Get Out of the Kitchen

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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.

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.

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.

8 Rivington St., nr. Chrystie St.; 212-420-0012
Four courses, $75
Over at Freemans, guests will be able to choose four courses from a menu that includes hot artichoke dip, butternut squash soup, warm lentil salad with Hen of the Woods mushrooms and Tuscan kale, baked pollock, roast turkey, mashed potatoes, and broccoli casserole. For dessert, you’ll have your choice of one of pastry chef Shuna Lydon’s famous pies, which include three-in-one cream (chocolate, banana, and coconut), Greenmarket apple pie, warm pecan pie, and sweet potato pie. The best part? You can make a reservation as early as 3 p.m., which leaves plenty of time for napping.

455 Madison Ave., nr., 51st St., 212-891-8100
Four courses, $155
Put on your holiday best for this fancy Upper East Side meal, which could include dishes like seared scallops or squash ravioli with “autumn spices” (and an optional truffle upgrade). Seatings from 3–8 p.m.

100 W. Houston St., nr. Thompson St., 212-254-7000
Three courses, $45; Children, $22.50
Bound to be just as packed as their popular weekend brunch, Jane’s Thanksgiving will yield a bounty of fall classics, including the excellent corn bread (a regular in their bread basket), butternut squash soup, and maple-glazed turkey.

27 W. 24th St., nr. Broadway, 212-490-2100
Modern Indian restaurant Junoon will be taking an à la carte approach to the holiday. In addition to their regular menu, they’ll be offering holiday specials, including a dish for two of braised turkey legs with a Kerala-style pepper sauce and seasonal chutneys ($70). Ongoing seatings from 1–10 p.m.

505 Columbus Ave., at 85th St., 212-873-0200
Three courses, $25.95; Children, $10.95
Turkey shows up twice on the Greek–American prix fixe menu from Chef Michael Psilakis — in the traditional format and as part of an avgolemono soup. Seatings from noon–10 p.m.

Kutsher’s Tribeca
186 Franklin St., nr. Greenwich St., 212-431-0606
Three courses, $58; Children 10 and under, $29
Newbie Kutsher’s Tribeca won’t have been open for a full month, but that hasn’t stopped them from dishing out the goods for Thanksgiving. The three-course meal includes an appetizer (halibut gefilte fish, artichokes all judea), main (turkey with noodle kugel, braised lamb, trout with Meyer lemon confit), a dessert and, of course, a chocolate egg cream.

Landmarc and Ditch Plains
Landmarc, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, nr. Broadway, 212-343-3883
Ditch Plains, 29 Bedford St., at Downing St., 212-823-6123
While only Landmarc has a view of the Macy’s Parade, both restaurants are featuring Marc Murphy’s holiday additions, including parsnip-pear soup, turkey, and pumpkin pie. Turkey fingers and pumpkin pancakes will be available for the kids.

Lyon Bouchon Moderne
118 Greenwich Ave., nr. Jane St., 212-242-5966
Bring the whole family — Lyon Bouchon Moderne is offering a whole bird with trimmings for $200 if you can commit eight people to the meal. In addition, there’s a mini-option for $25 a head, as well as a “Turkey and Trimmings for Two” (which comes with a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau) for $70, and some à la carte items off the regular dinner menu.

Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., nr. 21st St., 212-777-2410
Four courses, $89; Children, $55
There are three different four-course menus to choose from at Maialino this year: the Maialino Classics menu, an Italian–American Thanksgiving, or a special prix fixe created especially for kids.

Marble Lane
355 W. 16th St., nr. Ninth Ave., 212-229-2336
Three courses, $65
As American-classic as it gets, Marble Lane is offering up options like sweet potato risotto and turkey with Benton’s ham and giblet gravy. Three desserts — pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, and sweet potato pie — are on hand for your sweet tooth. Served from 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.

Marc Forgione
134 Reade St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-941-9401
Four courses, $78.
Iron Chef Marc Forgione’s Thanksgiving is a family affair, offering not only the standard turkey (in this case a duo of white-meat breast and dark-meat ballotine), but also Dad’s Cedar Plank Salmon as an entrée option. Ongoing seatings between 5–11 p.m.

Mesa Grill
102 Fifth Ave., nr. 15th St., 212-807-7400
Three courses, $95; Children under 12, $35
Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill will be throwing a very Southwestern Thanksgiving with shrimp tamales, maple-horseradish-glazed ribs, and red chile gravy with which to douse the roast turkey. Seatings from 2–8:45 p.m..

