Must-Try Latkes: Top NYC Spots for Potato Pancakes
Latke season is officially upon us.
Hanukkah began last night, and with “the festival of lights” comes eight days of celebrating with Menorahs, dreidels, and plenty of fried food. To us, one of the best parts of the Jewish holiday is the opportunity to eat latkes…lots and lots of latkes.
From traditional takes on the fried potato pancakes to more modern renditions, here are six of our Big Apple favorites to try this holiday season:
This old-school Lower East Side deli is the temple of Jewish cuisine in New York City. The hearty, classic-style latkes (served with sour cream and applesauce) at Katz’s are second best only to your Bubbe’s.
Frankel’s Delicatessen and Appetizing
When a classic is this good, there’s no need to mess with it. Family-owned Frankel’s Delicatessen and Appetizing in Greenpoint serves up a fantastic version of traditional potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce.
This Ukranian soul food spot in the East Village is famous for their potato pancakes. Order ’em up with sour cream and applesauce, or get your fill at weekend brunch with eggs Benedict served on latkes. Bonus: Veselka is open 24/7 so you can get your latke fix anytime your heart desires.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
This Lower East Side cafe serves Jewish comfort food day and night. Choose from classic potato pancakes, a fancier version with crème fraîche and wild salmon roe, or a big ol’ breakfast platter with sunny-side up eggs, smoked salmon, and potato latkes.
This Upper West Side brasserie serves a special Hanukkah menu featuring classic dishes including matzo ball soup, braised brisket, and potato latkes. The Ribbon tops theirs with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and caviar.
This century-old Upper West Side Jewish shop serves off-menu latkes only on weekends, and every day during Hanukkah. Their potato pancakes are made from scratch and fried to order—and totally worth a trip to Barney’s even if you don’t live in the ’hood.
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