Thanksgiving Menu Planner: Turkey and Prepared Foods
We've already given you a guide to eating out on Thanksgiving. But if you're cooking in this year, you're in the market for a big, fat bird, plus all the fixin's. Whether you're looking for a fresh whole turkey or a ready-to-eat meal, we've got your guide to Thanksgiving shopping in New York.
This guide is just for the main meal; pie will get its own post later this week. (Think of it as your Serious Eats Thanksgiving dessert.) And we'll have a separate piece on farmer's market shopping for a locavore's Thanksgiving.
Smoked turkeys, delivery turkeys, vegan Thanksgiving, turduckens, and more, after the jump.
The Big Names: Citarella
Citarella's free-range turkeys start at $2.49/lb, for a bird from 8-30 lbs. They also offer Bell & Evans for $2.99/lb, Kosher turkeys from $3.99/lb, organic turkeys from $5.99/lb, smoked turkeys from $4.99/lb, and turkey breasts from $4.99/lb (4-7 or 10-12 lbs). Nontraditionalists: their butcher shop will also have Cornish hen, capons, goose, suckling pig, pheasant, poussin, and more.
Prepared foods: starters including pumpkin ravioli and sweet potato bisque; fully roasted turkeys, turkey breasts, or Turkey Wellington; stuffed squash and other vegetables; chestnut, sausage, wild rice, and traditional stuffing.
Holiday orders: 212-874-0383. Multiple locations throughout NYC.
New York markets will sell their own free-range turkeys from $1.99/lb, Plainville Farms brined turkeys from $3.99/lb, and Kosher Valley turkeys from $2.99/lb.
Prepared foods: Plainville Farms fully cooked turkeys also available, both standard and organic; "Complete Thanksgiving Dinners," with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry-orange relish, and turkey gravy; a vegan Thanksgiving meal with pumpkin-apple soup, a wild rice "Holiday Roast," green beans, and mushroom gravy. Additional relishes and vegetables.
Multiple locations. Order online here.
Maplecrest turkeys, from $1.49/lb, Murray's from $2.39, Murray's pre-brined turkeys from $3.49, organic from $3.49, and Kosher Valley from $2.49. Order turkeys online here. Oven-ready turkeys, in pans and with butter, stock, gravy, and cranberry sauce, available through catering.
Prepared foods: soups including lobster bisque and butternut squash; roasted vegetables; cornbread, sausage, and mushroom stuffings; gravy, potatoes, and sweet potatoes; dinner rolls. Full packaged dinners also available.
Roasted turkeys start at $69 for 13 lbs.; 6-8 lb. bone-in breast, $72. Soups, honey-roasted yams, braised veggies, latkes, homemade cranberry salad, three kinds of stuffing, and more. Full menu here.
Zabar's, 2245 Broadway (at 80th Street; map), 212-787-2000
All available for delivery: whole turkeys from $1.69/lb, Plainville from $2.49, Empire Kosher from $3.29, and organic turkeys from $3.79. (Also—turkduckens!)
Prepared foods: whole roasted turkeys with gravy and cranberry sauce, starting at $59.99 to serve 6-8; gravy, cranberry sauce, creamed corn.
Dean and Deluca
There's a gorgeous spread from Dean & Deluca, but it'll cost ya. 10-pound Heritage turkeys start at $90; a dozen cream cheese biscuits, $25; apple cranberry relish, $16.
Multiple locations. Order online for pickup.
The Newbies: The Meat Hook
Meat Hook, the cornerstone of cult butcher Tom Mylan's brand-new meat palace, is taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving turkey. True free-range birds from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, start at $80 for a 10-12 lb. bird. Or get a Wild Turkey Wild Turkey—injected with bourbon butter brine and stuffed with sausage stuffing. Order online.
The Meat Hook: 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn (near Leonard; map), 718-349-5033
The Newbies: Dickson's Farmstand Meats
The longtime meat purveyor only recently set up shop in Chelsea Market. Dickson's Farmstand Meats will be selling fresh-killed turkeys from Amish farms in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, at $5/lb. Order online.
