Celebrate Hanukkah with These Boston-Area Food Specials
Eight days of light are coming up next week, and that also means eight days of latkes, jelly doughnuts, brisket, and other traditional Hanukkah foods. These seven Boston restaurants are observing the Jewish holiday with some creative interpretations—and lots of frying oil.
During the final weekend of Hanukkah, try potato pancakes and house-smoked salmon at this eclectic Harvard Square eatery. The $12 special is available during dinner on Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, December 13.
13 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; 617-499-0001 or beatbrasserie.com.
Craigie on Main
Six- and eight-course, Hanukkah-inspired tasting menus are an option at Craigie on Main all eight nights, and the Cambridge restaurant has festive offerings priced a la carte, too. Expect items like chopped liver in a Manischewitz reduction; smoked sturgeon, pear, black radish, and house creme frâiche; goose rillettes with savoy cabbage and walnuts; beet terrine with rose, lentils, and horseradish; braised Wagyu brisket with Persian spices, kasha, and dried fruits; Maine lamb three ways, including a schmaltz-poached shank; and sugar and spice-crusted beignets. The prix-fixe options are $98 and $118.
853 Main Street, Cambridge; 617 497-5511 or craigieonmain.com.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Pastrami piled high on challah bread is the Power Lunch special at this downtown restaurant throughout Hanukkah—with apple cake for dessert. At dinnertime, try braised short ribs over potato latkes with parsnips, cinnamon apples, and sour cream. Both specials are offered December 6-14.
75 Arlington St., Boston; 617-357-4810 or davios.com.
For a Northern Italian take on latkes and matzah ball soup, La Morra has a four-course, $38.50 prezzo fisso from December 6-13—complete with a game of dreidel. Potato and celery root latkes come with lemon mascarpone, arugula, and Honeycrisp apples; there’s gemelli with roasted chicken ragu, lemon, and carrot chips; or smoked, braised beef brisket with sweet potato purée, horseradish gremolata, and cherry mostarda; and more.
48 Boylston St., Brookline Village; 617-739-0007 or lamorra.com.
Root vegetable latkes with ginger-spiced sour cream; classic potato latkes with duck confit and cranberry chutney; three-onion latkes with bleu cheese fondue; and other daily offerings will grace chef Sarah Wade’s menu starting December 7.
421 Cambridge St., Allston; 617-787-1117 or lulusallston.com.
Riffing on the traditional, jelly-filled sufganiyah, Shake Shake’s Hanukoncrete is made with vanilla custard, strawberry purée, and a glazed donut. The frozen treat comes in two sizes, priced at $4.75 or $6.75.
234-236 Newbury St., Bostonand other locations; 617-933-5050 or shakeshack.com.
Whisk at Fazenda Café
Chef Jeremy Kean has traditional latkes with fresh applesauce this week at the Jamaica Plain café he and partner Philip Kruta are making their own. At $2.50 apiece, the potato pancakes are available from December 6-14.
Whisk at Fazenda, 3710 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, Boston; 617-756-7571 or Facebook.