Small kitchens are the norm in New York City so preparing a full feast can be quite the challenge. This year you can forego the hassle of cooking and head to a restaurant serving up a feast. From Uptown to Downtown, traditional to out-of-the box, below are some of the meals that will have you gobbling with satisfaction.
An Italian Twist with La Pecora Bianca: No time to head to Europe for the holidays? La Pecora Bianca (950 Second Ave and 1133 Broadway) will transport diners to Italy with a special four-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving for just $75 per person. The stylish Italian eatery from restaurateur Mark Barak is will be serving options such as Farmer’s minestrone soup with fall vegetables, parmesan, and country toast; their popular gramigna pasta with butternut squash, chestnuts and smoked bacon; slow roasted turkey with mushroom stuffing, brussels sprouts, cranberries, and turkey gravy, braised kale and sweet potato purée for the table; as well as dessert options like a pumpkin spice cake with whipped creme fraiche and roasted pears. Be sure to try the restaurant’s own private label organic rosé, red and white wines and robust selection of spritzes and negronis made with Italian Amari.
Mom’s Thanksgiving will remind you of Home: It’s all about comfort food at Mom’s Kitchen & Bar. For this meal let “Mom” do the cooking with a $35 prix fixe turkey dinner (also available for carry out for larger parties.) A slow Roasted Turkey with Peppercorn Gravy is completed with a choice of two sides (Mac & Cheese, Cheesy Grits, Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potato Casserole, Homemade Stuffing, Craned Spinach or Roasted Butternut Squash) and dessert (Pumpkin Pie or Cheesecake.) Warning, wear stretchy pants for Mom’s hearty meal.
Spice it up with Dirty French’s Thanksgiving Fare: Spice up Thanksgiving with the $98 per person Dirty French Thanksgiving dinner. The New Orleans/French-inspired dishes follow timeless traditions while adding in modern techniques to elevate the cuisine. The dinner starts with with Chèvre, Verte, Tartare, or Millefeuille and the main course follows with Roasted Turkey Breast with Braised Leg Blanquette, Dirty Stuffing, Brussel sprouts, Cranberry sauce and Pommes puree. Finish up with Pecan pie and an Apple tart.
Your Big Fat Greek Thanksgiving Celebration at Kellari: Kellari (19 W 44th Street), a Greek seafood establishment, is offering a three course prix fix menu for $80 a person. A motto of the restaurant is “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends” so this is one Thanksgiving that should be drama free! Appetizer choices include Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup, Veal Strips, Pan Seared Scallops, Lobster Dome and a Salad Athinaiki. Entrees consist of Organic Turkey served with greens, toasted almonds, vine leaves stuffed with bulgur, pistachios, chestnut, raisins & turkey jus; Filet Mignon Wellington with mushrooms, glazed carrot and veal jus; Pan Seared Ray Wings with mushroom trumpet crust, barley and sweet pumpkin juice; Sea Salt Crusted Lavraki with orange & rosemary; Grilled Lamb Chops and Gnocchi with Parmesan cream, artichoke and arugula sauce. A choice of two sides and a dessert including traditional Baklava served with vanilla gelato round out the meal.
A Feast in the Skies at Haven Rooftop: Sitting above The Sanctuary Hotel, Haven Rooftop (132 W 47th St) will be serving a Thanksgiving feast with a side of stunning Manhattan views. For $65 per person receive a 3-course meal featuring dishes like Butternut squash soup and Polenta lasagna as an appetizer, Turkey or Truffle gnocchi for the entree, and Pumpkin cheesecake, Dulce de leche rice pudding, or Chocolate mousse to top off the exemplary Thanksgiving meal.
Take a Bite out of Broadway at Sofitel New York: Sofitel New York has partnered WAITRESS the Musical to bring a Thanksgiving feast that will make any theater fan sing with joy. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Gaby Brasserie Française, is hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet from 12-4 p.m. Goffle Farms Roasted Turkey Breast, Cider Braised Short Ribs, Chatham Cod and Peach & Pecan Stuffing are the first act, but after a brief intermission be sure to indulge in LuLu’s Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet, a selection of seasonal pies and tarts inspired by the musical. Guests that want to experience the inspiration behind the meal can pair their holiday feast with tickets to WAITRESS the Musical. Room rates start at $369 per night and WAITRESS tickets can be purchased online at TicketMaster using code WTSOF1, starting at $69.
For those who don’t want to venture out into the city but still prefer not to tackle a tricky turkey, there are options!
Bring Thanksgiving Home Courtesy of Bagatelle: A Meatpacking District favorite, Bagatelle (1 Little West 12th Street) is cooking up a to-go menu that will feed up to 8 of your favorite family members or friends. Take home a16-20 lb. organic roasted turkey, traditional thanksgiving stuffing (pork or vegetarian), garlic mashed potato, sweet potato soufflé, green beans with sautéed onions and toasted almonds, caramelized Brussel sprouts, Reserve the meal now and pick up on 11/21 from 10am to 11pm or 11/22 from 8:30am to 12pm. For reservations email [email protected] or call 212-924-2959 Ext 1.
Bring the Rainbow Room Home with a Thanksgiving Take-Away: The legendary Rainbow Room is creating at full Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Executive Chef Matthew Woolf. The meal will take on all the flavorful classics of Thanksgiving while removing the stress of actually cooking. Enough for six, the $325++ meal will feature all the holiday favorites including a Heritage Free Range Brined and Roasted Turkey, Roasted Pumpkin Soup, and the essential, decadent sides such as Buttermilk Potato Purée, Corn Bread Stuffing, Okinawan Sweet Potatoes and Spiced Cranberry Sauce. A seasonal choice of Pecan, Pumpkin or Apple Pie will top things off. There will also be an a la carte menu offering a selection of additional entrées, desserts and sauces.
– Lauren Wire