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Nov 5, 2013 10:31 AM

The Thanksgiving torch has been been passed--and now I have to order my first turkey in NYC. Help!

My food obsessed family is coming to me for the big day. Love any suggestions or places to avoid. I live on the UES but will travel a reasonable distance for a good bird. I've heard Graces does their own brining. Any reports? Also curious about Citarella or Whole Foods. I'm worried Fairway will be too much of a mob scene on the pick up front but I'm open to it. Also, has anyone had good luck or recommendations for any of the Union Square Greenmarket Vendors. Thanks for your help!

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  1. I've never actually been the one to procure the turkey for our family, but I keep pushing to, and I'd love to hear what others have to say. There's also Dickson meats at Chelsea Market, where the meat is locally/ethically sourced and always looks pristine.

    I love the DiPaola ground turkey I've gotten at farmer's markets. From their website, it seems you can preorder turkeys from them by emailing them (but the cost is unclear):

    1. I am a Fairway West side guy, and it is easy... Any time wasted in a line (not much) is more than covered by convenience. You order now and pick up a reserved turkey. In fact, the turkey order on the website is live now. I may do my bird today. You can get good, better, best from $1.99 to $9.99 They even have one heritage bird (at $9.99)
      I get a no antibiotic, no hormone, never frozen bird and it is fine (it's turkey after all...) you can buy a pre brined (I spatchcock the bird, which I recommend so no need to brine)
      If you want a more "epicurean" bird like there are other sources, the $$ is way different...

      1. I have ordered from William Sonoma - they ship. Very good - brined or not brined. I have picked up from Gourmet Garage - not bad, and in my neighborhood (96 and Park) not too zooy

        Either way, the real answer is delivery, and almost everyone will.

        1. Todaro Bros (2nd ave near 31st st) has Murray's turkeys for pre-order, i didn't see the pricing though
          (They have a great cheese selection there fyi)

          1. Check out Agata & Valentina - 79th & First