Take-out Thanksgiving dinners offer the best of both worlds: you can stay in your house, but you don’t have to worry about cooking. The options below range from a full-court traditional meal to a la carte options — allowing you to pick and choose what works for you and yours — to unique dishes sure to inspire new traditions. Whatever you do, have a great meal! By Jessica Allen.
True story: one year we ordered our turkey from Dickson’s, and it came with a free tour of their slaughterhouse in Queens. Not everyone wants to get such an up-close-and-personal look at their bird, but no one can dispute the goodness of this market’s products. This year, you can get a smoked turkey, part of a partnership between Dickson’s and Blue Smoke, Danny Meyer’s barbecue restaurant. Each humanely raised turkey will be dry-brined for an entire day in a special rub, then smoked over cherry and apple wood.
This Thanksgiving, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is offering two to-go options: the “Flying Solo” includes a pit-roasted turkey and giblet gravy, while the “Turkey Deluxe” feeds 8-12 of your hungriest friends, family, and neighbors. In addition to the aforementioned turkey and gravy, this bad boy comes with whipped sweet potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and not one but two pies (we’d opt for the key lime and peanut butter, but pumpkin and sweet potato pecan are also available). Any place that cooks ribs like that (see photo at right) knows its way around a pit.
Daniel Boulud is the chef/owner of such gems as Daniel and Boulud Sud. The “Thanksgiving To-Go Dinner Package” at Épicerie Boulud, his “eat-in and takeout market” on the Upper West Side, elevates traditional turkey day staples. The butternut squash soup, for example, comes with toasted pumpkin seeds (!) and cinnamon marshmallows (!!). You’ll also find yummy takes on chestnut stuffing, roasted carrots, parsnips, celery root, and other veggies, mashed potatoes with gravy, and, of course, an all-natural, free-range, brined turkey.
Arguably the best grocery store in the city, Fairway Market has an equally beloved catering department. Its Thanksgiving spread will more than satisfy the pickiest of celebrants, featuring as it does an antibiotic-free, oven-ready turkey, along with cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, mushroom stuffing, sausage stuffing, and dinner rolls—also known as the usual, who-doesn’t-love-’em Thanksgiving sides. Ham and salmon are also available, as are pumpkin bisque, creamed spinach, and lots of other a la carte items.
Let David Chang and crew supply your holiday feast. The to-go menu at Momofuku Ssäm Bar, in the East Village, includes roasted pork shoulder with Napa kimchi, ginger scallion, bibb lettuce, and pork gravy; turkey buns with turkey leg confit and smoked mayo; and caramel apple pie, with a pretzel crust, caramelia glaze, and apple compote. At Má Pêche, in Midtown, you can get two whole deep fried chickens or an entire lamb shoulder, along with curry rice, eggplant, and side of wheatberry.