Best Thanksgiving catering in New York City

Serve built-in family buffers and tasty options from top NYC toques.

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  • Brother Jimmy's

  • Butterfield Market

  • Flagstaff House

  • Sweet potato mash on pita chips from Whole Foods

  • Cranberry sauce with candied ginger from Whole Foods

  • Spagetti squash with spicy black bean filling from Whole Foods

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Frequent flyers
Delivering Thanksgiving dinners from Boulder, CO to New York for three years, ex–New Yorker Chef Mark Monette and the Flagstaff House Restaurant will ship a prepped three-course organic turkey dinner for six stomachs. The seven accompaniments include a natural veal-reduction port-wine sauce, brioche stuffing and family-recipe tomato jelly instead of cranberry sauce. Flagstaff House Restaurant, 1138 Flagstaff Rd, Boulder, CO (303-442-4640, shopflagstaffhouse.com). $178 for six people plus shipping and handling. Order by November 20; order dispatched overnight November 23.

David Chang’s cooking
Don’t call it Momofurkey. One of New York’s most talked-about toques is making whole slow-roasted pork shoulders with bibb lettuce, kimchi and sauces that serve eight. His Brussels sprouts topped with Rice Krispies-like sprinkles will win over you and the kiddies. Momofuku Ssäm Bar, 207 Second Ave at 13th St (to order call 212-228-0031, Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm; or e-mail catering@momofuku.com). $285 for eight people. Order by Nov 20.

Recession special
The cheapest catering deal we’ve seen this year is from Fresh Direct. Complete Thanksgiving meals start at $25 a head, with a choice of stuffing, four side dishes—including the gourmet version of the de rigeur yams with marshmallows—and dessert, along with gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls. Orders will be delivered Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th, meaning all you need to concentrate on is ensuring last year's red wine stains come out of your white tablecloth. Fresh Direct (freshdirect.com). $150 for four to six people, $200 for eight to twelve and $300 for fourteen to eighteen revelers.

Turkey to go
Here’s a Thanksgiving dinner with a family buffer built in. You have to take a 45-minute drive to Ritz-Carlton Westchester to pick up your order, so when your Great Aunt Margaret gets on your case about being late, you can blame the traffic. For your trouble, you'll come home with harvest squash bisque and mixed baby potato salad garnished with sweet apple and mint. Ritz-Carlton Westchester, Three Renaissance Square, White Plains, New York (914-467-5500, ritzcarlton.com/westchester). Pickup 11am--3pm. $150 for four people, $195 for six people, and $80 for each additional couple. Orders must be placed by Nov 19.

Who ate all the pies?
Make sure you save room for dessert this year. Clinton St Baking Co. is offering an apple crumb pie ($24), a maple-bourbon pecan pie ($26) or a pumpkin butterscotch pie ($24) that each serve six to eight people. Or, save the pie for yourself and serve mini buttermilk biscuits ($10 for 1 dozen, $18 for two dozen, $25 for three dozen). We won’t tell. Clinton St Baking Co., 4 Clinton Street between E Houston and Stanton Sts (646-602-6263, greatbiscuits.com.) Order by Nov 24, noon. (Call or email greatbiscuits@earthlink.net.) Pick up by Nov 25, 10pm. Walk-ins welcome.

Take it away, boys
West Village takeout spot Ready to Eat offers stoop-sitters plenty of to-go options, including an entire Thanksgiving meal. Dinner is ordered a la carte—you can scope out the menu on their website—and includes drool-inducing dishes like cornbread, sage, apple and sausage stuffing ($10/lb) and toasted pecan and squash puffs ($11 per half dozen). Pick-up is available and delivery fee depends on the cross street. Ready to Eat, 525 Hudson St at W 10th St (212-229-1013, readytoeat.net). The deadline for cancellations and orders is Nov 23 at 5pm.

A Whole lotta food
For a fully organic spread with pick-up spots throughout the city, you can’t go wrong with Whole Foods. Dinners are available in 2-4 and 6-8 person serving sizes and include the bird and all the trimmings, including cranberry relish, dinner rolls, and maple herb butter. Mmm, butter. Dinners of spiral ham and leg of lamb, as well as a vegetarian option, are also available. Whole Foods Market, locations throughout the city (wholefoodsmarket.com). Orders must be placed by Nov 23 at 7:30pm.

For Upper East Siders...
Park Avenue princesses may not cook, but they’ve got the fine art of entertaining down pat, and what better spot to please highly refined palates than bourgie Butterfield Market? Dinners are available a la carte—think spiced pumpkin soup ($12/quart) and corn pudding ($16, serves 4)—and as packages. The Complete Package will run you $142 for six guests and $323 for twelve; the Deluxe Package is $186 for six and $429 for 12. Butterfield Market, 1114 Lexington Ave between 77th and 78th Sts (212-228-7800, butterfieldmarket.com). Orders must be placed before 4pm on Nov 21.

And their west-side counterparts
This massive uptown shop has a cornucopia of Thanksgiving dinner options. Everything is a la carte, and local deliveries are placed over the phone. Whether you want turkey, goose, or pork loin; lobster bisque, latkes, or asparagus; and babka, Thanksgiving cookies, or a bundt cake, Zabar’s has you covered. Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway between 80th and 81st Sts (212-787-2000; zabars.com). Orders must be placed before 5pm on Nov 20.

Southern fried goodness
We hope we’re not dashing your dreams when we say this, but we doubt you have room in your kitchen for a deep fryer. Fear not: this Thanksgiving, veritable BBQ spot Brother Jimmy’s is dishing up cajun fried turkey. Feed 8-10 people for $130 or up to 15 for $150. Meals include the now-crispy bird, a cornbread stuffing, collard greens, cranberry relish and candied yams with walnuts, plus pie (pumpkin, pecan, or apple crumb). You can pick up your order at the location closest to you, or have it delivered for $20 anywhere in Manhattan. Brother Jimmy’s, locations throughout the city (212-244-3503, ext. 206; brotherjimmys.com). Orders must be placed by Nov 19.

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