Given the confines of a New York City apartment kitchen, Thanksgiving dinner is hardly the Norman Rockwell painting you'd imagine it to be. But, luckily, that doesn't mean it has to be as truly disastrous as any of Gossip Girl's Thanksgiving episodes. For something in between, check out our picks for everyone from the Thanksgiving-dinner purist to the tofurkey lover. These festive menus will take care of you from soup to nuts—or from potatoes to pie.
by CHLOE Though they serve up tasty vegan and gluten-free options year round, in celebration of Thanksgiving and National Vegan Month (who knew?) by CHLOE is stepping up their game. Their menu includes a lemon-caper seitan burger, with sautéed kale, harvest stuffing, rosemary gravy and fresh cranberry sauce on a potato bun with air-baked sweet potato fries and a pumpkin cupcake topped with maple frosting and marshmallows. These items will also be offered on Thanksgiving day as a special combo, but if you can't stay away, check out their Black Friday brunch menu to nurse that tofurkey hangover. 185 Bleecker St; (212) 290-8000
KOA Really, the only thing anyone might ever miss from a typical Thanksgiving dinner is noodles. If that's the case, this trendy noodle bar has got you covered. On the big day the main event will be their turkey sorba: noodles in a soy-milk broth, combined with curry-flavored fried turkey, arugula, potato and other spices and sauces. Their menu also boasts five kinds of omakase small plates including roast beef, yuzu shrimp, bang bang chicken and two seasonal vegetables, with pumpkin cheesecake serving as the perfect ending to a meal, and the perfect beginning to a food coma. 150 W 30th St; (212) 244-0410
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Arepa Factory Consider this a pregame for Thanksgiving. This recently opened East Village eatery will be closed on Turkey Day, but every day from now until November 30th, they'll be offering a Venezuelan staple mingled with all of the cozy flavors of Thanksgiving. Chef Rafael I. De Garate will swap out the maize dough typical to an arepa in favor of a sweet potato-corn hybrid filled with the good stuff: turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce. 147 Avenue A; (646) 490-6828
Hill Country For something slightly offbeat, try this barbecue joint's dine-in or take-out options for Thanksgiving. Their to-go feast can feed anywhere from five to 12 people and includes festive comfort foods with a southern twist, such as their skillet cornbread or Texas Toast stuffing. If you're headed to their Brooklyn or Manhattan location, you'll be treated to their pit-smoked turkey, sweet potato bourbon mash and other savory sides. Round off the meal with one of Hill Country's signature pies: bourbon pecan, caramel apple streusel or classic pumpkin. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children, with seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 345 Adams St; (718) 885-4608. 30 W 26th St; (212) 255-4544.
Dirck the Norseman & Greenpoint Beer & Ale Some of us choose to eat out on Thanksgiving, but sometimes the choice is made for us. With this idea in mind, this Greenpoint haunt is hosting their third-annual Orphan's Thanksgiving Dinner, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner following at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A $50 ticket includes a traditional turkey dinner with all of the fixings, plus unlimited beer and wine until 9 p.m. Children under 12 eat for free, and everyone is encouraged to BYO dessert to spread the holiday spirit that was nearly sucked out of you when your friends and family decided to leave you out of their plans. 7 N 15th St; (718) 389-2940
Reynard The Wythe Hotel's restaurant is back again with an all-day prixe fix menu with seatings from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. At $85 a person, the feast begins with a shared charcuterie platter and pear and parsnip soup before moving on to the entree: your choice of turkey, brook trout or prime rib, accompanied by a medley of vegetables, stuffing and the works. Served family style, desserts include apple pie, pumpkin mousse cake, apple cider sorbet and ginger beurre noisette ice cream. 80 Wythe Ave; (718) 460-8004
Pomeroy Though this Astoria restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving day, chef and owner Bo O'Connor will be offering her take on traditional holiday dishes all week. Highlights include a seasonal toast of Italian sheep's milk ricotta with cranberry compote and rosemary to start, Turkey pot pie, cornbread sausage stuffing, and a bourbon vanilla bread pudding. 36-12 Ditmars Blvd; (718) 721-1579
Burke & Wills Designed by Executive Chef Rodrigo Nogueira, this Australian Bistro's Thanksgiving menu is a work of art. For $50 per person, their offerings boast pumpkin soup, candied pecans burrito, turkey, pork and chestnut stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts and more. Think comfort food, but a little more refined. Burke & Wills is still taking reservations, but only for earlier in the day from noon to 1 p.m. 226 W 79th St; (646) 823-9251