If it is your custom to dine out on Thanksgiving and you haven’t yet reserved a table at your desired location, consider this your wake-up call. Turkey Day is less than three weeks away, and the demand is only going to increase between now and then. If you haven’t yet picked a place, here are some options for a traditional or non-traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Situated on the 101st story of 30 Hudson Yards, Peak promises a Thanksgiving with views that you and your loved ones won’t soon forget. A three-course menu that is as American as the holiday itself centers on a roast turkey with rainbow chard and cranberries, a fennel sausage stuffing, and a carrot cake with cream cheese. The cost is $175 for a non-window seat, $195 for a window seat, and $225 for a corner window seat ($85 for children 10 and under). Peak, 30 Hudson Yards, 332-204-8547.
At Rosemary’s, on the cusp of Peter Cooper Village and Stuytown, Thanksgiving dinner will be served family-style. The three-course menu, priced at $48 a person, will also have a decidedly Italian bent, commencing with an antipasto of marinated artichokes, prosciutto, mortadella, caponata beans, and rosemary focaccia. Next comes roast turkey breast accompanied by a stuffing made with chestnuts, turkey sausages, and sage and a marsala gravy tinged with rosemary and fennel. An amaretti semifredo closes out the meal. Rosemary’s East, 350 First Avenue (at 20th St.), 646-868-5335.
Treat your family to Thanksgiving in Jamaica this year at Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe & Rum Bar in the East Village. Jerk turkey will be the highlight of a menu that also includes mac and cheese pie, potato puree, callaloo cornbread stuffing, and more. Sweet potato pudding and banana cream pudding for dessert. If you really want to celebrate Thanksgiving in Jamaica, Miss Lily has a branch in Negril as well as Dubai. Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe & Rum Bar, 109 Avenue A, 212-812-1482.
Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in France, but don’t let that stop you from booking a table at the veteran bistro La Goulue. Among the starters you will find lobster ravioli with black truffles alongside American seasonal favorites such as a butternut squash soup ever-so-slightly Frenchified via the addition of crème fraiche. Traditionalists will feel at home with the roasted organic turkey, which features both white and dark meat, while iconoclasts enjoy a pavé of salmon napped with a saffron Hollandaise. The Thanksgiving prix fixe is $92, $46 for children under the age of 12. La Goulue, 29 E. 61st Street, (212) 988-8169.
For something really offbeat, the Indian restaurant Sahib is offering a Thanksgiving menu complete with crisp-skinned tandoori turkey or rack of lamb marinated in a blend of homemade yogurt, fresh ginger, and crushed mint: the lamb arrives at the table drizzled with black lentil daal and served with creamy mushroom rice. An à la carte side of green bean stuffing combines green beans and carrots with onion, tomato, garlic, and Indian spices. Begin your meal with a pumpkin and ginger soup, and end with custard fruit pudding. Sahib, 104 Lexington Avenue, 646-590-0994.
Thanksgiving and all that jazz. That’s what you’ll literally find at Dizzy’s Club, which invites you spend an evening that commences with a menu of down-home southern comforts and proceeds to the stylings of trombone master Wycliffe Gordon — a former star of “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra” and member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Dinner commences with a trio of pre-appetizers for the table, among them a smoked trout dip and spiced pork cracklins. Onward and upward to shrimp bisque with bell pepper chutney, followed by a choice of options that includes smoked turkey breast and braised leg and thigh or blackened prime rib. End on a sweet note with either pumpkin pie or pecan pie with whipped cream. The charge, $200 per person, covers the cost of food, the show, and the gratuity. Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at at 60th St., 5th floor, 212-258-9595.
Carmine’s, which put family-style restaurant dining on the map, is featuring a flexible Thanksgiving meal plan that will accommodate families who dine out or dine in. The centerpiece of the restaurant’s “home-cooked” meal is an 18-pound roast turkey with sausage and sage stuffing and classic sides such as Brussels sprouts with applewood smoked bacon, a sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and maple syrup, and giblet gravy. The meal, which serves 6 to 8 people, costs $349. Carmine’s has New York locations in Times Square, at 200 West 44th Street, 212-221-3800 and the Upper West Side, at 2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200.