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How to Celebrate Hanukkah in New Orleans in 2021

Where to find the best special restaurant menus, bakery favorites, and pop-ups for Hanukkah this year

This year, Hanukkah kicks off on Sunday, November 28, and ends Monday, December 6, bringing with it the many food and food-related traditions so central to the eight-day holiday. Thankfully, a number of New Orleans restaurants, bakeries, and pop-ups offering traditional comfort foods and desserts to help celebrate — from piping hot savory latkes and tender wagyu brisket to sweet jelly-filled donuts and rich babka.

Whether you’re building a spread for a Hanukkah feast, looking for a festive evening out complete with ceremonial menorah lighting, or simply looking for some sweets to enjoy at home, consider one of the below options for all things Hanukkah in New Orleans.

Did we miss a New Orleans restaurant, bakery, or pop-up serving Hanukkah eats this year? Let us know.

Bywater Bakery (3264 Dauphine St.) The beloved neighborhood bakery is currently frying up sufganiyot and latkes and baking fresh regulach and challah. Expect a variety of latke varieties, made with beet, sweet potato, broccoli, and potato.

Compagnon Bakery — You can still order sufganiyot, challah, and babka for home delivery on Friday, December 3 or preorder for the Sunday Crescent City Farmers Market from Compagnon, popular local bakery brand from couple Quinn Berger and Andrew Roth.

Festival of [Neon] Lights by JNOLA (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) — On the last night of Hanukkah, JNOLA and JP Nola — the LGBTQ+ program of the Jewish Federation — will host a party at Central City studio and gallery Big Sexy Neon, with drinks and food from latke pop-up Bertie’s Intergalactic Diner. The event is free to attend, but organizers request attendees rsvp here.

Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery (3519 Severn Ave.) — Count on Metairie’s top Jewish deli for the best selection of Hanukkah cookies, in addition to a variety of sufganiyot (jelly, Bavarian custard, chocolate, and caramel custard) and latkes, both of which are available in orders of five dozen. See here for ordering instructions, by fax or email.

Latke Daddy Pop-Up — Visit Zony Mash Beer Project on December 4 and 18 or Broad Street Cider on December 11 for a chance to try latkes by the Latke Daddy, the seasonal pop-up by Adam Mayer (who also operates Basque-inspired Txow Txow Pintxos, most frequently found at Parleaux Beer Lab). Expect a number of versions, and sufganiyot by the ever-popular Rahm Haus.

Marjie’s Grill (320 S. Broad Ave.) — Eights nights of latkes returns to Mid City favorite Marjie’s on Monday, November 29. This year, dine in at Marjie’s for nightly preparations of latkes (some of which are typically non-kosher) or preorder latke boxes from sister restaurant Seafood Sally’s. Order online for pickup and delivery, available between 4 and 6 p.m. daily. For same day orders, call 504-766-8736.

Misa (4734 Magazine St.) — Magazine Street’s Misa is having an end of Hanukkah party on Sunday, December 5 featuring live music from Sasha Salk and free sufganiyot. Visit for brunch during the day for Mediterranean specialties like Shakshuka or Bourrek or stop by at 7 p.m. to enjoy music on the heated, semi-covered patio.

Saba (5757 Magazine St.) Chef Alon Shaya turns his acclaimed Israeli restaurant’s bar into the L’Chaim Lounge during Hanukkah, where diners can count on sampling some of the best latkes in town for all eight nights, along with festive decor and nightly lighting of the menorah. There’s also the online holiday market, where loyalists can order holiday babka, cookies, and more for local pickup or national shipping. Order through December 20.

Shaya (4213 Magazine St.) — Starting Monday, November 29 through December 6, Shaya is offering its annual Hanukkah menu, featuring matzo ball soup; latkes with smoked salmon, caviar, and horseradish labneh; wagyu brisket; and apple cider sufganiyot. Reserve a table here.

St. James Cheese Co. (5004 Prytania St.) — The Uptown location of New Orleans’s top cheese slinger is currently serving a potato latke special with apple sauce and labneh, and all three components are made in-house. Call to confirm availability through Hanukkah.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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