Why not give thanks for all of the people who want to cook our big holiday meal for us. Whether dining in or taking to go, here’s how to leave Thanksgiving to the pros.
Give thanks from the enchanting outdoor patio at Café Pinot, surrounded by downtown’s skyscrapers. A unique Thanksgiving menu complements this unique setting, including pumpkin soup with cardamom spiced marshmallow, pepitas and mitake mushrooms, stripe bass in a spiced lemon verbena quince broth, and pumpkin pie or your choice of dessert. The pre-fixe menu is available for $55.
Starting at 2 p.m., Cecconi’s is giving thanks for one particular fall ingredient—black truffle. In addition to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner ($45 for adults) complete with turkey, gravy, vegetables and mashed potatoes (all garnished with truffles, of course), they will also offer specials like a butternut squash tortelli, and a cauliflower, butternut squash, and gorgonzola pizza with shaved black truffle. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without dessert—end your meal with a slice of ricotta and pumpkin cake.
In addition to the traditional dishes, Farmshop will be offering sides such as butternut squash puree with toasted plum seeds and brown butter, glazed carrots with raisins, honey and spice, and wild rice pilaf with chestnuts, currants, red cabbage and dill. Farmshop’s wine and cheese experts can help you host the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail hour, complete with gourmet appetizers such as smoked trout deviled eggs, salmon rillettes with pickled vegetables, and avocado hummus with pomegranate and Nigella seed.
Gordon Ramsay at The London
Indulge in the savory flavors of fall with a Gordon Ramsay Thanksgiving. Pumpkin soup, mushroom risotto, turkey with sage stuffing, butter poached halibut and baked apple tarte tatin steal the scene at this decadent feast. The menu will be served from 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and costs $95 per person.
Jar is dishing up a family style Thanksgiving dinner—the Roasted Turkey will be accompanied by six sides including cranberry relish, cornbread and turkey sausage stuffing, sweet potato au gratin, mashed potatoes and gravy, long-cooked mustard greens, and roasted onions with almond pesto. Make sure you get seconds of your favorites before dessert—pumpkin pie or chocolate pecan pie seal the deal. Dinner will be served from 1 p.m.-8 p.m., and costs $85 for adults.
Go beyond turkey this year with an all-out Thanksgiving brunch at Livello. They’ll have to roll you out of the restaurant after you get seconds (and thirds) of their oysters, snow crab legs, smoked salmon, lobster mashed potatoes, Brie macaroni and cheese, and more! From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., join in the family-friendly festivities including a cookie decorating station for the young-uns. While the kids are frosting and sprinkling, you can treat yourself to unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Mary’s for just $20 extra. Dinner is $80 for adults, $40 for children 12 and under.
If you want to indulge in one of the most elegant Thanksgiving dinners in town, you’ll want to be at Mélisse. Thanksgiving classics get fancy-schmancy, like the pumpkin soup with black trumpet mushrooms, cinnamon Toast, and chestnut mousse. For a mere $48 additional charge, you can add white truffles to your lobster ravioli. If the turkey with chanterelle, apple and brioche stuffing with pomegranate gravy isn’t classy enough for you, you can opt for a whole roasted dry aged prime rib. Don’t miss chef Josiah Citrin’s signature praline pecan yams for dessert. All this (excluding drink) can be yours for $95 ($42 for children under 8).
Bet you never thought you would eat Thanksgiving dinner inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall! Dig into a holiday spread that is anything but traditional—lobster veloute with paysanne and argmagnac crostini, butternut squash risotto, rabbit ballotine, roasted halibut with escarole, Haricot Vert, pearl onions, grapefruit nage, and apple cinnamon bread pudding are some of the highlights of this mouth-watering meal, which costs $65 for four courses.
Pink Taco is helping you give back and enjoy your holiday dinner this year with pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Tailgate, or their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. On Wednesday, November 21 from 9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., ring in Thanksgiving with live music, kegs, beer pong and more, all benefitting the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. On Thanksgiving morning from 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m., you can help Pink Taco feed over 1,000 homeless individuals and families at their Sunset Strip and Century City locations. Can you say ‘karma’?
Rock & Reilly’s
Football lovers, unite! For a casual, affordable Thanksgiving, Rock & Reilly’s is the place to be. Opening early at 9:00 a.m. for those who actually want to watch the game, they will be serving up bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys all day for just $12, and a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for just $9.95—now that’s a deal to be thankful for.
Want an Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner this year? Join Scarpetta of Beverly Hills for a brunch buffet of colossal proportions. Herb roasted turkey with fegato and cranberry mustarda, whipped potatoes with truffles and parmigiano, citrus cured salmon with orange and fennel salad, and, just so you remember its Italian, spaghetti with tomato and basil await in this tantalizing feast. Dinner is $88 per person, and unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Bellinis are available for an extra $22.
Tavern caters to the family with all kinds of dietary needs, from vegan to carnivorous. For meat-eaters, a turkey dinner with potatoes and gravy is paired with chestnut stuffing, sweet potatoes and shallots, brussels sprouts with pancetta, and cranberry sauce with orange and mint. Replace the meaty dishes with fingerling potatoes and wild mushrooms persillade and you’ve got a meal fit for a (vegan) king! Dessert is your choice of pumpkin pie with piloncillo or candied pecan tart with vanilla ice cream. On Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m.-8 p.m., you can partake in this first-rate meal for $65 per person.
The 101 Coffee Shop
Starting at noon, you can enjoy a classic spread of roast turkey with stuffing, mashed or sweet potatoes, green beans and a slice of your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert for a mere $18.95.
