November 28th marks the first evening of Hanukkah!
And along with lighting the menorah and taking part in other historical holiday traditions, that means it’s time to stuff your face with all of the delicious potato latkes NYC has to offer.
With the Festival of Lights quickly approaching, nothing sounds more comforting than biting into a crispy, golden latke. Below we’ve created a list of the best 15 latkes in the city.
1. Russ & Daughters, LES
This fourth generation, family owned cafe has been serving up traditional Jewish dishes since 1914! Though famous for their lox and bagels, their latkes are a must-try when you visit!
Where: 179 E Houston St, New York (multiple locations)
2. Knish Nosh, Queens
Forest Hills native, this Brooklyn shop guarantees some of the most delicious potato pancakes in the area along with their large selection of knishes.
Where: 98-104 Queens Blvd, Rego Park
3. Barney Greengrass, UWS
At Barney Greengrass you can expect latkes cooked to perfection! Get your order with a side of apple sauce and you’re all set!
Where: 541 Amsterdam Ave, New York
4. Shelsky’s of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights
With a crispy outside and a chewy inside, the latkes at Shelsky’s of Brooklyn are not to be missed. This classic Jewish deli deserves all of the hype. They even offer gluten-free or sweet potato and celery root latkes!
Where: 141 Court St, Brooklyn
5. Edith’s, Greenpoint
At Edith’s you can order a holiday box packaged with five of their tasty latkes, homemade apple sauce, and a side of creme fraîche to enjoy right in the comfort of your home.
Where: 60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn
6. 2nd Avenue Deli, UES
With a rich New York history, 2nd Ave Deli has become a local favorite for anyone in the neighborhood. Check out their Chanukah menu and order as many latkes as you can stomach!
Where: 1442 1st Avenue, New York (multiple locations)
7. Kat’z Delicatessen, LES
Known for being one of the most famous Deli’s in the country, and a notorious location for When Harry Met Sally, you can never go wrong with their expansive selection. Served crispy and golden brown, you’ll understand the fame when your order latkes here!
Where: 205 E Houston St, New York
8. Veselka, East Village
Order a all the potato latkes and matzah ball soup for this Chanukah from Veselka. No need to stress about cooking for the family when you can simply order in!
Where: 144 2nd Ave, New York
9. As You Are, Boreum Hill
This new Brooklyn Bakery showcases the borough’s long history of multicultural cuisine and offers some of the most delectable latkes served with celery root, pear butter, and horseradish.
Where: 48 W 25th St, Floor 11, New York
10. Shalom Japan, South Williamsburg
This Jewish & Japanese restaurant brings never before seen flavor combinations to NYC. Try their Okonomiyaki, a savory pancake topped with pastrami.
Where: 310 S 4th St, Brooklyn
11. Balaboosta, West Village
Made with warm spices and herbs, these beautiful latkes are served with lemon yogurt.
Where: 611 Hudson St, New York
12. B&H Dairy, East Village
Running as one of the last Kosher dairy lunch counters in NYC, this shop is bringing crunchy and delectable potato pancakes right to the mouths of New Yorkers.
Where: 127 2nd Ave, New York
13. Yonah Schimmel’s Knish Bakery, LES
At this Jewish bakery, the latkes are made fresh daily. Savor 110 years of tradition while you celebrate!
Where: 137 E Houston St, New York
14. Breads Bakery, Various Locations
Besides their mouthwatering chocolate babka, enjoy remarkable latkes from their Hanukkah menu for a traditional taste of the holiday.
Where: Multiple locations
15. Mark’s Off Madison, Rose Hill
Newly opened restaurant, Mark’s Off Madison, from former chef at Fred’s at Barneys is offering Chanukah specials for delivery and takeout throughout all eight nights of the celebration.
Where: 41 Madison Ave, New York
Check out this map to see the latkes nearest you!