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Thanksgiving Dinner—OUT

mhoffman Sep 15, 2006 04:04 PM

Boston/Pittsburgh hound here.

My family's NYC Thanksgiving-with-the-relatives plans just fell through, and we're searching for a place to eat the meal out on the town. I am a traditionalist about such things and am, needless to say, disappointed. However, I'm determined to make the best of it.

So, where should we eat? What's open? I was thinking Peking duck somewhere. Other ideas?

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    chow_gal Sep 15, 2006 05:08 PM

    Many rstaurants are open and serve traditonal offerings. No need to go Chinese. I had it at Savoy one year. I wonder if Park Avenue Cafe offers it - would be a good setting I should think. Try American cuisine restaurants: Gramercy Tavern; Union Square Cafe; 11 Madison.

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    1. re: chow_gal
      ronzen Sep 15, 2006 05:14 PM

      Danny Meyer is great to his team-so all of his restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving. I would Call the Concierge at the Waldorf. If you're not interested in Peacock Alley, they can give you a list of what's open that day in NYC.

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      kesues Sep 15, 2006 05:24 PM

      As it gets a little closer, a good place to look is via opentable to determine which restaurants will be serving thanksgiving dinners are there are quite a few which will serve trational fare.

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        dd992emo Sep 15, 2006 06:50 PM

        Had Thanksgiving dinner at Le Madeleine a couple of years ago. Regular menu, plus a turkey, etc special. Not crowded. Great food and I love the place. Waiter seemed a little less than thrilled to be working that day, but he wasn't too bad.

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          emilie01 Sep 15, 2006 07:09 PM

          I don't know what your budget is, but when I was in college in NJ my roommate and I would come up to New York every year and go to Churrascaria Plataforma for Thanksgiving dinner - it's an all-you-can eat Brazilian restaurant (lots of red meat and an AMAZING salad bar). There are 2 locations - one on W. 49th St. and the other in Tribeca. It was our splurge to make up for the fact that we wouldn't be going home for Thanksgiving - I think it's $50 a person (not including drinks or dessert). Talk about a lot of food - and they served turkey along with their usual meats. The atmosphere is very nice too. This was 5 years ago, but I imagine they're still open on Thanksgiving day...

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            calypsogirl Sep 15, 2006 07:17 PM

            craft also has a great thanksgiving dinner. reservations required.


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              mhoffman Sep 15, 2006 08:06 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions so far, everyone.

              I may have been unclear: I find the idea of having a Thanksgiving-style meal out rather depressing. Home cooking is my first choice, but if I can't have it, I don't want a facsimile - even if it's facified.

              Does Craft serve thanksgiving fare? Or the normal menu? Or both?

              Oh, and while we're at it, what's the best Peking duck around? I don't care about price, location, or ambience. I just want the very best.

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                chow_gal Sep 15, 2006 08:10 PM

                maybe your post then should be: Seeking Best Peking Duck?

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                  mhoffman Sep 15, 2006 08:50 PM

                  (Wow, New York really is a tough place.)

                  No, I'm not *only* interested in Peking Duck. I'm also interested in other ideas of places to eat on Thanksgiving.

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                    ronzen Sep 15, 2006 09:41 PM

                    Peking Duck House on Mott Street.

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                  calypsogirl Sep 15, 2006 09:11 PM

                  this is old, but worth checking out:


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