In celebration of Hanukkah, you’ve surely seen your fair share of latke recipes this week. But these aren’t just any potato pancakes—they’re from Carnegie Deli (who else got a shout out in Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song?”).
The AAA Diamond-rated midtown deli known for its kosher-style favorites always has latkes on the menu. You’ll find them under “a little something on the side,” but like their sandwiches – which weigh in at over a pound – there is nothing little about them.
Fried foods, including latkes, are commonly prepared during Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. If you choose to make any latke recipe over the course of the week-long festival, make it this one.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. And how do you get to Carnegie Deli? You cross the street.
Located in the heart of the city in midtown Manhattan across from the celebrated concert venue, Carnegie Deli has been in the business of towering stacked sandwiches for over 70 years. It is currently owned and operated by the original owner Milton Parker’s daughter, Marian Levine.
Over the years, the deli has come to represent a bona fide New York Jewish deli experience. From out-of-towners, to the celebrities on their “Wall of Fame,” to locals looking for a late night snack (they are open until 2 a.m. every day), Carnegie Deli has gained the affection of all walks of life with their cheesecakes and smoked and cured meats, made at a nearby commissary in New Jersey.
“Gargantuan Combos” are a feat for the (very, very) hungry, with cleverly named options such as the “Carnegie Haul” triple decker sandwich and “Fifty Ways To Love Your Liver” liver sandwich. The “Woody Allen” is a tower of smoked corned beef and pastrami between two slices of rye, impossible to eat like a sandwich, named for the actor/director in honor of his 1984 movie Broadway Danny Rose, which filmed scenes at the deli.
Other favorites include deli staples like knish, matzo ball soup and of course their larger-than-average latkes. Try them for yourself at home with the recipe below and enjoy with a side of apple sauce and sour cream.
Carnegie Deli’s Latkes
Yield: Approximately 10 Potato Pancakes
4 large potatoes
2 eggs, beaten
1 yellow onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil for frying
- Finely grate the peeled potatoes and onion with a box grater. Wrap the grated potatoes in cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Mix the potatoes and onion in a bowl with the flour, egg, salt and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the potato batter into the skillet and flatten cakes slightly with a spatula. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, until crisp on the outside and golden brown. Repeat until all potato mixture is used. Serve the pancakes hot from the skillet with apple sauce or sour cream.
Carnegie Deli’s flagship location at 7th Avenue and 55th Street is temporarily closed but plans to reopen soon. In the meantime, you can order their famous cheesecake and other food items from their online store for the holidays. Carnegie Deli can also be found at The Sands Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA, The Mirage in Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden.