The Festival of Lights falls relatively early this year, kicking off at sundown on November 28. Keep things celebratory with pre-ordered fare from these great local spots. We'll update this list through November.
Josh Grunig’s Pinehurst deli (with a soon-to-be sibling in Seward Park) will ready a $60 two-person brisket-and-latke dinner, complete with his mom’s applesauce (awww), sour cream, and tzimmes. It’s available for pickup every night during Hanukkah. If you just need the brisket—or the latkes or sufganiyot or knishes or rugelach and chocolate gelt cake—Zylberschtein’s also has an a la carte Hanukkah menu. Order on Tock.
An entire four-person shabbat dinner—from brisket with white bean ragu to latkes and sufganiyot. Latkes by the dozen from a guy who makes some of the best in town (with his grandma Sylvia’s applesauce). The return of last year’s awesome Hanukkah cookie decorating kit. Jonny Silverberg’s deli has all sorts of options, and a deeply comprehensive online ordering setup. (He states this all over Schmaltzy’s website, but FYI food here is not kosher.)
The “Chanukah Box” (hopefully owner Vance Dingfelder will forgive us for sticking to Merriam-Webster’s primary spelling) packs brisket and gravy—or smoked salmon or chicken—alongside a dozen latkes, a quart of soup, a bottle of wine, even some gelt and a dreidel ($108). The meat-loving Pike/Pine deli has a huge a la carte Hanukkah lineup that includes three types of latkes: traditional, gluten free, and autumn-spiced sweet potato.
It’s hard to resist anything with the name “Latkes-A-Go-Go.” But more so when it’s caterer extraordinaire Lisa Dupar assembling a six-person $200 package of latkes and sides, plus matzoh ball soup, caramelized brussels sprouts, chopped chicken livers with saltines, roasted carrots with turnips and leeks, plus challah and jelly doughnuts. This isn’t Dupar’s first rodeo—each menu item includes notes on whether it’s vegetarian, contains gluten, etc. Order on Tock or consult the website for a la carte options.