871 Seventh Ave., nr. 55th St.; 212-582-7500
Three courses, $45; with wine pairings, $65
Molyvos will host a Greek–American Thanksgiving dinner, featuring inventive fusions of the two cuisines. Menu options include Kolokitho Soupa (spiced butternut squash soup with thyme-honey and whipped yogurt), Galopoula sto Fourno a la Greque (slow roasted organic turkey with sausage, rice and chestnut stuffing), and Galaktoboureko for dessert (which you’ll just have to taste to find out what it is).

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor
1125 First Ave., nr. 62nd St.; 212-832-1551
Three courses, $29.95
Head to the Food Network star’s eponymous restaurant from noon to 9 p.m. for some Southern Thanksgiving favorites, including a slow-smoked tom turkey, corn-bread dressing, cranberry relish, glazed yams, green beans, and pumpkin pie.

120 W. 49th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-759-5941
Three courses, $75; children 12 and under $37.50
The menu includes six different appetizers (including conch chowder and fried calamari) and main courses to choose from, plus à la carte sides and oysters from the raw bar. The not-so-fish-inclined members of the family will be happy to find classic Thanksgiving items on the menu, like the roast heritage turkey served with corn-bread stuffing, roast carrots, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce. A special dessert menu features sweets like pumpkin-pie sundae, peanut-butter-mousse cheesecake, and warm chocolate sticky-toffee pudding.

113 Seventh Ave. South, nr. Christopher St., 212-924-2305
Four courses, $40
Ofrenda is offering a spicier take on your standard Thanksgiving with mole-sauced turkey, chorizo tortilla stuffing, and a choice of seafood pozole or poblano, chestnut, and corn soup. Each guest will also receive hot atole, a corn-masa drink with a splash of mezcal.

Park Avenue Tavern
99 Park Ave., at 39th St.; 212-867-4484
Three courses, $35; children 12 and under $15

With all of the great restaurants in New York, it’s easy to forget how satisfying a simple, traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be—and you can get just that at Park Avenue Tavern this year. Warm up with a first course of roast butternut squash or tomato bisque soup, then enjoy an entrée of roast turkey, with classic pairings like stuffing and cranberries, and finish the meal with apple or pecan pie for dessert.

325 Bowery, nr. Bond St.; 646-602-7015
Three courses, $55
You can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal at lunch or dinner—whatever your fancy—at Peels this year. The restaurant will be whipping up housemade duck sausage with sweet potato spaetzle, roasted field mushrooms with grits, smoked heritage turkey with corn-bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, Parker House rolls with cranberry sauce, and one of Shuna Lydon’s Thanksgiving pies (three-in-one cream, Greenmarket apple, pecan, or sweet potato).

9 Jones St., nr. W. 4th St., 212-929-6868
Three courses, $70
Chef Harold Dieterle is marrying some holiday classics with Perilla favorites for the three-course (plus a side dish) meal, so you can dig into his popular spicy duck meatballs before gorging yourself on turkey. Seatings from 2–9 p.m.

Prime Meats
465 Court St., at Luquer St.; 718-254-0327
Three courses, $40
Cozy up at Prime Meats, where you’ll feel at home enjoying a meal made from locally sourced ingredients. Start off with a bowl of apple-chestnut soup or fall fennel salad with juniper vinaigrette, followed by a roast turkey breast, confit turkey leg, and pretzel-dumpling stuffing. Other highlights include candied sweet potatoes, roasted turnips, and brussels sprouts topped with cranberry sauce. Finally, enjoy a slice of apple-pie strudel or pumpkin pie with a mug of spiked cider or hot buttered rum.

328 W. 12th St., at Ninth Ave., 212-414-3000
5 courses, $79
You certainly don’t get a tasting menu when you drive to your great aunt’s house in Oklahoma. Nor does she serve onion espuma, roasted halibut with caviar beurre blanc, or turkey and chicken roulade (turchicken?). Seatings from 3:30 p.m.–midnight.

Rosa Mexicano
9 E. 18th St, nr. Fifth Ave., 212-533, 3350; 61 Columbus Ave., nr. 62nd St., 212-977-7700
The Rosa Mexicano restaurants are putting a south-of-the-border touch on Thanksgiving standards, offering chile de arbol roast turkey, huitlacoche-sweet-plantain stuffing, and sticky pumpkin cake with pumpkin-mole ice cream, in addition to their à la carte menu.

