Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday, right? So what’s with all the time spent in the kitchen? For those of you who would rather sleep in and have the feast prepared for you, here are five restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner done right, each one just a train, bus or boat ride away.
Russo’s on the Bay | 164-45 Cross Bay Blvd. | 718.843.5055
This far-flung Queens neighborhood is best known to most Manhattanites for its proximity to JFK, but it’s also one of the city’s best unheralded stops for opulent Italian-American cuisine. At this waterfront restaurant, start with an antipasta platter of shrimp-stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari and hand-rolled mozzarella with sopresseta, before moving on to pork osso bucco or pollo marsala. There’s traditional turkey, too, but of course it comes filled with spicy, sausage stuffing.
Cost: $50 for a four-course meal
Times: 12pm to 10pm
Getting There: Q41 bus to 164th Avenue/92nd Street
Rhinecliff Hotel | 4 Grinnell Street, Rhinecliff | 845.876.0590
Ninety minutes north of midtown, this historic railway hotel boasts a scenic perch on the banks of the Hudson—and a two-minute walk from the Amtrak station. On November 22, warm up with mulled wine and local apple-squash soup, before digging into locally-grown roast turkey topped with a kumquat-cranberry relish. For sides, try the wild mushroom bread pudding or sweet potato gratin. If it’s up to you, have a Hudson River sunset with your dessert.
Cost: Four-course family-style, $42.95 for adults / $19.95 for children
Times: 12pm to 5pm
Getting There: Amtrak to Rhinecliff Station
Castle on the Hudson | 400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown | 914.631.1980
You only have to go 25 miles north of NYC for dinner in a genuine Norman-style castle. Built by a retired civil war general 100 years ago, the castle now operates as a hotel. T-Day dinner at on-site restaurant Equus offers refined options like Japanese “Kabocha” Pumpkin Soup, applewood smoked duck breast salad, roast barnyard turkey with maple sweet potato puree, Branzino or grilled black angus, carmelized chocolate torte and squash cremeux.
Cost: $95 for a four-course meal, $45 children’s menu
Times: 12pm to 7pm
Getting There: Metro-North to Tarrytown. Bring a bike—the castle is one mile from the station.
Amanda’s | 908 Washington St. | Hoboken, NJ | 201.798.0101
A few blocks from the harbor front in New Jersey, directly across the Hudson from Manhattan, Amanda’s offers one of the area’s most delicious food. Start with the pumpkin soup with mushroom chips and truffle foam or a smoked leek and brie tart with crispy prosciutto, then ease into a slow cooked prime rib or traditional oven roasted turkey with stuffing before really giving thanks for the apple strudel with fresh whipped cream. No extra charge for sweeping views of the NYC skyline.
Cost: $55 for a three-course meal, kids under 12 half-price
Times: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Getting there: Take the PATH train or the ferry to Hoboken Terminal.
The Farm on Adderley | 1108 Cortelyou Road | 718.287.3101
On November 24, South Brooklyn’s foremost farm-to-table spot will be serving up a traditional (or not so traditional) Thanksgiving feast. Take the classic route with a turkey dinner followed by pie or deviate with yellowfin tuna and the arctic char.
Cost: $55 for three-courses.
Times: 12:00-8:30PM. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com
Getting There: B or Q train to Cortelyou Road