Forget fasting the night before to make room for Thanksgiving dinner—celebrate Thanksgiving Eve (it’s a real holiday, we swear) at Tortilla Republic. From 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. until close, feast on $2-$6 small plates like Jalapeno croquetas, carnitas tacos, and BBQ chicken quesadillas, and wash it down with margaritas, Spanish wines and Mexican beers. Just like the pilgrims ate!
Waterloo and City
Waterloo and City is giving you all the things you really want this year—watch the game while indulging in an all you can eat Thanksgiving buffet for just $39, no cleanup necessary! In addition to turkey and all the fixin’s, there will be an oyster bar, charcuterie plates, and ribeye or salmon Wellington for those not so keen on turkey. While you have a slice of pumpkin or pecan pie (or both), your kiddos can make a mess at the ice cream sundae corner.
Avoid those holiday lbs with a fresh, market-inspired Thanksgiving dinner at Ammo. Get your turkey and pumpkin pie, as well as some twists on the holiday classics—kabocha squash soup, horseradish mashed potatoes, and cranberry chutney with ginger and tangerine. Be sure to place your order by November 18th.
Auntie Em’s Kitchen
Enjoy the taste of a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner without ever picking up a cookbook—Auntie Em’s Kitchen is taking the work and stress out of your holiday by whipping up a set of entrées and sides for $35 per person, with additional a la carte and dessert offerings starting at $9.95. Engorge yourself with a classic turkey and gravy combo, or opt for a vegetarian savory nut pie with mushroom gravy, and complete your meal with sides including stuffing with granny smith apples and sage, sweet potato casseroles with pecans and brown sugar, and mashed potatoes with cream and butter (Paula Deen would be proud), and orange cranberry relish.
Bouchon Bistro has the classics covered—including the Thomas Keller turkey! This one-stop shop is the place to be, serving up stuffing, cranberry relish, green bean casserole, roasted sweet potatoes, and a cornbread loaf so you won’t have to lift a finger. For dessert, the bakery downstairs will offer pecan, apple and pumpkin pies, as well as seasonal macarons and pumpkin cupcakes. Get your orders in by November 15th.
Josie gives you everything but the turkey this year, with a menu of sides and desserts to take home for Thanksgiving dinner. From the traditional dishes (garlic mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing) to the updated classics (cranberry and orange relish, and yams with maple syrup, raisins and butter-toasted walnuts), Chef Josie has you covered. All you have to do is plan ahead—orders must be placed by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20th. Don’t forget Jonna’s award-winning sticky pecan pumpkin cake and beer-and-bacon caramel corn from Next Door for dessert! Call us a turkey, cuz we’re stuffed just thinking about it!
It’s a California-style Thanksgiving from Huckleberry, featuring turkey in various forms from meatballs to thighs, and an extensive array of seasonal veggie sides (sautéed brussels sprouts with caramelized onions or roasted butternut squash with maple syrup and walnuts, anyone?). The a la carte menu also includes a thoughtful selection of muffins and teacakes for the morning of or after—for those pesky guests that just won’t leave—and of course desserts including maple walnut pie and gingerbread layer cake. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th, and as an added bonus, Huckleberry will offer complimentary coffee and house-made sweet treats to customers when they pick up!
Lindy & Grundy
The ladies of Lindy & Grundy are putting the turkey in Turkey Day, offering you three options and price points by the pound to help you pick the perfect turkey this year, starting at $9 per pound. Birds will be available both for delivery and pick-up. Stay tuned for a selection of pies, biscuits and other treats that will soon be available for your holiday spread.
Let The Deli at Little Doms take care of your meal while you worry about more important things—like Nana getting tipsy from drinking too much eggnog. They’re preparing a splurge-worthy spread of freshly made deep-fried turkey with giblet gravy (drool), fennel, sausage and mushroom stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake. All orders must be placed by November 20th, and can be picked up on Thanksgiving day! Couldn’t be fresher than if you made it in your own kitchen.
Forget the turkey—we all know dessert is the most important part of Thanksgiving dinner. If baking isn’t your forte, let Magnolia Bakery help wrap up your meal. Pies abound with pumpkin, double-crust apple, and black-bottom pecan pie (with a hidden chocolate layer underneath), and of course, Thanksgiving themed cupcakes topped with Magnolia’s to-die-for buttercream frosting. Place your orders beforehand, and don’t forget to save room!
We’re intrigued by M.B. Post’s stuffing with wild rice, pork sausage and sage, and cranberry kumquat relish, but what Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without whipped garlic and olive oil potatoes and turkey gravy? And don’t forget the bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits! Make sure you place your order by 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th. Go ahead and take credit for the meal, if you think you can fool your guests.
Attention vegans and vegetarians: Mohawk Bend didn’t forget about you! They are offering a slue of vegan dishes either as a set menu for $80 (serves four) or individually, including roasted brussel sprouts with apples and almonds, mashed potatoes and gravy (vegan, interesting), sweet potato casserole, stuffing, rolls, and pumpkin bread. Whew! With all that food, you won’t even miss the turkey!
Susan Feniger’s STREET
This year, Thanksgiving is going global at Susan Feniger’s STREET, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options to boot. Pumpkin and poblano tamales, chicken and waffle croquettes, caramelized onion and apple chorizo cornbread stuffing, and pandan and coconut creamed corn are just a few of the multicultural selections that put a twist on the traditional Thanksgiving fare. All orders must be ordered three days in advance, and be picked up by November 21st.