If this year, you want to skip the Olympic sport of attempting to prepare a Thanksgiving meal in an itty-bitty New York City apartment with no dishwasher--you'll get zero judgments given on our part. After all, some of the best restaurants in the world are right outside of that apartment door.
Ciao, Bella: If you'd rather be in Italy, go see Justin Smillie at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. He's serving an $85 per person Italian-style Thanksgiving dinner. Think forest mushroom soup with farro, crème fraiche and sage, and roasted turkey with rillettes, butter braised cabbage and huckleberry mostarda. For dessert, what else besides pumpkin gelato?
For an Old World Touch: Join Harold Dieterle at The Marrow in the West Village for a $65 three-course prix fixe menu that puts a German-Italian twist on Thanksgiving favorites. We're talking pretzel stuffing, roasted turkey with sage gravy and stewed cranberries and for dessert--pumpkin pie with quark ice cream.
Fake it, Don't Make It: Today is the last day to place an order at Nourish Kitchen + Table for a full-on TDay feast for four to six ($200). The meal includes all the beautiful basics: a turkey, cranberry sauce, mushroom-thyme stuffing, harissa-roasted carrots and parsnips, and balsamic-glazed Brussels sprouts. Pick up a bourbon-pumpkin pie with a gluten-free crust too ($36).
Number One Stunner: Betony, recently named the top new restaurant in the country by Esquire, is serving a three-course dinner ($115). Bryce Shuman is behind dishes such as smoked foie gras with kabocha and buckwheat, and poached hen's egg with black trumpets. Sides will be served family-style with the main course.
B is for Brooklyn: Buttermilk Channel will be open on Thanksviging for the first time this year. The three-course meal will include a roasted squash tart, cider-brined turkey with oyster stuffing, sweet potato and butternut squash gratin and a choice of three pies (pecan, Dutch apple & cream cheese, sweet potato & pumpkin).
Breakfast Over All: For a spectacular perch from which to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, snag tickets for the Breakfast Viewing Party at A Voce Columbus Circle ($295). Tuck into Italian pastries and poached eggs, grilled bread, fontina fonduta and black truffles as the floats go by.
Hot to Trot: If you want your meal with a side of what's-hot-right-now, Richard Kuo of the much-buzzed-about Pearl & Ash is offering a unique menu ($68 per person). He's serving pork meatballs with shitake mushrooms, bonito and soppressata, along with more traditional fare such as chicken with stuffing.
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