Thanksgiving: Eat Out, Ye Pilgrims!
Hilary Sheinbaum Like the Wampanoag made it? Ristorante Asellina's Thanksgiving pizza.
Aside from family, friends, and being thankful, Thanksgiving is all about the food. While mom's home cooking may be preferred, if it isn't, there are dozens of places to dine during the holiday.
Rather than reinventing a family feast out of recipes passed down by relatives, Marble Lane restaurant, at Dream Downtown hotel in Chelsea, is serving a fall-inspired prix fixe dinner. The meal includes turkey gumbo with fried okra, sweet potato risotto with roasted pecans, chives, and parmigiano reggiano, herb roasted turkey breast served with sweet potato puree, sprouts, giblet gravy stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake. Because getting together with cousins and kids can cause us to feel crazy, Marble Lane has specialty cocktails to temporarily control the chaos. Autumn Harvest ($14), complete with Grey Goose poire, ginger snaps, and pumpkin ale, and Irish Cider ($14), which combines a mixture of Jameson, spiced rum, and apple cider, are two of the restaurant's festive drinks. Prix fixe menu $65; 355 West 16th Street
Putting an Italian twist on an American holiday, Ristorante Asellina, located next to the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, has created a menu special for Thanksgiving Day. Crafted by executive chef Marco Porceddu, dinner dishes include: grilled butternut squash salad with braised duck, endive, and pumpkin seed vinaigrette ($14), crown berry flat bread ($16) with buffalo mozzarella, sea scallops, and fresh herbs, home-made spinach and whole nut ravioli ($24) with taleggio cheese fonduta, turkey saltimbocca ($26) with fresh sage, prosciutto, and wild rice, and sweet potato panna cotta ($10) with caramelized pecans. Looking for the ultimate Italian/Thanksgiving fusion? Order Asselina's Thanksgiving pizza: cranberry flat bread equipped with buffalo mozzarella, sea scallops, and fresh herbs. Thanksgiving Pizza is $16; 420 Park Avenue South
For Midtown residents who usually resist the crowds at Rockefeller Center, the day to dine at The Sea Grill is the 22nd. Try traditional Thanksgiving cuisine (with choices of sweet potato soup and turkey with gravy, Brussels sprouts, and chestnut stuffing) or, alternatively, a seafood spread (with options of Maine lobster for one's main course, beginning first with a dish of sautéed ruby red shrimp among other options). Prix Fixe menu $85; kids prix fixe $35; 19 West 49th Street
Other notable NYC restaurants opened on Thanksgiving include:
The Smile (26 Bond Street)
Brasserie (100 East 53rd Street)
Rock Center Café (Rockefeller Center, 20 West 50th Street)
Bocca Di Bacco (169 Ninth Avenue)