Food holds a strong importance in the celebration of Hanukkah, but not everybody has a master chef inside of them. Lucky for you, New York City hosts some of the best latke dishes in the nation. And yes—everything is kosher.
By Cole Billik
Mile End Delicatessen
53 Bond Street
During all eight days of Hanukkah, Mile End Delicatessen’s Bond Street location is offering a latke sampling menu. The menu includes three variations of potato pancakes, including their iconic deviled egg, mint, caviar and salmon roe cake.
Fischer Bros & Leslie
230 W 72nd Street
Known for their classic Jewish cuisine, Fischer Bros. & Leslie’s latkes are worth the line you will inevitably wait in to eat them. The oldest kosher butcher in New York City makes their cakes from all organic quinoa, carrots, zucchini and fresh herbs, a healthier alternative to the greasy gluten latkes you might be used to.
43 E 20th St
David Waltuck adds a fun, healthy touch to a classic crispy delight, and a heavy use of carrot keeps this dish crispier than others. The savory cake is served with apple sauce and crème fraîche, for a sweet balance.
509 Amsterdam Avenue
It’s no surprise that the Upper West Side’s leading brunch institution finds itself on this list. Jacob’s Pickles adds their typical southern twist to the plate, with ingredients like sweet potatoes and cajun-scallion crème fraîche. The elaborate dish has a slightly spicy flavor that is a virtuosic take on your grandma’s latke.
113 MacDougal Street
Served with poached eggs, smoked salmon and dill hollandaise, this dish is an ode to eggs benedict, perfected on a base of inch-thick potato pancakes. If you thought eggs and salmon went well together on a crumpet, wait until you try them on a latke.