Get a dose of Thanksgiving history and grub all at once—and for free—at Michelin-starred April Bloomfield's two-day-only, 1620s-inspired Saints & Strangers pop-up, which also serves as a live preview for a National Geographic holiday special of the same name airing November 22nd.
Today and tomorrow only, queue up at a temporarily costumed Flatiron Hall (38 W 26th Street) for lunch or dinner and receive three 100%-free tokens for food and two for drink. Once inside, redeem those bad boys for Bloomfield's trumped-up takes on England-meets-New World grub like corned beef sandwiches from the Mayflower's journey, potato-sunchoke soup and a cornmeal cake highlighting that principal Native American crop, maize. Meatier offerings include vinegar-braised duck and cranberry, and for dessert, indulge in a fresh-baked pumpkin bread pudding.
Beyond old-timey fare, there's Thanksgiving-inspired decor: The upstairs is modeled after a pub from the pilgrims' native Plymouth, England, the stairwell is lined with Mayflower-esque ropes and riggings, and the subterranean level is fitted with Native American trimmings (animal skulls, dart games). And in the spirit of the season, for every photo posted on social media with the hashtag #SaintsGivetoStrangers, National Geographic Channel will make a donation to Feeding America up to $20,000, to help hunger-combatting initiatives.
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz