This year, Hanukkah — the Jewish festival of lights — begins on the evening of Thursday, December 10, and runs through the evening of Friday, December 18. One culinary tradition of the holiday involves the eating of fried foods; potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) are the most common. It’s a nod to the story of Hanukkah, in which oil that should have only been able to keep the candles of a menorah lit for one day kept the candles going for eight days and nights.
Regardless of whether or how you choose to celebrate the holiday, jelly doughnuts make for some cheerful December eating as temperatures drop and the pandemic continues on. Here are a few options for sufganiyot to order in and around Boston this year. (Note: These restaurants/businesses are not certified kosher unless otherwise noted.)
1330 Beacon St., Brookline
Available for contactless pickup after noon on December 9 through 18 (with preordering available now), Allium Market’s sufganiyot are brioche doughnuts with a raspberry red currant jelly filling, coated with powdered sugar. Preordering is required, and the doughnuts are available in half dozen increments.
500 Technology Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Cambridge location of Area Four is offering raspberry-filled sufganiyot for pickup December 10 through 18 (excluding December 13); order any number (at least 24 hours in advance).
492 Tremont St., South End, Boston; 20 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston; 100 Holton St., Brighton, Boston; 175 Cambridge St., Beacon Hill, Boston; 55 Union St., Newton Centre
Preorder through Blackbird’s catering portal to get six-packs of sufganiyot (vegan brioche filled with mixed berry jam and rolled in powdered sugar) for pickup at Blackbird’s five currently operating locations or local delivery via DoorDash, $18. Preordering of a Hanukkah holiday box ($18) — two sufganiyot, four potato latkes, apple sauce, and sour cream — is also available via the same portal, but only for pickup at the Tremont Street location.
Sufganiyot are also available for same-day pickup and delivery at all locations (except for Beacon Hill, which doesn’t have delivery); consult the Blackbird website for ordering links.
Blacker’s Bakeshop (kosher/pareve)
543 Commonwealth Ave., Newton
This kosher/pareve, nut-free bakery, around since 2008, is selling sufganiyot throughout the holiday. Call (617) 332-2008 to preorder two days in advance or try your luck and just show up. (The doughnuts are not available on the shop’s online ordering system.) Note that the shop’s schedule is somewhat limited, operating from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Butcherie (kosher)
428 Harvard St., Brookline
Available in increments of two dozen ($48) and either jelly-filled or without jelly, the Butcherie’s doughnuts can be ordered online from December 2 through 9 for curbside pickup and delivery. (There’s also a “fancy” box available for $72 — two dozen Boston cream or chocolate, or a dozen of each.) View the complete Hanukkah selection here.
Cafe Eilat (kosher)
406 Harvard St., Brookline
This kosher Mediterranean cafe and pizzeria — which also happens to serve sushi — sells sufganiyot for Hanukkah; call (617) 277-7770 to place an order.
383 Chestnut Hill Ave., Cleveland Circle, Boston
Sufganiyot (made with raspberry jam) are available for pickup December 10 through 17, with preordering required at least three days in advance of desired pickup date. (December 15 at 5 p.m. is the final cutoff.) A single doughnut is $4, or get a half dozen for $25 or a dozen for $42. Landwer is also selling star of David gingerbread cookies by the half dozen. Order online.
120 Lincoln Ave., Saugus; 1575 Broadway, Saugus; 90 Oliver St., downtown Boston
Each of Kane’s three locations has sufganiyot available for preordering for pickup December 10 through 18. They’ll be doughnut holes filled with black raspberry jelly and finished with powdered sugar, available in orders of 12 or more. Order online: Lincoln Avenue, Saugus; Broadway, Saugus; downtown Boston.
Maccabee Bar pop-up at Variety Bar at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville; two pickup dates at Ashmont Grill, 555 Talbot Ave., Dorchester, Boston
Pastry chef Kate Holowchik is baking up a variety of jelly doughnuts for her recently launched pop-up, Lionheart Confections, and there are several ways to try them.
Full-sized Lionheart jelly doughnuts in a rotating array of flavors (such as caramelized white chocolate and cranberry jam) are available throughout December at Maccabee Bar, the Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar which is located at Bow Market’s Variety Bar this year. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Maccabee Bar also offers a take-home Hanukkah kit for pickup on Thursdays and Sundays that includes mini jelly doughnuts from Lionheart, along with cocktails and other treats. Preorder online.
Lionheart is also popping up at Ashmont Grill in Dorchester on December 10 and 13 with boxes of doughnuts for pickup; orders must be placed by email by December 8 (for pickup on the 10th) or December 11 (for pickup on the 13th). There are four flavors, available in three different combinations of eight doughnuts each ($32-$36): raspberry jelly filled, tossed with sugar; vanilla pastry cream filled, tossed with sugar; caramel honey dipped with popcorn pastry cream and sea salt; and mulled blackberry jam filled, tossed with sugar. Details here.
1 Kendall Sq., Kendall Square, Cambridge, plus various suburban pickup locations on certain days
The Kendall Square delicatessen is serving a Hanukkah fry menu from December 10 through 18, which includes various savory dishes as well as sufganiyot filled with raspberry jam or a surprise chef’s choice flavor. Order online for takeout and delivery; preordering is available. Consult the instructions on the “suburban pickups” dropdown under “choose a menu” for information about picking up in Westborough, Brookline, Melrose, Lexington, Newton, or Marblehead.
Pure Cold Press (kosher)
326 Harvard St., Brookline
Primarily a juice and salad shop, this kosher establishment is currently offering sufganiyot for takeout and local delivery; order any amount online (priced at $2.95 each).
120 Kingston St., downtown Boston
Once Hanukkah begins on December 10, Stillwater will be offering eight days of latkes in a variety of creative preparations (think cacio e pepe latkes with roasted tomato sauce or latke grilled cheese with tomato bisque), as well as sufganiyot. Order online for takeout.
Union Square Donuts
20 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville; 409 Harvard St., Brookline; 401 Park Dr., Time Out Market Boston, Fenway, Boston; 100 Hanover St., Boston Public Market, downtown Boston
Monday, December 7 — that is today, depending on when you’re reading this — is the final day for Hanukkah preorders; you’ve got until 11:59 p.m. to order a sufganiyot variety box, with includes two strawberry jelly, two Nutella cream, one orange marmalade, and one halva pistachio. Each flavor is also available as a half dozen on its own. (There’s also babka on the menu.) Order online for pickup in Somerville or Brookline on December 10, 12, or 17.
But if you miss the boat on preordering by the half dozen, you can still grab some sufganiyot for same-day pickup and delivery at all locations, while supplies last, through December 18; order online.
2263 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge
The Cambridge restaurant has a variety of Hanukkah dishes available from December 8 through 18, including sufganiyot filled with a mixed berry jam. Each order ($8) includes four two-bite doughnuts; order online for takeout or delivery.