Where to eat on Thanksgiving day
Be thankful these 17 restaurants will prepare the T-Day feast for you.
Tue Nov 24 2009
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David Burke Townhouse
Portuguese-American chef George Mendes brings a dose of Iberia to this three-course Thanksgiving meal ($75 per person). Roasted turkey will be served alongside chorizo-and-bread stuffing. 31 W 17th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-675-7223). Noon--9pm.
Pick up a full holiday feast prepared by chef Csar Ramirez at this Brooklyn market. Items like a whole roasted turkey and fingerling potato puree are priced by the pound, or you can purchase the whole package (enough to feed 12--15 guests) for $399. Orders must be placed by Mon 23. 200 Schermerhorn St at Hoyt St, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-243-0050).
Thanksgiving goes Italian (and affordable) at Soho newcomer Emporio. The four-course prix-fixe menu is just $45 a head, and features items like wild striped bass with leeks. 231 Mott St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-966-1234). 11am--11pm.
Park Avenue Autumn
The decor at this UES gem rotates seasonally, so use this Thanksgiving meal as an excuse to take in Autumn’s new look before the space transitions into winter. Chef Craig Koketsu will prepare classic dishes—butternut squash soup, roasted turkey—and three courses will cost $79 for adults, $49 for children under 10. 100 E 63rd St at Park Ave (212-644-1900). 11:30am--9pm.
If you’ve got a little extra cash to be thankful for this holiday season, go all out at Charlie Palmer’s luxe midtown eatery. A three-course menu ($115 a head) includes modern classics like wild-mushroom risotto, yellowfin tuna tartare, prime rib and chocolate bread pudding. 135 W 42nd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-319-1660). 1--8pm.
Greenmarket fans can enjoy the last of the autumn harvest at this Gramercy Tuscan eatery. Chef Marc Taxiera’s four-course seasonal menu ($80 per person) stays true to the restaurant’s Italian roots, with dishes like stuffed clams, squash ravioli with amaretto butter and black cod with fregola. 45 E 22nd St between Broadway and Park Ave South (212-982-8422). Noon--10pm.
BLT Steak, Prime and Market
The French aren’t big on turkey, but that’s not stopping all three of chef Laurent Tourondel’s Manhattan restaurants from offering a Thanksgiving prix fixe ($68 per person at BLT Steak and Prime, $85 per person at Market). At each location, the bird is matched with chestnut-sage stuffing and cranberry-grenadine sauce, along with choices such as dry-aged prime rib and hazelnut-pumpkin pie with honey whipped cream. BLT Steak, 106 E 57th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-752-7470). 2--9pm. * BLT Prime, 111 E 22nd St between Park Ave South and Third Ave (212-995-8500). 2--9pm. * BLT Market, Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park, 1430 Sixth Ave at Central Park South (212-752-7470). 1--8pm.
Customize your feast at Harold Moore’s West Village eatery, with la carte items such as glazed turkey, oyster stuffing and green-bean casserole (mains $30, sides $12 ), or pick up the whole shebang to go—turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green-bean casserole, glazed sweet potatoes and cranberry relish—for $55 per person. 50 Commerce St between Barrow and Bedford Sts (212-524-2301). Noon--9pm.
Prefer pasta to poultry? Spend your holiday at this homey Italian eatery in Astoria, where a four-course feast ($40 per person) features choices like pumpkin ravioli, ricotta-filled pumpkins, and turkey stuffed with pork sausage, onions, prosciutto and raisins. 23-92 21st St between 19th and 21st Sts, Astoria, Queens (718-267-0010). Noon--11pm.
David Burke Townhouse
David Burke veers from tradition at this UES restaurant. The three-course prix fixe ($75 per person) includes pecan pie—stuffed into ravioli as a starter. The centerpiece protein is a gingerbread-spiced rack of lamb with lavender-butternut squash puree, and dessert includes a pumpkin mousse dome. 133 E 61st St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-813-2121). Noon--8:30pm.
Fishtail by David Burke
Tired of turkey’s soporific effects? Try lobster on for size. This fish-focused, three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner ($55 per person) offers the luxe crustacean roasted with a traditional bread stuffing, plus pretzel-crusted crab cakes. For dessert: Burke’s signature cheesecake lollipops. 135 E 62nd St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-754-1300). 1--9pm.
Texas takeout might not be what your mother has in mind this Thanksgiving, but consider this deal for your holiday table. Hill Country is offering a whole pit-smoked turkey as part of a feast for 5--8 or 9--12 guests ($175 and $255, respectively). Each meal includes sides (like sweet potato--bourbon mash), skillet corn bread and pie (bourbon-pecan or gingersnap pumpkin) for dessert. Orders must be placed by Mon 23. 30 W 26th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-255-4544).
Meet your out-of-town visitors in Grand Central Terminal and stick around for dinner at Charlie Palmer’s Metrazur, located in the iconic main atrium. Crowd-pleasing options on the three-course menu ($57 per person) include gnocchi with squash, braised lamb shank and pumpkin cheesecake. A special kids’ menu ($29) offers items like turkey with gravy and chicken schnitzel to those under 12. Grand Central Terminal, East Balcony, 42nd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-687-4600). Noon--8pm.
Turkey Day gets a South of the Border twist at this la carte Mexican dinner, available at all three Rosa Mexicano locations. Make a festive meal out of choices like pumpkin soup with serrano ham ($8), roasted turkey with mole, chorizo potatoes and plantain stuffing ($20), and pumpkin cake ($9). 1063 First Ave at 58th St (212-753-7407). 4--11:30pm. * 61 Columbus Ave at 62nd St (212-977-7700). Noon--9pm. * 9 E 18th St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-533-3350). Noon--9pm.
Russian Tea Room
Class up your holiday act and head to this midtown stalwart for three courses of opulent Eastern European--influenced eats. Options like chicken Kiev, foie gras consomm with beef dumplings, and cherry blintzes are available on the $95 menu. An extra $45 buys a wine pairing for each course. 150 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-581-7100). 11am--11pm.
Sushi Samba may not be an obvious choice for your T-Day meal, but the restaurant chain’s holiday lineup sounds quite enticing. Items like braised short rib gyoza with kabocha squash puree and red shiso leaf ($14) and Plainville Farms turkey with cranberry teriyaki glaze and brown-sugar sweet-potato fries ($24) are available, along with the regular menu, at both NYC locations. 245 Park Ave South between 19th and 20th Sts (212-475-9377). 1:30pm--1am. * 87 Seventh Ave at Barrow St (212-691-7885). 1:30pm--1am.
If only the Pilgrims had access to a nonna’s recipe box. This Italian Thanksgiving menu (four courses for $55 per person) will make you give thanks you ditched the Butterball this year. Choose from apps like soft egg-yolk ravioli with truffle butter and mains including veal osso buco. Kids under 12 get the same menu for $30. 19 E 26th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-265-5959). 1--9pm.