Sure, Thanksgiving is usually an at-home thing, but New Yorkers aren’t exactly known for following the rules. In honor of our brand-new Clean Plates Guide to Brooklyn, here are some restaurants in the borough offering special holiday menus (update: Our Manhattan Thanksgiving round-up is now also available):
Palo Santo (adults $60, kids $30)
Start off with rutabaga and apple soup, followed by mid-courses of sweet potato ceviche, chicory salad (with bacon, sherry vinegar and queso cojita), roasted cauliflower (with chimichurri) and anticuchos de pavo (turkey kabobs). Mains are a toss-up between chestnut dumplings, line-caught swordfish and wild boar shank with parsnip purée; plus, there two ways to get your turkey: Pavo en Mole Poblano (braised with plantain stuffing) or roasted with quince, brussels and celery root gratin. Call 718-636-611 to reserve a spot between 2 and 8 pm.
iCi ($65 per person)
Enjoy a feast of sugar pumpkin-leek soup, white polenta and mushroom ragu, and a roasted Violet Hill Farms heritage turkey with black truffle potato purée, among other mains. Finish with a roasted bosc pear tartlet, warm pumpkin brownie or a concord grape panna cotta. Reserve a spot between 2 and 9pm by calling 718-789-2778.
Farm on Adderly (adults $55, kids $20)
Reserve your spot at this locavore-minded spot in Ditmas Park for a $55 three-course Thanksgiving meal with a vegetarian option. A children’s plate is also available for $20 for those 12 and under. Reservations run from 12:30 to 8 p.m. or at the bar from 1 to 8:30 pm. Contact email@example.com.
Aurora ($60 per person)
This Williamsburg sister of our Soho standby will offer an Italian-style meal with a $60 three-course prix fixe menu. Expect a Vermont Natural turkey with apple sage stuffing and gravy, as well as other delicacies such as risotto and butternut squash. Lasagna with be available for vegetarians. Reserve a spot between noon and 10 pm by calling 718-388-5100.
Henry Public ($14 for a turkey leg sandwich)
If you feel like skipping the ceremony of a full Thanksgiving meal, Henry Public in Brooklyn Heights may be the place for you. Get one of their famous grass-fed turkey leg sandwiches ($14), and round out your meal with deviled eggs, red cabbage slaw, smoked almonds and juniper pickles. Yum.
Tell us: Have you eaten out on Thanksgiving? How did it compare to eating at home?
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