Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday, right? So what’s with all the slaving away in the kitchen? For those of you who would rather sleep in and have the feast prepared for you, here are six restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner done right, each one just a train, bus or boat ride away.
No. 7 | 7 Greene Avenue | 718.522.6370
It’s all in the family at this inventive Brooklyn restaurant, where the three-course feast will be served around one large communal table. No. 7 promises some sort of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing, but don’t expect it to be just like mom’s, given chef Tyler Kord’s propensity for out-there flavor combos like celery root soup with fried calamari, turkey leg enchiladas, and vanilla pudding with miso bananas.
Cost: $85 for a three-course family-style meal, including beer and wine, and leftovers
Times: There are two chances to catch the meal, at 3pm and 6pm
Getting There: C train to Lafayette Avenue.
Russo’s on the Bay | 164-45 Crossbay 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 mozarella 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: $55 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: $85 for a four-course meal, $35 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 harborfront in New Jersey, directly across the Hudson from Manhattan, Amanda’s offers one of the area’s most delicious food, and this Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to see what we mean–and support a community still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Start with the spiced butternut squash soup with honey-vanilla crème fraiche or pumpkin risotto with sweet rock shrimp and roasted pumpkin oil drizzle, then ease into a slow cooked prime rib or traditional oven roasted turkey with stuffing before really giving thanks for the apple strudel with caramel drizzle and crème anglaise. No extra charge for sweeping views of the NYC skyline.
Cost: $45 for a three-course meal, kids under 12 half-price
Times: 1:00pm – 7:30pm
Getting there: Take the PATH train or the ferry to Hoboken Terminal.
The Farm on Adderley | 1108 Cortelyou Road | 718.287.3101
On November 13, South Brooklyn’s foremost farm-to-table spot will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving feast hosted by Sarah Lohman, historic gastronomist and educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Discover our country’s fascinating roots (quite literally, learn about this holiday’s original recipes), while enjoying dishes like green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Times: To attend the 7:30pm seating, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting There: B or Q train to Cortelyou Road