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How to host Thanksgiving dinner in NYC when you can’t cook

Annalise Mantz
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Annalise Mantz

Hosting Thanksgiving is stressful enough without having to do it in a cramped New York City apartment. Add a tiny oven and total lack of counter space into the equation, and the task seems downright impossible.

And that’s assuming you even know how to roast a turkey—because, let’s face it, most of us would end up frantically dialing the Butterball hotline if forced to cook one. This year, forgo the stress and just get some of the many delivery services in NYC to do the cooking for you. From Fresh Direct to Drizly, there’s a Thanksgiving option for every group. Just remember to give thanks for the hard-working delivery guys while you wait for your turkey dinner to arrive.

Go the traditional route

Squeezing a 15-pound bird into a teeny tiny oven isn’t going to go well. Skip all the hassle and just get it delivered. Fresh Direct is offering a fully cooked Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and green beans almondine this year. Peapod also has a ham variation, if you’re not into turkey. Your mom won’t even realize you didn’t make it yourself—if you don’t tell her.

Order from one of the city's best restaurants

Many of the NYC's best restaurants will be serving Thanksgiving specials this year, but if you really want to host at your apartment, get it delivered on Caviar, Seamless or another app-based delivery service. Bubby’s and Hearth would all be good options, whether you order their Turkey Day specials or regular menu items.

Opt for a New York City classic

It’s not turkey, but Katz’s Three-Course Dinner for Four is certainly a crowd pleaser. Your crew can assemble their own sandwiches from a pound of hand-sliced pastrami, corned beef, rye bread and deli mustard. Pair it with matzoh ball soup, tangy sour pickles and rich chocolate babka to complete the meal. Hey, Oprah named it one of her favorite things this year, so you know it’s gotta be good.

Bring on the booze

When all else fails, just get your guests tipsy. They can’t complain that much about the dry turkey when the wine is flowing, right? Drizly will deliver any kind of wine, beer, champagne or liquor you can think of, so you won’t run out anytime soon. You can even order a Mayflower Thanksgiving Ale, if you really want to stick to the theme.

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