Where To Eat Latkes In New York City This Chanukah
We've shared where to enjoy latkes in Philly and my New York friends wanted a similar guide for their city. So I asked NYC-based food writer Shannon Sarna for her recommendations.
"New York City is a place where latkes truly are served all year round," Sarna told me, "But at Chanukah time, everyone steps up their game, breaking out unique combinations of the fried icon."
Here's Sarna's list, with a couple of additions from Naomi Person, Bronx-based author of Sow What?
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2nd Ave Deli (kosher) features a sandwich year-round called the "Instant Heart Attack," which consists of two large potato pancakes with your choice of corned beef, pastrami, turkey or salami. If that's not enough, you can also order a side dish of potato pancakes.
The Essex House has always offered a brunch latke option. Currently, the restaurant is serving "crispy potato pancakes with sautéed apples & honey cream sauce & spinach-shiitake-black bean hash."
Kutschers Tribeca serves crispy latkes with apple compote and sour cream year-round.
Mile End Deli, a Montreal-style eatery, offers surf-and-turf latke plates during the holidays at both its Brooklyn and Manhattan locations.
Miriam, a popular brunch spot in Park Slope, features potato pancakes with two eggs any style, labne cheese and Israeli salad.
Norma's in Le Parker Meridien hotel in Manhattan serves a James Beard award-winning recipe for crispy potato pancakes year-round. The classic dish comes with homemade cranberry apple chutney and carrot crème fresh payasam.
The Prime Grill (kosher) in Midtown is serving latkes with chopped liver and onions special for Chanukah this year.
Toloache, with multiple locations throughout the city, has a Chanukah menu featuring potato jalapeno latkes with horseradish crema, zucchini latkes with tomatillo apple salsa and Mexican ricotta latkes with chipotle and agave nectar.
Veselka, a late night East Village Ukrainian diner, is also serving up potato pancakes. While you are there, you might want to try the pierogies and the borscht, too.
And even Whole Foods has latkes ready to reheat: both regular potato and sweet potato.
If you plan to head south or have friends and family living in our nation's capitol, The DC Eater made it easy to locate latkes in Washington, D.C., this holiday season. Check it out here.
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