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

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preppie foodie Nov 5, 2013 10:31 AM

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. rose water RE: preppie foodie Nov 5, 2013 11:15 AM

    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): http://www.dipaolaturkeyfarm.com/prod...

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      dyrewolf RE: preppie foodie Nov 5, 2013 11:20 AM

      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...

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        JC2 RE: preppie foodie Nov 5, 2013 11:22 AM

        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. Ttrockwood RE: preppie foodie Nov 16, 2013 01:08 PM

          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)

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            pbjluver RE: preppie foodie Nov 16, 2013 05:01 PM

            Check out Agata & Valentina - 79th & First

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              GaryUES RE: preppie foodie Nov 16, 2013 08:12 PM

              I have ordered from Ottomanelli on York many times and have been very happy with both their free range and wild turkeys.

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                rrems RE: preppie foodie Nov 16, 2013 11:50 PM

                We were very pleased with Violet Hill Farm at Union Square Greenmarket, and the price was very reasonable.

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                  rrems RE: rrems Nov 17, 2013 09:50 AM

                  Quattro's is another at Union Square. I haven't bought from them but they are supposed to be very good.

                2. Bob Martinez RE: preppie foodie Nov 17, 2013 08:19 AM

                  Where has your family bought its Thanksgiving turkeys before?

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