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.
Kip's Bay neighborhood spot Kipsey's has got a uniquely warm, homey vibe that's perfect for Thanksgiving, and their special Thanksgiving Menu offers the comforts of home at a totally reasonable price. For $38, you get an appetizer of your choice (take our advice and get the House Cured Maple Bacon--you won't regret it), as well as well as Roasted Turkey, Homemade Stuffing & Turkey Gravy, Housemade Cranberry Sauce. and your choice of String beans, Collard Greens, or Spinach. The meal also comes with a complimentary glass of Champagne or wine and a slice of Sweet Potato Pie. For reservations, call 646-590-3410
438 Second Avenue, New York, NY
Moran's Chelsea's old school Irish charm has kept it around since the Civil War, and also makes it a great place to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Their three-course Thanksgiving menu offers an Appetizer (Tomato and Garlic Bread Soup or Mixed Green Salad with Pears and Almonds), an Entree (Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey with all the trimmings, Filet Mignon, or Grilled Salmon), and a Dessert with tea or coffee, all for $65 (plus tax and gratuity.) For reservations, call 212-627-3030
146 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
If you're looking for modern food in a historic setting, head to Little Italy and have Thanksgiving dinner at Ken and Cook. In the same building that housed historic (and dearly departed) Little Charlie's Clam Bar for most of the 20th Century, Chefs Artan Gjoni and Richard Diamonte will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu inspired by new American cuisine. Diners will be offered a choice of Kaboucha Squash Soup with Creme Fraiche, Pumpkin Seed, and Sage or Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras for the first course, Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Whipped Potato, and Brussels Sprouts or Red Snapper with Artichoke Barigoule and Lobster Consomme for the main, and Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Pistacio or Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Walnuts, Whipped Cream, and Allspice for dessert. The meal costs $55 (plus tax and gratuity), and includes a complimentary cocktail.
19 Kenmare St, New York, NY
If you're trying to get back to Thanksgiving's colonial roots, try going Brit at the Jones Wood Foundry. The Upper East Side purveyor of English fare is serving from a Thanksgiving menu, as well as from a limited version of their a la carte menu. Special Thanksgiving offerings include Roast Turkey ( served with Roast Potato & Sweet Potato Puree, Chestnut & Sage Stuffing, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Buttered Carrots, Corn Bread, Cranberry Sauce & Gravy) and Pumpkin Pie with Chantilly Cream, alongside Foundry favorites like the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Split Pea and Ham Hock Broth and Crumbed Goat Cheese, the Cod & Chips, or a signature Lamb & Rosemary Savory Pie. The meal is available on site or to go: for $25 a person (with a minimum order of four), you can have your fully prepared Thanksgiving meal ready for pick-up by 8 AM Thanksgiving morning. Make sure to order all to go meals by November 21st, by calling (212) 249-2700.
401 East 76th Street
Speaking of Thanksgiving to go, Raymi's Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar is offering an entire Turkey Day Take Out for those of you who would rather celebrate at home. The $150 family-style meal feeds eight, and has been designed by Executive Chef Erik Ramierez to provide the perfect Thanksgiving culinary experience with a unique Peruvian flair. The centerpiece of the meal, a 16 Lb Turkey a la Brasa, will be marinated in a special blend of ground bean sauce, aji amarillo, cumin, oregano and garlic, and delivered ready to roast with simple instructions provided by the Chef himself. The meal also includes a Fall Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pumpkin Seeds, Dried Tart Cherries, and Blue Cheese, Pastel de Choclo Stuffing, Roast Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Aji Amarillo Mashed Potatoes, and Sweet Potato Pie with Walnut Crumble, Chancaca Honey & Whipped Cream. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 by calling 212-929-200.
43 West 24th Street
Maybe what you're most thankful for this year is the repeal of the Prohibition, and you'd like to celebrate your libation liberty with a salute to the speakeasies of the past. If that's the case, check out 86-year-old former hooch joint 21 Club, which will be open for it's second annual Thanksgiving celebration this year.
