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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

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.

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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, 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, 11am–11pm.



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, 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, 6–11pm.


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, 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, 11:30am–1am.


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, 1–9pm.


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. •


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, Noon–10:30pm.


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. •, 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, 5–10pm.


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, 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, Noon–3:30pm, 5–10pm.


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, 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, Noon–10pm.


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, Noon–9pm.


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, 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, Noon–9:30pm.


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, Noon–9pm.


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, 2–9pm.


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, 5:30–11:30pm.


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, 1, 4pm.


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, 12:30–8:30pm.


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, 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, Noon–9pm.



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, Noon–7pm.


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, 4–8pm.

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