Turkey and cranberry sauce in a donut? Believe it or not, it works. Credit: Zucker Bakery
Surely the word Thanksgivukkah has entered your holiday lexicon this year, but in the rare case it hasn’t, here’s a primer: On Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day coincides with the first night of Hanukkah — for the first time since 1888. Celebrating both holidays this year? Better book a table at one of these restaurants — the next Thanksgivukkah won’t take place again for another 77,798 years.
Loi 201 W. 70th St., 212-875-8600, $65 per adult, $40 per child Greece’s superstar chef Maria Loi will whet your appetite with hortosoupa — butternut squash soup with Greek yogurt crema — and salad before you dig into galopoula (traditional roast turkey), moscharaki sto fourno (braised brisket), solomos me maratho (salmon) or moussaka. Save room for apple pie and soufganiyot (Jewish jelly donuts).
Jack’s Wife Freda 224 Lafayette St., 212-510-8550, $26 per person Potato latkes with cranberry marmalade are on the menu all week, and on Thanksgivukkah, there will be turkey with pita bread. Traditional sides like butternut squash and Brussels sprouts round out the menu.
Kutsher’s Tribeca 186 Franklin St., 212-431-0606, $65 per adult, $48 per child Start with housemade challah before making your entrée choice — turkey or brisket? You can’t go wrong with sides like spaetzle kugel and sweet potato latkes with sour cream and cranberry compote. The menu is available Thursday and Friday.
Delicatessen 54 Prince St., 212-226-0211 If turkey’s not your thing, hit the high-end comfort food joint for a ground brisket slider with roasted apple, black pepper crème fraiche and cranberry chutney ($13).
Fatty ‘Cue 91 S. Sixth St., 718-599-3090, $59 per person 50 Carmine St., 212- 929-5050, $59 per person Both Fatty ‘Cue and Fatty ‘Cue West Village will serve butternut squash curry with Katz’s pastrami dumplings, alongside other festive dishes. Pretend you made the entire thing yourself with Fatty ‘Cue’s Thanksgivukkah’s to-go menu.
Zucker Bakery 433 E. 9th St., 646-559-8425 Zucker’s Thanksgivukkah donuts ($3.50-$5) sounded so odd, we had to try them. Our staff’s opinions were pretty good: One reporter “liked the thyme flavor, and the turkey was really moist and tasty” in her spiced pumpkin donut with turkey and gravy filling. A turkey with cranberry sauce stuffing earned a good review from one of our designers, who said it could work as “a day-after-Thanksgiving breakfast sandwich.” Another staffer said the donuts — which also include sweet fillings like marshmallow — “could be a great treat to bring to a dinner party as a starter.”
Barbounia 250 Park Ave. S., 212-995-0242 Executive chef Amitzur Mor — an Israeli-born American citizen — embodies the rare holiday himself, don’t ya think? He’ll be serving sweet potato latkes with labaneh and dill, crispy sweetbreads with cauliflower and baby brussel sprouts, plus turkey shawarma with challah stuffing, all a la carte.
Taquitoria 168 Ludlow St., 212-780-0121 The fast-casual taquito joint is getting in on the spirit a day early: On Wednesday, you can order deep- fried turkey and Brussels sprout taquitos, with cranberry sauce and gravy, and latke taquitos, with apple sauce and sour cream. Three will set you back $5, five go for $8.
Sons of Essex 133 Essex St., 212-674-7100, $68 per person You can indulge in three courses, opting for the classic turkey as your main or the festive Manichewitz-braised short ribs.