Thanksgiving was never supposed to be a stressful holiday. So if it’s starting to feel overwhelming, you might want to reconsider cooking and eat out. You could even seize the occasion to dine somewhere you’ve been dying to try and let someone else slave over the stove. Here are some of our last-minute recommendations for Thanksgiving reservations.
Cornelia Street Café
Address: 29 Cornelia St
charming, homey setting at this West Village fixture is great for
holiday like this one. If you ask me, the Thanksgiving menu is the real
draw with offerings of cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree, string
beans, cranberry-orange relish, mashed potatoes, gravy—oh!—and turkey
too. Eggnog crème brulee is a festive French-inflected end to the
The Farm on Adderley
Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn
you live in the city, you might consider a trip to Ditmas Park to
sample the wonderfully seasonal and delicious cooking at The Farm on
Adderly. Their Thanksgiving prix-fixe ($45) includes a goat cheese
and beet terrine, roast turkey with a chestnut and raisin stuffing and
an apple tarte tatin. If you really want to be different this year, try
the optional wine pairing with dinner.
355 Greenwich St
Tribeca spot is charming, elegant, and welcoming. Not to mention the
cooking’s always manages to be creative and satisfying. But this isn’t
your average Thanksgiving meal. Jimmy Bradley’s menu features dishes,
like braised pork belly and potato ravioli. For your entree, you can go
the traditiona, turkey route or change it up with sautéed skate wing
with Brussels sprouts and lemon-thyme tomatoes in a duck bacon broth.
90 Thompson St
uniquely, French-Canadian spot in SoHo is interpreting Thanksgiving
their way. The dining room is truly charming, a perfect place to spend
this holiday. Start with a glass of champagne before tucking into a
three-course feast ($40), which features creamy pumpkin soup, roasted
wild turkey and salmon with lentils and beurre blanc.
414 E, 9th St
rejoice! Here’s a great Thanksgiving option for both vegetarians and
tradition averse alike. Kajitsu is preparing a nine-course meal for $80
per person. The menu isn’t set quite yet, but cross your fingers it
includes the restaurant’s acclaimed matsutake course. If it’s anything
like past dinners we’ve sampled, you’re in for a special evening.
Address: 40 Broad St
restaurant beat the odds when it opened in the Financial District last
winter. Not to mention the high concept, upscale Asian-French cuisine
Chef Shaun Hergatt has dreamed up. For Thanksgiving, the kitchen is
staying loyal to its new world cooking with dishes, like a salt-pressed
ocean trout with pear and kalamansi dressing. The obligatory bird is
dressed with apple apricot dressing and baby Brussels sprouts. The night
will cost a cool $79 without wine pairings, but it’s a small price for
Michelin star cooking.
The Sunburnt Calf
226 W. 79th St
you soon you step through the door, you’ll be welcomed with oysters and
sparkling white wine at this Upper West Side newcomer, not a bad start
to the evening. This is an Australian restaurant, so don’t expect a
conventional American feast. Instead, expect a $30 prix fixe with
plenty of game meats.
Address: 1430 Ave of the Americas
If you eat at BLT Market, you could take a family field trip uptown this Thanksgiving. Go see all of the holiday store windows and festive decorations along Fifth Avenue before dinner. Then head to this corner spot with views of Central Park and nibble on aged goat cheese beignets with duck confit salad. There’s turkey on the menu, but if that’s not your thing, you can opt for the bacon-wrapped salmon with cabbage fondue, honeycrisp apples and American caviar; a prettty compelling alternative to turkey.