As the holiday season gets into full gear, many families will be celebrating Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that helps celebrate the rededication of Jerusalem's Holy Temple after the victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 168 B.C.E. For New Yorkers looking to celebrate, there are a number of different activities that you can enjoy to celebrate the holiday.
Light Up The Night
The annual Light Up The Night Hanukkah Gala takes place at The Museum of Jewish Heritage. People can enjoy a nice view of the New York harbor, along with an open bar. There is a dinner buffet featuring latkes. The Gala is a great opportunity for people to interact with others celebrating Hanukkah.
The Latke Festival takes place at the Brooklyn Museum in Prospect Park. The Latke Festival benefits the Sylvia Center, which promotes healthy eating for children. The most popular dish to enjoy is crisp-fried potato pancakes. Chef driven versions of the dish will be available to sample. A guest panel of celebrity judges will decide the Latke Champion. Some of the dishes in previous years include an Okinawa style sweet potato latke and scallions with black vinegar sauce. Other popular dishes include potato pancakes, there will be apple cider for everyone to enjoy.
Head uptown to 92Y for some latkes. Multiple versions of potato pancakes will be served, including sweet apple and dill, and jalapeno. Bronx and KelSo breweries will be providing refreshments. The Eastern European mod kiezmer band Golem will provide entertainment.
The Last Schmaltz
The Last Schmaltz will be at the Highline Ballroom. The event will be a collection of late 70s and early 80s pop hits and funny puns. The featured performers are the jewbadours, a trio with lots of energy who will keep the dance floor exciting all night long.
The World's Largest Menorah Lighting
Located in Fifth Avenue at 59th St., there is a large menorah that requires a crane to light all eight oil lamps. The result is a unique and spectacular Hanukkah moment. Throughout the holiday, there will be a nightly menorah lighting. After the lighting, everyone is invited to head to the Jewish Museum, or walk through the Columbus circle holiday market.
Hanukkah Family Day
The Hanukkah Family Day will be at the Jewish Museum in Central Park. It is a great festive occasion for the entire family. You can make menorahs from different objects and enjoy a family friendly show by ShirLaLa. ShirLaLa uses a creative approach to teaching Jewish education by using music, spirituality, and storytelling. Jeff Hopkins uses live drawings, narration, and animation. There is also a cool collection of Hanukkah lamps at the Museum for you to look at.
There are many great places around New York City where you and your family can enjoy some great food for Hanukkah.
B & H Dairy
B & H Dairy has been a staple of the East Village community for over 50 years. The restaurant still serves the same Kosher dairy dishes it became famous for, such as barley, borscht, and split pea soups, and fried pierogi stuffed with potatoes, mushrooms, and sauerkraut.
The Prime Grill
Located in Midtown East, The Prime Grill is a combination between a regular steakhouse and a Kosher steakhouse. Popular menu items include hanger steak and rib eye.
Located on the Upper West Side, Grill 212 features an assortment of menu items including; french fries, chicken wings, hummus, lamb kebabs, and shawarma.