Relax In the Park

Relax In the Park

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 Park Avenue Autumn

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Park Avenue Autumn
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
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Thanksgiving is awesome. There’s nothing quite like watching the big game with your family, drinking until you fall over and spending the day eating nonstop.

However, having the whole family over to enjoy some turkey usually takes at least three days of cleaning before two days of cooking and leaves you burned out and giving thanks that you have the next few days off of work to recover. Obviously, after the big day is over the last thing you want to do is get back in that kitchen (even if just means pouring a bowl of Rice Krispy Treats cereal). So instead, head to Park Avenue Autumn. Yup, Michael Stillman’s Park Avenue Autumn is back and here to help you recover; so sit back, relax, and stuff your face.

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In honor of your second favorite holiday, Black Friday (seriously, who doesn’t love fighting through mobs of people to get a discounted TV), start your meal off with the Black Friday Toast. With Turkey-Sage Sausage and all the fixin’s on top of crunchy toast, it’ll be sure to hit that sweet spot. Since you probably won’t want to see another turkey again until next year, order the Long Island Duck for dinner; made with spiced figs, fennel and foie gras jus, you won’t be sorry you switched birds. Plus, they also have all of your favorite side dishes, like Broccoli with Cheetos, Miso Glazed Brussel Sprouts and Brûléed Schmaltz Yams to chow down on if you really are craving those leftovers.

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Obviously, no dinner is complete without dessert, so make sure to leave some room. Since you already had the traditional apple pie or pumpkin pie (or both) on Thanksgiving, go ahead and gobble down (pun intended) the Apple Tatin Crème Brûlée, or go for the Pumpkin Chai Sundae. However, if you decide you’d rather drink your dessert, both the Pumpkin Spice Bellini and Hop Scotch (blended scotch whiskey, homemade toasted epita oregated and pumpkin butter) are sure to have you thanking your parents for the fact that you’re over the age of 21.

So take a break and recover from all the mayhem. After all, there’s nothing to be more thankful for than having that extra day off of work to relax, besides your family that is.

By Stephanie Hartmann

Stephanie Hartmann writes and edits E.S.P. Eat. See. Play. lifestyle content for CBS New York