Where to Stuff Your Face on Thanksgiving
If you find yourself alone this holiday season—or somehow managed to skip out on family dinner—these 7 restaurants are offering stellar meals that would make your mama proud.
Dirty French, New York City
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznic—the guys behind Carbone and Santina—opened this French-inspired spot inside the Ludlow Hotel in 2014, and it's buzz won't quit. Dirty French is brassy and ballsy, and a great place to overindulge. Come Thanksgiving, the restaurant will have seatings at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 p.m. for $95 per person. To start, choose between tuna tartare, a radish and buttermilk salad, grilled oyster bourguignon, and a chèvre dish with kale, sunchokes, and peas. The main course, a braised turkey leg in gravy and mustard jus, is accompanied with stufﬁng, cranberry sauce, haricots verts, and pommes purée. Top it off with a classic fall-inspired dessert: pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, or apple tartin.
FARM at Carneros Resort and Spa, Napa Valley
If the main event of your Thanksgiving meal is what you wash the food down with, then head to California wine country. At the Carneros Resort and Spa, the signature restaurant, FARM, stays true to its name, and sources most of it ingredients from the onsite garden and farm. On Thanksgiving Day, chef Aaron Meneghelli is offering a traditional menu, served family style. Alongside an herb-roasted turkey breast, guests get their pick of accompaniments: honey- and citrus-scented cranberries, roasted root vegetables and Brussels sprouts, braised greens with smoked ham hock, cast iron-baked cornbread, salt-roasted yams, herb and giblet gravy, and sausage and herb stuffing.
DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Washington D.C.
Daniel Boulud was one of the first chefs to open inside Washington D.C.’s trendy CityCenter back in 2014, serving casual French-American cuisine fro his DBGB Kitchen and Bar. The cozy brasserie is the perfect spot for for the holidays, and is offering an extensive Thanksgiving menu. Try the roasted squash with brown butter, sage, pomegranate, lemon crème fraîche, and pumpkin seed followed by the roasted turkey—of course—and close out the meal with a pumpkin tarte.
The Belvedere at the Peninsula Hotel, Beverly Hills
At the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills, the Peninsula Hotel epitomizes Hollywood luxury and legend. The lobby restaurant, The Belvedere, recently underwent a top-to-bottom facelift, which includes a new menu. Chef David Codney serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes full of seafood and locally sourced vegetables. For Thanksgiving, he's adding a few highlights, like braised veal, fall harvest beets, kabocha squash and pumpkin risotto, and roasted turkey. The meal is served family style, and at $135 per person, throws in free-flowing Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.
The Cavalier, San Francisco
The restaurateurs behind SF favorites Marlowe and Park Tavern opened their third outpost, The Cavalier, in 2013. That same year, they earned a spot on the James Beard semifinalist list for best new restaurants. What’s usually on the table is elevated British pub fare (think fish and chips and Shepard’s pie) but this holiday season they’re bringing it stateside with a smattering of Thanksgiving classics. Order the wild mushroom bisque or seared lamb loin with mint, olives, and pickled mushrooms, followed by a choice of four entrees: a roasted breast of turkey, grilled pork chop, seared salmon, or a ribeye steak. Mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, cranberry compote, and root vegetable stuffing are all available as sides. For dessert, you can't go wrong with the apple cinnamon bread pudding.
Nico Osteria, Chicago
Inside the glossy Thompson Chicago, Nico Osteria is transporting guests to Italy on Thanksgiving Day. For $85 per person, a four-course spread is presented in high style. The antipasti offerings are a choice between butternut squash bisque or an avocado and persimon salad. Your primi course is either Mafalda turkey Bolognese or sweet potato ravioli, followed by heritage turkey breast or a smoked pork chop, both served with stuffing or truffled mashed potatoes. And like all great Thanksgivings, the meal ends with pie: chocolate pecan with vanilla-bourbon gelato and sweet cream or classic pumpkin with spiced gelato and caramel sauce.
McCrady’s Tavern, Charleston
Star chef Sean Brock is a Southern institution especially in his adopted hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. At McCrady’s Tavern, the regular dishes are inspired by the Gilded Age, but for Thanksgiving, he’s taking it back to holiday classics. The special $50 per person menu will offer three mouthwatering courses. We’d suggest starting with the deviled crab stuffed clams or the squash bisque with crème fraiche and herbs. If you don’t want turkey for round two (theirs is charcoal grilled with potato puree, chestnut stuffing terrine, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry gelee), go for the trout amandine or a grilled pork porterhouse. For dessert, there's pumpkin cheesecake, German chocolate cake, or apple pie.