You’ve got to love a holiday (Hanukkah) that advocates for the consumption of deep-fried food (latkes). But anyone could lose their taste for sour cream-cloaked potato pancakes after eight straight days, which is why we’re showcasing a host of chef-inspired options; from zaatar hummus-adorned rounds at Mile End to turkey and latke sandwiches at Ellary’s Greens!
This 24-hour Ukrainian diner has been an East Village institution for over 60-years; a primary reason it’s held a steady spot on our “Best Latkes” list. The other, of course, is its impeachable potato pancakes, made from a simple but brilliant mix of a touch of carrot and both raw and cooked potatoes; which create an extra layer of starch in lieu of flour, and helps the latkes get especially crisp.Read More
Latkes (made from a generations-old family recipe) have always been part of Russ & Daughters’ to-go menu; allowing Hanukkah celebrants to enjoy the holiday at home, without splattering their kitchen walls with hot oil. But now that they have expansive sit-down eatery, visitors can enjoy a full, sit-down feast with a few beyond-applesauce toppings; we’re talking crème fraiche, French trout roe, and smoked salmon tartare.Read More
This husband and wife-owned modern Jewish mainstay is happy to cater all eight crazy nights of Hanukkah for you. So lest you get potato pancake fatigue, mix things up with an assortment of potato, sweet potato and even gluten-free latkes, paired with half pints of toppings like maple apple sauce, green goddess sour cream, chopped liver, vegan tofu and ginger spread, and spicy zaatar hummus.Read More
A bunch of young, popular hip hop artists may have opened this Greenpoint appetizing shop, but the offerings are surprisingly old school. We’re talking whitefish salad, hot pastrami sandwiches, bagels piled with lox and of course, golden, crispy latkes — served by the trio with tubs of applesauce and sour cream.Read More
While Julian Medina’s menus are pretty thoroughly Latin for the bulk of the year, he always pays homage to his Jewish wife (for whom he converted) during Hanukkah — by offering a fun, fusion tasting menu featuring a trio of latkes like potato and jalapeno topped with horseradish crema, zucchini accented with tomatillo apple salsa, and Mexican ricotta drizzled with chipotle and agave nectar.Read More
Ellary’s Greens at Turnstyle
Columbus Circle is known for its festive holiday market — but did you know that the seasonal fun actually continues below ground at Turnstyle; a sprawling, subterranean mini mall and food court? In fact, Ellary’s Greens is offering a special latke-based sandwich; two potato pancakes cradling clods of white meat turkey, smothered in chunky cranberry sauce.
Never expected to find this decidedly non-Kosher bbq spot on the list, did you? Believe it or not, Dino’s Brooklyn and Harlem branches are both offering a special Chrismukkah Pit Plate throughout the holidays, siding their smoky, saucy brisket with a serving of golden latkes.Read More
Essentially akin to hash browns, latkes are actually a perfect, all-purpose brunch item. So it’s not surprising to find them on the weekend menu at modern Mediterranean eatery, Bustan; topped with smoked salmon, sided with eggs, and accompanied by a swipe of thick and tangy labne.Read More