If you are planning to dine out in Manhattan this Thanksgiving, here are some unique ideas for a different kind of celebration:
If you are looking to spice up your Thanksgiving, then Jean-George’s Southeast Asian restaurant Spice Market located on West 13th Street is ideal. The exotic décor is sure to give your holiday a global feel. Chef Anthony Ricco has created an incredible fusion of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with shades of Southeast Asia’s street food. This ambitious feast will be served all day into the evening on Thursday, November 26th for $85 per person and will include choices such as; traditional roast turkey breast, turkey leg confit with wild mushroom gravy, sweet potato and ginger puree, mixed grain salad with tamarind dressing and dried fruits, rice pudding dumplings, and carrot and jackfruit cake. Go to www.spicemarketrestaurants.com to see the complete menu. Complete your holiday dinner with one of their seasonal fall cocktails including; Aki Punch, Naspaati Pear or Lychee Raspberry Martini
Address: 403 W 13th St, New York, NY 10014
BOCCA RESTAURANT AND BAR
If you are gastronomically Italian, but still want to celebrate Thanksgiving, then Bocca is the perfect choice. This “hidden gem” located on E. 19th Street is presenting a delicious prix fixe at $55 per person, that has traditional Thanksgiving elements with a Roman flair. The seasonal menu starts with an apple-celery root soup with candied walnuts followed by butternut squash, wild mushroom risotto and then an entrée of slow roasted turkey breast with Brussel sprout stuffing and sweet potato puree. The dessert is a mascarpone, pumpkin cheesecake. The regular menu is also available. Bocca has an extensive wine list with an elegant, but comfortable atmosphere. Chef James Corona prides himself on using authentic ingredients. Bocca was one of the elite group of restaurants mentioned in 2014 Michelin Guide.
EDI AND THE WOLF
Edi and the Wolf is named for executive chefs, Eduard “Edi” Frauneder
And Wolfgang “the Wolf” Ban. The restaurant has a rustic atmosphere and serves classic Austrian comfort food, paired with Central European wines including Rieslings and Gruner Veltliners.
The quaint decor uses reclaimed barn wood to create a rustic wood-slated ceiling and the space is adorned with antiques, including Victorian military boots that serve as flower vases. The restaurant’s centerpiece is a 40-foot rope (salvaged from an old church), twisted with lights to fashion a “chandelier” that now hangs over the unique copper bar.
This year’s Thanksgiving dinner starts with an amuse-bouche of roasted oysters, then on to a choice of scallop crudo or beef tartare for appetizers. The entrée is a duo of turkey or traditional spätzle served with butternut squash and a poached egg. The brioche stuffing and green beans are presented family style. An alternative is poached cod with a sunchoke puree. Dessert is a choice of apple strudel with salted caramel ice cream or a pumpkin pie cheesecake. This Thanksgiving dinner is $63 per person.
Address: 102 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Phone: 212 598 1040
Looking for a more gourmet Thanksgiving and an alternative to turkey? If so, we highly recommend the Breslin. As huge fans of Chef April Bloomfield, we are sure you will enjoy a wonderful dining experience on the day of gratitude.
The thanksgiving menu starts with the amuse-bouche and then a choice of a bay scallop with quince paste and bacon, or a wild mushroom and chicory salad. The second course is brook trout with honey-nut squash and cranberry, or a Cornish hen with a sourdough stuffing and Brussel sprouts. Dessert completes the meal with either bourbon pecan pie, or dark chocolate panna cotta. This is offered at $85 per person and there is a wine pairing to complete the meal at an additional $45 per person. The Breslin is open until 10 pm on Thanksgiving.
Address: 16 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
If you want to dine in one of the historical restaurants on the lower east side, then Thanksgiving at Katz’s is for you. In business since 1888, this Jewish deli continues to be a historical landmark for foodies in NYC. You could have a pastrami special or a hotdog with mustard and sauerkraut for this year’s Thanksgiving, but Katz’s is actually serving a Thanksgiving menu on November 26th at 5:30. This two and a half hour food marathon features traditional turkey, as well as Jewish specialties and yes – it does include pastrami, tsimmes, latkes and coleslaw. Tickets for adults are $80, for children under 12, $40 and children under five eat for free.
Address: 205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
Phone: 1-800-4HOTDOG or (212) 254-2246
Enjoy Thanksgiving and may you have many things to be thankful for!
RAISE YOUR SPIRITS AND GET THE DISH!