This year, the National Restaurant Association estimates that 14 million Americans will dine out for Thanksgiving, according to Huffington Post. In case you’re one of them, here are five Manhattan eateries we love that are offering special holiday menus. (Prefer to eat in Brooklyn? We’ve got you covered.)
- Hundred Acres
3-course holiday meal $65
212.475.7500Behind the French doors of Hundred Acres in SoHo is a warm dining room worthy of a holiday celebration. Kick off your Thanksgiving meal with creamy zuri squash grits topped with roasted chanterelle and royal trumpet mushrooms. For the main course, options include free-range turkey with cornbread stuffing and cranberry-kumquat marmalade; roasted pork with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts; and cauliflower ravioli with roasted grapes and crushed almonds.
- Back Forty
3-course holiday meal with 3 sides for the table $55
212.388.1990Tucked into the East Village, Back Forty is known for its simple and delicious fare. Get the festivities started with rutabaga, apple, and bacon soup or a roasted beet and fennel salad with crispy squid. Thanksgiving classicists will be drawn to the heritage turkey breast entrée, served with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce. Side dish options — served family style — include brussels sprouts with mustard maple dressing and roasted Kabocha pumpkin.
4-course holiday meal $68
212.627.1144Even carnivores will admit that sometimes, the best part of Thanksgiving is the sheer variety of veggies and side dishes on the table. Blossom is serving a vegan 4-course feast filled with the best ingredients of the season. Get started with jalapeno and sage cornbread or walnut and pumpkin ravioli. For your entree, choose between walnut crusted seitan (served with herbed stuffing and parsnip mash) and marinated grilled tofu over braised leeks and sautéed spinach. Don’t miss the pumpkin pie with cinnamon syrup for dessert.
- Colicchio & Sons
4-course holiday menu $115
212.400.6699At Colicchio & Sons, start your celebration with a market greens salad with fall vegetables, then move on to your pasta course, with delicious options like celery root and black truffle agnolotti. For your entree, enjoy organic Eberly Farms turkey (served with all the trimmings), or break with tradition and devour a ribeye of beef or Loch Duart salmon instead. (We won’t tell.)
4-course holiday menu $85
212.777.2410From a dining room overlooking Gramercy Park, get your meal started with something warm and hearty like the chestnut soup with roasted brussels sprouts. For the pasta course, agnolotti filled with Delicata Squash will keep things seasonal. Carnivores may have a tough time choosing an entree: roasted heritage turkey (with Italian trimmings of polenta and kale), roasted suckling pig, and turkey pot pie with mashed potatoes are all on offer.
Tell us: Have you eaten out on Thanksgiving? How did it compare to eating at home?
Author Jessica Colley is a freelance travel and food writer based in New York City. She shares the inside scoop on her travels on www.thegreatamericantraveldream.com.