NYC latkes: Where to eat potato pancakes for Hanukkah

It's time for Hanukkah latkes.

Deep-frying anything in a tiny NYC apartment isn't always the best idea -- unless you'd love to smell like potato pancakes for days.

Spare your furniture and your clothes, and go out for some delicious latkes this season.

Here's where to get them -- from classic renditions to modern twists on the humble potato pancake.

Frankel’s Delicatessen and Appetizing

Sometimes there's just no need to argue with a classic -- Frankel's Delicatessen and Appetizing serves up traditional potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce. (631 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint,

Blue Ribbon

Potato latkes are on the Hanukkah menu at The Ribbon on the Upper West Side, along with other classic dishes like braised brisket and matzo ball soup. As with last year, the restaurant will top them with smoked salmon, crème fraîche and caviar. (20 W. 72nd St., Manhattan,

Russ & Daughters Cafe

Russ & Daughters Cafe, a spinoff of the classic bagel and smoked fish spot on Houston Street, has a notoriously long wait for your fill of old-school Jewish cuisine. Nosh on potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream or upgrade to the gourmet version with wild salmon roe and crème fraîche. If eggs are your thing, go for the Lower Sunny Side, a platter with sunny-side up eggs, nova smoked salmon and potato latkes. (127 Orchard St., Manhattan, 212-475-4881,



Get your 24/7 latke fix at East Village mainstay Veselka, which never closes and will never stop refilling your coffee. Grab an order of hot potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce, or branch out on the weekend with a brunch order of salmon or kale eggs Benedict served with a poached egg and latkes. (144 Second Ave., Manhattan, 212-228-9682,

Second Avenue Deli

This Kosher deli with uptown and midtown locations is known for its matzo ball soup, but it also has another good thing going for it: latkes. The $18.95 platter of potato pancakes with applesauce is so big it can feed a family. (162 E. 33rd St. and 1442 First Ave., Manhattan,

Katz's Delicatessen

Open since 1888, this Lower East Side deli epitomizes New York City's Jewish cuisine. An order of three hearty latkes will cost you $12.25 with sour cream and $12.50 with applesauce. (205 E. Houston St., Manhattan, 212-254-2246,

Shelsky's of Brooklyn

Shelsky's in Cobble Hill offers up latkes made of either regular or sweet potatoes, fried up in schmaltz (that's chicken fat) for $2.75 each. If you want to go really big, order the Dr. Goldstein Special sandwich: chopped liver laced with duck fat and covered in apple horseradish sauce, all served between two potato latkes for $11. Their entry for the ninth annual Latke Festival beginning Dec. 18 at the Brooklyn Museum is the "Latke Reuben," a caraway seed-studded potato latke, stuffed with Riesling-braised sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, topped with corned beef and Russian dressing. (141 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-855-8817,