New York Magazine did a decent job of telling you where to go out, but they missed a few places, and they didn't take into consideration the environs. On Thanksgiving you want to have room to stretch, unbutton your pants, and talk to your dining mates without screaming, and without your neighbors being in your lap. Here are ten places you can do all of the above and eat really well at the same. I've tried cover as many neighborhoods as I could. If there are other places in other neighborhoods that should be on the list, add them here.
235 E. 4th Street (Ave. B)
New York, NY
Ahktar Nawab can cook, and the tariff is a very reasonable $30.
35 McDougal St. (at Prince)
$70-Cozy dining rooms here plus Marc Meyer's sophisticated, earthy cooking equals a fine Thanksgiving.
43 East 19th St, (Park Ave. South)
$115 is pricey, but do use great ingredients here and the tables are wonderfully well-spaced.
Madison Square Park:
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Park (at 24th St.)
$125 is a lot of money, but where else can you get a foie gras appetizer on Thanksgiving without paying a surcharge. There is a $75 supplement if you choose the pasta with white truffles. Did the Pilgrims know from white truffles? I don't think so.
Lincoln Center-Upper West Side
72 W. 69th Street (just east of Columbus)
New York, NY
$79--Bill Telepan is one of the great long deep flavor cooks, perfect for Thanksgiving, don't you think? Plus, the dining room is civilized and easy to talk in.
Upper West Side Ouest 2315 Broadway (bet. 83rd and 84th St.) New York, NY Ph:212-5808700 $75: Tom Valenti is the long, deep flavor king, so if I were eating Thanksgiving anywhere but home I would eat here. Befitting his Italian heritage, Valenti offers a pasta course featuring braised pork shoulder and fennel sausage before he serves turkey with all the trimmings.
149 Broadway, nr. Driggs Ave.,
$60 Spacious digs, good cooking, and if you live in Williamsburg, you don't have far to travel.
The Farm on Adderley
1108 Cortelyou Rd., nr. Coney Island Ave., Ditmas Park West;
$40: One of the few prix fixe menus that hew to vegetarians proffers a shepherd’s pie of Swiss chard, portobello, mashed potatoes, and white gravy versus the giblet version poured over its roasted organic bird.
1 Water St., at Broadway, Dumbo; 718-522-5200.
Take the country-style turkey in one of the city's most festive settings and finish with an only–in–New York Chocolate Brooklyn Bridge.
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