Park Slope Thanksgiving Take Out Suggestions?
With a now 3 day-old baby in the house, we wanted to order a traditional Thanksgiving meal already prepared for 6 to be eaten at home with a minimum of work. We can go pick it up (from our place on Prospect Park West), and have been referred to a Brooklyn Heights place by the name of Garden of Eden Gourmet that offers this kind of Thanksgiving take out. Does anyone: 1) Have an opinion about The Garden of Eden Gourmet? and/or 2) Have any other ideas about other places that might offer the same (or better) food?
My wife and I don't have the three-day old baby (or a baby of any age) in the house, but we decided we wanted an at home Thanksgiving with a minimum of fuss and bother. We usually roast our own turkey and cook all the sides, but even for those of us who love to cook, it can be daunting.
So we decided to order the complete Thanksgiving turkey meal from Fresh Direct. They have several sizes (Very small, small, medium, etc.), with varying pricing and quantity. We selected the small option, and for $149 we are getting a fully roasted 8 - 10 pound turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Included in the price are a selection of four side dishes from a menu of about 10 sides and one dessert from a selection of four desserts (we selected a pecan pie).
The detailed instructions (available on their website before you make the purchase, so you can see what's involved before spending your money) suggest that it will take about 2 and 1/2 hours of cooking time on Thanksgiving, from warming/browning the turkey to heating the sides properly. That time is variable to some degree, depending on what size meal you choose and what sides (and how many) you order. It all comes delivered to your house. You can select delivery either Tuesday or Wednesday (we chose Wednesday).
We haven't done this before, so we were hesitant at first, but once we ordered it we realized this is a big relief for us. No shopping to be done, no brining, no early morning prepping, etc.
It's worth your while to get on the FD website and take a look.
Whatever you decide to do, here is wishing you and your newly expanded family a terrific Thanksgiving.
1. I would stay away from Garden of Eden -- it's a small "gourmet" supermarket (a chain of 4 or 5 I think) with high-ish prices. While their food is ok, their prepared food is mediocre. I would never trust them with my family's Thanksgiving.
2. A much better Brooklyn Heights choice would be Lassig & Hennigs. Local, family-owned, been in business ~50 years. Very good food.
3. FreshDirect is another good choice. I know several people who have gotten the entire meal from them and been VERY happy.
4. I think the Park Slope restaurant Applewood has sold Thanksgiving sides in the past -- not sure about the turkey. Why not give them a call and ask (note they have a new phone number - 718-788-1810)
I just got an email from Applewood saying that they are selling sides again this year. They are selling turkeys too, but uncocked. The Applewood turkeys do come with cooking and brining instructions though! I would buy my sides from there, and see if you can find the turkey from somewhere else.