The Russian Tea Room
150 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 212-581-7100
Three courses, $95; Children, $50
Kick-back in old-world style at The Russian Tea Room, where the three-course prix fixe promises the signature borscht and pelmeni, as well as turkey with apple-chestnut stuffing. Wine or vodka pairings will cost a few extra dollars; $45 and $22 respectively.

The Smith
55 Third Ave., nr. 11th St., 212-420-9800; 956 Second Ave., nr. 51st St., 212-644-2700
Three courses, $45
From 4 p.m. on, both locations of The Smith will be serving a three-course menu of holiday-inspired dishes. Or, if you’re looking to get the holiday over with early, there’s a Thanksgiving brunch commencing at 10 a.m.

Socarrat Paella Bar
259 W. 19th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-462-1000
Three courses, $35
Socarrat Paella Bar is sticking to what they do best when it comes to their special Thanksgiving menu, which means they’ll be mixing up a special paella for the occasion, of course. The dish will incorporate Thanksgiving staples like turkey and cranberries, plus wild mushrooms and apple soffrito, cauliflower, and your choice of wild or Spanish rice. A first course of butternut squash soup with roasted Marcona almonds, ensalada, sides of cranberry sauce and gravy, and tarta de queso y calabaza (pumpkin-manchego cheesecake) for dessert will round out the meal.

South Gate
154 Central Park South, nr. Seventh Ave., 212-484-5120
Three courses, $79; Children 12 and under, $45
Kerry Heffernan’s three course modern American menu features dishes like glazed pork belly and sage-dusted turkey right at the foot of Central Park.

551 Hudson St., at Perry St., 212-858-3838
Three courses, $65
If you’re from the Midwest, you’ll feel right at home at this holiday meal, which features an appetizer (shrimp cocktail, deviled eggs) in addition to turkey or prime rib and all-you-can-stuff-yourself-with sides.

Trattoria Dopo Teatro
125 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 212-869-2849
Three courses, $39.50
This theater district Italian stalwart is putting an Italian spin on Turkey Day. Parmigiana christens the artichoke soup, the pumpkin is in the ravioli, and vanilla gelato will be melting over the warm carrot cake.

At Vermilion
480 Lexington Ave., nr. 46th St., 212-871-6600
Five courses, $55
This Indian–Latin five-course feast (available for lunch or dinner) gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The set menu starts with cranberry-spinach salad before moving on to an appetizer and soup before the turkey—a fenugreek-and-black-cardamom-smoked turkey breast—even arrives. Cardamom carries through into the pumpkin-tres-leches dessert as well.

Virgil’s Real Barbecue
152 W. 44th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-921-9494
Prix fixe menu, $195 (for groups of six to eight people)
Head to Virgil’s Real Barbecue if you’re looking for a Bayou twist on your Thanksgiving dinner. The family-style meal will include Southern classics like crawfish and duck gumbo, corn bread, sausage-and-pecan stuffing, creole green beans, and buttermilk biscuits—in addition to an eighteen-pound smoked turkey, cucumber, cabbage, and carrot salad, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, spinach-and-Gruyere pie, and a choice of pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie for dessert.

344 W. 11th St., at Washington St., 212-352-2300
Three courses, $75; Three courses with wine pairings, $115
The menu offers elegant dishes like foie gras terrine with pear gelée and cod strudel with brussels sprouts and Riesling sauce.

Water’s Edge
401 44th Dr., at the East River; 718-482-0033
Three courses, $58-$75; children $35
Enjoy a true New York Thanksgiving at Water’s Edge, where diners can simultaneously enjoy the food and the stunning Manhattan skyline views. Guests can choose from salmon gravlax, a roasted half duck served with polenta, roast turkey accompanied by chestnut-cranberry stuffing, brussels sprouts, and a potato puree. There will be a special pumpkin tasting for dessert, which includes ice cream, mousse, and a tart.

Watty & Meg
248 Court St., nr. Kane St., 718-643-0007
Three courses, $58; Children $32
Pierogies are an unusual Thanksgiving offering, but at Watty & Meg, the stuffed dumplings are one of the three appetizer options. Follow them up with turkey, trout, or squash-and-ricotta ravioli before digging into dessert. Ongoing seatings between 1–9 p.m.

Get Out of the Kitchen