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So, you just looked at your calendar and realized that Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Ahh! You still have no plans, your family is too far for you to trek to, and there’s no way you’re slaving over a stovetop and cooking. So what should you do?

Here at The Daily Meal, we understand your plight. That’s why we’ve compiled this last-minute list of Manhattan restaurants (in addition to our earlier Thanksgiving-dinner roundup you can find here) serving up special Turkey Day menus, making it easy as apple pie to partake in the ritual of stuffing your face, and without a heaping helping of stress. No matter your price-point preference, you’ll be able to find an NYC eatery to call your temporary home for the holiday.  

Whether you want a traditional homey spread or something fancier for the festivities, the following restaurants provide plenty of options for the discerning New Yorker to choose from. Wherever you wind up, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and we’re thankful for your readership!

Humphrey at the Kimpton’s Eventi Hotel

If you can’t choose between celebrating Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, make it easy and choose both with the Thanksgivukkah-themed dinner at Humphrey. Dishes include green onion and zucchini latkes with brandied jalapeño applesauce and crème fraîche; "The Ultimate Thanksgiving Sandwich" with roasted turkey, cranberry chutney, green apple and cornbread stuffing and grandma’s gravy on marble rye or sourdough; and pumpkin cheesecake with candied cranberries and malted milk chocolate ice cream. Cap off your night by booking a room with views of the Freedom Tower.

ATRIO at the Conrad Hotel

From noon to 9 p.m., ATRIO is serving an elevated interpretation of the usual Thanksgiving spread along with some non-traditional selections, including apple and chestnut soup with toasted pepitas and foie gras crostini; Arctic char crudo with cucumber mustard relish, hearts of palm, and lemon aioli; and butter-basted turkey with chestnut and cornbread stuffing, baby heirloom Brussels sprouts, spiced yam purée, and cranberry sauce. Vegetarian options include seasonal cauliflower risotto with hazelnut brown butter and poached egg and a local burrata with heirloom tomatoes and balsamic. Executive chef Antonio Cardoso’s menu also features non-turkey mains like acacia honey roasted cod and maple-glazed Berkshire pork chop, and goes for $60 per person.

James Beard House

Any meal at this house-turned-culinary-shrine in the West Village is special, so you’d better be ready for an extraordinary experience on a major eating holiday like this. Chef Brandon Frohne of Mason’s in Nashville, Tenn. brings his Southern cooking skills to New York City for an epic five-course meal with wine pairings.  Dinner starts with pass-around hors d’oeuvres like deviled farm eggs with heritage pork belly marmalade and mustard seed caviar and spiced sweet potato-walnut biscuits with blackberry mostarda and speck. After that, you’ll be whisked upstairs where the dishes gets even more outrageous. View the full menu to rev up your salivary glands, and make reservations as soon as possible because seating is limited.  

Asíate at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Overlooking Columbus Circle and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Asíate is an excellent choice for extravagant diners. At $108 per person, you’ll be treated to an opulent feast featuring autumn squash velouté with ricotta croquettes and ham, turkey roulade with a foie gras emulsion, and venison with dark chocolate and pistachios. And if you drink too much wine to feel like trekking home, you can spend the night in a cushy suite.

Clement at The Peninsula Hotel

If you’re looking for a place that feels luxurious yet still provides the comforts of home, Clement has you covered. Chef Brandon Kida will wow you with his presentations on dishes like heritage turkey with shiitake mushroom gravy; scallop degustation with truffle, cauliflower, and lardo; butter-poached lobster with kabocha squash, chanterelles, and beurre fondue; and porcelet with Honeycrisp apples, chestnuts, and cabbage. The interior was designed by the acclaimed Yabu Pushelberg and features ornate rooms each done up in different styles, including a "mirror room" with an array of reflective artwork, a "color room" with a 60-foot hand-etched jungle growing over the buildings of New York City (entitled "Wild New York") and a book room that’s inspired by old-school hotel libraries.


High-rollers should consider Betony’s three-course dinner ($115 per person; $60 for each person 12 and under; available from noon to 8 p.m.), which offers enticing choices like poached hen’s egg with black trumpet mushrooms and ginger; smoked foie gras with kabocha and buckwheat; and grilled Kobe beef tenderloin with romaine and sweetbreads. Guests will receive an appetizer, entrée, and dessert, and sides (including roasted parsnips, pickled beans, cornbread stuffing, and gravy) will be served family-style with the main course.

It’s Thanksgiving morning and you’ve just settled in with your pumpkin latte to watch the parade when your phone rings. "Aunt Jane has gotten sick and won’t be able to host this year," says the voice on the other end. "You have a big dining room, would it be too much trouble if everyone came to you?" After almost choking on your coffee, you agree. How hard could hosting 18 people in your home in five hours be? Don’t worry – we have you covered with a way to manage your time so you can have dinner on the table by the time guests arrive.

Click here to see the Best Store-Bought Stuffing Taste Test (Slideshow)

10 a.m.

First stop, the market.

No time to make a whole turkey, so pick up two 3-pound boneless turkey breasts. They feed about 10 people each and cook in about 1.5 hours. Grab 2 pounds of butter, a pint of whipping cream, and 1 pint of whole milk. 

Next stop, the disposables aisle, you are NOT going to want to scrub pans when this day is over! You’ll need four (one large one for the turkey breasts, one for the stuffing, one for the mashed potatoes,  and one for the sweet potatoes).  Get one roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil — you’re totally screwed if you run out! 

Grab two bags of cubed stuffing mix, poultry seasoning, cinnamon, maple syrup, powdered sugar, 2 quarts of chicken stock, and three cans of whole-berry cranberry sauce (hey, don’t judge)!

Next stop is the bakery department. Pick up two bags of rolls and a couple of pumpkin pies — you’ll doctor it when you get home.

Finally, you careen into the produce aisle where you grab two big bags of Brussels sprouts, two bags of peeled and cubed white and sweet potatoes (thank God someone else did the legwork), two lemons, one package of sliced button mushrooms, and two of those blessed pre-chopped mixes of carrots, celery, and onions. Grab some hummus, a bag of baby carrots, and some pita chips.

That should have taken you one hour if you didn’t stop for the extra shot of espresso at the Starbucks café in the market. 

Print out this Shopping List:

  • Two 3-pound boneless turkey breasts
  • 2 pounds of unsalted butter (8 sticks)
  • 1 pint of whipping cream
  • 1 pint of whole milk
  • 1 pint orange juice
  • 4 disposable aluminum tins: 1 large, 3 deep 12-by-10-inch rectangular tins
  • 1 roll heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • 1 pound mixed salted nuts
  • 1 container hummus
  • 1 bag pita chips
  • 2 bags cubed stuffing mix
  • 1 small container poultry seasoning
  • 1 small container cinnamon
  • 8 ounces maple syrup
  • Small container powdered sugar
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 3 cans whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 bags of good bread rolls
  • 1-2 pumpkin pies
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 3 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 2 bags each peeled and diced sweet AND white potatoes
  • 1 orange
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 package sliced button mushrooms
  • 4 cups fresh diced carrots, celery, and onion mixture

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