Instead of sweating the day away in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, make a reservation for a stress free Thursday. From calm and casual bistros to high-end restaurants, New York City offers many options for turkey day.
Roey’s (1 Perry Street) Roey’s is small, casual and comfortable farmhouse type bistro. A popular haunt for wood-fired pizzas, Roey’s is offering a simple family style Thanksgiving menu at an affordable price. Adults are $50 and children $25. You’ll start with Mozzarella, Stracciatella and Prosciutto, an Apple and Arugula Salad with delicate squash and shaved parmigiano, and Pizza Knots with black garlic butter. Sides include Smoked Cheddar Polenta and ‘Nduja and Roasted Pear Stuffing with ricotta. The main attraction is the Wood-Fired Turkey roasted breast with sauteed mushrooms, sage gravy and brussel sprouts. Dessert is your choice of Apple Pie with maple cheddar and whipped cream or the Malted Chocolate Budino with burnt marshmallow and salted caramel. Definitely plan a revisit with the family for a pizza night with house made cheese appetizers.
Leonelli Taberna (7 East 27th St) Leonelli is a Roman-inspired trattoria in the Evelyn Hotel with bright white modern decor. If a prix-fixe menu is more than your group needs, consider Leonelli. Their regular menu will be available all evening with pastas starting at $22 and fish $27. For Thanksgiving they are serving the Heritage Turkey Plate with Roasted Breast and Braised Leg, brussel sprouts, stuffing and sage gravy ($28). Reservations are available from 12-8 p.m. Meet the family for happy hour from 4-7 p.m. to take advantage of discounts like $5 Foccacia with mushroom balsamic onions and Pork Sausage with smoked mozzarella and hot peppers. Double down for $10 Meatballs and Mozzarella. Creative drinks are $8 and beer $5. You can also order pies in advance to enjoy at home for the holiday. Choose from Apple Crostata ($25) and Cranberry-Ricotta Cheesecake ($30).
L’Amico (849 Avenue of the Americas) L’Amico is offering a $72 prix-fixe menu with varied selections for each course plus a $36 wine pairing option. In addition to Wood-Fire Roasted Heritage Turkey, diners can choose from feasts like Roasted Dry-Aged Prime Rib with Barolo sauce and King Salmon. Appetizers include Gnocchi Parisenne with cacio e pepe and Butternut Squash Soup. If you really want to splurge, add white truffles from Alba, Italy to your gnocchi for $22. For dessert choose Pumpkin, Apple or Pecan Pie and call it a night. The glass lined room and open kitchen guarantee an energy filled dining experience. If the kids aren’t turkey eaters, keep in mind their perfectly charred brick oven pizza.