The reality is that it makes sense to keep your gathering small and stay at home for Thanksgiving this year. Instead of toiling in the kitchen for hours; following are this season’s top picks for home dining in every borough of New York City. These establishments were chosen with regards to superior quality, value, established authenticity and a salute to local family owned and operated businesses.
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The Ribbon: Within a pumpkin chucking of The Dakota on the Upper West Side is this popular eatery for those who like to see and be seen — many with faux stories of John Lennon, Yoko and other celebs in the hood — the cuisine is the true attraction for the wannabe celeb diners at the curb. This year they offer 2 packages – 2 people is $64.95 and 4 people – $129.95. For delivery or pick-up, each package will feature your choice of ham, turkey, or salmon as the main course. All of the sides are additional and chosen from their select menu. Check out their website to place your order. @theribbonnyc
The Kosher Market Place: A star of David on Broadway! Enjoy a feast from a vast and select á la carte menu of family gathering favorites. This long-standing market sandwiched between Central Park and The Hudson River keeps a kosher kitchen all year long. It’s been a staple in the neighborhood for decades. Give them a call for their Thanksgiving 2020 details and to place your holiday order.
Amy Ruth’s Home Style Southern Cuisine: You can dine in with a reservation and Covid-19 restrictions but this year we recommend Amy Ruth’s pick-up for your family gathering. Their meal platters include herb-roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing or cured honey glazed ham and all of the fixin’s such as collard greens, mac-n-cheese, potato salad and all that jazz. @amyruthsharlem
Meadowsweet: Calling all Michelin awardees and fans! Enjoy a 3-course meal for pick-up or delivery. The entrée is roasted turkey with traditional stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and roasted sweet potato and sage walnut pesto. If you choose to pick-up your meal you can also purchase a bottle of wine with 25% discount. @meadowsweetnyc
Modern Love: Do not fret my American vegan brothers and sisters, the ever-popular Modern Love in Brooklyn will be dishing up a vegan feast this Thanksgiving day — available for pick-up or delivery and also offered a few days prior/post holiday. Check out the deets on Instagram. @modernlovebrooklyn.
Bassett Caterers: This Brooklyn icon dates back to 1962. For Thanksgiving this year, you can choose to cook the seasoned turkey at home or the turkey is cooked on their premises and served whole for you to slice or the third option is they will do the slicing and reassemble the bird on frame. All three options come with dinner rolls and Italian bread. Their sliced turkey breast dinner option comes with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. You get to choose your pasta starter and three side dishes. Pick-up only. Visit their website for details. @bassettcaterers.
Bridgewater Bistro: Get your order in quickly as this popular eatery is taking only a limited number of dinner requests for Thanksgiving. Their holiday line-up includes roasted turkey, wild salmon, roast duck breast, New York strip sirloin roast or a stuffed delicate squash for vegetarian/vegan patrons. All orders come with the traditional selection of side dishes and a choice of three different desserts. @bridgewaterbistro
Casa del Chef: With two options, one being vegan, this highly awarded small restaurant serves up big-flavored dishes. Thanksgiving 2020: Butternut squash soup and white corn bricks, ham prosciutto to start. Roasted turkey with Worcestershire and mushrooms gravy, Brussel sprouts, fingerling potato & lima beans. Dessert: apple bread pudding – cranberry sauce, cheesy Ecuadorian chocolate. The vegan option includes butternut squash soup – white corn bricks. Entrée: Seared savoy cabbage – chestnuts, celery root puree, mushrooms & sunflower seeds. Dessert: Apple bread pudding – cranberry sauce, cheesy Ecuadorian chocolate. The price is $55 or $45 per person. Pick-up only. ¡Acción de Gracias¡ @casadelchef
The Park Side Restaurant: Perhaps you desire the traditional Thanksgiving Meal with an Italian flair. This longstanding establishment in Corona is serving up their popular Zorn’s roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and roasted sweet potatoes. You also have the choice of stuffed salmon with crabmeat or veal scaloppini served in a truffle sauce. @parksiderestaurant
Da Franco & Tony: This establishment on Middletown Road is offering a 3-course Thanksgiving menu for pick-up or delivery. Some of the choices aside from the traditional roasted turkey include lobster ravioli, pollo capricicciosa, shrimp fradiavolo, branzino and more. The prix fixe option also includes several antipasti and a selection of desserts such as tiramisu and cannoli, etc. Abbondanza! Visit their website for more information.
Hudson Smokehouse: While their pre-ordered whole turkeys are sold out, the restaurant still has a special bulk menu and daily options on a first-come, first-serve basis. The selection includes poultry, pork and beef as well as their side dishes like collard greens, cream corn, sweet potato casserole, pineapple casserole, baked apple and cornbread dressing, etc. Check out their website and give them a call. Smokin’!
Great Performances: The entrée is roasted turkey, carved breast, thigh and whole drumstick along with mashed Yukon potato and celery root. They also have a vegan option. For dessert, pumpkin chiffon pie, graham cracker crumb crust plus multiple side dishes. 4-person minimum. @gpfood
Family Fruit: Continuing with their traditional Thanksgiving catering for over 30 years, Family Fruit SI offers 2 different package options plus an á la carte menu. Roasted turkey plus all the traditional sides such as candied yams, stuffing with or without sausage, turkey gravy, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce plus more. Give them a call to place your order. With very little cleanup, everyone can watch the game.
Bin 5: Start with an autumn salad or butternut ravioli, you can also choose cold antipasto, seafood salad and more. Entrees include but are not limited to dry-aged pork chop, pan-seared branzino, turkey dinner or boneless short rib… Dessert entails pumpkin pie, hibiscus chaat masala sorbet, apple pie, etc. Place your order for pick-up or delivery. @bin5nyc
The Stone House at Clove Lakes: For 2020, The Stone House is offering their traditional roasted turkey display or honey glazed ham platter with the option to add on lobster tail and chateaubriand. To start you can choose from mussels marinara, potato stuffed mushrooms or fried calamari. The side dishes are included in the price for adults and children ($10 less) as well as a wide selection of desserts. The feast is available for pick-up. @thestonehouseatclovelakes
NOTE: If the restaurant/market says that orders for Thanksgiving are closed, ask if they have a cancelation list and be sure to make plans to visit them in the near future. Perhaps place your Christmas, Hanukkah or Holiday Party order.
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