15 Best Latkes In NYC For Celebrating The First Night Of Hanukkah

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15 Best Latkes In NYC For Celebrating The First Night Of Hanukkah

Tomorrow (Dec. 10) marks the start 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Where: 205 E Houston St, New York

8. Veselka, East Village

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Order a potato latke pack and matzah ball soup for up to 12 people 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. Daily Provisions, UWS


Otherwise known for their amazing crullers, Daily Provisions is now offering latkes! Available from December 10-December 18, pick up a 6-piece of latkes to take home with a side of sour cream included!

Where: 375 Amsterdam Ave, New York (multiple locations)

10. Shalom Japan, South Williamsburg

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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

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Made with warm spices and herbs, these beautiful latkes are served with lemon yogurt. Starting this Thursday you can order them for delivery!

Where: 611 Hudson St, New York

12. B&H Dairy, East Village

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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

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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, Lincoln Square

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Besides their mouthwatering chocolate babka, enjoy remarkable latkes from their Hanukkah menu for a traditional taste of the holiday.

Where: 1890 Broadway, New York (multiple locations)

15. Mark’s Off Madison, Rose Hill

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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!

featured image source: Facebook/ Russ & Daughters

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