‘Tis the season to be grateful, and many New Yorkers should be counting their restaurant blessings right now — as they’re just one reservation away from having the perfect Thanksgiving Day meal. There is something to be said for the experience of someone else doing the cooking, the serving and the dishes. Here are our suggestions for some of the more interesting feasts to gobble up around town, for moods that embrace tradition and defy it. And, at a few, leftovers are even included.
To Celebrate Two Holidays in One
Two holidays conveniently overlap this year: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. This presents a rare opportunity for some culinary mashing-up. Kutshers Tribeca (186 Franklin St., 212-431-0606, kutsherstribeca.com) is serving up a special “Thanksgivukkah” meal, comprised of chopped duck and chicken liver, pumpkin shlishkas (dumplings) and a choice of turkey or brisket (four courses, $65). In the East Village, Brindle Room (277 E. 10th St., 212-529-9702, brindleroom.com) will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving with potato kugel, capped off with jelly doughnuts and dreidl games ($30). But perhaps there is no more fitting venue than the Lower East Side classic, Katz’s Deli (205 E. Houston St., 212-254-2246, katzsdelicatessen.com), with all-you-can-eat Jewish specialties between 5:30 and 8pm, including turkey, pastrami, tsimmies, latkes, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie ($75 adults, $35 children under 12, free for children under 5).
For ‘Cue Cooks Without a Pit
Even if by some miracle you’re a New Yorker with a barbecue pit, who wants to tend a turkey out in the cold? With a little advance notice, some of the city’s best pitmasters will do it for you, whether you want to eat in or take out. Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue (433 Third Ave., Brooklyn, 347-763-2680, fletchersbklyn.com) will smoke 12- to 14-pound birds with maple and red oak (eat-in or takeout $120), and send you home with all of the fixins on Nov. 27 (dinner options $210; Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market is also a pick-up point). Also in Brooklyn, Mable’s Smokehouse in Williamsburg (44 Berry St., Brooklyn, 718-218-6655, mablessmokehouse.com) brines, seasons, smokes and will even deliver the turkey to your door ($100 feeds 8 to 10; $125 feeds 12 to 14). Manhattan’s Hill Country Barbecue Market (30 W. 26th St., 212-255-4544, hillcountryny.com) was made for this occasion, with several meal packages and an a la carte menu for pick-up and delivery. The Rancher’s Feast ($210, feeds 5 to 8 people), for example, includes a whole pit-smoked turkey; cornbread with ancho-honey butter; and a choice of five sides. The dine-in feast includes turkey and five other meats, 11 sides, and five desserts ($45). Bonus: The Texas v. Texas Tech game will be live on the big screen at 7:30pm.
For the Eye-Candy
Catch the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, right between forkfuls, as it marches down Central Park West and Sixth Avenue to Herald Square. A Voce Columbus (10 Columbus Circle, 212-823-2523, avocerestaurant.com) offers a bird’s-eye view from atop the Time Warner Center during a two-course, family-style breakfast ($295). The parade also sails right by Jean-Georges restaurant (1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900, jean-georges.com), which will be serving a four-course menu all day ($148). If you don’t love a parade but still appreciate a lovely backdrop, then Water’s Edge in Queens (401 44th Dr., Long Island City, 718-482-0033, watersedgenyc.com), with its river views, is the place to be. Diners can choose from the upper level, which has better sightlines and includes three courses and open bar ( $85) or for the lower level, which comes with the three-course meal ($65).
For an International Flair
Have a taste for turkey avogolemono soup and chestnut manti? Head to MP Taverna in Queens (31-29 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, 718-777-2187, michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna/mp-taverna-astoria/) for Michael Psilakis’s three-course Greek spin on the holiday ($29.95). If you enjoy your turkey stuffed Italian style — with turkey and chicken sausage — then Rafele in the West Village (29 Seventh Ave. S., 212-242-1999, rafele.com) is your destination. Expect plenty of pasta with the five-course meal ($59). David Bouley’s baked and steamed turkey at Brushstroke in Tribeca (30 Hudson St., 212-791-3771, davidbouley.com/brushstroke-main) lends a Japanese perspective on the holiday with a seven-course meal ($180). You can pair your four-course feast ($95) with sake (add $75) at the Franco-Japanese Mihoko’s 21 Grams in Flatiron (16 W. 22nd St., 212-741-0021, mihokos21grams.com), while discovering the chef’s secret “21 Star turkey.” To celebrate Von Trapp-style, Michelin-starred Midtowner Seäsonal (132 W 58th St., 212-957-5550, seasonalnyc.com) will be putting forth a three-course contemporary take on Austrian cuisine with the likes of autumn spatzle with wild mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and mountain cheese ($65).
If You’re All About the Leftovers
Gavin Kaysen, executive chef of Cafe Boulud on the Upper East Side (20 East 76th St., 212-772-2600, cafeboulud.com), will send you home with a handcrafted turkey sandwich, a sweet potato salad and dessert, after you enjoy his three-course Thanksgiving menu ($135). Corkbuzz Wine Studio in the Village (13 E. 13th St., 646-873-6071, corkbuzz.com) is serving a sandwich for Black Friday enjoyment, post-feast paired by master sommelier Laura Maniec ($125). And generous Geoffrey Zakarian packs up a pumpkin bread for you to take home after his tried-and-traditional meal ($85) at the Theater District favorite The Lambs Club (132 W. 44th St., 212-997-5262, thelambsclub.com).
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