Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals of the year. I’ve been lucky because someone else has always cooked for me; I suppose that’s one of the benefits of a small Manhattan apartment. These days I like to let restaurants do the work, which makes the day so relaxing for everyone involved and gives you time to enjoy the parade.
Tony’s is one my favorite places for family-style dining on Thanksgiving. For $35 per person you’ll get a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings and none of the stress. They are friendly, prompt and serve up great food, including dessert. I love the sweet potatoes and apple pie. If you’re craving Italian food, you can order from the regular menu to round out your experience. 147 W. 43rd St. and 1081 Third Ave.
For groups of eight or more, this is the perfect spot. The menu includes an 18-pound turkey, sides and a pie for $239.95, or $30 per person. They book up fast, so get your request in and save doing the dishes for another day. The meal includes five sides and sausage and sage stuffing. They give all their food that Italian kick of garlic and spices to make it special. 200 W. 44th St. and 2450 Broadway
Bocca offers a four-course dinner with homemade pumpkin pasta and turkey with apple sausage chestnut stuffing. Their homemade pastas are top notch; I’ve been known to order it for dessert. They don’t serve family style so you’ll have your own platter for $40 per person.
Monica DiNatale is a deals expert, food host and author of“365 Guide New York City,”a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and Craft Beer Week festivals. She dines out eight days a week in search of the best deals in the Big Apple. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback ande-book.