Hanukkah kicks off on Sunday, December 18, and ends Monday, December 26, bringing with it the many food and food-related traditions central to the eight-day holiday. As usual, a number of New Orleans restaurants, bakeries, and pop-ups offer traditional comfort foods and desserts to help celebrate — from piping hot savory latkes and tender wagyu brisket to sweet jelly-filled donuts and flaky babka. If you’re building a spread for a Hanukkah feast, looking for a festive night out complete with ceremonial menorah lighting, or simply looking for some traditional sweets, here are the best options for all things Hanukkah in New Orleans.
If we missed a New Orleans restaurant, bakery, or pop-up serving special Hanukkah eats this year, let us know. This guide will be updated through December 18.
801 Frenchmen Street
If you buy one bakery-made challah for Hanukkah this year, let it be from Ayu Bakehouse. The still-new modern bakery on Frenchmen Street is remarkable, from baguettes and seeded sourdough to sweet pastries and specialty pies. Call for availability.
3264 Dauphine Street
The reliably fantastic neighborhood bakery is frying up sufganiyot and latkes and baking fresh regulach in chocolate, apricot, or raspberry. Expect a variety of latkes made with beet, sweet potato, broccoli, or potato, served in boxes of six with sour cream and house apple sauce. Call or order online for pickup between December 18 and December 24.
Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, 2 Canal Street
Celebrate Hannukah at the showpiece of the new Four Seasons New Orleans, the gorgeous lobby-level Chandelier Bar home to a 15,000-piece light and glass installation. Food here is also overseen by Miss River chef Alon Shaya, so it offers Shaya’s famous latkes throughout the holiday, topped with caviar — fitting for the setting.
Flour Moon Bagels
457 N. Dorgenois Street
The hit new dedicated bagel shop has brought a new world of bagels, shmears, and toppings to the Lafitte Greenway since opening earlier this year, including now for Hanukkah. The shop is collaborating with Gonzo‘s Smokehouse out of Luling, Louisiana — one of the best barbecue spots in the state — on a special bagel sandwich: pastrami, latke hash, egg, and cheese. It’s available starting December 19 until sold out. Look out for special holiday bagel accouterments as well, including bowfin caviar and smoked trout roe caviar.
Kosher Cajun New York Deli & Grocery
3519 Severn Avenue
Count on the area’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. Keep an eye out for ordering instructions on its website.
Adam Meyer’s hugely popular Latke Daddy pop-up is back for 2022, with dates a few times a week all across town for the entire month of December. Locations include Courtyard Brewery on December 8 and 22; Visit Zony Mash Beer Project on December 10 and 17; Miel Brewery on December 19 and 26; and December 30 at Parleaux Beer Lab.
Latkes With a Twist
Press Street Station, 5 Homer Plessy Way
Sunday, December 11 is your chance to enjoy Dan Stein (Stein’s Deli) and Dan Esses’s (Rimon) highly-sought after latkes pop-up, a true delicacy. The annual event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Press Street Station featuring a latke bar, live music, drink specials, silent auction, and more. Tickets are $36 for preorder and $40 at the door.
Mardi Gras Zone
2706 Royal Street
The Marigny’s favorite late-night snack spot is always stocked with freshly-baked sweets, from cakes and pies to pastries and doughnuts. Beginning December 18, you can find freshly-fried, kosher sufganiyot for sale daily throughout Hanukkah, some of the best in the city.
320 S. Broad Avenue
Eights nights of latkes returns to Mid City favorite Marjie’s for Hanukkah, while sister restaurant Sally’s Seafood will again offer latke gift boxes to-go and for delivery (as well as add-ons like Cajun caviar and smoked fish schmear). Dine in at Marjie’s for impressive nightly preparations of latkes (some of which may be non-kosher). Additionally, Marjie’s is holding its “Christmas with the Jews” dinner on Christmas Eve, its version of a Peking duck dinner, featuring slow-smoked whole Backwater Farms ducks served with scallion latkes. Keep an eye out for reservation details.
5757 Magazine Street
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 salatim and latkes in town for all eight nights, along with festive decor and nightly lighting of the menorah. This year, festive cocktails are named after Jewish pop-culture icons, like Barbara /Streisand. Saba itself will also be offering Hanukkah specials on the regular menu for the week of the from December 18 to 25, like the famous latke board with soft-boiled eggs, apple butter, and labneh.