A Dozen Spots Serving Interesting Thanksgiving Feasts
It doesn't matter that Thanksgiving is one of the biggest homemade meal holidays of the year -- apartment kitchens in NYC are still tiny, and the prospect of turning a full feast out of a set-up that resembles an E-Z-Bake oven and a Bunsen burner is daunting at best. If you're inclined to let someone else do the cooking, know that there are scads of restaurants open for the holiday. We've rounded up a dozen that seem particularly interesting.
Ilili, 236 Fifth Avenue, 212-683-2929
This Flatiron restaurant will serve a $52 four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner done Middle Eastern-style from 2-9 p.m. Pick two mezze -- choices include hummus, fluke carpaccio, and foie gras -- an entree like turkey, branzino, or risotto; and a dessert like ginger bread pudding or pumpkin cake. Great for vegetarians, Ilili is also offering a take-out Thanksgiving feast; you'll need to get your order in by tomorrow, Tuesday, November 26, at 5 p.m.
Betony, 41 West 57th Street, 212-465-2400
If you haven't yet ventured up to Midtown for Betony, this holiday might be a good excuse: The restaurant will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $115 per person (and $60 for children 12 and under). Look for appetizers like foie gras with kabocha and buckwheat, entrées like roast turkey with butternut squash and glazed chestnuts, and classic pies for dessert. Meals are served with family-style sides, and vegetarian options are available. Make a reservation for any time between noon and 8 p.m.
Pippali, 129 East 27th Street, 212-689-1999
This not yet two-month-old Curry Hill restaurant will dole out an Indian-themed Thanksgiving feast from chef Peter Beck, who previously worked the burners at Tamarind. The a la carte holiday menu includes a turkey kebab with cranberry chutney, masala kofta with spicy turkey meatballs, and bread pudding. Stop in between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. or between 5 and 10 p.m.
Wallse, 344 West 11th Street, 212-352-2300
This West Village Austrian restaurant debuts a Viennese Thanksgiving feast this year. Start with a black truffle-bedecked chicken liver parfait or smoked trout palatschinken with apples and dill, move into turkey with cabbage and dumplings or venison with spaetzle, and finish with pumpkin tart or pear strudel. The prix fixe meal will run you $60 or $95 with wine pairings; reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Carnegie Deli, 854 Seventh Avenue, 212-757-2245
Perhaps you'd like a cheaper Thanksgiving at an iconic New York spot famous for massive sandwiches. Head over to Carnegie Deli, which will sell $40 three-course meal that includes options like matzoh ball soup, brisket of beef, roast turkey dinner, apple pie, and pumpkin cheesecake. Sounds like a Thanksgivvukah menu to us, especially when you consider the deli's sandwich of the month: the Thanksgivvukah sandwich, an opened faced heap of turkey and gravy on latkes. The deli will serve from 6:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Louro, 142 West 10th Street, 212-206-0606
David Santos' West Village spot is serving up a $55 three-course prix fixe with a special bonus: You can add white truffles to any plate for an extra $45 (it's a holiday -- so go on now). The delicacy might be particularly nice atop the butternut squash agnolotti, the chestnut soup, or the turkey. Other menu highlights include octopus bolognese, venison, and pumpkin pie ice cream. Reservations are available from noon until 8 p.m.