Thanksgiving restaurants: Traditional
Where to find a classic Thanksgiving gobble.
Mon Nov 9 2009
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Great views: Porter House New York
Panoramic views of Central Park and, of course, the parade, are on the menu at Porter House in the Time Warner Center. If the all-natural turkey with apple, sage and Vidalia onion stuffing; pan gravy; bourbon mashed potatoes; and cranberry sauce doesn’t pique your appetite, you can go the untraditional route with filet mignon, black angus rib eye or grilled Atlantic salmon. Porter House New York, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St, 4th Floor (212-823-9500, porterhousenewyork.com). Seatings 1–8pm. $85, children under 10 $35.
Creative: davidburke & donatella
Superchef David Burke applies his adventurous mindset to the Thanksgiving meal. The roasted organic turkey shares the menu with a lobster “steak” accompanied by lap chung and sweet potato home fries. The pumpkin pie “energy bar” with candied cranberries, ginger bread and ruby port should keep you awake for the ride home. davidburke & donatella, 133 E 61st St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-813-2121, dbdrestaurant.com). Seatings noon–8:30pm. $75.
Celebrity fixings: Bar Americain
If your family is visiting New York and wants the full celebrity-chef experience, the restaurant of Food Network’s Bobby Flay—with vaulted ceilings sporting massive orange lamps—should leave their mouths agape. Those same mouths can then be filled by lamb porterhouse chops with cranberry-cabernet sauce, and sweet potato gratin; maple-horseradish-glazed roast turkey with cornbread, wild mushroom and bacon stuffing and fig-and-pinot-noir chutney; and, finally, a sweet potato pie with graham crackers and cinammon ice cream. Bar Americain, 152 W 52nd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-265-9700, baramericain.com). Seatings 1–8pm. $75.
Sourcing sustainable ingredients from independent farmers, chef Marc Meyer’s talent is in letting the natural flavors speak for themselves. His special menu for the day features celery root and macoun apple soup and Salt- Roasted Hudson Valley Ham with carmalized Brussels sprouts and horseradish-tarragon mustard. Cookshop, 156 Tenth Ave at 20th St (212-924-4440, cookshopny.com). Seatings 2–8pm. $65.
Breaking the bank: BLT Market
With offerings like celery root, chestnut and apple soup with sage–foie gras croutons, BLT Market’s focus on local and specialty produce makes for a perfect seasonal meal. If your pockets are deep, add one ounce of Alba white truffles to the wild mushroom risotto or mushroom cappuccino for $510. Or if you’ve been hit by the recession, just opt for a quarter ounce for $150. BLT Market, Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park, 1430 Sixth Ave at Central Park South (212-521-6125, bltmarket.com). Seatings 1–8:45pm. $85.
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