Maybe you planned on cooking Thanksgiving this year, but just don’t have it in you; maybe you meant to make that reservation three weeks ago, but life got in the way. Fear not: Many NYC restaurants still have availability at their Thanksgiving tables — including some truly standout restaurants. Here are five to consider, at prices for every budget. All restaurants below had availability as of the time the article went to press. Hop on Open Table right now to make your reservation.
At $115/person, Betony’s three-course prix fixe doesn’t come cheap — but not only will you dine at one of 2013′s best new restaurants, you’ll also have a feast on the table. Appetizer options range from salad to foie gras to a poached hen’s egg; order turkey as an entree, if you wish, along with beef, lobster, and acorn lasagna. All meals at the Midtowner include six sides — including sweet potatoes and cornbread stuffing; choose from all manner of pies for dessert. 41 W. 57th St., 212-465-2400, betony-nyc.com
Thanksgiving comes with an Italian slant at this Gramercy restaurant. Choose from a three-course menu for $70 a person, or four- courses for $85; children are $40. While options abound, a holiday supper here could include porcini mushroom soup with a robiola cheese flan, butternut squash tortelli with butter and sage, and roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing. 19 E. 26th St., 212-265-5959, sd26ny.com
db Bistro moderne
At Daniel Boulud’s modern bistro, the three-course prix fixe goes for $75. You’ve got several options at each course — perhaps butternut squash soup or Nantucket bay scallops to start, roast turkey, or venison, or fluke as a main — or really celebrate with the db Burger, with foie gras and truffles. Elegant pecan, apple and pumpkin desserts round out the meal. 55 W. 44th St., 212-391-2400, dbbistro.com
At $29.95 for a three-course dinner, Michael Psilakis’s Astoria tavern delivers the bargain of the group — choose from chestnut manta or turkey avgolemono soup to start; follow up with roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and gravy; branzino and lamb shank are also available. For dessert, there’s walnut cake or fresh yogurt. 31-29 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, 718-777-2187, michaelpsilakis.com
Looking for a few more options on Thanksgiving, or just don’t want to commit to a full prix-fixe? At Atrium Dumbo, you can order a la carte — or as a $48 three-course prix fixe, if you’d rather. Either way, choose from specials including sunchoke salmon tartare, roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, and quinoa tagliatelle. 15 Main St., Brooklyn, 718-858-1095, atriumdumbo.com
For more ideas, check out our complete list of restaurants serving on Thanksgiving Day.
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