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Buying prepared Thanksgiving meal ...

uwsgrazer Oct 4, 2009 06:32 AM

Any suggestions for places to pick up a nice Thanksgiving turkey dinner that can be served at home? Only need to serve four people, though food for up to six or so would be fine, to provide for some leftovers. Pretty much just looking for well-prepared meal with the trimmings already provided.

I know it's still early, but just trying to plan ahead ...


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  1. DarthEater Oct 4, 2009 09:28 AM

    I'm assuming your from the Upper West Side so Fairway must have it.

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      uwsgrazer Oct 4, 2009 11:12 AM

      Yup, Fairway is basically my backup plan. I'm certainly willing to go there but I was wondering about other places that might have something more *special*. I (and one of the other diners) shop at Fairway regularly, so it would just be nice to have something different. Plus, it would be helpful to be able to order something in advance, to be assured of getting exactly what I want.

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        pbjluver Oct 4, 2009 05:25 PM

        Whole Foods

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          MMRuth Oct 5, 2009 06:24 AM

          This doesn't help for the whole meal, but I bought turkey gravy from Citarella last year and thought it was excellent. I know that you can order the whole meal there in advance.

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            uwsgrazer Oct 5, 2009 04:10 PM

            That's good to know. Have you had good experience with their prepared foods? I bought (cooked) lamb and a couple of side dishes for Easter dinner a couple of years ago and was really disappointed. The lamb was tough and dry! Fortunately, it wasn't a big deal in this instance but for Thanksgiving this year I'm really hoping for something nice. Doesn't have to be fancy, but just well prepared (not dried out turkey, for example). Fairway quality would be adequate, but I can't place the order in advance there. Plus, maybe something a little more special would be preferable. (Sorry, I realized I'm repeating myself from above ...)

            1. re: uwsgrazer
              MMRuth Oct 6, 2009 08:21 AM

              The only prepared foods I've ever bought from them are pretty basic ones - roasted peppers, stock, hummus and the gravy. Sorry I can't be of more help on that front.

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        piegirl74 Oct 5, 2009 10:38 AM

        Zabar's does an entire dinner in advance, too

        1. smokeandapancake Oct 5, 2009 01:26 PM


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            MMRuth Oct 5, 2009 01:51 PM

            I have a friend who ordered from them several years ago, and we both agreed that it was a pretty mediocre meal.

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              Jane A. Oct 6, 2009 12:50 PM

              Fresh Direct had major delivery problems last year and some people didn't get the holiday meal delivery at all. Would definitely not risk it.

            2. Toot Oct 6, 2009 08:09 AM

              Yura on 92nd and Madison in general has wonderful prepared meals for holidays. You can give them a call and check if they will be doing for Thanksgiving.

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                MMRuth Oct 6, 2009 08:22 AM

                While I've not had any of their prepared meals for holidays, I agree that they are likely to be very good - I've never eaten anything from there that I didn't like, and I think Square Meal is wonderful.

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                kathryn Oct 6, 2009 09:56 AM

                Good Enough to Eat did it last year, hopefully they will again this year:

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                  uwsgrazer Oct 6, 2009 06:18 PM

                  Thanks. Will definitely keep an eye out for Good Enough to Eat closer to Thanksgiving. Yura also sounds like it could be a good option.

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                    MMRuth Oct 7, 2009 04:05 AM

                    Re: Yura - I'll try to remember to post back when I see the Thanksgiving menu displayed there.

                  2. re: kathryn
                    uwsgrazer Oct 14, 2009 12:54 PM

                    Good Enough to Eat has posted its "Thanksgiving to Go" menu. Didn't see anything on Yura's website.


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                    BarbaraQ Oct 6, 2009 02:30 PM

                    I do monthly meal plans in the tri-state area and have done many of the NYC street fairs this summer to get our name out there. The response has been great. Thanksgiving dinner is a snap for our company. I can let you sample the quality of our home-cooked comfort food ahead of time if you are interested.

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