Where to Outsource Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC
What’s that? You don’t want to make an elaborate, 12-dish meal in your closet-sized kitchen? Shocking. Leave the cooking to these restaurants, bakeries and markets instead, so you can focus on what’s important. (Stuffing your face and passing out at 8 p.m.)
Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Yeah, we’re starting with dessert, and nobody can stop us. And if you’re on Team Pecan when it comes to Thanksgiving treats, you can’t do much better than this chocolate version, generously drizzled with maple syrup and topped with gold leaf.
43 W. 42nd St.; 212-201-1985 or kreutherchocolate.com. Call to order by Tuesday, November 21.
The neighborhood provisions shop is pulling out all the stops with a full spread, including a boneless, brined turkey “roll” with sausage stuffing, sides like Gruyère cauliflower gratin and Brussels sprouts with chorizo, and classic desserts including an almond-streusel-topped apple pie. (You’re probably going to need a cheese platter, too—just saying.)
228 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn; 718-783-1250 or bklynlarder.com. Order by Friday, November 18.
If you haven’t been, this Tribeca gem is absolutely worth a visit. But if you’d rather not wear your Thanksgiving pants in public (fair), you can still take advantage of turkey two ways (confit legs with walnut-date sauce and slow-poached turkey breast) by getting it to go.
508 Greenwich St.; 212-641-0654 or housemanrestaurant.com. Order by end of day Wednesday, November 22.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Unsurprisingly, this cult-fave sister-owned pie shop has mastered the art of Thanksgiving dessert, with brown-butter pumpkin, bittersweet-chocolate pecan, and our favorite, the signature salty honey pie.
Multiple locations in Brooklyn; birdsblack.com. No deadline, but order early for best selection.
Il Buco Alimentari
While the beloved institution Il Buco hosts a dine-in Thanksgiving, its casual market counterpart brings those Italian-cooking sensibilities to a takeout feast, featuring crushed potatoes with sea salt and olive oil, and buckwheat stuffing with figs, leeks and hazelnuts. (It’s also quite the steal at $250 for ten to 14 people.)
53 Great Jones St.; 212-837-2622 or ilbucovita.com. Order by Friday, November 17.
The Eleven Madison Park team’s fast-casual spin-off already stole our hearts with its composed salads and roast chicken, so we expect nothing short of miracles with its roasted turkey, butternut squash soup and garlic-Parmesan rolls.
8 W. 28th St.; madenicenyc.com. Order by noon on Tuesday, November 21.
Runner & Stone
OK, maybe you’re ambitious enough to tackle the turkey yourself, but your tiny oven can only handle so much. Leave the baked goods to Runner & Stone, whether it’s a loaf of cranberry-pecan levain (perfect for next-day sandwiches) or a pumpkin tart with maple meringue.
285 Third Ave., Brooklyn; 718-576-3360 or runnerandstone.com. Order by noon on Tuesday, November 21.
Butter-and-herb-seasoned smoked turkey from a barbecue master? Don’t mind if we do. And if that’s not your thing, maple-glazed, brown-sugar smoked ham is also on the table.
480 Union St., Brooklyn; pigbeachnyc.com
And now for something completely different: This Nolita pasta spot (and cool-kid hangout) will convince you that every Thanksgiving table needs a spaghetti pie. It’s a magnificent carb mash-up of caramelized onion, mozzarella, ricotta and pecorino.
186 Mott St.; thesosta.com. Order by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21.
Harold’s Meat + Three
If this is how they do Thanksgiving in the South, sign us up. We'll take a green-bean casserole, stuffing with oyster dressing and a side of mac and cheese, please.
2 Renwick St.; haroldsmeatandthree.com. Order by noon on Tuesday, November 21.
Bistro Chat Noir
The cutest takeout container award goes to this UES restaurant for its Thanksgiving dinner basket, loaded up with turkey roulade with cornbread stuffing and roasted-marshmallow sweet potatoes. Who knows? It may even be warm enough to have a Turkey Day picnic in Central Park.
22 E. 66th St.; 212-794-2428 or bistrochatnoir.com. Order by Wednesday, November 15.
This all-day brasserie will be doling out Thanksgiving eats from noon until 9 p.m., but if you've promised your presence elsewhere, pick up one (or three) pies for the road: Pastry chef Summer Bailey keeps it classic with pumpkin, pecan and salted caramel apple.
132 Fourth Ave.; boweryroad.com
Dean & Deluca
Of course the gourmet market (which has rescued us on many a potluck occasion) wants to make our Thanksgiving easier. And the à la carte menu means we can build our dream feast, whether that includes wild mushroom stuffing, Maine lobster bisque or Brooklyn blackout cake. (Spoiler: It includes all of the above.)
Multiple locations; deananddeluca.com
You can never have too much pie. Particularly when there are choices like apple whiskey crumble, peanut butter-chocolate and key lime (we’ll gladly break from tradition in this case).
Multiple locations; bubbys.com. Order by Friday, November 17, for shipping or Sunday, November 19, for pick-up.