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After Cooking 45 Annual Family Thanksgiving Dinners--My 95 Year Old Aunt Needs a Hand

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My 95 year old aunt, who introduced me to protest movements, "Ban the Bomb" activities, nuclear disarmament marches, creative painting, amateur dramatics, writing and health foods (which I never took to) has just broken the news to our small family that for the first time in 45 years--she is just not up to preparing the annual Thanksgiving Dinner! In the past, she would NEVER allow us to help her out--or to let us serve HER, for a change. But, alas, 'tho she is still full of vigor and vim--the time has come when she must close the kitchen to her very nostalgic son and nieces and nephews, who comprise our shrinking family.

But Aunt Sylvia is synonymous with Thanksgiving, so we're going to start a NEW tradition. There are only six of us--but with nary a cook in sight--we've decided to treat my Aunt to her first oven-free Thanksgiving dinner at a warm, homey restaurant.

We will celebrate the holiday in December--not on the actual Thanksgiving date.

So--any suggestions? Here's what we'd like:

----restaurant in Mid Manhattan or Upper West Side
----friendly atmosphere with kind service
----traditional foods included in menu that will
satisfy her "healthy" eats requirement, but allow
the rest of us some forbidden fats.
----Price range $35 (not including drinks)(Even when
we're treating her, she goes nuts at us spending
too much money on her--so we're keeping it around
that price in order not to to spoil her appetite!)

At 95, Aunt Sylvia, still rides the subways (refusing to let you meet her at the station!), dances up a storm at weekly folk dance classes, attends theater and ballet in the city (she lives in Brooklyn), and continues to contribute to "activist" newsletters. We really want to make her Thankgiving meal a loving "thanks" for all those many years that she made the holidays so special for us.

Thank you all for any suggestions.

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    Dave Feldman

    Gee, Lynn: Absolutely no restaurant jumps into mind, at least if by "traditional" you mean American food. Maybe it's because I'm not sure *any* restaurant is worthy of such a super aunt. What a privilege it is to have such a cool relative.

    Will be very interested to see what others will come up with.

    Dave