What restaurant did you eat at on Thanksgiving?
- Brian S Nov 22, 2007 05:50 PM
If you had your Turkey Day dinner at a restaurant -- even if it wasn't turkey -- please share. Tell us about it here, and next year I and anyone else needing a place to eat will look at this post and maybe get ideas.
Me, I ate at Taqueria Coatzingo. It was packed with happy families and instead of being alone I felt a part of a big happy fiesta. Mexican music played nonstop. I had oxtail and squash in green sauce. No turkey in sight but I didn't miss it at all.
I'm not going to actually name the restaurant because I view our experience as largely our fault and not the restaurant or staff - who by 7:00 PM when we arrived were like walking zombies. I will say that for $220.00 for 2 it was simply not worth it and a big mistake, as the food was simply pedestrian and disappointing. That price included 2 cocktails, 2 glasses of wine, and a 3-course prix fixe menu - from which we elected the turkey & fixings entree.
Against all my best instincts and experiences and still hoping and praying that dining experiences on traditional holidays would be so much more than they actually are, and after having "just OK, but not for the money" experiences at top restaurants for Valentines Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas, my wife and I have finally decide to say no mas!
We will still go out for those holidays but probably to Chinese or Mexican restaurants, or diners - any place else is just too much of a disappointment for the price.
I'll leave fine dining to my usual Tuesday-Thursday routine.
You can toss New Year's Eve into the piss-your-money-away pot (IMO, the MOST expensive Holiday dinner, with the "understanding" that you get a "champagne toast")...limited menus, food tastes as if mass-prepped hours before and service wanting, as in wanting to not be there in the first place.
We went to Aurora Brooklyn: 5 course prix fixe for $65 which included a complimentary cranberry mimosa. You also could have ordered each of the prix fixe specials individually and any of the items on the regular menu were also available. The place was packed so a reservation was necessary to get in.
I thought the meal was great but one course too long for me: I would have eliminated the pasta course. Also, service was a little spotty at times (they completely forgot my husband's coffee and the desert took forever to arrive). Overall, I'd go back.
I had T-Day dinner at Kabab "Downhill Alert" Cafe. We had the appetizer platter (foul, baba, humuus, falaffel, fried frisee, apples), blue crabs, pumpkin dumplings, whole sardines, polenta with goose fat and goose liver with bits of sauteed vegetables (crazy good), corn casserole, and then five courses of fowl -- poussin mish-mish, a whole quail, whole squab, duck, and goose. Dessert was usual mix of homemade Egyptian desserts with a little store-bought apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie.
For this feast, we paid less than any of the folks above, although I daresay more than Taqueria Coatzingo.
re: Dave Feldman
Maybe I do need to reconsider my opinion about KC...
Brian, great meal pick. If I was home I would've probably done similar. I eat at my grandparents' house in Queens every year, but the turkey is awful and ordered somewhere. Basically, I hit Jackson Heights on the way, get pan de bonos for everyone, have a few tacos and then head over to a Turkey Day feast where I just eat piles of Italian antipasti and ignore the turkey.