Dickson's Farmstand Meats, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (near 15th Street; map), 212-242-2630
The Butchers: Lobel's
This butcher shop sells organic, free-range Thanksgiving turkeys, starting at $74.98 for a 10-12 lb. turkey. (Comes with a custom cooler bag!) Advance order recommended. Order here.
Staubitz Market Meats
Fresh organic turkeys; call for pricing and availability.
Paisanos Meat Market
Bell & Evans, Murrays, Heritage, Organic, and wild turkeys; Bell & Evans and Murrays turkey breasts. Whole turkeys start between $3-$3.50/lb.
Bell & Evans free-range Heritage turkeys. Call ahead for pricing and availability.
Ottomanelli's, 285 Bleecker Street (near Seventh Ave; map), 212-675-4217
Prepared Foods: Bklyn Larder
The specialty foods shop sells a Misty Knoll Farm turkey stuffed with sausage and herb stuffing, $75 for 3lbs. Also available: pumpkin farro soup, stuffing, cranberry chutney and sauce, gravy, Brussels sprouts, sweet and mashed potatoes.
Orders requested by November 16th. Full menu here.
Good Enough To Eat
Whole roasted turkeys from the take-out menu are $10/lb; pre-sliced, $16. Plus three kinds of stuffing, maple orange sweet potatoes, and more. Full menu here.
Yura on Madison
All sorts of prepared foods: sherried mushroom bisque, ready-to-carve turkey, "good gravy"; sage and walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, maple-whipped sweet potatoes; corn succotash, roasted romanesco and Brussels sprouts, cornmeal chive scones.
All orders must be placed by Sunday, November 22nd, by 4:00 pm. Order online.
Yura on Madison, 1292 Madison Avenue (near 92nd Street; map), 212-860-1707
Vegans and Non-Vegans: Butterfield Catering
Meat-eaters can order an oven-ready turkey, $5.50/lb for 12 pounds and over, along with pumpkin and corn chowders, gravies, stuffing, and several sweet potato sides. For the vegan contingent? Grain "meat" roast by Field Grain Co, vegetable gravy, cranberry sauce with orange zest and apples, green beans with wild mushrooms, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes and fresh bread, plus a chocolate tofu mousse. Meat package starts at $142 for 6 people. Vegan starts at $30/person.
Order by November 21st. Full menus here.
Texas-Style Turkey: Hill Country
A full Thanksgiving feast for 5-8 starts at $175, including a whole smoked turkey, cornbread and honey butter, three sides, and a 10" pie. Or get the turkey, sweet potato bourbon mash, Texas toast stuffing, shoepeg corn pudding, and classic pies a la carte. Full menu here.
Everything But The Bird: Blue Smoke
While they won't fry or smoke you a turkey, Blue Smoke has all the fixin's—sides and pies, ready to bake or ready to serve. Order before Tuesday, November 24th at 6:00 PM. Pick up by 11:00 PM on Wednesday, November 25th.
High-End One-Stop Shopping: Commerce
If you're looking for a full-on restaurant quality take-home meal, Commerce in the West Village is an excellent bet. For $55/person, get a whole roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole.
High-End One-Stop Shopping, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Fare
Whole roasted turkey, turkey breast, Long Island Duck, and more available by the pound, along with green beans and Turkish pistachios, sweet potatoes with Spanish paprika. Or if you're hosting a hungry crowd, the $400 package can feed up to 15, with a 22-25 lb. turkey, veggies, soups, potatoes, breads, and pie. Order by November 20.
Oddball Turkey Day: Momofuku Bo Ssäm Thanksgiving
If you're thankful for David Chang this year, bring him home for Thanksgiving. $350 gets you an all-inclusive takeout dinner for 8: a whole roasted pork shoulder with kimchi and pork gravy; chestnut apple stuffing; cranberry relish; sweet potato gratin; green bean casserole; biscuits with honey butter; and rice pudding pie. A pretty traditional meal, as Momofuku goes. View menu here.
Momofuku Ssäm Bar, 207 Second Avenue (at 13th Street; map), 212-228-0031 or firstname.lastname@example.org