The menu, like the 21 club itself, will be full of innovations on traditonally inspired dishes. First course options represent that theme, such as the Oyster Stew with Lardoons, Baby Leeks, Corn, Cream, and Tarragon, while mains range from the more traditional (Heritage Turkey with Cornbread and Apple Sausage and Honey Poached Cranberry), to the more unusual (Millbrook Venison Loin, served with Baby Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Yams, Chestnuts, and Huckleberry Jus.) Though vegetarians are often left out of Turkey Day festivities, 21 Club will also be offering a Vegetarian Tasting, composed of Golden Cauliflower, Squash, Wild Mushrooms, Parmesean Crisp, and Herb Oil. The menu is available at $105 per person for adults, and $55 for children under 10 years old, plus tax, gratuity, and beverages. For reservations, call 212 582 7200.
21 W 52nd St
Chef Sebastien Chamaret's decadent French fare flavors Bagatelle NY's Thanksgiving menu. For $68 per person, a specially crafted three course menu starts off with tempting appetizers like Lobster and Pumpkin Bisque with Cardamone Creme Fraiche, Peeky Toe Crab Napolean with Baby Arguala Aioli, and Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Ravioli with Sage Jus. The featured entrees--Roasted All Natural Turkey stuffed with Foie Gras and Chestnuts, Potato Crusted Halibut with Cauliflower Puree and Lobster Buerre Blanc, and Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and a Bordelaise Sauce--all highlight Chef Chamaret's unique take on traditional Thanksgiving classics. The same goes for the deserts, which include French Creme Brulee and Madeleines alongside traditional American Apple and Rhubarb Pie a la Mode.
1 Little West 12th St
The David Burke franchise always has a lot going on, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Each location is offering a unique Thanksgiving menu tailored to their own individual environments. Fishtail by David Burke (135 E 62nd St) is offering a nautical Thanksgiving feast for $75 per person. The appetizers--like the Nantucket Bay Scallops with Tangerine, Shishito, and Pistachio--establish the seafood theme, and though the entrees ( choice of Salt Baked Branzino, Maine Lobster with Crab Stuffing, and Poached Alaskan Halibut with Pumpkin Seed Mole) might not be traditional, they do look good. The David Burke Townhouse (33 E. 61st St) offers an intimate Thanksgiving dinner with an inventive but classic menu for $85 per person. Creative presentations of time-honored fall flavors are featured in the appetizers (Celery Root-Apple Chestnut Soup with Foie Gras Mushroom Croutons, Roasted Three Squash Risotto with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Brown Butter, and Sage, and Warm Duck Confit with Spiced Cranberry Salad), as well as the savory entrees (Rosemary Crusted Rack of Lamb with Glazed Salsify, Porcinis, Sunchokes, Peanut Potatoes, and Lamb Jus, Sauteed Salmon with Parsnip Puree, Braised Cabbage, Smoked Bacon, and Chicken Jus, and Creekstone Farms Dry Aged Prime Rib with Whipped Potato, Haricot Vert, and Red Wine Sauce.) At the David Burke Kitchen at the James (133 E 61st St), a more affordable dinner (at $65 per person) also celebrates fall in Chef Burke's signature style. First Course offerings include Scallop and Butternut Squash Chowder with Gunciale, Cranberries, and Sage, Roasted Beet Carpaccio with Quinoa Sunflower Brittle, Mâché, and Horseradish-Watercress Vinaigrette, and Seared Foie Gras with Caramelized Onion Flan, Drunken Raisins, and Cranberry Black Pepper Brioche, and diners can choose between Prime Beef Short Rib Cavatelli with Wild Mushrooms and Truffle Cream, Crackling Pork Shank with Poppy Seed Sauerkraut and Firecracker Applesauce, and Grilled Swordfish Steak with Charred Kale, Curried Cauliflower, and Pickled Raisins for their main course. If you'd prefer Thanksgiving dinner at home, however, David Burke at Bloomingdale's (1000 Third Ave) is offering a complete Thanksgiving Package that offers a family-sized, hassle-free holiday meal with all the fixings. The $350 package includes Butternut Squash Soup, a Whole, Ready-to-Cook Turkey, Popover Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, and David Burke's signature Cheesecake Lollipops for dessert, as well as Parker House Rolls for Black Friday sandwiches.
Wherever you decide to go, we hope your Thanksgiving is fabulous!