Where to eat on Thanksgiving
Stress-free ways to celebrate the holiday---around town or at home.
Fri Nov 12 2010
Molvyos at Thanksgiving
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Molvyos at Thanksgiving
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George Mendes offers a playful take on tradition at his Portuguese eatery. While he doesn't mess with the bird—Ashley Farms turkey is served with all the requisite fixins—the rest of the feast is rounded out by the chef's signature Iberian dishes, including shrimp alhinho and a fois gras terrine with fig salad. 31 W 17th St (212-675-7223, aldearestaurant.com). 2--8pm; $85 per person.
Chef Peter Hoffman stresses high-quality seasonal ingredients in his three-course repast at Back Forty. Heritage turkey will be roasted and served with chestnut-and-sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce and plenty of veggies; pescatarians and the meat-averse can swap the bird for spice-crusted seared wahoo or twice-baked delicata squash. 190 Ave B at 12th St (212-388-1990, backfortynyc.com). 2--8pm; $50 per person.
Billyburgers looking to stay close to home can find a hearty prix fixe at this rustic joint. Start with options such as butternut squash bisque or peekytoe crab cakes (a less traditional but historically accurate Thanksgiving dish). Move on to braised turkey leg with apple-chestnut stuffing, or alternatives such as bacon-wrapped monkfish and braised pork shank. 432 Union Ave between Metropolitan Ave and Devoe St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-7717, dumontrestaurant.com). 3--9pm; $65 per person.
Zak Pelaccio's Malaysian-inflected barbecue joint takes Thanksgiving gluttony to new heights with this meatcentric eight-course spread. Dig into dishes such as smoked turkey, fermented sausage stuffing and bacon-laced brussels sprouts drizzled with chili and maple syrup. If the tryptophan doesn't put you down for the count, stick around for seasonal cocktails—including the Stone Fashioned (bourbon, dried stone fruit, autumnal bitters)—served until midnight. The whole feast is also available for takeout if you order in advance; $419 gets you enough grub to serve eight. 91 South 6th St between Bedford and Berry Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-3090, fattycue.com). 4--10pm; $59 per person.
The rustic, taxidermy-heavy decor at this LES hot spot makes a fitting backdrop for a harvest meal. Loosen your belt for roasted turkey with sourdough stuffing, wild striped bass with roasted root veggies, and butternut squash soup with herbed crme frache, along with snacky favorites such as artichoke dip and devils on horseback (pitted prunes stuffed with Stilton and wrapped with fatty bacon). Freeman Alley off Rivington St between Bowery and Christie St (212-420-0012, freemansrestaurant.com). 3--9:15pm; $75 per person.
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), pickled Jerusalem artichokes and venison. There's herb-roasted turkey as well, plus autumnal cocktails such as the Hot Apple Pie (calvados, allspice dram and apple cider). 109 E 50th St at Park Ave (212-593-3333, insideparknyc.com). Noon--7pm; $49 per person.
If you don't want to write any checks your stomach can't cash, skip the prix fixes in favor of la carte staples at both locations of Landmarc. Fill up on pan-seared turkey breast with turkey hash and cranberry relish ($28), plus appetizers such as parsnip-pear soup ($8). Those willing to share can still go the set-price route if they wish—an expanded menu for groups offers nontraditional options like braised lamb shank and mustard spaetzle. 179 W Broadway between Leonard and Worth Sts (212-343-3883, landmarc-restaurant.com) * Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St (212-823-6123). 7am--2am; $60 per peson for group menu.
You could make a pie at home, but why bother when you can enjoy pastry chef Karen DeMasco's exemplary versions—including maple-pumpkin and traditional apple—following an Italian-style prix fixe at Locanda Verde? The meal begins with pumpkin agnolotti, wild mushroom zuppa or autumnal salad with bitter greens, Bartlett pear, hazelnuts and smoked speck. Next up is wood-fired heritage turkey, followed by those covetable sweets. 377 Greenwich St at North Moore St (212-925-3797, locandaverdenyc.com). 3--9pm; $75 per person.
Head to this Greek taverna for a Mediterranean twist on the Thanksgiving meal. The star of the menu is roasted turkey la grecque, featuring organic poultry from Pennsylvania's Four Story Hill Farm and a stuffing made with rice, sausage and chestnuts. For dessert, the usual pumpkin pie is replaced by milopita, a phyllo pastry with caramelized apples, walnuts and caramel. 871 Seventh Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-582-7500, molyvos.com). Noon--8:30pm; $45 per person.
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Vegetarians like to stuff themselves silly too. This raw vegan eatery helps even the playing field with autumnal dishes such black walnut gallete with Black Mission figs and cippolini onions, or a pumpkin-seed--and-sage tart. Sides include parsnip cream, maple-spiced baby carrots and cranberry-pear relish. 54 Irving Place between 17th and 18th Sts (212-477-1010, purefoodandwine.com). 3--9pm; $72 per person.
Locavore pioneer Bill Telepan builds his spread around the Cadillac of Thanksgiving turkeys, sourced from Snowdance Farms in the Catskills. But those who don't like poultry will be taken care of as well, with entre options including venison with red cabbage-pear compote. 72 W 69th St between Columbus Ave and Central Park West (212-580-4300, telepan-ny.com). 1:30--8pm; $79 per person.