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Seven gobble-worthy Thanksgiving-themed dishes in NYC

Chicken gobbler at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Photograph: Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Chicken gobbler at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

For better or worse, we've come a long way from the days of Norman Rockwell's good ol' family turkey sit-down. Thanksgiving foods now come in all shapes and sizes—running the gamut between swanky $45,000 spreads  and perfectly stuffed croissants. For those craving the taste of turkey, stuffing and cranberry before November 26, NYC restaurants are doling out creative holiday hybrids that recreate the flavors of Thanksgiving dinner in unorthodox forms. From fried chicken sandwiches to meatballs and even dumplings, here are the seven best Thanksgiving-themed foods to try this year. 

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Chicken Gobbler at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: You won't find turkey here—the Bromberg Bros. stay loyal to their frizzled chicken even on Thanksgiving. Modeled after a leftover-loaded gobbler sandwich, this month-long special bookends a crispy matzoh-coated slab of bird with stuffing, mashed potatoes and housemade gravy. $8.50

Gobble Gobble Balls at the Meatball Shop: Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow's beloved meatball shop reprises its annual holiday number—rounds made with ground turkey, cranberries and stuffing slathered in mushroom gravy—during Thanksgiving week only. $9

Thanksgiving arepa at Arepa Factory: The East Village's new arepera celebrates its first Thanksgiving in style with this festive take on the Venezuelan staple. Offered through the end of the month, a sweet potato and corn flour pocket snugs a piping hot filling of turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. $12.95

Thanksgiving arepa at Arepa FactoryPhotograph: Courtesy of Arepa Factory

Thanksgiving croissant at Milk Bar: Christina Tosi turns out a flaky pastry brushed with stuffing-flavored compound butter and folded over roasted-and-shredded turkey, house-made gravy and a sweet cranberry sauce—available in-stores in November only. $7

Thanksgiving dumplings at Mimi Cheng's: Sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng pan-fry a doughy pocket stuffed with Pino's free-range turkey, house-made gravy and cranberry-sage stuffing, with a side of house-made cranberry sauce on the side. Get it through the end of the month. $8 for 6, $11 for 8

Thanksgiving ramen at Talde: This after-hours, chopsticks-friendly noodle bowl—with toothsome strands bobbing in turkey broth with turkey meat, stuffing and creamed-spinach wontons—returns to Brooklyn between November 23 and December 4. Move quickly though: the dish is only available at the bar after 9pm, and there are around just 10 bowls a night. $15

The Holiday Bird at Umami Burger: Available at all locations of this burger joint as well as on Caviar, the signature umami-blasted round is topped with another cornbread-stuffing patty, house gravy, ginger-cranberry chutney and spiced Japanese yams. For every burger purchased, $1 is donated to Meals on Wheels. $14

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