Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the same-old, same-old this year. With so many fabulous options offered for to-go dining from top restaurants, you can spice up your holiday with international and regional flair.
Fogo de Chao
Thanksgiving goes Brazilian with Fogo de Chao. The Brazilian steakhouse has a generous Thanksgiving To-Go package that’s pre-cooked and ready to heat at home. You’ll get roasted turkey au jus plus Brazilian takes on classic holiday sides including sweet potato casserole, Brazilian sausage and apple dressing, sautéed asparagus, cranberry relish and cocoa fudge brownies with chocolate ganache for dessert. Pre-orders begin Monday, November 8 and must be picked up on Thursday, November 25.
It’s all about pies with Bubby’s Thanksgiving feast. Well, not just about pies, but you’ll be enjoying some of the best in the city if you order your Thanksgiving dinner from Bubby’s in Tribeca. The origin of Bubby's actually starts in 1990 on Thanksgiving Day, when Chef Ron Silver baked and sold pies out of a small kitchen. The restaurant is a New York City institution and known for seasonal menu items made from scratch and its classic, American cooking. Expect a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin’s and a fabulous selection of homemade pies. You may just decide to start your meal with a pie appetizer and finish with a pie dessert.
Virgil’s Real BBQ
Virgil’s adds a hint of their North-to-South BBQ expertise with a smoked version of turkey for Thanksgiving. Both the Times Square and Upper West Side locations will offer a dinner special for 6-8 people which includes an 18-pound smoked turkey with giblet gravy accompanied by Southern- and Northern-inflected sides like sausage and pecan stuffing, candied Brussels sprouts with pecans and Applewood smoked bacon, and Creole green beans along with traditional sides like housemade cranberry sauce (not the stuff from a can) and sweet potatoes topped with melted marshmallows. Of course, no American Thanksgiving would be complete without pie, and you’ll have a choice of apple or pumpkin.
Brooklyn’s Pig Beach offers the consummate meat-centric barbecue experience for Thanksgiving. Chef Matt Abadoo and Shane McBride have cooked up a “Heat & Eat” celebration. You start by constructing your favorite Pig Beach centerpiece like a whole wood-fire smoked heritage turkey, black pepper-crusted prime brisket or black pepper and herb-crusted turkey breast. Then pick your sides: brisket burnt end baked beans, candied yams with brown sugar and maple syrup or pineapple jalapeno coleslaw. Dessert takes on a Southern flair with key lime or chocolate pecan pies. The folks at Pig Beach have thought of your drinks, too, and you can order ready-to-pour craft cocktails available by the quart, local beer by the case and wines by the bottle.
You could hype up your meal by adding pasta or something Italian from Carmine’s regular menu but you might just want to stay American traditional with this fabulous dinner array. Order the family-style menu from either the Times Square or the Upper West Side location and enjoy an 18-pound roast turkey with sausage and sage stuffing along with creatively tweaked sides like Brussels sprouts cooked with Applewood smoked bacon and caramelized onions, sautéed string beans with toasted hazelnuts and red peppers, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and more. The meal serves six to eight and you can add apple or pumpkin pies to finish.
Black Barn’s farm-to-table American Thanksgiving meal has appetizers and sides designed to be served family-style with options for individual main courses to allow for a variety of sampling. You can select the entire menu or choose items a la carte to your taste. The prix fixe menu gives a taste of the region: wild mushroom toast with taleggio and parmesan; roasted squash, fennel and beets; and venison sausage with braised cabbage and apples to start (and share). Then decide on roast turkey with giblet gravy, beef tenderloin in red wine sauce or seared branzino with chanterelles. Everyone shares sausage and apple stuffing, maple-glazed sweet potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts and bacon, garlic mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. For dessert? Black Barn gives you a choice of four: warm apple crumble, pumpkin pie, butterscotch bread pudding or chocolate-cherry brownies. With any luck, you’ll have some fabulous leftovers for the rest of the week!
Little Chef Little Café
Chef Diana Manalang of Little Chef Little Café in Long Island City offers a holiday feast sized for solo diners to large groups. “Thanksgiving by the Plate” is the restaurant’s complete holiday meal and while the exact menu is still being finalized, it will include the likes of butternut squash bisque, turkey, stuffing, smothered green beans, roasted root vegetables, mashed potatoes, buttered corn relish, cornbread, gravy, cranberry sauce and apple crisp. If you truly hate turkey, you can also order the restaurant’s herb roast beef. To enhance your “plate,” add on bread pudding, smothered green beans, kale and cranberry salad, balsamic honey carrots, roasted root vegetables and mac and cheese. For an extra treat, Manalang’s Thanksgiving cupcakes decorated with turkeys and pilgrim hats or her pumpkin cupcakes are showstoppers. Be sure to post a photo to Instagram before you devour them.