Check out some of the restaurants and great chefs that are making the Thanksgiving holiday a culinary delight for their guests. Woman Around Town has a few suggestions for your dining pleasure. We suggest you make reservations because these spots are very popular
Strand Bistro in The Strand Hotel (Midtown)
The Strand Bistro features a three course meal is $65.00 or you can order items a la carte. There is also a children’s menu available, ideal for the whole family after the parade. With a menu by renowned Chef Jason Tillman, you will be delighted by their special selections.
Start your Thanksgiving meal with a choice of appetizers: Roasted Pumpkin Soup; Duck Confit with wild arugula, celery root, acorn squash and sweet potato dressing. Or enjoy Baby Lettuce Salad with roasted beets, goat cheese, pistachio and balsamic reduction.
Turkey-Turkey is served with candied sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, cranberry, sage stuffing and giblet gravy. You can also choose from Long Island Fluke Almondine, Juniper Braised Venison Osso Bucco or Lobster Ravioli.
Finish your culinary adventure with Warm Chocolate Cake, Classic Pumpkin Pie or Apple Strudel Cake with pumpkin gelato and caramel sauce.
Strand Bistro is located in The Strand Hotel in the Times Square area at 33 West 37th Street. Call (646) 368-6395 or visit www.thestrandbistro.com.
BUSTAN (Upper West Side)
Bustan is serving a $65 three-course with an individually priced side menu plus a limited regular dinner menu from noon to 8 p.m. For the restaurant’s first Thanksgiving, Executive Chef Efi Nahon’s three-course with sides menu showcases his multi-Mediterranean cultural approach to food and his use of the kitchen’s centerpiece, the dome-shaped, brick-lined, wood-fired taboon oven.
For turkey enthusiasts, there’ll be Free Range Turkey with silhan & black peppercorn glaze, sausage and nut stuffing, gravy, cranberry and pomegranate relish and yams. The fowl choice is on prix fixe or $32 à la carte. The Lobster and Berkshire Pork Belly Terracotta with roasted tomatoes, chestnuts, rosemary, Jerusalem artichokes, baked in flaky bread dome is also on the prix fixe or $46 a la carte.
Starter highlights include: Foie Gras a la Plancha with glazed figs, aged cherry vinegar, French toast and bittersweet black tahini priced at $26 on its own. The Acorn Squash Cheese Fondue, taboon roasted with melted kefalograviera, butter and brown sugar topped is $13.95.
The availability of a la carte menu of Bustan’s most popular dinner dishes will enable diners to bow out of acknowledging Thanksgiving altogether if they so choose. It also means vegetarians can count on Bustan on Thanksgivings, while everyone can count on the colorfully intimate restaurant to particularly festive.
Bustan is located at 487 Columbus Avenue, (bet. 83rd & 84th) New York City Call (212) 595-5050 or visit www.bustannyc.com.
Clement at The Peninsula (Midtown at 5th Avenue)
Clement has a Thanksgiving buffet presented in the sophisticated urban chic setting overlooking Fifth Avenue served from noon to 8:00 pm. Chef de Cuisine Brandon Kida’s American buffet with more than 60 dish choices based on ingredients sourced throughout the Northeast for $155 and for $75 for those 12 and under.
The raw bar will feature Caviar, Lobster, Crab Claws, Oysters, Shrimp, Gravlax, Tuna Sashimi and Scallop Ceviche. There will be three carving stations with Heritage Turkey with shiitake gravy, Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb plus four more entrée options: Turkey Wings; Whole Salmon with citrus and fennel; Honey Baked Ham; and Whole Roasted Cauliflower Heads. Then there will be the 22 appetizers, salads and sides.
Appetizers will include Risotto with truffles and Baked Oysters with ham. While the 12 sides section will beckon with Duck Sausage and Sage Stuffing; Root Vegetable Terrine, celery root, carrot, parsnips and quince; Mini Pumpkins, filled with puree, topped with brown sugar and butte; and Chef’s Kida’s rich, creamy Grits with Cheddar cheese.
