pencil it in: turkey day out

Spending the day with family can be an understandably daunting task. For those who chose to opt out of the awkward encounters with long lost relatives, or for those who would simply rather eat out over dine in, New York Magazine has once again put together an impressively comprehensive list of New York City Thanksgiving Day dining options.

Gobble, gobble everyone.

Here are a few of the options available, generously curated by the weekly mag.

Back Forty
The East Village restaurant best known for its farm-to-table ethic will be serving a homey, classic, three-course turkey feast. But for those who want to pass on the bird, vegetarian and pescatarian options abound. Try the roasted squash stuffed with barley, or the wild sockeye salmon. Reservations are available from 2 to 8 p.m. Tickets are available online. 190 Avenue B, 212 388 1992, three courses $60, $40 for children under 12 

Bar Americain
Dine at Bobby Flay’s midtown brasserie, and you’ll be giving thanks for the pumpkin-centric menu, which includes pumpkin soup and a triple pumpkin bread pudding. As for the main dish of the night, the maple-roasted turkey will be in stiff competition with salmon, prime rib, lamb chops, or rack of pork entrées. Seating available between 1 to 8 p.m. 152 West 52nd Street, 212 265 9700, three courses $80, $45 for children 

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Head into the Ace Hotel with a group, and chef April Bloomfield will cook a mean feast including pumpkin fondue, chopped-liver toast, roasted turkey, and a variety of seasonal pies for dessert. Seating from noon to 10 p.m. 20 West 29th Street, 212 679 1930, three courses $70, reservations accepted for eight or more only and by e-mailing 

Café Boulud
Celebrate the holiday with a turkey stuffed with ciabatta, onions, and cranberry marmalade; roast beef; or halibut. Then charm your sweet tooth with a pecan tart or molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Serving from noon to 8 p.m. 20 East 76th Street, 212 772 2600, three courses $125

Colicchio & Sons
Tom Colocchio’s Chelsea quarters has a Thanksgiving menu chock-full of rich and savory autumnal flavors. Both the dining room and tap room will be open to guests, who will choose from duck and pork pâté, suckling pig rigatoni, turkey (with optional truffles!), and dry-aged sirloin. Top off the night with apple-cider glazed doughnuts with maple chestnut cream and cinnamon ice cream. Seating from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. 85 Tenth Ave @ 15th Street, 212 400 6699, four courses $125, $55 for children under 12

Chef Colicchio’s Thanksgiving menu is a flavorful fall sampler that includes three courses and traditional sides (cranberry sauce, please). Dishes like roasted scallops, bacon with apple, sweet potato purée, and sugar pumpkin pie grace the menu. For the main dish, opt for free-range turkey, dry-aged sirloin, or salmon. Dinner is being served from 2 to 8 p.m., and they’ll even let you take home the leftovers (turkey sandwiches, please). 43 East 19th Street, 212 780 0880, three courses $135

Eleven Madison Park
The largest outpost of Danny Meyer’s dining empire will be serving one of the most extravagant family-style Thanksgiving meals the city offers, complete with amuse, appetizers, entrées, and dessert. The classic holiday turkey will be served, as well as beef and fish. 11 Madison Ave, 212 889 0905, four courses $195

Ginny’s Supper Club
If a single plate of turkey doesn’t sound like it’ll satisfy, head downstairs from Red Rooster Harlem to really feast at Ginny’s, where a buffet featuring turkey and all the trimmings will be available for the same cost. A live jazz band will provide entertainment for the holiday. Seating available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 310 Lenox Ave, 212 421 3821, holiday buffet $55

Marco Canora will offer a three-course Thanksgiving meal bursting with filling choices from the chicken soup down to the roasted and braised turkey with all the trimmings. A choice of a pecan tart with sweet-potato ice cream or an apple crisp with cranberry ice cream will cap the night on a sweet and satisfying note. 403 East 12th Street, 646 602 1300, three courses $78

The Lion
Guests can also dine in John Delucie’s iconic West Village townhouse with family and friends. Try the roasted heritage turkey (with golden raisins) or the black truffle gnocchi. End the meal with the Lion’s special holiday pie sampler, an assortment of pumpkin mascarpone, chocolate pecan and apple spice desserts. Menus are available from noon to 9 p.m. 62 West 9th Street, 212 353 8400, three courses $75

Locanda Verde
The Tribeca restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving classics with an Italian flair. Taste the wild-mushroom and truffle zuppa, ogle at the pancetta-wrapped turkey, and end the meal right with maple pumpkin pie, topped (appropriately) with vanilla gelato. Seating from 3 to 9 p.m. 377 Greenwich Street, 212 925 3797, three courses $85

Prime Meats
Get cozy at Prime Meats to give thanks. Start off with a bowl of heirloom-squash soup, then choose between a turkey breast or leg served with pretzel dumpling stuffing. Other highlights include candied sweet potatoes, roasted turnips, and Brussels sprouts topped with cranberry sauce. Finally, enjoy a slice of apple cake or pumpkin pie. Serving from noon to midnight. 465 Court Street @ Luquer Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, 718 254 0327, three courses $45 cash only

The East Village restaurant will be serving a mix of goods on Turkey Day, beginning with a glass of salted tomato juice and a cheese board. There will also be an oyster pan roast, capon (instead of turkey), and a slew of savory sides from Brussels sprouts to stewed chestnuts with fresh ricotta. 54 East 1st Street, 212 677 6221, three courses $95

Red Rooster Harlem
At Marcus Samuelsson’s uptown destination, guests can celebrate Thanksgiving with a three-course prix-fixe, featuring pumpkin soup, a full turkey plate (roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, Brussels sprouts, and roasted sweet potatoes), and pumpkin and sweet-potato pie with cinnamon ice cream and poached cranberries. For reservations, please call 212-792-9001. Seating from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 310 Lenox Ave, 212 792 9001, three courses $55

The brunch favorite will be temporarily transitioning into a Thanksgiving dining haven. Choose from a classic turkey plate, filet mignon, or seared scallops. For dessert, grab a slice of Sarabeth’s famous pumpkin, apple, or pecan pies topped with vanilla ice cream. Serving from 1 to 9 p.m. Multiple locations: 339 Greenwich Street, 423 Amsterdam Ave., 1295 Madison Ave., 40 Central Park South, three courses $60, $35 for children under 12


While for the sake of this post, I’ve picked out my favorites, those who want to peruse their entire listing can do so here. Additionally, the magazine’s food blog Grub Street has published a guide to situation dining, sure to take care of “every conceivable Thanksgiving day scenario”.  You can read that here.

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