The tradition of Thanksgiving, which is almost 400 years old, has evolved from a meal with waterfowl, berries and clams to a several-course feast across many communities. While some opt for a very traditional Thanksgiving with the classic turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, several restaurants in and around NYC are departing from the norm by offering multicultural versions. These include Chinese, Indian, and Spanish meals that are sometimes traditional, and often modern takes on regional cuisines. Most of these restaurants offer takeout options.
Aquavit: The two Michelin-star restaurant offers a takeout package for two guests with a Swedish take on classic dishes. Chef Emma Bengtsson adds Swedish items like the Spaetzle mac and cheese and lingonberries, reminiscent of dishes similar to what she grew up eating around the holidays. The menu includes a smoked turkey leg, fennel and caraway spiced turkey breast and sides including a rye and pork sausage stuffing, creamed cabbage, a green bean and tarragon salad and apple crumble pie with vanilla custard. Each package is $175 with additional sides priced at $55. Orders need to be placed by November 18, with pickup available on November 25 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 65 East 55th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues, Midtown East
Baar Baar: This stylish East Village Indian restaurant helmed by executive chef Sujan Sarkar brings together key elements of a traditional American Thanksgiving with a modern Indian flair. A new house-made kulcha, an Indian flatbread, stuffed and topped with turkey, cranberry, truffle, and manchego cheese debuts for $15. The turkey is cooked with mint, cilantro, and a mixture of masalas including cardamom, turmeric, cloves, star anise, and more. The stuffed bread is baked in a tandoor oven until golden brown and then brushed with ghee and topped with more cranberry chutney, freshly-grated manchego and truffle for extra flavor. There is no cutoff time to place orders and the food will be available from November 26 to November 29. 13 East First Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, East Village
Goosefeather: This 150-year-old mansion in Tarrytown, New York will skip its traditional Cantonese fare in favor of an upscale traditional Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu. Items will include spaghetti with shrimp, cider-braised pork with cranberry mostarda, and pumpkin pie. Price is $85 per person for adults, and $40 per person for children under 11. Thanksgiving hours are 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 49 East Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown
Lucciola: An Italian-style three-course prix-fixe menu for $139 per person created by Chef Michele Casadei Massari has items including warm pinsa (Roman-style pizza) with Parmigiano Reggiano, black kampot pepper, and white truffle; and a glass of Ferrari Brut Champagne. Entrees include truffle potato gratin, turkey radicchio-pear, and balsamic salad as starters. For those who love fish, options include stone crab tagliatelle; for meat-lovers, Wagyu beef stracotto risotto and New Zealand fillet paired with white wine porcini sauce and fresh white truffle. Desserts include pumpkin pecan pie, gelato and amaretto, and each course is paired with Italian red and wine white. This menu is available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in. To reserve a table, call 347-536-1335 or check Resy. 621 Amsterdam Avenue, between West 91st Street and Henry J Browne Boulevard, Upper West Side
Mr. Chow: With its roots in Knightsbridge, London in 1968, this restaurant has two outposts in New York, on both 57th Street h street and Tribeca. It prides itself on the communal aspect of food and the concept of shared plates. Mr. Chow offers their authentic Beijing cuisine specials for Thanksgiving, including Beijing chicken, signature Mr. Chow noodles, water dumplings, spicy pork chili and crispy beef. There are no cutoff times for Thanksgiving orders. East 57th Street, between First and Second Avenues, Midtown East; 121 Hudson Street, at the corner of North Moore Street, Tribeca
Nai Tapas: The East Village restaurant, helmed by Galicia native Ruben Rodriguez, features a prix-fixe tapas menu at $85 per person with six courses and a choice of dessert as well as a choice of sangria, red orwhite wine, or beer. Highlights include fideua, a Catalan-styled toasted paella with mussels, scallops, clams, seaweed, tobiko and aioli; gambas al ajillo (shrimp in garlic sauce); and rabog guisado (a tempranillo-braised oxtail). Socially distanced indoor and outdoor dining reservations start at 5 p.m. on November 26. (Note: There is no takeout available). 85 Second Avenue, near East 5th Street, East Village
Socarrat Paella Bar: At any of its three Manhattan locations, a Thanksgiving menu for $55 per person gives you family-style tapas dishes to share such as gambas al ajillo, chorizo y chorizo, pan de tomate, fried artichokes, and pear and squash salad. For the main course, there’s a turkey paella, rice prepared with mushroom sofrito and topped with confit turkey leg, roasted turkey breast, chorizo, butternut squash, green beans and piquillo peppers. The paella is served with side dishes like crispy brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce. The menu is available for indoor and outdoor dining from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as takeout. Reservations are available on OpenTable and the last day to order the Thanksgiving menu for pickup is on November23. Orders will be ready for pickup on November 25 and 26 by 12 p.m. 284 Mulberry Street, near East Houston Street, Nolita; 259 West 19th Street, near Eighth Avenue, Chelsea; 953 Second Avenue, between East 50th and 51st Streets, Midtown East