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Thanksgiving restaurants: Where to dine on Turkey Day 2013

Leave the holiday cooking to the professionals. Load up on turkey, pies and other autumn dishes at these Thanksgiving-ready restaurants.

By Cristina Alonso, Erica Hochstedler and Claire Oliver
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Don’t want to spend hours slaving over the stove? Before you step out this Turkey Day, check out TONY’s ultimate guide to Thanksgiving restaurants. From a Thanksgivukkah mash-up at Kutsher’s to a Japanese blowout at Brushstroke, here are 39 spots for grabbing an autumnal feast.

RECOMMENDED: A full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC

The Cardinal

Restaurants Barbecue East Village

This Southern joint offers affordable, belly-filling fare for dining in or delivery.

Price: $30
On the menu: The family-style meal is a selection of down-home favorites: free-range turkey dressed with chestnut-studded stuffing and sour cherry pudding, with sides like mac and cheese, green-bean casserole and deviled eggs. Choose from sweet potato, pumpkin and mincemeat pies to end the meal. • 212-995-8600, cardinalnyc.com. 6–11pm.

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Bars Gastropubs Lenox Hill

This uptown British tavern celebrates the holiday of its former colonies.

Price: $39
On the menu: Tuck into a three-course prix fixe of butternut squash ravioli, turkey with sweet-potato puree, chestnut-and-sage stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. Diners can also mix and match from an à la carte menu. • 212-249-2700, joneswoodfoundry.com. 11am–11pm.

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Picnic

Restaurants American East Village

Chef Nicholas Nostadt showcases his Midwestern roots in homespun Turkey Day specials.

Price: $40
On the menu: Served family-style, the menu of contemporary classics includes espresso-glazed sticky buns; a bacon-fat-braised turkey leg confit with cranberry barbecue sauce; sweet-potato casserole with an apple-cider filling and a pecan-sage crust; and a pumpkin mousse decked out with bourbon whipped cream and gingersnap cookies. • 212-777-3600, picniceastvillage.com. 4–10pm.

Mile End Deli

Restaurants Delis Boerum Hill

Noah and Rae Bernamoff’s Noho sandwich shop loses the bread for its Thanksgivukkah celebration.

Price: $45
On the menu: For the Hanukkah-Thanksgiving hybrid, the deli dishes up sunchoke kugel, lox rillettes on challah bread, latkes topped with chopped liver and pickled egg, and a red-wine-braised brisket served with root vegetables, cauliflower puree and preserved lemon gremolata. To finish, find sugar-dusted, jelly-filled sufganiyot. • 212-529-2990, mileenddeli.com. 6–11pm.

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Hill Country Barbecue Market

Restaurants Barbecue Flatiron

This pit-smoked tribute to the Lone Star State prepares Dixie classics for its dine-in holiday dinner. 

Price: $45, 10 and under $20
On the menu: Choose from a long list of barbecue specialties: pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy, beef brisket or smoked sausage. Rib-sticking sides include Texas-toast stuffing, sweet-potato–bourbon mash, white shoepeg-corn pudding and corn bread with ancho-honey butter. Pies are of the bourbon-pecan, caramel-apple and banana varieties. • 212-255-4544, hillcountryny.com. Noon–8pm.

Spice Market

Restaurants Thai Meatpacking District

Feast on Far East riffs at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s MePa palace.

Price: $48
On the menu: Roasted turkey breast with turkey leg confit and black-truffle gravy is accompanied by Asian-inspired sides: green-apple-and-sausage stuffing, sweet-and-sour cranberry sauce and sweet-potato puree with ginger marshmallows. On offer for dessert are kabocha cheesecake and caramel-apple profiteroles. • 212-675-2322, spicemarketnewyork.com. 11:30am–1am.

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Pera Soho

Restaurants Mediterranean Soho

The downtown spin-off puts an exotic, Eastern Mediterranean twist on the all-American tradition.

