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Get Out of the Kitchen

Why not skip the hassle and dine out this Thanksgiving?

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Aureole
135 W. 42nd St., nr. Sixth Ave., 212-319-1660
Three courses, $115; Children 12 and under, $55
Charlie Palmer’s holiday meal offers at least five options for each of its three courses, making the decision between venison loin or salmon (or turkey or rib eye) more difficult than usual. Ongoing seatings between 1:30–9 p.m.

Back Forty
190 Ave. B, nr. 12th St., 212-388-1990
Three courses, $55; Children under 12, $30
If you’re looking for heritage turkey, Back Forty is your place. Additionally, you’ll find fish, vegetarian options, and a bevy of sides including spaghetti squash latkes with preserved lemon crème fraiche and brussel sprouts with bacon in a mustard-maple dressing. Seatings from 2–7 p.m.

Bar Americain
152 W. 52nd St., nr. Seventh Ave., 212-265-9700
Three courses, $80
You might be tempted to skip over the appetizer and entrée and go straight for desserts, like deep-dish chocolate cream pie and bourbon-praline profiteroles, at the festive Bar Americain holiday meal. Seatings from 5–11 p.m.

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, nr. 64th St.; 212-595-0303
Three courses, $65; children 12 and under $35
At Bar Boulud, you can choose from rich and hearty dishes like lapin de garrigue (pulled Hudson Valley rabbit) and red bourbon Heritage turkey served with corn-bread-and-sausage stuffing. For dessert, try the maple-syrup-poached seckel pear with cranberry mousse, bouchon, and walnut-pear ice cream.

Bell Book & Candle
141 W. 10th St., nr. Waverly Place, 212-414-2355
Two courses, $55
Served family style, this veritable feast offers sourdough–sage stuffing, maple-roasted sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts with bacon to accompany Heritage turkey. Brown-bag apple pie à la mode finishes off the meal. Seatings from 2–7 p.m.

Benoit
60 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 646-943-7373
Three courses, $59
This year, Benoit's menu features decadent items like foie gras–stuffed turkey and a drool-worthy twice-baked Comte cheese soufflé.

Boulud Sud
20 W. 64th St., nr. Broadway; 212-595-1313
Three courses, $75
Guests will enjoy a Mediterranean-infused three-course dinner, with choices like ras el hanout pumpkin soup and Long Island fluke crudo to start, pancetta-wrapped turkey and chermoula-spiced swordfish as the main, and a pomegranate givré and pomme rosemary for something sweet, among others.

Café Boulud
20 E. 76th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-772-2600
Three courses, $110; children 12 and under $50
Diners at Café Boulud will be in for a decadent and elegant meal, with options ranging from peekytoe crab with a tangerine and pepper gelée, to Heritage farm turkey breast with brioche stuffing, to a dessert of warm apple tatin with bourbon ice cream.

Carmine's
2450 Broadway, nr. 91st St.; 212-362-2200
200 W. 44th St., at Broadway; 212-221-3800
Prix-fixe menu, $195 (for groups of six to eight people)
Carmine's is putting its Italian roots aside to serve an American feast this Thanksgiving. Their family-style menu features a plethora of comfort food, including an eighteen-pound roast turkey with sausage-and-sage stuffing, brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and bacon, sautéed string beans, baby carrots, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a choice of apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie to finish it all off.

DB Bistro Moderne
55 W. 44th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-391-2400
Three courses, $68; children 12 and under $35
Dine at DB Bistro Moderne if you're interested in unconventional fall dishes: Their Thanksgiving menu includes chestnut pappardelle, foie gras confit with muscat-poached quince, and pot au feu with autumn vegetables and beef consomée. Diners can also enjoy more traditional holiday fare, such as an organic turkey with sourdough stuffing and mashed potatoes, fall squash soup, and a cranberry tart.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar
299 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 212-933-5300
Three courses, $49; children 12 and under $26 (two courses)
DBGB has a reasonably priced prix fixe that includes dishes such as spaghetti squash soup with caraway cream and roast turkey breast, smoked turkey leg with sausage stuffing and brussels sprouts, pan-roasted Long Island monkfish, and pumpkin tart. There is even a special two-course kids' menu, which includes a turkey plate and a choice of dessert. Guests may also order from the a la carte menu, available in the café and bar room.

Fatty ’Cue
50 Carmine St, between Bleecker St. and Sixth Ave.; 212-929-5050
Five courses, $85.

The only thing better than the five-course Thanksgiving at Zac Pelaccio’s West Village Fatty 'Cue—including oysters, smoked braised turkey, and dessert—may be the beverage-pairing option, which, for an additional charge, puts a whole new (drunk) spin on the holiday meal. Seatings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Fatty ’Cue
91 South 6th St., nr. Berry St.; 718-599-3090
Five courses, $85; Three courses, $75

The original Fatty 'Cue location will be offering the same five-course tasting as its newer sibling, but it is blowing it out Brooklyn-style with some extra options. In the bar room, you’ll find a special turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and bacon. For something a little (lot) more filling, opt for the large format meal, which features multiple starters, your choice of two smoked meats, sides, and a duo of desserts. There are only two reservations—one at 5 p.m. and one at 8 p.m.—available for this stomach-stretching deal, and each reservation must be for eight to ten people. It’s first-come, first-served, so call...now.


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