Food & Drink

16 Places to Get Latkes for Hanukkah in NYC

Restaurants, shops, and Jewish delis with traditional offerings and unique twists.

It’s been a long year of cooking in our small NYC apartments, and now that Hanukkah has arrived, we deserve a break from toiling over the stove for the holiday’s star dish: latkes.

Like everything else in 2020, Hanukkah will look a little different this year. And while we might not be able to cook up latkes with our families like tradition’s past, luckily, this town has no shortage of restaurants, appetizing shops, and Jewish delis offering up these delicious fried potato pancakes.

For Jake Dell, the current owner of the iconic Katz’s Deli, latkes have always been an important part of Hanukkah for his family, which is why the item remains on the menu even after 132 years.

“Among other things, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of what should've been a one day supply of oil lasting eight full nights. As a result, some Jewish food traditions look to foods cooked in oil, like the latke,” says Dell. “I, like many American Jews, grew up eating latkes during Hanukkah. It’s the preservation of that tradition that means so much to our customers, and something that is very important for us to maintain.”

Katz’s Deli typically sells 27,000 latkes throughout the holidays, Dell says, so the shop will definitely have hot, golden-brown latkes ready for any FaceTime or socially-distant celebrations New Yorkers might have.
 
In addition, there are plenty of other spots in NYC to help us honor the tradition of eating latkes during Hanukkah. Here are 16 eateries to choose from. As always, please continue to wear a mask and social distance responsibly–and Happy Hanukkah.

Mark's Off Madison
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Mark's Off Madison

NoMad

This new all-day restaurant from chef Mark Strausman, who previously helmed the kitchen of Freds at Barneys, brings together all things NYC. There are menu items and a vibe that screams rustic Italian bakery, but it also draws on chef Stausman’s experience growing up right here in NYC, so the Jewish offerings are plentiful. For Hanukkah, the spot is rolling out a menu of brisket, jelly doughnuts, and both miniature and traditional-sized latkes.
How to order: Call 646-838-8300 for takeout, get delivery via GrubHub, or email susan@marksoffmadison.com for large orders

Edith’s
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Edith’s

Greenpoint

Edith’s is a Jewish deli-inspired pop-up that debuted this summer in one of Brooklyn’s favorite pizza joints, drawing equally long lines since then. Operating out of Paulie Gee’s, if you haven’t checked it out just yet, the holidays are the perfect time to pay it a visit. The pop-up slings bagel sandwiches and challah buns piled high with brisket, and they’ve got you covered with latkes, too. You can stop in and buy latkes for $2 each or pre-order them with house-cultured creme fraiche, applesauce, and trout roe to top it all off.
How to order: Pre-order via website

Sami & Susu

Lower East Side

This Mediterranean spot debuted in the summer and has a special latke package perfect for small, socially-distant Hanukkah celebrations. Each kit comes with eight latkes, smoked salmon, and matbucha for spreading on top, plus you’ll get a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau courtesy of Ten Bells, the natural wine shop that is currently hosting the eatery.
How to order: Pre-order via website

Amali

Upper East Side

Chef Alex Tubero’s sustainability-focused Mediterranean restaurant has two unique latke options just in time for Hanukkah. The first is a koginut squash latke with whipped crème fraîche, brown apple butter, and black truffle available a la carte from December 10-18. And the second, a butternut squash and sage latke, is available in a special Hanukkah feast for $85 per person that also includes plenty of mezze; a choice of mains like sliced brisket, grilled branzino, or prime rib; sides; and options for dessert additions like a sour cherry sufganiyot or chocolate babka.
How to order: Reservations are available via OpenTable for indoor dining and outdoor seating. Order takeout and delivery via website.

Balaboosta
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Balaboosta

West Village

Chef Einat Admony’s Middle Eastern fine-dining restaurant that relocated from Nolita to the West Village in 2018 is offering her Iraqi-style latkes called aruk. The potato pancakes are made with onion, a variety of herbs, and a spice blend called baharat, plus they come topped with preserved lemon for an added fresh flavor.
How to order: Reservations are available via Resy for indoor dining and outdoor seating. Order takeout and delivery via website.

Barney Greengrass

Upper West Side

Founded in 1908, this timeless restaurant’s hearty latkes were once a whispered-about off-menu item, but Barney Greengrass now has its latkes on full display to take center stage. Nicknamed the “The Sturgeon King,” the spot has been serving latkes with a smooth interior and golden and crispy outside for more than a century now, so stop by for six packs with sour cream and applesauce to start your own new tradition.
How to order: Visit the shop or get nationwide shipping via website

Baz Bagel and Restaurant
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Baz Bagel and Restaurant

Little Italy

Just as the name suggests, this shop is known for its bagels. But after starting off your morning with one made by chef and owner Bari Musacchio, make sure you return for her latkes. This year, Musacchio is serving up two options: her grandmother’s classic recipe, dubbed Joyce’s Famous Latkes, and a version she likes to call the Fancy Pants, which comes dressed up with sour cream, smoked salmon, and salmon roe caviar.
How to order: Walk in or order takeout online

