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The Eight Craziest Hanukkah Latkes in NYC

ae0dca7f4b07bbc5833c4a628cd20f3dYou’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!

Veselka

Veselka
144 2nd Avenue
East Village,New York 10003
(212) 228-9682

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.

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Russ and Daughter’s Café

Russ and Daughter’s Café
127 Orchard St
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(212) 475-4881

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.

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Mile End

Mile End
97A Hoyt Street
Brooklyn,New York 11217
(718) 852-7510

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.

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Frankel’s

Frankel’s
631 Manhattan Ave
Greenpoint,New York 11222
(718) 389-2302

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.

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Toloache

Toloache
251 W 50th Street
Midtown West,New York 10019
(212) 581-1818

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.

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Ellary’s Greens at Turnstyle

Ellary’s Greens at Turnstyle
1000 S 8th Ave
Midtown West,New York 10019
(646) 768-9224

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.

Dinosaur BBQ

Dinosaur BBQ
604 Union Street
Brooklyn,New York 11215
(347) 429-7030

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.

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Bustan

Bustan
487 Amsterdam Ave
Upper West Side,New York 10024
(212) 595-5050

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.

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