Pastry Chef Deden Putra’s sweet creations will feature cakes, pies, verrines, entrements and a chocolate and candy bar, 19 selections in all. The menu has plenty to offer for vegetarians and pescatarians.
Clement, 700 Fifth Avenue (at 55th Street) in The Peninsula New York , New York, NY 10019, 212-903-3819.
Dopo East (Upper East Side)
Dopo East, the elegant Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, will be serving a special prix fixe Thanksgiving menu with an Italian twist for $45 during both lunch and dinner. The specials on the menu will also be available a la carte.
Enjoy the menu in their dining room or wine cellar, which boasts a selection of 700 unique labels. You may also dine in our glass-enclosed garden that is temperature controlled for year-round enjoyment.
The offerings will include: Vellutata di patate, porri e porcini is Potato, leeks and porcini mushroom soup served with toasted cheese and garlic bread. The Gnocchi di zucca al burro nocciola, noci tostate e salvia croccante is their Pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter sauce, toasted walnuts and crispy sage. Tacchino al forno is their Roasted turkey with fresh herbs, garlic and rosemary served with gravy, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce And for dessert, their Torta calda di mele e gelato di canella is a warm apple tart, served with cinnamon gelato.
Dopo East is located at 345 East 62nd Street. For reservations call: 646-484-6548 and visit www.dopoeast.com for more information.
Burke & Wills (Upper West Side)
Join Burke & Wills for an Australian-style Thanksgiving from noon to 9:00 pm. The restaurant’s stunning sky-lit atrium dining room and warm, friendly staff, sparkling with Australian hospitality, set the scene for Executive Chef Rodrigo Nogueira’s three-course prix fixe menu for $35 or $65 with a wine pairing.
Appetizers will include a choice of Butternut squash soup, chestnut vinaigrette; Roasted beet salad, kale, candied walnuts, cranberries; or Foie torchon, cranberry chutney, brioche.
For entrees, Burke and Wills will present a selections that include Turkey with foie, pork and chestnut stuffing and sweet potato puree; Whole barramundi, green bean salad, lemon butter; Rotisserie leg of lamb, roasted Brussels sprouts, beet reduction or Gnocchi, sweet potato, mushrooms, fried Brussels with sprout leaves.
The sides are presented to suit everyone’s tastes and they include, Foie and chestnut stuffing, Roasted Brussels sprouts, Sweet potato puree, Green beans and Cranberry chutney.
To top off your Burke and Wills Thanksgiving meal, enjoy Pumpkin Pie or Warm chocolate and pecan cake.
Burke & Wills is located at 226 W. 79th Street. Call 646-823-9251 for reservations and visit www.burkeandwillsny.com for more information.
Le Perigord (Midtown East)
Le Perigord will be serving its regular $72 prix fixe with turkey, stuffing and gravy and pumpkin pie as well as its $90 four-course 50th Anniversary Menu , from noon to 9 p.m. Le Perigord is one of New York’s fine dining restaurants solely dedicated to quintessential French cuisine.
They will add Roast Turkey made special with mousse-like with a mushroom, chestnut and truffle stuffing and a rich house made stock gravy, as an entrée to its normal three-course $72 dinner prix fixe fix (which is also available à la carte, as will be the turkey entrée) and add pumpkin pie to its famous dessert cart.
Celebrants may opt to enjoy for the four-course 50th Anniversary Menu, priced at $90. It showcases the time-honored dishes that introduced Americans to the attractions of French cuisine, such as Pike Quenelles, lobster Champagne sauce; Foie Gras Terrine, house made with Fine de Champagne Cognac ; Beef Wellington , sauce Perigourdine; Lobster Thermidor; Duck a L’Orange and Grand Marnier Souffle, among others.
Thanksgiving guests at Le Perigord are will be warmly welcomed by charismatic owner Georges Briguet, who has been greeting the city’s socialites, power players, celebrities and UN VIPs, for most of of the restaurant’s 50 years.
Le Perigord is located at 405 E. 52nd Street (bet. 1st & the East River), 212-755- 6244 www.leperigord.com.