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
Marble Lane at Dream Downtown
Order la carte at this swanky steak joint, or opt for a three-course prix fixe with items that might include sweet-potato risotto with pecans; roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy, butternut squash and cornbread stuffing; and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. 355 W 16th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-229-2336). 5pm--1am; $65.
David Chang's subterranean eatery will serve a four-course meal, with options like apple salad with buckwheat, mushrooms and seaweed, and squash soup with banana, curry and cream. Your choice of halibut or turkey will be dressed up with traditional ingredients (green beans, brussels sprouts, potato) for the main event; spring for the wine pairing ($45) to really get into the holiday spirit. 15 W 56th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-247-1045, momofuku.com). 1--7pm; $95, optional wine pairing $45.
Visit this Greek taverna for a Mediterranean-inspired meal. Enjoy organic roasted turkey from Pennsylvania's Four Story Hill Farm prepared la grecque (seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs), with a stuffing made with rice, sausage and chestnuts. And for dessert, the usual pumpkin pie is replaced by galaktoboureko, a phyllo-wrapped semolina custard bathed in citrus syrup. 871 Seventh Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-582-7500, molyvos.com). Noon--9pm; $45, optional Italian wine pairing $65.
This three-course prix fixe offers Thanksgiving by way of the South: House-made duck sausage or roasted field mushrooms are served with cheese grits, and smoked heritage turkey comes stuffed with corn bread. Finish with your choice of pie; options include apple, warm pecan and sweet potato. 325 Bowery at E 2nd St (646-602-7015, peelsnyc.com). Noon--11:30pm; $55.
At Harold Dieterle's intimate eatery, the three-course prix fixe includes choices like house-made ricotta, spicy duck meatballs and braised ginger-sassafras short ribs. Filling out the spread will be sides like chestnut stuffing and purple yams with spiced orange. 9 Jones St between Bleecker and W 4th Sts (212-929-6888, perillanyc.com). 2--9pm; $70.
Pure Food & Wine
On Thanksgiving, vegetarians like to stuff themselves silly too. This raw vegan eatery helps even the playing field with autumnal options such as celery root ravioli with chanterelle mousse and hazelnut crme, and walnut shepherd's pie with pumpkin mash and cranberry chutney. Add on extras like marinated wild mushrooms ($8) or pecan-and-herb stuffing ($6). 54 Irving Pl between 17th and 18th Sts (212-477-1010, purefoodandwine.com). 3--9pm; $72.
Chef Jesse Schenker turns out a five-course menu that includes warm mushroom salad with roasted squash and pine nuts, and turkey and chicken roulade with whipped potatoes and brussels sprouts. Pastry chef Christina Lee takes the reins for dessert, offering a trio of apple crisp, pumpkin mousse and pecan semifreddo. 328 W 12th St between Greenwich and Washington Sts (212-414-3000, recettenyc.com). 3:30pm--midnight; $79.
Both locations of this Mexican eatery will be offering special menu additions, such as roasted turkey with mole, sweet-plantain stuffing, roasted fall vegetables and chorizo potatoes ($21). If that doesn't have you ready for a tryptophan-induced siesta, try the pumpkin cake soaked in pumpkin-piloncillo sauce and topped with mole ice cream and cranberry salsa ($9.50). 9 E 18th St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-533-3350, rosamexicano.com). Noon--9pm. * 61 Columbus Ave at 62nd St (212-977-7700). Noon--9pm.
Locavore chef Bill Telepan's three-course prix-fixe menu features turkey from Snowdance Farm in the Catskills. Those who don't like poultry can go for alternatives like heritage pork four ways and wild striped bass. 72 W 69th St between Columbus Ave and Central Park West (212-580-4300, telepan-ny.com). 1:30--8pm; $85.
Thanksgiving with Daniel Boulud
Chef Boulud's restaurant empire will be doling out Thanksgiving fare all over town. Both the downtown DBGB Kitchen and Bar (299 Bowery at Houston St; 212-933-5300, danielnyc.com; noon--9pm; $49) and midtown's db Bistro Moderne (55 W 44th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-391-2400, noon--9pm; $68) are offering a choice of either a three-course prix fixe or la carte options (the former is available at the bar only). Those who go with the set menu at DBGB can dig into fall-influenced dishes like apple-cider-braised veal with gnocchi, parsnip puree and mushrooms. Uptowners can sit down to three courses at Daniel (60 E 65th St between Madison and Park Aves; 212-288-0033, noon--7pm in the lounge: $135; noon--12:45pm in the main dining room: $135; 1--7pm in the dining room: $165), Caf Boulud (20 E 76th St between Fifth and Madison Aves; 212-772-2600, noon--8pm; $110), Bar Boulud (1900 Broadway between 63rd and 64th Sts; 212-595-0303, 11:30am--9pm; $65) and Med-focused Boulud Sud (20 W 64th St between Broadway and Central Park West; 212-595-1313, noon--9pm; $75). At the latter, try a Tuscan kale salad with cranberries and pecorino romano, or chermoula-spiced swordfish with chickpeas and capers. danielnyc.com