Gobble Up Thanksgiving Dinner
If slaving over a turkey for hours in a hot kitchen seems unappealing, turn to one of these caterers or restaurants that will leave you as stuffed as a turkey.—Kerri Fortune
80 Columbus Circle, 212-805-8881
This Mandarin Oriental Hotel restaurant provides views of colorful Central Park foliage to put you in the spirit of the season. Chef Noriyuki Sugie fuses modern French and Japanese styles to create holiday appetizers like the deconstructed sushi with ponzu gelée. Second course options include a seasonal warm baby beets and sweet potato salad.
Entrees include quinoa crusted turkey with cranberry wild rice, brussels sprouts, chestnuts and smoked jus, and Kobe beef short rib with pumpkin grits, roasted purple carrots and yuzu koshou beef jus. Top off the meal with spiced tapioca apple cider. $95 per person.
34 E. 64th St., 212-319-1660
Charlie Palmer’s Upper East Side restaurant has a special three-course menu for this most American of holidays. First course options include butter-poached Maine lobster and sweet corn chowder and herbed potato ravioli with smoked salmon ribbons. Main courses range from traditional roasted turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing, potato puree, and giblet gravy to seared veal mignons with bacon and truffle potato and caramelized onions. The seasonal caramelized pumpkin tart with orange buttermilk sorbet and chai cream is a good way to finish. $115 per person.
89 Greenwich Ave., 212-691-8080
Good provides a holiday four-course meal with intriguing first-course options like sweet potato, squash and apple soup with aged cheddar cheese and spiced pumpkin seeds. Choose between mixed baby greens with apple cider vinaigrette or fresh cranberry sorbet for the second course. There are three main course options, including classic sliced roasted turkey with apple-cornbread-pecan stuffing, sage gravy, cranberry-orange relish and broccoli. End with a slice of pumpkin pie with ginger crumb crust. $65 per person. $29 two-course dinner for children under 12.
Indiana Market & Catering
333 W. 39th St., 212-736-3531
This catering company offers four different stuffings include traditional giblet dressing and shiitake mushroom leek and thyme. The two entrees are a whole roasted turkey and brown sugar roasted ham. The special Thanksgiving package is a dinner for 15 for $750. There’s a $35 charge for delivery the day before Thanksgiving. Special arrangements can be made for day-of delivery.
35 W. 64th St., 212-724-8585
Chef Terrance Brennan celebrates Thanksgiving with appetizers like squash gnocchi and pumpkin bisque. Entrees include the customary Heritage Farm turkey served with sweet potato gratin, chestnut-apple dressing and autumn harvest, and more daring dishes like the Millbrook venison served with spiced pain perdu and cranberry and ginger. Desserts range from a pumpkin tart to a warm apple caramel brioche. $95 for adults. $45 for children 12 and under.
17 W. 20th St., 646-230-7000
Spoon’s Thanksgiving dinner includes crushed garlic and herb roasted turkey with wild mushroom and caramelized shallot stuffing and cranberry thyme chutney. You can also choose among a variety of salad and side dishes like autumn vegetable succotash and russet potato gratin with thyme cream. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Granny Smith apple and brown butter custard tart dessert. $55 per person, minimum of six people. Place your order by Nov. 16.
328 Lenox Ave., 212-996-0660
This soul food mainstay has a family-style menu for parties of five or more that includes a choice of three entrées and sides, and dessert. Entrees include roasted turkey, glazed ham, barbeque ribs, fried chicken or country-fried fish. $29.95 per adult, $15.50 for children under 10. The special Thanksgiving menu also has entrees like grilled Atlantic Salmon with mango salsa. There’s a pick-up package for $295 that serves 8 to 12 people. It includes a roasted turkey with old-fashion giblet cornbread stuffing and Southern sides. Place your order by Nov. 16.
Tavern on the Green
Central Park West at 67th Street, 212-873-3200
Turkey day starters include a Plymouth Rock Seafood Sampler, comprised of stone crab claws with mustard sauce, Wellfleet oysters and cherrystone clams. Gobble up main course options like free-range Pennsylvania turkey with quince, cornbread and sausage stuffing, caramelized shallots, mashed turnips, green beans, sage gravy, and cranberry gelée or layered butternut squash ricotta and Portobello lasagna. Down seasonal drinks—hot apple cider infusion and Tavern’s classic eggnog. $99 for general seating. $135 for the Crystal Room. Children half-price.