Latkes, or fried potato pancakes, are arguably the centerpiece of any Hanukkah meal. As with most things, the holiday treats are the subject of spirited debate among Jewish families, and many have a strong set of opinions on the matter. In the end, there’s a perfect latke out there for everyone, even on this list of simple or topping-cloaked potato pancakes. Hanukkah this year runs from Thursday, December 07 to Friday, December 15.Read More
11 Latkes for Celebrating Hanukkah in NYC
Crispy potato pancakes to fill the stomach and warm the soul
This kosher, family-owned cafe in Riverdale offers all-day cafe staples like avocado toast, chia pudding, and salad bowls. For Hanukkah, however, the menu offers specials for the Jewish holiday, including a dozen golden-hued latkes served with sides of sour cream and applesauce.
A menu that shows off latkes is available for sit-down dinner from December 7 to 15: Choose from three or six latkes for $25 or $36, with three sides, such as horseradish-za’atar yogurt, smoked salmon, apple sauce, paddlefish caviar, and more.
2nd Ave Deli
2nd Ave Deli is accepting holiday orders for its recognizably dense potato latkes, which can be paired with a traditional applesauce topping or tofu sour cream. If lone latkes are not enough, tack on an order of the Instant Heart Attack, a sandwich of corned beef, pastrami, turkey, or salami held in place between two latkes instead of bread.
Hanukkah gets its own menu at this Park Avenue South Mediterranean with dishes from Greece, Morocco, Southern Italy, and France. The menu includes crab and leek latkes and roasted mashwiya, with mint, toasted pine nuts, sumac and tahini ($24). Other dishes range from Jerusalem artichoke soup to Jerusalem lamb tasting with freekeh.
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With multiple locations, bakery favorite Breads offers potato latkes, one for $3, five for $13, and 12 for $30, served with sour cream and house-made apple sauce. Pillowy sufganiyot are also available in vanilla, tiramisu, chocolate and strawberry. One is $3.75; a dozen is $37.
B&H has been going at it since 1938, so it’s no surprise that the restaurant has its classic, non-nonsense recipe for potato pancakes down. Eat them with apple sauce and sour cream.
Russ & Daughters
The legends at Russ and Daughters have served traditional potato latkes to generations of customers for Hanukkah each year. No unusual flavors are going on here, but for a classic, golden potato latke served with a dollop of sour cream or applesauce, there’s nothing more fun than ordering from this fourth-generation, family-owned appetizing shop on the Lower East Side. The team also offers 12-pack Goldbelly shipping.
Baz doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither does its latkes. The restaurant offers a couple of different versions of the treat, including Grandma Joyce’s famous potato latkes (you can order orders of three to 24 pieces), served with sour cream and applesauce, and Fancy Pants latkes with salmon roe, sour cream, chives, and additional add-ons. The shop also offers Goldbelly shipping.
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Simply Nova is Williamsburg’s answer to Russ & Daughters. And that’s no coincidence either. Felix Placencia and Sean Brownlee worked at places, like the NY institution. Hannukah or not, the appetizing shop sells latkes in its prepared foods fridge. For larger orders inquire directly.
Mile End Delicatessen
Brooklyn’s Mile End Deli — a Montreal-style deli in Boerum Hill — sells crispy latkes as is, or you can get them stuffed inside an egg and cheese on a roll.
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Shelsky's Brooklyn Bagels
At both locations of Shelsky’s, customers can find traditional potato latkes sold alongside gluten-free, sweet potato and celery root versions of the dish. A dozen latkes will run you $45.99, but you can also place smaller individual orders online.