Whether it’s because you can’t cook — no judgment, baking is more science than we took in college — or because the size of your apartment limits your ambitions, there are plenty of places around the city that will do the heavy lifting.
There’s a reason‘21’ Club(21 W. 52nd St.) is an institution, so why not see how they can jazz up the classic American meal? The prix fixe menu ($115) walks the line between old school and modern flair, with ricotta pumpkin nocchi alongside a by-the-books roasted turkey plate.
As happy as the Aussies atBurke & Wills(226 W. 79th St.) would be to have you celebrate an American holiday there, they’ve still got to do their Australian thing. Executive chef Rodrigo Nogueira (Colicchio & Sons) has created a three-course prix fixe ($35, $65 with wine pairings) menu with foie torchon with cranberry chutney and brioche, and rotisserie leg of lamb with roasted Brussels sprouts and beet reduction.
If you can’t afford the airfare to eat with your family down South, the next best thing isJacob’s Pickles(509 Amsterdam Ave.) with a six-course Southern feast ($45) that kicks off with savory biscuits and pickles. The turkey comes as a braised leg, which you can presumably feel free to eat like you’re at a cookout rather than a restaurant.
Why should booze live only in a glass instead of making your food taste better? AtBistango(145 E. 50th St.), the star of the Thanksgiving menu ($55) is the red bourbon turkey, served with Italian sweet sausage dressing and, somewhat incongruously, kale salad, among other sides.
For the gluten-free set, the newly reopenedCOLORS(417 Lafayette St.) takes the guesswork out of the holiday — there’s no gluten on the entire menu, any time of year. The three-course Thanksgiving meal ($55) includes pork and bacon meatballs (why only have one of a good thing?) and a traditional turkey dinner with sides and apricot-sage stuffing.
Petalumajust reopened in August on the Upper East Side, and for Thanksgiving the Italian spot is skewing the usual dishes just a little to keep things fresh. The prix-fixe menu ($65) has jalapeno cornbread, kabocha squash bisque and heritage turkey with dark meat roulade. The desserts hew closer to tradition, but who complains about ricotta cheesecake?
If you don’t get Thanksgiving off, or just plan to spend the day shopping as Black Friday creeps into the rest of the week,Gotham Bar and Grill(12 E. 12th St.) will be seating until 9 p.m. for its three-course holiday menu ($135), which includes caviar, practically every major protein and spiced pumpkin mousse.
Our traditional Thanksgiving menu doesn’t much resemble what the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate back in 1620s Plymouth. Taste the real deal atChapter One’s Colonial Harvest Dinner (33 Greenwich Ave.). After extensive research, executive chef Warren Baird ( Esca ) created a menu that highlights the influences of Native Americans on the settlers’ cuisine. The meal ($39) will be served family style and includes roast venison with maple and cranberry, Ryaninjun bread made with rye and cornmeal, and hard cider, the traditional drink of most everyone at the time.
If you’re just not that into the Thanksgiving fare, head to212 Steakhouse(316 E. 53rd St.) for the turkey-free prix fixe menu whose star is certified Kobe beef ($75, add $30 for Kobe steak). Start with a half-dozen oysters and go all the way to the red wine caramel crème brulee without shaking a single tailfeather.
Got a vegetarian in your party? Head toDovetail(103 W. 77th St.), where turkey huggers can feast on a three-course prix fixe meal ($98) that includes truffled papparedelle with Brussels sprouts or black trumpet mushrooms and salsify. Turkey eaters, meanwhile, can nosh on slow-roasted turkey with confit leg agnolotti. The restaurant will also be giving out warm spiced doughtnuts and $5 mulled wine and hot apple cider during the nearbyThanksgiving Eve Balloon Blow-Upon Nov. 26.