Thanksgiving restaurants: Where to dine on Turkey Day 2013

Leave the holiday cooking to the professionals. Load up on turkey, pies and other autumn dishes at these Thanksgiving-ready restaurants.

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Boulud Sud

This elegant Mediterranean spot offers an exotically spiced holiday supper.

Price: $95, 12 and under $35
On the menu: Highlights from the three-course meal include autumn kale-and-beet salad with Medjool date, labna cheese and berbere vinaigrette, traditional roasted turkey, and gingerbread with yogurt-cardamom mousse and a lemon-ginger sorbet. • 212-595-1313, bouludsud.com. Noon–9:30pm.

  1. 20 W 64th St, (between Broadway and Central Park West), 10023
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Tocqueville

Tuck into sophisticated French-American plates at this chic spot.

Price: $95, 10 and under $48
On the menu: The diverse bill of fare includes lobster bisque with squash and cognac; applewood-smoked pork with lady apples; and turkey with sweet-potato-maple mousseline and glazed carrots. Along with pear Bellinis and hot toddies, dessert features a a crustless pie trio: steamed chocolate-pudding cake, pumpkin mousse and a cranberry crumble. • 212-647-1515, tocquevillerestaurant.com. Noon–9pm.

  1. 1 E 15th St, (between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West), 10003
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Ai Fiori

Enjoy a Mediterranean escape on Thanksgiving with chef-owner Michael White’s Riviera-inspired menu.

Price: $110
On the menu: The Italian-food impresario gives his Thanksgiving feast a Ligurian twist: Starters include fluke crudo with sturgeon caviar, followed by pastas such as tagliatelle with tartufo bianco (for an extra $5) and ricotta-and-mascarpone ravioli with Sottocenere cheese and red-wine glaze. For the main course, choices include heritage turkey, Atlantic halibut and prime dry-aged strip loin, with sides like pommes puree and brussels sprouts with pancetta. • 212-613-8660, aifiorinyc.com. 2–9pm.

  1. 400 Fifth Ave , (between 36th and 37th Sts), 10018
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Bouley

Sit down for a study in opulence this Thanksgiving at David Bouley’s Tribeca flagship.

Price: $125
On the menu: The big-ticket meal includes roasted turkey with sweet-potato gnocchi and Chatham cranberry chutney; Nova Scotia bigeye tuna with sweet garlic and a golden pineapple soufflé. • 212-964-2525, davidbouley.com. 5:30–11:30pm.

  1. 163 Duane Street, 10013
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Corkbuzz Wine Studio

This wine bar’s high-flying Thanksgiving dinner places an equal emphasis on vino pairings by owner and master sommelier Laura Maniec.

Price: $125
On the menu: Butternut squash soup with blue-cheese crostini, scallops with sunchoke puree and beluga lentil salad with poached eggs precede the turkey at this wine-fueled dinner. The bird comes as a roulade and turkey-leg confit, alongside giblet gravy, cauliflower gratin, butter-whipped potatoes and pumpkin-bread pudding. Wine pairings progress from a Céline & Laurent Tripoz Crémant de Bourgogne brut to a Chateau Les Justices Sauternes from Bordeaux. • 646-873-6071, corkbuzz.com. 1, 4pm.

  1. 13 E 13th St, (between Fifth Ave and University Pl), 10003
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Picholine

Chef Terrence Brennan serves a French-Mediterranean feast at this Lincoln Center-area favorite.

Price: $125
On the menu: The meal begins with a squash-bisque amuse, following with appetizers like fall vegetable salad, sweet-potato agnolotti, and rabbit and foie gras rillettes. Organic turkey with apple–foie gras dressing, Painted Hills rib eye and wild-mushroom risotto round out the entrée options. After a course of artisanal cheeses, end the meal with pecan pie, apple tarte Tatin, pumpkin parfait or a dark-chocolate brownie with coffee ice cream. • 212-724-6282, picholinenyc.com. 12:30–8:30pm.

  1. 35 W 64th St, (between Central Park West and Broadway), 10023
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Café Boulud

Head to this Upper East Side gem for Thanksgiving à la française, courtesy of chef Gavin Kaysen.

Price: $135, 12 and under $55
On the menu: The French-tinged three-course meal comprises fall squash soup with pain d’epice croutons and crème fraîche, turkey breast with ciabatta stuffing and cranberry marmalade, and sweets like a warm apple mille-feuille or pecan tart with caramel cremeux and bourbon ice cream. Each guest will take home a box of lunch-ready leftovers, including a turkey sandwich on rosemary-and-sage focaccia and sweet-potato salad. • 212-772-2600, cafeboulud.com/nyc. 11:30am–8pm.

  1. 20 E 76th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10021
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The NoMad

Thanksgiving dinner is served in the lap of luxury at Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s acclaimed hotel restaurant.

Price: $135, children $65
On the menu: Humm’s upmarket holiday meal is composed of white-truffle-and-Parmesan risotto, marrow-crusted beef with short ribs and a classic roasted fowl. The plush feast also includes buttermilk-and-brown-butter mashed potatoes and maple-drizzled acorn squash as sides, plus a sweet-potato custard with gingerbread and chestnuts as an after-dinner treat. • 347-472-5660, thenomadhotel.com. Noon–9pm.

  1. 1170 Broadway, (at 28th St)
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Daniel

True to form, the world-class Upper East Side flagship offers extravagant options for Thanksgiving dining.

Price: $175 (in lounge $145), 12 and under $80
On the menu: The luxe prix fixe offers sunchoke velouté; heritage turkey with giblet stuffing; pistachio-and-licorice-crusted scallops with gourgane panisse;  and black-cod "goujonettes" with fall squash and roasted black radish. A pumpkin tart with pecan pralines, burnt meringue and cassis sorbet are available for dessert. • 212-288-0033, danielnyc.com. Noon–7pm.

  1. 60 E 65th St, (between Madison and Park Aves), 10021
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Brushstroke

David Bouley’s kaiseki restaurant offers a decadent, East-meets-West take on holiday dining.

Price: $180
On the menu: Chef Isao Yamada’s sprawling seven-course menu showcases market-fresh sashimi, alongside broiled Scottish langoustine with sesame-seed puree; baked-and-steamed turkey with Japanese green rice and ginger gravy; and Wagyu steak over a red-wine reduction and anchovy mustard. • 212-791-3771, davidbouley.com/brushstroke-main. 4–8pm.

  1. 30 Hudson St, (at Duane St), 10013
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Eleven Madison Park

Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s fine-dining stunner prepares a polished Thanksgiving blowout.

Price: $195
On the menu: Humm’s haute offerings include foie gras with wood sorrels; heirloom beets with horseradish-and-rye crumble; organic turkey with butternut-squash-and-chestnut stuffing; and poached tilefish with matsutakes. Apple sorbet with bay leaf, brulee and caramelized puff pastry will cap the meal. • 212-889-0905, elevenmadisonpark.com. Noon–8:30pm.

  1. 11 Madison Ave, (at 24th St), 10010
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Like it very much, good idea and good timing.

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