THE TWENTY-SOMETHING FOODIE
by Melissa Kravitz
|Turkey Day leftovers have epic potential this year –credit|
As you probably already know, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year, marking the only Thanksgivukkah in our lifetimes. While families who celebrate both or either (or neither!) holiday have their own traditions and menus, the once in 77,000 year occasion seems reason enough to switch up some traditions. Recipes that combine traditions, like sweet potato bourbon noodle kugel, are swarming the internet and the Thanksgivukkah spirit seems to be contagious. Plenty of New York restaurants, eateries, and foodies are celebrating the mash-up holiday, and here are some ways to bring the festivities directly to your Thanksgivukkah table.
Zucker Bakery has been making headlines with its Thanksgivukkah doughnut. Gobble down these spiced pumpkin doughnuts, a traditional Hanukkah treat (because they’re fried in oil!), which are stuffed with roasted turkey and cranberry sauce and also available in a savory option with gravy.
|This stuffed doughnut encompasses both holidays perfectly –credit|
There will always be a debate over which New York establishment (or whose grandparents) make the best latkes, or potato pancakes. For Thanksgivukkah, this greasy, starchy treats make the perfect accompaniment to any turkey dish. Serve a plate of crisp latkes from Veselka, spinach flavored patties from Ben’s Kosher Deli, nosh on a latke sandwich from Joe Dough or have festive and gourmet latkes from the upscale Kutsher’s Tribeca.
|Festive latkes at Kutsher’s Tribeca—credit|
Jewish comfort food emporium Mile End Deli is cooking up batches of challah bread dressing for the perfect Thanksgivukkah mash-up dish. If you’re more of a DIY dressing or stuffing maker, pick up a challah for Moishe’s Bake Shop or Zabar‘s for some Jewish NYC flare for your Thanksgiving bird.
Midtown favorite, Carnegie Deli, is serving a Thanksgivukkah creation as its sandwich of the month: a “gargantuan” sandwich made of two latkes piled high with turkey, stuffing and gravy, served with a side of applesauce and cranberry sauce. $29.95 may seem a bit steep for a sandwich, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The restaurant will be open 6am-4am on Thanksgivukkah day, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy or take out this epic creation.
|Carnegie Deli’s huge Thanksgivukkah sandwich –credit|
For a local bird, check out the turkeys available at NYC Greenmarkets. Vendors like DiPaola Turkey Farm sell New York-raised birds to make your Thanksgiving hyper local and delicious. Order by size, and order soon, before all the good turkeys are plucked up! If you’re not in the mood to roast an entire turkey but want some traditional spirit, drumsticks, ground turkey, and pre-made turkey burgers are also available from DiPaola.
|Rustic times at DiPaola’s turkey farm –-credit|
Harney and Sons sells teas year-round but represents the seasons in their flavors. Meet with a tea consultant in their Soho store for a tasting to find your perfect holiday tea, or pick up a tin of Cranberry, Mint Chocolate, or Pumpkin off the shelves for a perfect post-meal treat. The tins are also beautiful enough to be a nice host gift and the fragrant silk pouches of tea inside will ensure you’re invited back.
Enjoy this collision of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, which will never happen again in our lifetimes.
|Cranberry tea is perfect with turkey! –credit|