Light up Hanukkah with flair and more than your share of latke grease at these four holiday gatherings.
The 8th Annual Latke Festival
This delicious fest moves to Brooklyn Museum for more all-you-can-eat potato pancakes (and beer, wine and cocktails) than ever. Twenty-plus vendors serve up their spin on the oily holiday classic—including returning eateries Veselka and Jacob’s Pickles and new additions like Tessa, which serves sweet potato with duck confit, plantain, queso blanco and guajillo chili—and you can vote for your favorite. Stick around and get down like a Macabee to live performances. 200 Eastern Pkwy (brooklynmuseum.org). Mon 19 6–9pm; $55–$120.
Brooklyn Jews pre-Hanukkah Party
If you’re down for the old-school shul experience with a twist, head to Shabbat dinner at Congregation Beth Elohim. Holiday tunes from jazz flautist Hadar Noiberg and her band and the 12th Night Music Klezmer Band start the night off right, with shmaltzy favorites (think latkes and doughnuts), and an open bar and a dance floor that’ll be rockin’ till late. Make new connections in the Brooklyn community while singing along to swinging covers of “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel.”
247 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn (dinners.onetable.org). Fri 16 8pm–midnight; $15.
Beer + Latkes
These are a few of our favorite things! Join 92nd Street Y at Gabriela’s for yummy concoctions that your bubbe never heard of—like guacamole latkes, spicy habanero latkes and, maybe your new fave, latkes con mole. There’s tequila at the bar if you need a little more spice—and the first drink is free!
680 Columbus Ave (92y.org). Dec 22 at 7:30pm; $40.
Hang out with Hanukkah’s hottest Hebrew hotties at this raucous burlesque show, with your hosts, the Schlep Sisters, and watch performances from Jonny Porkpie, Sapphire Jones and many more. You just might see a stripping dreidel.
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (schlepsisters.com). Dec 24 at 8pm; $25–$45.