Thanksgiving is a time for feasting but most New York City apartments don’t have a kitchen that’s quite big enough to accommodate the influx of sides and trimming. Chefs throughout the city are answering the call and preparing elaborate meals for small, dine-in parties or for socially-distanced takeaway.
Holiday Gourmet To Go
Avoid the hassle on Turkey Day and let these NYC restaurants do the heavy culinary lifting.
Nuhma Tuazon immigrated to the United States from the Philippines and, after working in Michelin starred kitchens, opened her own eponymous Long Island City spot in 2014. Nuhma is providing a choose-your-own-adventure experience for Thanksgiving this year. Choose between a brined, ready to roast turkey or have a fully cooked turkey delivered straight to your door. They’re offering 3 different kinds of stuffing, 2 sweet potato casseroles, 2 varieties of mashed potatoes (1 vegetarian), and 2 wintery salads. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without dessert and Nuhma has 4 pie options and 2 tart selections. Try the famous pumpkin pie with graham-ginger crust, candied gingers, and autumn nuts. Orders must be placed by November 18.
While many NYC restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals-to-go for the first time, Hearth has been offering annual holiday at home feasts for years. Located in the East Village, this Tuscan-American eatery has 2 ways to stuff your face, holiday style. Order just the bird and trimmings for $55 per person or go all out with the full feast for $75 per person. The meal starts with squash soup before moving on to roasted turkey breast and braised leg and thigh. Sides include traditional stuffing with cremini mushrooms, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables with honey and thyme, cranberry sauce, and rich gravy. Choose between classic pumpkin pie or an apple crisp for dessert. Everything is packed for family-style serving at home. Keep the good vibes rolling and add the “All of the Drinks!” beverage package to receive aperitif and fortified cider, dry riesling, and pinot noir.
Families that want to get out and enjoy some semblance of normalcy can make reservations at Le Crocodile in Brooklyn. On November 26, enjoy your Thanksgiving meal in either the amply heated outdoor garden or in the main dining room with plenty of space between tables. Seating is available for parties of 2-6 from 2:30-9 p.m. for $110 per person. If someone in your party is still wary of being close to others, reserve a private room. Several rooms on the second floor of the Wythe Hotel have been converted into private dining spaces for 4-10 guests. Reservations are available from 1-8:15 p.m. for $150 per person. The menu begins with winter squash soup with black truffles and a Waldorf salad. The Heritage turkey is carved to order with cranberry sauce. Accompaniments include pork and sage sourdough stuffing, mashed potatoes, maple and honey glazed carrots, and green bean casserole with mushrooms and shallots. Enjoy a sweet finish to the meal with a pear frangipane tart or classic pumpkin pie with brandy cream. There is also a selection of ice creams and sorbets. Vegetarian menus are available upon request.
The holidays will be different this year without all of the hubbub around Rockefeller Center. Bring a bit of The Rock festivities home by ordering Thanksgiving dinner from The Rainbow Room (bird’s eye view of Manhattan not included). The full, Thanksgiving meal for 6 is available for $325 and includes turkey 2 ways (Heritage roasted and turkey leg roulade), a choice of pumpkin or parsnip soup, and a choice of pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie for dessert. There are 9 additional sauces and sides included with the meal like caramelized Brussels sprouts with roasted pear, Okinawan sweet potato with maple butter, and cornbread stuffing. If your party is smaller than 6, everything can also be ordered a la carte. Orders must be received by 5 p.m. on November 23.
Eleven Madison Park
Eleven Madison Park, one of NYC’s great dining destinations, is offering pick-up Thanksgiving meals for 4-6 or 8-10 people. Each meal includes a roasted turkey, sage gravy, brioche stuffing with Turkey sausage and dried currants, and apple cranberry pie (as well as a slew of other sides). Want to make the holidays an extra fancy affair? Add 4 oz of white sturgeon caviar to your order. Not luxurious enough? How about adding burgundy truffles or white truffles with Feather Ridge Farm eggs and a truffle shaver? Add wine or bottled cocktails to complete the luxe experience. EMP has pickup locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut, Manhasset, and the Hamptons. For every meal kit purchased, 10 meals will be donated to New Yorkers in need through EMP’s partnership with Rethink Food.