After any Thanksgiving feast—whether you proudly cooked it yourself or preordered it—there’s always a kind of letdown: the clean-up. Who wants to eat a perfectly delicious meal only to realize that there’s a sink full of dishes? If you find yourself loving the food and the great company, but loathe the prep and clean-up, then this year give yourself a pass and dine out.
Here are 5 of our favorite to dine out on Thanksgiving Day.
Stone Creek Inn
Originally constructed in 1910, the Stone Creek Inn offers a quaint yet sophisticated setting for a traditional American holiday like Thanksgiving. The inn is offering a three course Prix Fixe menu. The appetizer list is long, so you may have difficulty choosing with options like Fritto Misto (Shrimp, Sea Scallops and Calamari with Citrus Tartar Sauce) and Long Island Duck Meatballs (served in a cider reduction). The entrees are equally intriguing with, of course, the traditional Natural Roasted Turkey with country bread stuffing and Three Purées – yukon gold potato, sweet potato and butternut squash—cranberry chutney, Brussels sprouts, English peas, and gravy. The inn is also offering truly unique selections like Venison with Spätzle, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, huckleberry juniper berry jus. The desserts are just as rich with several options including the Pear Sundae mascarpone mousse, meringue, dulce de leche and crème Chantilly and of course, Pumpkin Pie with pecans, whipped cream, and crème Anglaise.
$55 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
$25 per child (under 12)
Seasons of Southampton
Seasons of Southampton is offering their annual Thanksgiving Brunch. They’ll be serving up traditional Thanksgiving favorites, plus seafood, pastas, carving stations, soups, salads, and even a sinful desserts table—although personally I find nothing sinful about delicious desserts!
$39.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
$19.95 per child (free for children under 5)
Mill Pond House
If a full sit-down dinner or buffet are a bit too much for you—even on a holiday where we all often splurge—then you may want to visit the Mill Pond House for their a la carte dinner offerings. The vegetarian in your group will be delighted by the Spaghetti Squash & Kale entree, and those who lean towards more traditionally inspired dishes will be understandably excited by the choice of Slow Roasted Organic Turkey Breast, Crispy Turkey Leg & Sliced Dark Meat, Maple Pecan Crusted Heritage Ham, and the Crispy Half Long Island Duck to mention just a few.
If eating lots of good food and indulging in seconds and thirds is your thing, grab your best elastic-waisted pants and plan on visiting View for turkey day. You’ll be able to graze or load up (I’m not judging) amazing fare like the Carving Station which is rumored to include Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy and Black Angus Sirloin Steak, plus continental fare like Pineapple Glazed Virginia Ham and Roasted Loin of Pork with fresh Homemade Apple Sauce. Additionally, there are seafood options, salads, harvest-inspired selections, freshly baked breads and rolls, and an abundance of fine desserts.
$44.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity)
$19.95 per child (free for children under 3)
Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House
For Thanksgiving, Topping Rose House is offering a sophisticated three course Prix Fixe menu. This true farm-to-table inspired menu offers unique appetizers like Crispy Salmon Sushi Chipotle Mayonnaise or Shiso Black Truffle and Fontina Cheese Pizza. The entrée selections include Seared Organic Salmon (smoked bacon, clam chowder), Roasted Organic Turkey (crispy sourdough mushroom stuffing), and Milk-Fed Veal Chop (glazed carrots and miso mustard sauce), and more. The final course offers an ode to your sweet tooth, with choices like Warm Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream Pumpkin Pie, Cranberry Sorbet Apple Strudel, and Maple Ice Cream.
$98 per person (plus tax and gratuity)