The Jewish festival of lights starts on the night of Sunday, December 18 and runs until Monday, December 26 this year, and restaurants and markets around Boston are gearing up for the holiday with stacks of sweet sufganiyot and crispy, crunchy latkes. Below, find a guide to special Hanukkah menus for dine-in and takeout around Boston.
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Area Four: The Cambridge pizza haven is doling out raspberry and halva cream sufganiyot for the holiday. Get individual doughnuts for $4 apiece, six for $23, and a dozen for $45. Pre-orders available here.
Blackbird: The doughnut experts at Blackbird have two specials going for Hanukkah: A mixed berry jam-filled sufganiyot six-pack for $21 and a Hanukkah six-pack with two vanilla sprinkle doughnuts, two mocha-orange doughnuts, and two sufganiyot for $21. Orders available here.
The Butcherie: This 50-year-old kosher supermarket in Brookline has a holiday catering menu stacked with vegetable and potato latkes (including a gluten-free option), Boston cream sufganiyot, and an array of Hanukkah tableware, too.
Clover Food Lab: Counter-service chain Clover has put together a Hanukkah box filled with challah, stews, butternut squash kugel, batter for sweet potato latkes, and more. The box is designed to feed diners with meals and snacks for up to a week, or it can all be laid out at once for an instant holiday feast. Boxes start at $149 and are available for delivery or pick-up from Clover’s East Cambridge location.
Kane’s: The local doughnut chain has a sufganiyot filled with black raspberry jelly on the menu for Hanukkah. The treats are available from December 18 to 26 and customers can buy them by the dozen for $25.
Maccabee Bar: Boston’s Hanukkah holiday pop-up bar has returned. This year, it’s taking over two locations: Backbar in Somerville’s Union Square, and Noir in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. Head on over to grab Hanukkah-themed cocktails like the latke sour, made with apple brandy, potato, lemon, and egg white.
Mameleh’s: Keep an eye on Mameleh’s website for a forthcoming holiday catering menu; in the meantime, the hip Jewish deli is accepting reservations for a virtual latke-making class on Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. (order a $17 latke assembly kit here), and a Hanukkah Fry Party on December 16 at its Cambridge location. Tickets for the party are $72 per person before tax and tip, and include a whole bunch of fried goodies like latkes, fried matzah balls, and fried sturgeon.
Stillwater: Chef Sarah Wade is bringing back Stillwater’s annual eight days of latkes celebration at the restaurant. Once Hanukkah begins, head to the restaurant to find a daily menu of fun latke combinations, including a dill beet version topped with citrus yogurt, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds, and horseradish cheddar latkes with chive sour cream and fried leeks. There’s a different type of latke available each night of Hanukkah for dine-in or takeout, and every order includes three to four latkes for $12 to $16.