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Staying at Kitano, Park Ave. at 38th. Looking for an excellent restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner for 2 parents, 2 grown kids, one of whom is mostly paleo. Doesn't have to be totally traditional; in fact something a little unusual would be nice. Southern would be great. --Al

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  1. What's "Paleo"?
    That said, most of the restaurants won't be posting their opening times, service times, or menus until later next month. If you look through the topic from previous years you'll find that most restaurants which are open, have set service times - usually 3 or 4 seatings for the day - and a prix fixe menu. Virtually all of the menus have the traditional turkey, plus a fish, a vegetarian, and a meat offering. Pumpkin based and other desserts.
    To help focus on possibilities, you'll need to pick a price point per person. Last year, as I recall, the average good restaurant price was in the $75-$95 range per person, BEFORE drinks, tax and tips. Tax and tips add about 25%.
    Hope this helps as a place to start your thinking.

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    1. re: Jane A.

      from wikipedia:

      a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets.

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      1. re: Jane A.

        No grains, legumes/soy/beans, corn, potatoes, sugar, or dairy.

      2. How strict is the paleo diner? Most restaurants will serve a traditional meal with traditional sides, but an entree choice.

        Thanksgiving is all about foods that aren't on the Paleo diet. The turkey may have been cooked with some butter. The gravy will probably have flour. Cranberry sauce will probably have sugar in it, candied yams have sugar, mashed potatoes are out, bread/biscuits and butter is out, stuffing is out, pumpkin pie is out due to wheat, sugar, and butter. Maybe some vegetable sides might be OK if no breadcrumbs, and not creamed or cooked in butter. And salad, dependent upon ingredients and dressing.

        If they are willing to eat soy for one day, try Korean BBQ at Madangsui. Or go to a steakhouse. Keens isn't too far. Hill Country (Texas style BBQ so much less emphasis on sauce) may also work--just be sure to confirm which items don't have sugar.

        Are you only looking to stay in that neighborhood? You might be able to do Westville.

        Also, Hu Kitchen is a completely Paleo restaurant/cafe.

        1. He's more of a neo paleo, that is, he believes the philosophy and eats mostly meat and lower carb veggies, the sort our cave dwelling ancestors could harvest in down time from hunting megafauna. That said, he is also willing to make an exception for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and so on--if he can find a gym to make it right the next day.

          We could go anywhere the subway will take us. Daughter lives in Brooklyn, so happy to go there as well.

          --Al

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          1. re: nasadasin

            Repost your inquiry to the Outer Boroughs board (with the clarifying details + where your daughter lives in BK) to get responses there.

            If he's willing to make an exception for Thanksgiving, then price will be the determining factor. Thanksgiving is surprisingly expensive.

            Check out last year's offerings for an idea of the options:
            http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/11/...
            http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/1...

            1. re: nasadasin

              >he is also willing to make an exception for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and so on--if he can find a gym to make it right the next day.

              Wait a sec: cavemen didn't have gyms!

            2. Artinsanal is within walking distance of your hotel. They serve traditional and non traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
              We went there last year. Excellent.

              1. OK, will post on outer boroughs. But probably Manhattan is preferred. Price could be up to $80 or more each. We're already spending a fortune doing 4 days in NYC, so what's another $400 (with wine and dessert)?

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                1. re: nasadasin

                  Dessert will be included in any Thanksgiving prix fixe.

                  Can you give a per person, food *only* budget?

                  I'm ballparking you'll want something that's about $65pp. With a glass of wine, 8.875% tax, and 20% tip, that will come out closer to $100pp out the door.

                  $65pp is definitely on the low end for any "name" restaurants.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    no name is fine. $100 out the door, or it could go up to $120. The more I think about it the more I wish for spoon bread, squash casserole, collard greens, okra, stewed tomatoes--and some kind of fowl. I.e., Southern cooking. And pecan pie. Paleo be damned (sorry Nick).

                    1. re: nasadasin

                      Southern isn't exactly one of Manhattan's strong points.

                      I'm not sure if they'll be open for Thanksgiving, but you could try the Redhead.

                      Brooklyn will have more options.