For a while, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it home for Thanksgiving this year. Between a new job, crazy-high airline prices and a dispersed extended family, a Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh wasn’t a sure thing until a few weeks ago.
If I couldn’t make it home, my parents were considering coming into the city for the holiday weekend. And while I love having Thanksgiving dinner with my family and all of our favorite foods, I was also kind of excited by the prospect of heading out to a swank restaurant and seeing what they’d be serving up as their special meal.
After doing a decent amount of research, it seemed line a waste to just trash it, so instead I decided to share it with you! Warning: Just don’t read this if you’re hangry because it will just make it worse.
Bowery Meat Company
9 E. 1st St., East Village
This East Village outpost has been serving up only the best beef in the game since 2014. The Mid-Century modern vibe hits at a bygone hayday, but the menu will still leave your mouth watering. Though untraditional for Thanksgiving (an it may not be on the “special feast” menu they’re serving up for the holiday) the duck lasagna looks like heaven, so would be my pick if I was dining here.
849 Avenue of the Americas, Nomad
Guests dining at L’amico on Thanksgiving are in for pretty traditional fare (if that’s what they’re after). The NoMad spot will have a pre-fixe 3-course dinner with options including wood-fire roasted heritage turkey with pork sausage and chestnut stuffing, panchetta roasted brussels sprouts, and of course, pumpkin pie. They’ve also thrown in a few options for the less-traditional, including a branzino main and bourbon date sundae to finish.
2427 Broadway, Upper West Side
For all the vegetarians and vegans out there, this one’s for you. This organic vegan spot has two locations, one on the Upper East and one on the Upper West. My mom is a vegetarian, and my parents have tried this spot (I think) so it made the potential list for our family dinner. This year, they’re offering up soups, apps and desserts in addition to the tofu, seiten, and tempeh entree selections. While it all actually sounds surprisingly good, I’m glad I’ll be getting some turkey this Thanksgiving.
Pier A Harbor House
22 Battery Place, Battery Park
With stunning water views and an old-timey industrial feel, Pier A Harbor House was topping my list for potential Thanksgiving noms. The warm duck confit app on the pre-fixe holiday menu was really doing it for me along with the traditional turkey dinner and DESSERT BUFFET. I mean, come on. What more could a girl want? The answer: nothing..
149 Broadway, Williamsburg
This Williamsburg SPOT’s constantly changing menu is thanks to the culinary vision of Michelin chef and owner, Polo Dobkin. After working at big-name spots around the city including Gramercy Tavern and the Dining Room. This Brooklyn spot features Americana food with a hints of Mediterranean influences. For Thanksgiving, the menu ranges all over the place, from classic Turkey to pan roasted cod.