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Oct 4, 2009 06:32 AM

Buying prepared Thanksgiving meal ...

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

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    1. re: DarthEater

      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.

        1. re: uwsgrazer

          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.

          1. re: MMRuth

            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

              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.

      1. Zabar's does an entire dinner in advance, too

          1. re: smokeandapancake

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

            1. re: smokeandapancake

              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. 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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              1. re: Toot

                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.

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

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                1. re: kathryn

                  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.

                  1. re: uwsgrazer

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

                  2. re: kathryn

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