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Post-Thanksgiving Detox

So, it might be a full week since Thanksgiving, but if you’re anything like us, you’re still reeling from the absurd amount of insane food you stuffed in your face in frankly shameful quantities. We get it, so we also get the feeling like maybe it’s time to eat right for awhile to even yourself out. Never fear! We’ve got the hookup on three of the best super-healthy eateries in the city, where you can get yourself sorted.

Head downtown to Gingersnaps if you need some raw food recharging. The menu specializes in addressing pretty much any naughty-food craving with a healthy alternative. Try their super-satisfying Kelp Noodle Ramen with Sesame-Ginger Broth, Kimchi, and Mushrooms, and definitely don’t miss the Brazil Nut “Ricotta”.

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Thanksgiving To-Go

Cooking large, elaborate meals on Thanksgiving is a lovely tradition, but let's face it: it takes a lot of time, energy, and a bigger kitchen than most New Yorkers actually have. The holiday is meant to be cheerful, but it can end up being stressful for any number of reasons. Perhaps you agreed to host Thanskgiving this year and insinuated that you had Gordon Ramsey-level cooking abilities that you do not, in fact, possess. Or perhaps you’re just not in the mood to wield a carving knife or get into a fight with your cousin about the appropriate amount of ginger to put in the pumpkin pie. Whatever your reasons for opting out of the cooking madness Thanksgiving inspires, there’s no need to worry.

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Thanksgiving in the City!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which generally means going home (for all you non-native New Yorkers), or maybe having family over to your place. But what about those of us left behind? And more importantly, what about those of us who would really rather not obliterate our kitchens with a frenzy of Thanksgiving cooking? Well, now there's a place for you--or rather, a whole bunch of places for you. We've put together a list of the best Thanksgiving meals in the city, so that this year, you can get all your cooking done for you. You can impress visiting relatives, or just enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner on your own or with your friends. Either way, if you're trying to take the restaurant route this year, here are the best places to do it.

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Thanksgivukkah 2013!

This year, Thanksgiving and Hannukah will happen simultaniously, which is kind of a really big deal. The last time the two holidays overlapped was1888, and it was only the second time that had happened since Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday. That might seem like a long time ago, but it's nothing compared to how long before it happens again. Thanksgivukkah 2013 is the last Thanksgivukkah for 79,043 years, so make sure to sieze the opportunity to celebrate while you can. Remember, you don't have to be a member of the tribe to go ham on Thanksgivukkah (ha ha, get it?). There's enough Thanksgivukkah for everybody, and we've got the low down on who's celebrating this kickass holiday with inspired culinary creations.

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How To Do Thanksgiving On a Budget

The holidays can get really expensive. If you’re not going to be home with family this year, sitting back and stuffing your face as your mom slaves over a hot stove- then you’re probably wondering… “what am I going to do?” That's when you look in your wallet and realize, you’re broke. We've all been there. But don’t fret, we’re here to help with our guide on how to celebrate Thanksgiving on a budget.

Turkey Sandwiches: The almighty sammich, perfect for any meal. Get your favorite sliced turkey from the deli, (we recommend honey smoked turkey) grab a loaf of bread, and pick out your favorite condiments. Cover it in gravy if you're really in the holiday mood. And have a sandwich making party at your house so all your friends can participate in the meal.

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Top Wine Picks for your T-Day Table

Turkey check. Stuffing check. Pumpkin pie check. Now it’s time to select your perfect Thanksgiving meal wine or five. Here are some of our favorite picks to complement your feast.

A puree of summer fruit flavors with red currant and cranberries at the fore, followed by a beautiful, almost haunting earthiness reminiscent of the soil and stones after a spring rain...this pick perfectly complements decadent bourbon sweet potatoes or Southern style oyster stuffing.

Grown in the vineyard, “Vigna San Rocco” in clay and limestone soils, these grapes are grown according to Organci regulations and are thinned and hand-harvested with selection of grapes. Revel in sweetish, partly candied fruit on the palate, nutty notes, some caramel, elegant acidity, and light oak that all lead to an attractive finish. This steel-produced Riesling will impressively offset the boldness of a spiced turkey.

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Gobble Gobble: Turkey Day Feasts

With Thanksgiving exactly one week away and with NYCs obvious wine'ing and dine'ing culture we've got some perfect resto reccs for dining in or taking out your turkey dinner. Or, if you're itching to cook you're first ever holiday feast, there's even a 101 style class in our mix worth trekking to before testing your skills next Thursday. Gobble gobble!

Head to Prospect Brooklyn, a modern American restaurant on November 19th at 7pm for a Thanksgiving cooking class. The one and a half hour class will offer tips on how to prepare a traditional Turkey Day dinner by executive Chef Kyle McClelland. The class will also cover the perfect alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Hurry up, there are only 14 spots in the class and tickets cost $60. Call (718) 596-6826 to reserve your spot. Extra: All attendees will receive a 10% discount during their next visit to Prospect.

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Best Restaurants for Celebrating Thanksgiving

It might not be the same for everyone, but in my experience, Thanksgiving is that very special holiday when some of the worst cooks consider themselves to be award-winning chefs. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been a victim of such atrocities as a coleslaw-ambrosia salad combination, an unnaturally colored cool whip and graham cracker crumb dessert, or a casserole so replete with cream, butter, cheese, and bacon that it constitutes one’s allowable fat intake for the entire year. Trying to dissuade these mad scientists turned amateur cooks from contributing to your Thanksgiving feast can quickly become an ugly scene with all the crying, fighting, and emotion of a 90’s talk show. Trying to trick yourself into making your relative’s multicolored congealed salad into a suitable side dish for your chestnut and morel stuffed bird has proven futile...and quite ridiculous. The only solution to make everyone happy is to leave the cooking to the professionals this Thanksgiving and going to a restaurant. If your ideal Turkey Day is one in which there are no dishes to wash and you’re not stuck with a week’s worth of leftovers, then you should definitely check out Joonbug’s recommendations for restaurants offering some of the best Thanksgiving dinners in South Florida this year.

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NYC Craft Beer Festival—Winter Harvest


Postponed from its original November 10th date, due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the NYC Craft Beer Festival—Winter Harvest has been rescheduled for December 1st at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 Event Space. At the Festival, beer enthusiasst can enjoy the full-bodied warmth of winter seasonal ales while giving to a great cause. The creators behind the NYC Craft Beer Festival founded the Sandy Relief Supplies Drive, which aids those affected by Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens. If you’ve already bought your tickets for the original date, no worries—your tickets are still valid and can be applied to the original tasting session that you selected for November 10th.

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Baking for Friends

Kathleen King, creator and owner of Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton, got an early start in the baking business. By age eleven she began selling her baked goods out of her family’s Long Island farmstand. In 1980, Kathleen opened her first bakeshop and just kept baking. Since then, Kathleen’s chocolate chip cookies have been selected as the best of the best, her baked goods are sold in gourmet markets nationwide, and her flagship bakeshop has been voted the Best in The Hamptons year after year. Kathleen is also the author of three cookbooks. Her newest, Baking for Friends, is an excellent choice for beginning bakers and also those more skilled in the art of baking.