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Whole Lotta Latke Love for Hanukkah in NYC
November 27, 2023, 11:37.53 am ET


Photo: Veselka

It’s that time of year again where restaurants in New York City add a creative twist on traditional latkes for Hanukkah (Dec 7-15). And whether you celebrate or not, the crispy fried potato pancakes offer the perfect comfort food to keep you satisfied during the colder months ahead. Here are a few standouts:

Veselka is known for its tasty latkes served golden brown with sour cream and apple sauce. They also offer a Vegetarian Reuben Latke made with two homemade potato pancakes topped with house-made sauerkraut, house special dressing, and melted Swiss cheese, served with a side of beet/horseradish salad. Or, try the Potato Pancake Combo Platter with potato pancakes served with Beef Stroganoff, Veal Goulash or Chicken Paprikash. Includes your choice of any cup of soup. Veselka is located at 44 2nd Ave, with additional outposts at Essex Market and Grand Central


Photo: Caviar Russe/FoodStory Media LTD

Caviar Russe offers an elevated twist to your traditional Hanukkah latkes. A premium purveyor of caviar to top restaurants and hotels for 20 years - Caviar Russe also encompasses a Michelin-starred restaurant, raw bar and lounge and boutique on Madison Avenue. To celebrate the holiday, Chef Edgar ‘Teddy’ Panchernikov is creating a super-sized potato latke topped with 1oz of classic osetra caviar aka black gold, topped with Crème fraîche and egg jam for an indulgent bite. The new type of caviar potato, the latke costs $95 and is available in limited quantities by pre-ordering within 24 hours via email: jgergeos@caviarrusse.com. Caviar Russe is located at 538 Madison Ave.


Photo: Kubeh/Teddy Wolff

Kubeh is a latkes mecca this year offering multiple varieties to satisfy your cravings for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Middle Eastern restaurant in Greenwich Village known for their namesake kubeh, highlights dishes from chef and TV personality Melanie Shurka’s childhood which will include a variety of latkes for Hanukkah. Starting with a sharable super-sized Spinach Latke (gluten free) and traditional Latkes served with labneh & zaatar and a side of spiced apple sauce, the restaurant gets even more creative with Latkes Trio topped with labneh, dill and salmon roe, Latke Mediterranean (exclusively sold at brunch) topped with poached eggs, halloumi, avocado, oven roasted tomato and hollandaise. Kubeh is located at 464 Avenue of the Americas


Photo: 12 Chairs Cafe/Morgan Raum

12 Chairs Cafe is an approachable neighborhood restaurant that transports diners to Tel Aviv without leaving New York. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the restaurant serves high quality dishes that span from the Mediterranean Coast to eastern Europe. Each year, the restaurant serves a new latke to make the holiday tradition exciting and new. This year, a latkes trio will be beautifully presented and served alongside salmon from Acme and sour cream for dipping. On the sweeter side, the restaurant will serve sweet potato latkes, their annual tradition as a homage to a well-known quaint neighborhood restaurant that closed in Israel, served with sweet potato latkes with soy sauce and served with a housemade sauce. Locations: Soho - 56 Macdougal St and Brooklyn - 342 Wythe Ave


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