Price: $49
On the menu: As part of the three-course, Turkish-inflected banquet, fill up on saffron-infused mussel chowder, meaty manti dumplings, pumpkin-and-wild-mushroom risotto and shashlik-style turkey with maple-whipped sweet potatoes and fruit-and-nut chutney. Desserts are more familiar than foreign: Choose from among pumpkin pie, apple crisp and a toasted-hazelnut-and-chocolate mousse. • 212-878-6305, peranyc.com/soho. 1–9pm.

Landmarc

Marc Murphy’s Tribeca and Time Warner Center bistros roll out family-friendly turkey feasts with all the fixings.

Price: À la carte
On the menu:  Specials include pear-and-parsnip soup ($12), pan-seared turkey breast served with bacon-braised-turkey stuffing ($31) and pumpkin pie for dessert ($5). The young’uns can enjoy pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup ($14) and crispy turkey fingers with cheese-and-broccoli Tater-Tots ($10). Landmarc Tribeca, 179 West Broadway between Leonard and Worth Sts (212-343-3883). 11am–midnight. • Landmarc at the Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway (212-823-6123). 7am–2am. • landmarc-restaurant.com

Barbounia

Restaurants Mediterranean Flatiron

Israeli chef Amitzur Mor adds another spin to Thanksgiving-Hanukkah dinner at this Middle Eastern charmer.

Price: À la carte
On the menu: Thanksgiving staples are rejiggered with novel flavors: sweet-potato latkes with labna and smoked trout roe ($14); turkey-thigh shawarma with challah stuffing and natural jus ($28); and pumpkin pie with cardamom ice cream ($10). • 212-995-0242, barbounia.com. Noon–10:30pm.

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Red Rooster Harlem and Ginny’s Supper Club

Restaurants Soul and southern American Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson’s pair of uptown eateries offer comfort-food classics, served prix fixe upstairs and buffet-style below.

Price: $55, 12 and under $25
On the menu: The Southern-inspired array features truffled-butternut-squash soup, blackened catfish with black-eyed peas, and turkey served with sausage-and-corn-bread dressing and Madeira giblet gravy. Sides include sweet-potato puree, collard greens and buttermilk mashed potatoes. • redroosterharlem.com, ginnyssupperclub.com. 11am–9pm.

Edi & the Wolf

Restaurants Austrian East Village

The rustic Austrian spot features a four-course Turkey Day menu that unapologetically sidesteps the traditional bird.

Price: $55
On the menu: Whet your palate with Liptauer-and-pumpkinseed spread and Hefeweizen-spiked mussels, before the main event: a choice of duck with pretzel soufflé and sweet-potato gratin, or spaetzle topped with wild mushrooms and brussels sprouts. Sweet meal-enders include bourbon-glazed apple strudel and pumpkin-pie parfait layered with Meyer lemon custard and pumpkinseed brittle. • 212-598-1040, ediandthewolf.com. 5–10pm.

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DBGB Kitchen and Bar

Restaurants French East Village

Downtowners can enjoy a casual French-American spread at this sleek Bowery restaurant.

Price: $55, 12 and under $26
On the menu: The three-course prix fixe features traditional Thanksgiving flavors: squash soup topped with preserved gooseberries and sage cream; roasted turkey breast and leg en crôute served with rye-and-chestnut stuffing and cranberry compote; and pumpkin pie dolloped with maple cream and caramel-cinnamon ice cream. An à la carte menu is also available in the bar room. • 212-933-5300, dbgb.com/nyc. Noon–9pm.

The Fourth

Restaurants American creative East Village

Husband-and-wife team Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky prepare an accessibly upscale holiday meal at their Union Square brasserie.

Price: $58
On the menu: The three-course prix fixe begins with a kabocha squash soup jazzed up with lobster relish and turmeric oil, followed by turkey porchetta with a root-vegetable gratin, apple-sage stuffing and giblet gravy. An apple crisp with bourbon streusel and quince gelato rounds out the meal. • 212-432-1324, onefivehospitality.com. Noon–3:30pm, 5–10pm.

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Maison Premiere

Bars Cocktail bars Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s lovely NOLA-inspired oyster den infuses its Thanksgiving feast with flavors of the French Quarter.

