchard Street cafe all-year, but for the holiday, the UES Jewish Museum location will have them also. The LES cafe also has specials like smoked trout salad and brisket, and sufganiyot are available there and at the shop.
Details: Shop: 179 East Houston St., LES cafe: 127 Orchard St., UES: 1109 Fifth Ave.
What: Chef Bill Telepan will be serving his potato latkes with housemade applesauce and sour cream or with smoked salmon and dill creme fraiche, available in-house and for takeout.
Details: Available December 2 through December 10. 120 West 49th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues
What: The Montreal-inspired Brooklyn deli offers several catering options for Hanukkah, including latkes with lots of toppings and noshes like schnitzel fingers.
Details: Find the Hanukkah catering menu here. 97 Hoyt St., near Atlantic Avenue
The Restaurant at the Williamsburg Hotel
What: More chefs are getting in on the sufganiyot action, and at this hotel restaurant, executive chef Nic Caicedo and pastry chef Leah Morrow have created their own take: chocolate-filled doughnuts topped with caramel and powdered sugar.
Details: Available during Hanukkah. 96 Wythe Ave., between North 10th and North 11th streets
What: The bar inside Barneys will have a latkes and vodkas special running throughout Hanukkah. Choose between three types of latkes, including one topped with caviar and creme fraiche, and add an option vodka pairing.
Details: Three latkes for $18, plus another $18 for options vodka flight, available December 2 through December 10. 101 Seventh Ave., between West 16th and 17th streets
Katz’s at Dekalb Market Hall
What: The Brooklyn food hall outpost of legendary deli Katz’s will give away free latkes to the first 100 people in line during all eight nights of Hanukkah, starting at 6 p.m. every night. Katz’s owner Jake Dell will hand out the latkes on December 3.
Details: Starts a 6 p.m. every night from December 2 to December 10. 445 Albee Square, lower level
What: The Nolita Mediterranean restaurant will serve its take on shakshuka, made with baked eggs, housemade tahini, tomatoes, olives, za’atar, and challah.
Details: Available during the holiday. 371 Broome St., near Mott Street
What: A special “Mexican Hanukkah” menu will be offered here, including brisket tacos, a salmon quesadilla, and latkes with toppings like tomatillo-apple salsa and chipotle-agave salsa — all created by chef Julian Medina.
Details: Available during the holiday at all three NYC locations.
What: This Kosher steakhouse in the Financial District will have build-your-own latke boards, with chives, pastrami-smoked salmon, pickled onions, harissa aioli, salmon roe, and hollandaise to mix and match a personally perfect potato pancake.
Details: Available for $21 during the holiday. 40 Broad St., near Exchange Place