Where to eat on Thanksgiving
Don't want to cook? Take a seat at one of these Turkey Day tables instead.
Fri Oct 28 2011
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All meals will be served on Nov 24. Reservations are required.
Peter Hoffman's trailblazing Soho eatery, Savoy, may have shuttered this year, but you can still celebrate at its sister restaurant in the East Village. Starter options include rutabaga, apple and bacon soup and Russian farmer salad with paprika-buttermilk dressing. Move on to pan-roasted sturgeon, dry-aged New York steaks or family-style servings of turkey. Three sides—like roasted kabocha squash and shiitake chips—can be shared with the table. 190 Ave B between 11th and 12th Sts (212-388-1990, backfortynyc.com). 2--7pm; $55.
Bell, Book & Candle
Chef John Mooney's rooftop-grown herbs and vegetables will be featured in a family-style meal, which includes heritage turkey from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with all the fixins (sourdough-sage stuffing, brussels sprouts with bacon, and maple-roasted sweet potatoes). Afterward, sample an apple pie prepared "Wisconsin-style"—baked in a brown paper bag—topped with crme-frache ice cream. 141 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-414-2355, bbandcnyc.com). 2--8pm; $55.
Follow the salvaged neon-green sign into this Williamsburg favorite for an unpretentious three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe. Dishes like Scottish salmon, heritage pork chops and ricotta-and-Swiss-chard ravioli provide relief from turkey fatigue. Shareable sides include the ever-popular DuMac & Cheese ($15). 432 Union Ave between Devoe St and Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7717, dumontrestaurant.com). 3--9:30pm; $65.
Taxidermy on the walls sets the mood for a cozy cold-weather feast at this Lower East Side classic. The four-course prix fixe offers diners plenty of options, from warm lentil salad with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms to butternut squash soup with fried sage. For mains, dig into either roasted turkey with sourdough stuffing and giblet gravy, or baked pollock with roasted celery root and Tuscan kale chowder. Finish with a slice of pie—options include apple, warm pecan or sweet potato. Freeman Alley off Rivington St between Bowery and Christie St (212-420-0012, freemansrestaurant.com). 3--9:15pm; $75.
This seasonal two-course prix fixe will offer appetizer options like pumpkin tart, chicory salad and celery-root soup. Those seeking to buck the turkey tradition will have plenty of options for their main course, including lamb milanese, pan-roasted codfish and a Creekstone Farms strip steak. Add on some veggies like spiced broccoli rabe ($8) or smashed sweet potato with brown sugar and rosemary ($6). 355 Greenwich St at Harrison St (212-274-9310, theharrison.com). 2--11pm; $75.
Inside Park at St. Bart's
The family-style meal at this cavernous eatery harks back to the holiday's roots, with Native American--inspired dishes such as pemmican (house-cured buffalo), potted mackerel and buckskin cakes. Make the herb-roasted turkey course more festive with add-on entres like juniper-roasted venison and cedar-planked salmon ($10 per serving). Autumn cocktails include the Ginger Spice (spiced rum, ginger liquor, cider and a cinnamon stick) and a holiday-inspired punch. 325 Park Ave between 51st and 52nd Sts (212-593-3333, insideparknyc.com). Noon--7pm; $55.
Head to the Upper West Side for a Greek-inspired take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. The three-course prix fixe includes choices like turkey avgolemono soup, chestnut manti, and root vegetables with sage brown-butter sauce. Add on a selection of shareable meze for $21.95. 505 Columbus Ave between 84th and 85th Sts (212-873-0200, kefirestaurant.com). Noon--10pm; $25.95.
Landmarc + Ditch Plains
All four of Marc Murphy's restaurants will feature Thanksgiving additions to the la carte menu. Look out for pan-seared turkey breast with turkey leg hash ($28) and pumpkin pie ($4), or even pumpkin pancakes ($7). Landmarc Tribeca, 179 West Broadway between Leonard and Worth Sts (212-343-3883, landmarc-restaurant.com). Noon--2am. * Landmarc at the Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St (212-823-6123, landmarc-restaurant.com). 7am--2am. * Ditch Plains, 100 82nd St at Columbus Ave (212-362-4815, ditch-plains.com). 11am--2am. * Ditch Plains, 29 Bedford St at Downing St (212-633-0202, ditch-plains.com). 11am--2am.
Locanda Verde + The Dutch
White-hot chef Andrew Carmellini will be offering three-course prix fixes, as well as the regular la carte menu, at both of his restaurants. At Locanda Verde (377 Greenwich St between Franklin and North Moore Sts; 212-925-3797, locandaverdenyc.com), guests can devour wood-fired heritage turkey with fig-and-chestnut stuffing and brussels sprouts, followed by a slice of maple-pumpkin or apple pie. Meanwhile, the Dutch (131 Sullivan St at Prince St; 212-677-6200, thedutchnyc.com) will offer bacon-wrapped turkey with corn-bread andouille stuffing, cider-glazed squash and dried cranberries, followed by your choice of pumpkin or apple pie. 3--9pm; $85.