Saturday, December 17, 2011

Best Places for Chanukah Meals in Manhattan


I'm not one to grate potato latkes or slave over a brisket for an entire day as part of my Chanukah celebration. But I am all about the eight days of Menorah lighting, playing dreidl with the kids, and enjoying a fabulous meal. For me, the latter means taking it to the streets, that is, to some of the best restaurants in Manhattan.

Here's where I'll be going for Chanukah (December 20-28):

Toloache/Yerbabuena:

Chef Julian Medina adds a spicy spin on the holiday classics with his impressive Mexican Hanukkah menu. Served at all four of his restaurant, Toloache 50, the new Toloache 82, Yerba Buena Avenue A, and Yerba Buena Perry, the special menu will be available for all eight days of Hanukkah with amazing dishes like the Latkes Trio (potato jalapeño, zucchini, and Mexican ricotta) and Tacos de Brisket, Bohemia braised tacos with tomatillo salsa options. The Pollo Marrakesh entrée paired with the Hanukkah Margarita, made with Mexican chocolate-infused Herradura Reposado and strawberries and agave nectar, are reasons alone for indulgence. To top off the entire experience, enjoy the Mexican Sufganivot dessert of donuts filled with dulce de leche. Toloache 50, 251 W 50th Street, 212.581.1818; Toloache 82, 166 E 82nd Street, 212.861.4505; Yerba Buena Avenue A, 23 Avenue, 212.529.2919; Yerba Buena Perry, One Perry Street, 212.620.0808

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor: A sweet and edgy blend of brown-sugared sour cream and bourbon-spiked applesauce tops off Executive Chef Wade Burch’s Sweet Potato Latkes at the new Neely’s Barbecue on the Upper East Side. For the eight nights of Hanukkah, you’ll get your fix of eight Sweet Potato Latkes for only $8.88. This unique take on the traditional latke transforms sweet potatoes into golden-brown, slightly crispy patties on the outside, while keeping the soft consistency we all love, on the inside. 1125 First Avenue, 212.832.1551

Brooklyn Diner: Free Latkes! At this Manhattan favorite for upscale comfort and diner food, complimentary potato pancakes will be served throughout the eight days of Chanukah, with your choice of sour cream or applesauce. At both West-side locations, you will find absolutely scrumptious Jewish-American classic dishes. From the Smoked Fish platter of Nova Scotia Salmon and Sturgeon to the hand-carved Hot Pastrami, you’ll find plenty of choices for a holiday feast. 212 W 57th Street (between Broadway and 7th Avenue, 212.977.1957; 155 W 43rd Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue), 212.265.5400

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