Price: $65
On the menu: Snag a table for pumpkin velouté with peekytoe crab and black-trumpet mushrooms; duck mousse with sweet potato and figs; and trout caviar with smoked onions. Heartier fare includes turkey with mirliton-squash stuffing and cod with leeks and potato pearls, while panna cotta, pumpkin crumble à la mode and madeleines are up for dessert. • 347-335-0446, maisonpremiere.com. 1–9pm.

Kutsher’s Tribeca

Restaurants Bistros Tribeca

In honor of this year’s Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap, this Jewish-American bistro blends flavors of both holidays into a festive four-course menu.

Price: $65, 10 and under $48
On the menu: “Thanksgivukkah” mash-ups include sweet-potato latkes with sour cream and cranberry compote; roasted turkey with challah-and-chestnut stuffing; and sufganiyot stuffed with cranberry-and-raspberry jelly. • 212-431-0606, kutsherstribeca.com. Noon–10pm.

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Bar Boulud

Restaurants French Upper West Side

The Lincoln Center-area bistro shifts its focus from small plates to heftier Thanksgiving stock.

Price: $65, 12 and under $35
On the menu: The three-course fall prix fixe features appetizers—including a roasted-squash soup—an American Bronze heritage turkey and desserts like a spiced pumpkin tart. • 212-595-0303, barboulud.com/nyc. Noon–9pm.

DuMont

Restaurants American creative Williamsburg

Find a seasonal array of dishes at the laid-back Williamsburg favorite.

Price: $65 plus $25 for optional wine pairing
On the menu: All-American appetizers include potato-leek-and-sunchoke soup and maple-and-bourbon-braised bacon. Entrée options are both traditional (roasted turkey with cranberry compote) and less purist (pan-roasted halibut, grilled New York strip), with shareable sides like autumn-vegetable hash and braised kale. Sate your sweet tooth with chocolate soufflé, pumpkin-bread pudding or a caramel-pecan sundae. • 718-486-7717, dumontrestaurant.com. 3–9pm.

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Boulud Sud

Restaurants Mediterranean Upper West Side

This elegant Mediterranean spot offers an exotically spiced holiday supper.

Price: $95, 12 and under $35
On the menu: Highlights from the three-course meal include autumn kale-and-beet salad with Medjool date, labna cheese and berbere vinaigrette, traditional roasted turkey, and gingerbread with yogurt-cardamom mousse and a lemon-ginger sorbet. • 212-595-1313, bouludsud.com. Noon–9:30pm.

Tocqueville

Restaurants French Union Square

Tuck into sophisticated French-American plates at this chic spot.

Price: $95, 10 and under $48
On the menu: The diverse bill of fare includes lobster bisque with squash and cognac; applewood-smoked pork with lady apples; and turkey with sweet-potato-maple mousseline and glazed carrots. Along with pear Bellinis and hot toddies, dessert features a a crustless pie trio: steamed chocolate-pudding cake, pumpkin mousse and a cranberry crumble. • 212-647-1515, tocquevillerestaurant.com. Noon–9pm.

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Ai Fiori

Restaurants Italian Midtown West

Enjoy a Mediterranean escape on Thanksgiving with chef-owner Michael White’s Riviera-inspired menu.

Price: $110
On the menu: The Italian-food impresario gives his Thanksgiving feast a Ligurian twist: Starters include fluke crudo with sturgeon caviar, followed by pastas such as tagliatelle with tartufo bianco (for an extra $5) and ricotta-and-mascarpone ravioli with Sottocenere cheese and red-wine glaze. For the main course, choices include heritage turkey, Atlantic halibut and prime dry-aged strip loin, with sides like pommes puree and brussels sprouts with pancetta. • 212-613-8660, aifiorinyc.com. 2–9pm.

Bouley

Restaurants French Tribeca

Sit down for a study in opulence this Thanksgiving at David Bouley’s Tribeca flagship.

