The five restaurants featured below make dining out on Thanksgiving fun, festive, and filling. They’re going all out to guarantee you have a meal worth leaving your televisions and couches for. Do yourself a favor, and make a reservation. By Jessica Allen.
Chef Amitzur Mor blends his Middle Eastern background with an American sensibility to craft Thankgivukkah—a celebration of both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah—at Barbounia. The menu includes a Thanksgiving pizza, with smoked turkey sausage, Fontina cheese, wild mushrooms, squash, and sage; duck falafel, with sumac, pine nuts, watercress, and pumpkin turshi (a style of pickling); and sweet potato gnocchi, with smoked almonds, baby Brussels sprouts, Pecorino Romano, and honshimeji mushrooms in a brown butter-sage sauce. And there will be baby doughnuts for dessert!
Bubby’s tagline is “defending the American table.” It does so by befriending salt farmers, buying locally, using humanely raised meat, rendering its own lard, and doing lots of other great, kind of retro stuff. Oh, and Bubby’s also proudly “steal[s] recipes from grandmas.” This year, it’s redefining the quintessential American holiday by offering a pay-what-you-wish buffet and family-style dinner (the suggested donation is $75 a person), with a portion of the proceeds going to the New York City Rescue Mission. Eat well, give back, feel great.
Save the turkey for Christmas, and head to Brushstroke for a unique Thanksgiving experience. At this Michelin-starred restaurant jointly run by David Bouley and the Tsuji Culinary Institute — one of Japan’s top cooking schools — Chef Isao Yamada will wow your taste buds with a seven-course Kaiseki Harvest Tasting Menu, including pork belly confit with sweet potato, sweet apple vinegar, Japanese black rice, and apples, plus chawan-mushi egg truffle with golden crab in ankake sauce (pictured).
As befits a four-star restaurant, the Thanksgiving spread at Eleven Madison Park will be elegant, refined and downright delicious. The four-course prix fixe from Chef Daniel Humm — widely considered to be one of the best chefs in New York City right now (just check out the gorgeous photo at right)—ranges from a foie gras starter to black Angus beef, organic turkey with chestnut and butternut stuffing, or lobster poached in butter as mains to such sides as braised cabbage and potato mousseline.
The popularity of Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster is due, in part, to his unique versions of comfort food like chicken and waffles or his grandmother’s Swedish meatballs (pictured). Ginny’s Supper Club has attracted its own hordes of fans, thanks to its soul food specialties. On Thanksgiving, the restaurant is featuring such goodies as Yukon gold and smoked cheddar gratin, roasted porchetta with cider jus, mac and greens, roasted turkey with giblet gravy, cornbread with honey butter and tomato jam, and other dishes, served buffet style.