No matter your reason for skipping the homemade route—small kitchen, minimal mouths to feed, sheer laziness—there's no shame in taking Thanksgiving dinner to the streets. Here's where to find a quality restaurant meal for the holiday, no matter what kind of experience you're after.
For turkey diehards . . . Le Coq Rico
The self-titled "bistro of beautiful birds" is here for those who could care less about the pies and casseroles. Let your turkey flag fly with heritage birds with genetics that can be traced back 174 years. They're expertly prepared by a three-Michelin-star chef and served with house bread and chestnut stuffing, celeriac confit and a citrusy butternut squash purée. There's also turkey consommé with black truffle ravioli, if that's not enough poultry for you.
For purists . . . Reynard
Peek inside the kitchen, and you'll see the chefs use an open hearth to add smoky flavor to everything from honeynut squash to the rosemary ash adorning maple sweet potatoes. Think fall classics with extra touches of excellence infused throughout, like the green apple dressing that makes salad actually craveable and the turkey bits that stud the sourdough stuffing.
For non-traditionalists . . . Paowalla
Chef Floyd Cardoz's modern Indian Soho spot is sharing his take on the American staples with dishes like sweet potato chaat, ghee roast turkey and tandoori cauliflower. You'll start with a selection of breads and chutneys, and for dessert, enjoy pecan pie along with refreshing mango kulfi.
For Francophiles . . . Boulud Sud
Daniel Boulud may be New York's most noteworthy French chef, but his menu for this all-American holiday is not to be missed. Everything from the three-course set menu is a win, but the stars of the night are the desserts: Think spiced pumpkin mille-feuille and apple galette with Armagnac gelato.
For Italian food lovers . . . Rosemary's
If you're the kind who considers pasta a necessary first course, this West Village favorite is your spot. Here, that means house-made gemelli with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, sage and pecorino—but save room for the next course (turkey, of course) and pumpkin tiramisu for dessert.
For date night, Thanksgiving edition . . . il Buco
For the first time this year, the always-romantic Noho spot will be open for a special dinner. Share sweet potato gnocchi with chestnuts and sage and a slow-roasted turkey as you stare lovingly into each other's eyes. There's also sister restaurant il Buco Alimentari, where you can even pick up a quality spread to go.
Photo: Giada Paoloni
For something new . . . Celestine
Sweeping views of Manhattan, roast halibut, chestnut-stuffed turkey and brûléed yam casserole: Sounds like a celebration to us. And though it might sound fancy, the space is more than accommodating for a family affair.
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