If you’re not cooking or ordering a to-go Thanksgiving feast, options abound in New York City when it comes to dining out this holiday. Whether you’re interested in innovative plates or crave a traditional Turkey Day meal with all the trimmings, these New York City restaurants are offering holiday menus to enjoy the day with your loved ones without lifting a finger. By Sarah Shaker.
Chef de Cuisine Brandon Kida will be serving a four-course Contemporary American menu utilizing local ingredients from the Northeast at Clement in The Peninsula New York. For the first course, choose the Taste of Fall Salad or Scallops with Mushroom Veloute, Hericot Vert and White Truffle, followed by Butternut Squash Soup. The main course features Heritage Turkey from Fossil Farms, NY served alongside stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams with marshmallow, green beans, mashed potatoes and the chef’s mother’s recipe of Shiitake Mushroom Gravy. Or you can order Prime Rib, Lobster or Winter Squash. End with Pumpkin Pie or Chocolate Bread Pudding. Special Thanksgiving cocktails from Bar Manager Richard Lilley will also be available. Live jazz music will accompany this classy Thanksgiving dinner.
549 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Alice’s Arbor’s Thanksgiving Day prix fixe menu is $45 per person, with a three-course dinner that features selections like Kale Salad, Butternut Squash Soup and oysters for starters, Roasted Turkey, Black Sea Bass and a Vegetarian Plate for a main course and Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Lava Cake, Cheesecake and Apple Crisp for dessert. All items are locally sourced or organic, including the turkey, which is from New York’s Hudson Valley. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 718-399-3003 or via email at email@example.com.
Madison & Vine
299 Madison Ave
The Library Hotel
New York, NY
Madison & Vine, located at the Library Hotel at 299 Madison Avenue, will offer Thanksgiving menu for $50/person. Appetizers include Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Bisque with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds or Fall Salad of Frisse and Seasonal Greens with Roquefort Cheese, Maple Glazed Walnuts, and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette. The entrées consist of Free Range Organic Roasted Turkey served with Home-style Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Haricot Vert, Cornbread, Herb and Sausage Stuffing and Cranberry Orange Relish; or Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, a Black Angus Prime Rib with Home-style Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Baby Vegetables and a Port Wine, Raisin and Black Peppercorn Sauce; or Wild Mushroom and White Truffle Ravioli with Toasted Pine Nuts in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce. Dessert consists of delicious Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Fresh Whipped Cream or Hot Apple Pot Pie with Cinnamon-sweetened Gala Apples served with Vanilla Ice Cream.
21 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
’21’ Club’s first-ever Thanksgiving celebration was so successful, Chef John Greeley is once again working up a holiday feast. The traditional, yet inspired fare includes oyster stew with lardoons, baby leeks, corn, cream and tarragon, to a Red and Green Oak Salad dressed with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and balsamic vinegar. Main course selections include Millbrook Venison Loin, perfectly cooked to your liking, served alongside baby Brussels sprouts and glazed yams. The turkey will be served with cornbread and apple sausage stuffing, honey poached cranberry smothered in a giblets and thyme gravy.
The Leopard at des Artistes
Enjoy Italian fine dining in a historical New York City settings at The Leopard this Thanksgiving. Make reservations between 11:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. for a special three-course menu, rooted in the restaurant’s Southern Italian culinary traditions. Menu highlights include Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with celery root purée and sautéed Brussels sprouts with bacon, Chestnut gnocchi with gorgonzola creamed spinach and Butternut Squash Soup with cinnamon, sage and parmigiano croutons. The Leopard a la carte menu will also available.
Chef John Delucie and Chef de Cuisine Fidel Delgado are offering a luxurious Thanksgiving meal on the Upper East Side at Crown. Choose from first course items including Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine with caramelized peaches and 50 year balsamic vinegar, Wild Mushroom Agnalotti with rainbow swiss chard, fresh ricotta and Winter Squash Salad featuring kale, currants, pepitas and curry vinaigrette. Dine on a traditional main course of Roasted Heritage Turkey with roasted root vegetables, traditional gravy, golden raisins and chestnut stuffing or try something a bit untraditional like 28 Day Aged Delmonico Sirloin or Pennsylvania Rack of Lamb. Sides for the table will also be served as well as Traditional Pumpkin and Bourbon Pecan Tarts with vanilla gelato for a sweet ending.
Steps from the holiday scenes at Rockefeller Center, dine on an Italian Thanksgiving feast at Il Gattopardo. Choose from an la carte menu as well as Thanksgiving specials at lunch, served from 12:00 p.m. – 3 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.pm – 10:00 p.m. Seasonal standout dishes include Homemade Ravioli filled with butternut squash, sheep ricotta and parmesan cheese, served with walnut and cinnamon sauce and Traditional Roasted Turkey filled with chestnuts and bread crumbs, served with gravy and cranberry sauce and an oven backed potato.
With a close proximity to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Delmonico’s Kitchen in Midtown is an convenient location to celebrate with a hearty holiday meal with the while family post-parade. Executive Chef Billy Oliva is offering a Four Course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu and children’s menu with reservations available 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Menu highlights include Organic Salt Water Brined Turkey with Sausage, Fennel Stuffing, Cranberry Compote, Yams, Turkey Jus, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Delmonico’s Traditional Pumpkin Pie.
West Village eatery The Lion will be serving a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu featuring classic seasonal inspired dishes including Turkey Roulade with sweet potato puree, cornbread dressing and traditional gravy and Berkshire Pork Chop brined and smoked served with slow-cooked collard greens and bacon. Unique alternatives, such as Local Diver Scallops and The Lion’s Signature Burger will also be available to celebrate the holidays.
For its first Thanksgiving, Desmond’s Steakhouse, right off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route, is covering two holiday menu bases by offering its regular full dry-aged USDA prime beef loaded a la carte menu, as well as a celebratory “Thanksgivukkah Buffet” as a salute to November 28 marking both Thanksgiving and the first night of Chanukah – the first time the two celebrations have coincided in 125 years. Dine on Oven Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings or try Salmon Tartare, Braised Brisket with Root Vegetables and Latkes with sour cream and apple sauce to start off the Jewish holiday season.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.