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Where to eat on Thanksgiving in NYC, from brunch to dinner

Instead of trying to pull an entire Thanksgiving meal out of the tiny oven in your apartment, let these restaurants do the cooking.

La Pecora Bianca
1133 Broadway, NoMad
Four courses, $65

Just opened in August, this new Italian restaurant is already charming the neighborhood with its reasonably priced housemade pastas and the bar that serves espresso by day and aperitivos by night. The bright farmhouse chic decor is the closest you’ll come to sitting in grandma’s kitchen, excitedly kicking your heels against the chair leg waiting for sweet bites of pumpkin tortolloni, roasted free-range turkey with wild mushroom stuffing, and a rustic apple-cranberry crostata to finish.

Root & Bone
200 E. Third St., East Village
Three courses, $75

Southern cuisine has given the world many gifts, but frying the Thanksgiving turkey was truly a piece of culinary genius. And let’s be real, cornbread trumps every other kind of roll ever. This cozy Southern spot is a perfect place to snuggle up to your honey with a hearty meal of angel biscuits with honey roasted turkey jus, a late season harvest of butternut squash grilled with brown sugar pecans, and pumpkin cheesecake.

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The Palm Court at The Plaza
768 Fifth Ave., Midtown
Buffet, $145; kids under 12 $70

Eat yourself into a decadent (and early!) tryptophan coma at the Palm Court’s Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Feast on maple-roasted organic turkey or pepper-crusted venison, with truffled creamed spinach, roasted quince spoonbread and sweet potato puree with maple marshmallow brûlée. And in case you left any room for dessert, tea tiers loaded with holiday treats will make their rounds once everyone’s finished.

Juni
12 E. 31st St., Gramercy
Four courses, $125

When you don’t grow up with canned cranberry and casseroles that are sweeter than dessert, there’s more freedom to make Thanksgiving your own. Australian-born chef Shaun Hergatt’s fine dining holiday spread sounds classic (roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry chutney), but expect the culinary wizardry of a chef who’s not beholden to tradition (a deconstructed dessert of apples, hickory and vanilla that’s like no pie you’ve ever had, in the best way).

Taproom No. 307
307 Third Ave., Gramercy
Three courses, $30

If you’re a Thanksgiving orphan, or just consider the holiday a lead-up to the football game, get to this craft beer bar — there are 40 on tap alone, many of them local — for a festive day with with fellow sports fans. Beginning at 11 a.m., the usual American bar fare will be joined by a traditional feast of truffle-salted Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted turkey and a choice of pie a la mode; beer pairings are, of course, available for $15.

 
 
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