Price: $125
On the menu: The big-ticket meal includes roasted turkey with sweet-potato gnocchi and Chatham cranberry chutney; Nova Scotia bigeye tuna with sweet garlic and a golden pineapple soufflé. • 212-964-2525, davidbouley.com. 5:30–11:30pm.

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Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Bars Wine bars Greenwich Village

This wine bar’s high-flying Thanksgiving dinner places an equal emphasis on vino pairings by owner and master sommelier Laura Maniec.

Price: $125
On the menu: Butternut squash soup with blue-cheese crostini, scallops with sunchoke puree and beluga lentil salad with poached eggs precede the turkey at this wine-fueled dinner. The bird comes as a roulade and turkey-leg confit, alongside giblet gravy, cauliflower gratin, butter-whipped potatoes and pumpkin-bread pudding. Wine pairings progress from a Céline & Laurent Tripoz Crémant de Bourgogne brut to a Chateau Les Justices Sauternes from Bordeaux. • 646-873-6071, corkbuzz.com. 1, 4pm.

Picholine

Restaurants French Upper West Side

Chef Terrence Brennan serves a French-Mediterranean feast at this Lincoln Center-area favorite.

Price: $125
On the menu: The meal begins with a squash-bisque amuse, following with appetizers like fall vegetable salad, sweet-potato agnolotti, and rabbit and foie gras rillettes. Organic turkey with apple–foie gras dressing, Painted Hills rib eye and wild-mushroom risotto round out the entrée options. After a course of artisanal cheeses, end the meal with pecan pie, apple tarte Tatin, pumpkin parfait or a dark-chocolate brownie with coffee ice cream. • 212-724-6282, picholinenyc.com. 12:30–8:30pm.

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Café Boulud

Restaurants French Lenox Hill

Head to this Upper East Side gem for Thanksgiving à la française, courtesy of chef Gavin Kaysen.

Price: $135, 12 and under $55
On the menu: The French-tinged three-course meal comprises fall squash soup with pain d’epice croutons and crème fraîche, turkey breast with ciabatta stuffing and cranberry marmalade, and sweets like a warm apple mille-feuille or pecan tart with caramel cremeux and bourbon ice cream. Each guest will take home a box of lunch-ready leftovers, including a turkey sandwich on rosemary-and-sage focaccia and sweet-potato salad. • 212-772-2600, cafeboulud.com/nyc. 11:30am–8pm.

The NoMad

Restaurants French Flatiron

Thanksgiving dinner is served in the lap of luxury at Daniel Humm and Will Guidara’s acclaimed hotel restaurant.

Price: $135, children $65
On the menu: Humm’s upmarket holiday meal is composed of white-truffle-and-Parmesan risotto, marrow-crusted beef with short ribs and a classic roasted fowl. The plush feast also includes buttermilk-and-brown-butter mashed potatoes and maple-drizzled acorn squash as sides, plus a sweet-potato custard with gingerbread and chestnuts as an after-dinner treat. • 347-472-5660, thenomadhotel.com. Noon–9pm.

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Daniel

Restaurants French Lenox Hill

True to form, the world-class Upper East Side flagship offers extravagant options for Thanksgiving dining.

Price: $175 (in lounge $145), 12 and under $80
On the menu: The luxe prix fixe offers sunchoke velouté; heritage turkey with giblet stuffing; pistachio-and-licorice-crusted scallops with gourgane panisse;  and black-cod "goujonettes" with fall squash and roasted black radish. A pumpkin tart with pecan pralines, burnt meringue and cassis sorbet are available for dessert. • 212-288-0033, danielnyc.com. Noon–7pm.

Brushstroke

Restaurants Japanese Tribeca

David Bouley’s kaiseki restaurant offers a decadent, East-meets-West take on holiday dining.

Price: $180
On the menu: Chef Isao Yamada’s sprawling seven-course menu showcases market-fresh sashimi, alongside broiled Scottish langoustine with sesame-seed puree; baked-and-steamed turkey with Japanese green rice and ginger gravy; and Wagyu steak over a red-wine reduction and anchovy mustard. • 212-791-3771, davidbouley.com/brushstroke-main. 4–8pm.

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