You’ve seen Part 1, you perused Part 2, and you still have not made reservations? This means you may end up eating a flavorless Perdue bird and cleaning up the mess after the family leaves. Don’t fret. There’s still time NYC. We’ve got even more restaurants with some killer (at least that’s what the turkey is thinking) deals for Thanksgiving 2012:
Bar Americain (152 West 52nd Street – Midtown West) -How about a little Turkey Day Bobby Flay style? Bar Americain’s Thanksgiving Day menu is a 3-course prix fixe for $80 per person. There will be Vidalia onion soup, maple glazed roasted turkey, gulf shrimp and grits, and four choices for dessert. I would pick the Bourbon praline profiterole with vanilla bean ice cream.
The Farmhouse at Bedford Post (954 Old Post Road – Bedford, NY) – Why a place 45 minutes outside of the city? Because I think this is a great idea. Take over the resort, have the whole family over and enjoy a weekend adventure together. Bedford post will serve a 4-course menu served from 2-8 pm at The Farmhouse prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan. The menu includes buttermilk biscuits, wild mushroom minestra, squash tortellini, grilled branzino, smoked turkey, bittersweet chocolate cake and pumpkin pie. The menu is priced at $90 per adult and $45 per child. Besides, you never know if you’ll catch a glance of part-owner Richard Gere.
Benoit (60 West 55th Street -Midtown East) – How does $65 for a 3-course prix fixe sound? Better when you can add more dishes for $7? Benoit is adding a particularly French touch with their homemade foie gras terrine (comes with a fall fruit chutney and Parisienne brioche), a traditional roasted Vermont farm-raised turkey, with a foie gras/chestnut stuffing, cranberry chutney, and a fricassee of potato, pearl onion and wild mushroom; and of course dessert. Check out their site for the entire menu.
Fishtag (222 West 79th Street – UWS) – Turducken anyone? Fishtag’s $40 prix fixe menu ($62 with beer/wine pairings) includes a Turducken with fixin’s. I can’t think of a better way to try the beast (it’s really delicious, actually). Other dishes on their menu include tortellini en brodo, a lamb burger with smashed fries and whipped feta, AND an apple tart tartine. The beer pairings are pretty darn sick! 21st Ammendment Monk’s Blood, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, and Shipyard Pumpkinhead.
Highpoint Bistro (216 7th Avenue – Chelsea) – From 11:30 am – 10pm, Highpoint will make their Thanksgiving feast available for dine-in or take-out. Their prix fixe is $39 for three courses and includes dishes such as butternut squash soup with pomegranate molasses and elderflower marshmallow, stuffed pumpkin with couscous, fall vegetables and piquillo puree, AND a warm espresso apple tart with espresso caramel and vanilla ice cream. I’m hungry, are you?
Kefi (505 Columbus Ave – UWS) – I love this place. The food is fantastic. Chef Michael Psilakis will offer a Greek-American 3-course prix fixe menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert from 12pm-10pm at $25.95 per person (Meze for 3-4 guests $21.95; $10.95 kids menu). Having grown up with Greeks in the family, I always look for feta at the table. The menu includes dishes such as: Turkey Avgolemono (traditionally a chicken, lemon, and orzo soup), braised lamb shank (can’t call yourself Greek if lamb does not make an appearance), and a walnut cake with walnut ice cream. I think this is a win.
Lulu & Me (235 Fifth Avenue – NOMAD) – Executive Chef Karen Fohrhaltz will be switching things up a bit with her pre-Thanksgiving menus. From Monday, November 19th to Wednesday, November 21st (4:30 pm – 10 pm), Lulu & Me will be serving up turkey polpettinis, slow braised turkey legs in white wine with porcini mushrooms, boned out turkey thighs stuffed with mushrooms…you get the idea.
Madison Bistro (238 Madison Ave – Midtown East) – Maitre Cuisinier Claude Godard will be offering a 3-course prix fixe at just $45. Think duck foie gras mousse, Atlantic salmon papillote (baked in parchment), and a Grand Assiette for dessert including a pear crumble, walnut creme brulee, and a chocolate Napoleon.
Mandarin Oriental (80 Columbus Circle – UWS) – How about a Thanksgiving to Go? If you’re entertaining at home, this may save your life (and sanity). The Mandarin Oriental’s ready-made dinner comes with a traditional-style slow roasted farm-raised turkey with sage pan gravy. Sides include baby beets, chicory, endives, roasted grapes and verjus, buttermilk mashed Yukon potatoes, country sourdough bread stuffing with leeks and roasted chestnuts, baked homemade macaroni with three cheeses, and lots, lots more. Dessert choices include pecan pie with chantilly cream and pumpkin pie with aginger snap cookie. Turkey-To-Go is $60 per pound (minimum of eight pounds) and serves 2-4 guests. Call +1 212 805 8800 ext. 8321 to make your orders before Monday, November 21, 2012.
Marble Lane (355 West 16th Street – Chelsea) – Located at the Dream Downtown, Marble Lane specializes in steak house fare. Chef Trevino has crafted an American-inspired 3 course prix fixe menu ($65 per person) that gives Thanksgiving favorites a twist. Dishes include turkey gumbo with fried okra, sweet potato risotto with roasted pecans and Parmigiano Reggiano, and an herb roasted turkey with a sweet potato puree, Brussel sprouts, and stuffing.
November 13th, 2012