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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Day Options Across the City

By Heidi Patalano | November 22, 2013 6:45am
 Get reservations or takeout orders in right under the wire at one of these restaurants.
Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Plans
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SOHO — Thanksgiving is usually associated with turkeys roasting for hours in a generous oven inside a spacious home but, in this city of galley kitchens and small apartments, cooking a big meal can be more of a challenge.

If you're running out of time and options, consider these last-minute Thanksgiving dinners across the city:

Takeout Options

43 W. 24th St., Flatiron
For $150, this Peruvian restaurant offers a takeout meal that serves eight people. Included is a 16-pound roasted turkey with fixings such as a fall kale salad with butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, dried tart cherries and blue cheese. Deadline for orders is Tuesday, Nov. 26 at noon. Customers must pick up their meals before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

50 Commerce St., West Village
Reservations are still available for Thanksgiving dinner at this West Village restaurant, but it’s also offering a pickup service for the meal. Diners can order as late as Thanksgiving day. Traditional dishes are offered a la carte and served family style. Individual entrees are also available for those wishing to eschew the classics. Orders placed the day before or earlier can be picked up on Thanksgiving morning. Those placing day-of orders can pick up no earlier than 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

John Brown BBQ
10-43 44th Drive, Long Island City, Queens
Manhattan doesn’t have the lock on convenient Thanksgiving day meals. Long Island City barbecue restaurant John Brown will be offering two soup-to-nuts meal options, both available to pick up on Thanksgiving day. Pay $140 for a dinner that feeds five to eight people or $200 for a meal that accommodates nine to 12 people. Order just a turkey for $70 or $90, and pies are $35 each. Place your order by Tuesday, Nov. 26.

BLT Steak
106 E. 57th St., Midtown East
BLT Steak will be doing a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $68 that includes three options to choose from for each course. If you’d prefer to eat these offerings in your pajamas at home, you are in luck. Place your order by Monday, Nov. 25 at noon for one of two packages: a $240 meal that serves four to six people or a $450 meal for eight to 12 people. Included in the meal are a host of sides, along with turkey and pumpkin and apple pie. Other sides can be added a la carte for an additional charge. Pickup is available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Dining Out

Bistro Les Amis
180 Spring St., SoHo
This SoHo spot delivers on the essentials — namely a delicious, speedily served prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $48.95. The dinner includes a carrot ginger soup, mixed salad, turkey, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and haricot vert. A variety of other entrees are offered a la carte. They’ll be accepting reservations until Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Carol’s Café
1571 Richmond Rd., Staten Island
Executive chef Carol Frazzetta is serving up an a la carte menu at her famed cafe, where she serves appetizers, turkey, sides and house-made pies. The restaurant will take reservations until Monday, Nov. 25 so call as soon as possible.

21-02 30th Ave, Astoria
The deadline has passed to order this Astoria trattoria’s takeout Thanksgiving meal, but reservations are still available for Vesta’s Thanksgiving dinner, served from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m in-house. The special a la carte menu features dishes like a squash soup with pomegranate seeds and vin cotto and an apple-braised pork shank with celery root puree with a red cabbage slaw.

Obao Noodles and BBQ
647 9th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen
For those who like to think outside the box, turkey and mashed potatoes may be too much of an obvious choice — so try a Thai Thanksgiving instead. Obao Noodles will offer their own spin on the traditional meal. For $31, diners choose from a prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert. Entrees include a grilled Vietnamese pork chop with cranberry rice, lemongrass coconut turkey and stuffed Kalbi short ribs.