The Jewish festival of lights starts on the night of Thursday, December 7 and runs until Friday, December 15 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 festive foods for dine-in and takeout around Boston.
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Bakey: Load up on baked goods from Bakey, a bakeshop with locations in Brookline and Downtown Boston that is run by acclaimed babka whisperer Uri Scheft. The team offers festive round centerpiece challah every Friday, as well as babka in just about every permutation — including chocolate, apple, almond, raspberry, and more.
Blackbird: The bakers at Blackbird regularly create a special challah with rotating flavors — some recent editions have included apple fritter and cinnamon and raisin. Order for pickup or delivery right 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.
Inna’s Kitchen: Order ahead for a festive feast from prepared foods spot Inna’s Kitchen in Newton. Frozen packs of latkes, matzo balls, challah rolls, babka, and much more are available to reserve online. The kitchen is gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free, and is certified kosher pareve.
Maccabee Bar: Boston’s Hanukkah holiday pop-up bar has returned. This year, it’s taking over Noir at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. Head on over for snacks and Hanukkah-themed cocktails from November 29 through December 31. (Closed on Sundays except on December 10 for Hanukkah.) Walk-ins are welcomed; if you’d rather make a reservation, email email@example.com.
Our Fathers: Modern Jewish deli Our Fathers — which was recently revived in Fenway following its 2022 closure in Allston — is offering a dozen crispy potato latkes with sides of sour cream and Granny Smith applesauce ($36) for takeout and delivery for the duration of Hanukkah. The latkes will be available for online ordering here starting on December 6.
Stillwater and Sloane’s: Chef Sarah Wade is launching her annual eight days of latkes celebration at both of her restaurants this year. 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 will also be sufganiyot available in rotating flavors including raspberry and chocolate caramel.