Breads Bakery
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Breads Bakery

Multiple locations

This quintessential NYC bakery known for their chocolate babka rolled out a new Hanukkah menu stocked with must-order treats. It features latkes (of course!), that come with sour cream and homemade warm cinnamon applesauce. And because we’re all deserving of a sweet end to 2020, add on some fantastic sufganiyot available in coffee cardamom, strawberry, chocolate, and caramel.
How to order: Pre-order via website

12 Chairs
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12 Chairs

Multiple locations

Both locations of this well-loved Mediterranean spot celebrating the flavors of Israel will be offering latkes in time for Hanukkah. In addition to regular-sized sweet potato latkes, the restaurant has traditional jumbo latkes made for sharing. These heftier versions come loaded up with toppings, and you can choose from a more traditional option with creme fraiche, lox, and trout roe, or go for the breakfast latke topped with a fried egg, bacon, and maple syrup.
How to order: Reservations are available via Resy for SoHo or Williamsburg locations, or call 212-254-8640 (SoHo) or 347-227-7077 (Williamsburg) for takeout and delivery.

Daily Provisions

Multiple locations

This casual daytime food spot from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group may be known for its cruller doughnuts, sandwiches, salads, and pastries, but don’t skip the latkes if you stop by for a Hanukkah visit. Grab a set of six golden latkes, and choose from sour cream or house-made apple butter for dipping.
How to order: Order takeout and delivery via website

Gertie
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Gertie

Williamsburg

For the holiday, order ahead from all-day cafe, Gertie, and your prize will be a bounty of special Hanukkah offerings that include their special “jackpot” boxes. At this hip Brooklyn spot, choose from traditional latkes with sour cream and onion dipping sauce; pillowy sufganiyot filled with blood orange jam by the shop’s current baker-in-residence, Melissa Weller; and an assortment of the pastry chef’s riffs on Jewish pastry like babka, schnecken, and lemon poppy rugelach.
How to order: Reserve a “jackpot” box, or make a reservation for outdoor seating via Resy. Order takeout and delivery via website.

Katz's Delicatessen
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Katz's Delicatessen

Lower East Side

An institution in the Lower East Side since 1888, Katz’s is the oldest Jewish deli in NYC, and in addition to their iconic pastrami on rye sandwich, they serve up steller latkes as well. Options to enjoy them include visiting the eatery to order them onsite any day of the year, getting takeout and delivery, or shipping them to extended family that you aren’t able to spend Hanukkah with this year.
How to order: Storefront, takeout and delivery via website, Caviar, GrubHub, Doordash, Uber Eats, or nationwide shipping via website.

Mile End Delicatessen
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Mile End Delicatessen

Boerum Hill

This Montreal-style Jewish deli may specialize in smoked meats and other comfort foods, but don’t miss the latkes this Hanukkah. The shop has traditional latkes in packs of six or 12, plus several sauces by the half pint so you have plenty of caviar creme fraiche and duck confit for smothering.
How to order: Pre-order via website

Moonrise Izakaya
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Moonrise Izakaya

Upper West Side

Every once and a while, you’ll see latkes topped with ingredients that are anything but traditional or you’ll find one nestled inside a bagel sandwich. But you’ve never seen a latke like this before. Moonrise Izakaya, a Japanese comfort food spot on the Upper West Side, is mixing it up with steamed bao buns filled with a latke, chopped up apples, vegan sour cream, and an option to add apple cider brisket all December long. 
How to order: Reservations are available via Resy for outdoor seating. Order takeout via website.

Russ & Daughters

Lower East Side

When it comes to any discussion about Jewish delis in NYC, Russ & Daughters has been a mainstay in the conversation since 1914. The iconic shop is renown for its cured fish, bagels, famous pastrami-cured salmon, and more—but come Hanukkah season, lines snake out the doors and down the street outside their three locations (two in the LES and one in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, while the UES spot in the Jewish Museum remains closed due to COVID) for one thing: latkes. While you currently can’t grab a spot at the Orchard Street cafe to dine in, you can still get takeout and delivery from all open locations.
How to order: Takeout and delivery via website or national shipping via Goldbelly

Shelsky's of Brooklyn
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Shelsky's of Brooklyn

Boerum Hill

When native New Yorker Peter Shelsky opened his Brooklyn bagel shop in 2011, it became a classic to locals everywhere. Now, almost a decade later, its loyal neighborhood following will come out in droves for the shop’s golden fried latkes, and you should join them. Shelsky’s offers a traditional and gluten-free version of its classic potato latke, in addition to its sweet potato and celery root latke—because, you know, residents of this town are all about having options.
How to order: Order pickup, delivery, and nationwide shipping via website