12/05/2012 04:45:00 PM

Hanukkah Dining in Philadelphia

The Jewish Festival of Lights begins the evening of Saturday, December 8 and runs through the following Sunday, December 16. From tasting menus to Latkepalooza to a special “chosen” beer tapping, here are four ways to spark up your Hanukkah dining in Philadelphia this year.

Kevin Sbraga’s Avenue of the Arts restaurant is already offering a Hanukkah themed feast at the intimate chef’s counter, where the six-course tasting menu is filled with dishes like latkes, gravlax, chopped liver, brisket and more. What does Jewish apple cake taste like when a Top Chef winner gets his hands on it? Find out with your $75 per person reservation Monday-Thursday, through December 14 (215-735-1913).

Michael Solomonov gives the holiday Israeli flair at his Society Hill restaurant with a prix-fixe, family-style menu offered nightly December 8-16. The $48 per person meal includes hummus with spiced beef, fried smelts with lemon purée and sufganiyot for dessert. Reservations are required (215-625-8800).

Gershman Y
There’s still time to get tickets to the 10th annual Latkepalooza, which goes down on Sunday, December 9 from 2-4 PM. Chefs from Audrey Claire, Estia, Bar Ferdinand, El Camino Real, Citron and Rose and more will face off to see who makes the best potato pancakes. As is usually the case at these kinds of events, the winner is you! Tickets are $16 in advance (here), or $5 for kids under 10. Snag them while you can; the event will sell out (215-545-4400).

Old Eagle Tavern
If you’re a beer fan, this is the Hanukkah celebration for you. On December 13 at 7 PM, bartenders at the Manayunk pub will tap a special keg of Hop Manna and Jewbelation Sweet, and 16 beers from He’Brew. Potato latkes will be offered as a special, and dreidels will be spinning all over the bar (215-483-5535).


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