Long considered the last desperate refuge of the brooding, dysfunctional family, the Thanksgiving restaurant meal has its advantages: Not only do you get out of doing the dishes, but with everyone presumably on his or her best behavior, you decrease the odds of having to make the traditional halftime call to the cops. This year’s family-style Thanksgiving dinner at Craft, though, is an even better reason to TiVo the Lions and the Cowboys come November 25. “It’s just like home,” promises chef-owner Tom Colicchio. “If you want more turkey, just ask the kitchen, and they’ll send it out.” Ditto house-cured duck ham, frisée with black-truffle vinaigrette, and five sides including hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and sausage-raisin-fennel stuffing. Tryptophan-phobes can opt for roasted salmon or sirloin instead of organic turkey. Desserts are by pastry queen Karen DeMasco. And—because the best part of any Thanksgiving is the leftovers—whatever remains gets packed up in Tupperware ($95 per person).
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