The menorah at Jacob’s Pickles.
Two Upper West Side restaurants are getting funky with their latkes, according to recent articles about funky latkes.
Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd-84th)
“On the Upper West Side, Bustan, a modern Israeli restaurant, is employing sweet potatoes and zucchini for their version of latkes, imbuing the pan-fried treats with slightly more nutritional value. That said, it’s a massive portion, including four thick latkes served with smoked salmon pastrami, a dill creme fraiche and some amber orbs of salmon roe for $14. If smoked fish isn’t your jam, the restaurant will also fry up more traditional potato latkes (four for $11) with homemade sour cream and apple sauce on the side.” — Gothamist
Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Avenue (84th-85th)
“A slightly less outside-the-box creation comes from Jacob Hadjigeorgis of Jacob’s Pickles, the Southern comfort food spot on the Upper West Side. He’s using sweet potato for the starchy base and topping it with Cajun and scallion crème frâiche, which he says is inspired by ‘Southern ingredients and the Hanukkah spirit.’ He says the sweetness from the potato is balanced by the savory creamy topping, with a hit of salmon roe to add a “delicious burst of savoriness.” It’ll be garnished with pickled mustard seeds ‘because we’re Jacob’s Pickles.'” — Village Voice
Have a funky latke dish? Let us know in the comments! And Happy Hannukah!