Dining Out For Thanksgiving

Some wonderful Thanksgiving meals are to be had – with no hard labor, crushing travel or other form of holiday agony – at some of our finest local eateries. Call them quick, they are running out of space!

BelAire Diner Restaurant rated #1 in New York, offers the whole shebang, a full Thanksgiving Dinner, done up perfectly. You get your Turkey with all the trimmings for $26.95! You get an appetizer, soup, salad, potato, vegetable and dessert, and glass of wine. Call for reservations 718-721-3160, at 31-91 21st Street, Astoria.

Michael’s Restaurant serves up a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of Turkey and the full suite of sides: choose your appetizer from Fried Zucchini, Mozzarella Sticks, Stuffed Mushrooms or Stuffed Clams, Soup and Salad; Turkey of course, with assorted vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dessert, coffee, tea, and glass of wine or apple cider – all for just $30.95, children eat for $19.95. Michael’s also has a full bar for the complete experience. 33-17 Broadway, LIC; 718-726-7474.

Cronin & Phelan has a special full Thanksgiving Day menu with appetizers at $7.95 – Grand Vola Vont or Crispy Breaded Mushrooms; and entrees of Roast Turkey with homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potato and brown gravy ($17.95), Baked Ham ($15.95), Crab Cakes over garden or Caesar salad ($13.95); Long Island Duck in a Grand Marnier Sauce ($19.95); Cedar Plank Salmon with sweet spicy rub over salad with walnuts, avocado and feta cheese ($16.95); 16 oz Shell Steak Au Poivre ($23.95); Broiled Pork Chops stuffed with Irish bacon and mozzarella in mushroom Marsala sauce ($16.95), Shrimp a la Roulade ($16.95)…sigh…and much, much more. Located at 38-14 Broadway, Astoria. Call soon for reservations 718-545-8999.

Salt & Bone Smokehouse gives the standard holiday dishes a Texas-barbecue makeover. Dine-in or take-away for this feast of meats, sides, and pies. The Thanksgivingonly Friendsgiving menu also offers day-before delivery for those who want to impress their family and friends with a “homemade” twist. Three-hour Smoked Turkey, sliced and covered in a sumptuous butter sauce, 14- hour-smoked Brisket, and Salt & Pepper- Smoked Pork are all sourced from humanely raised, antibiotic-free, local farms make up the meats. The sides include Brioche Stuffing with beef and sausage, Wood-Fire Baked Sweet Potato with maple sour cream, bacon, topped with toasted marshmallow, and mac-n-cheese with jalapeño-cheese sauce. The meats range from $14 to $16 for half-apound, the sides and pies are $7 each. You can get delivery to your home the day before Thanksgiving for $10. To place an order email catering@saltandbone.com or call 516- 441-7894. For the full menu visit saltandbone.com/friendsgiving.

Bubba’s Bistro - Southern Cuisine For an informal, family-friendly heapin’ helping of French Creole and Cajun Thanksgiving ecstasy, all for only $19.95!! So take off that apron and head over to Bubba’s for Turkey breast and gravy, apple chutney, soup or salad and your choice of three sides: Grandma’s stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato mash, creamed corn, fresh string beans, mac n’ cheese); and a slice of country apple cake or pumpkin pie. Once you take a look at their menu you’ll want to return every week to try the rest of their offerings. Call for reservations, 718-728-2227. 31- 13A Ditmars Blvd., Astoria.

The Thirsty Koala Open on Thanksgiving Day, 12:00-8:00 pm, offering their regular menu and two Thanksgiving specials. Two courses for $20.95, or three courses $24.95 (gluten free).

Check this amazing menu: First Course: Potato Leek Potage; or Mesclun Greens with Roasted Beet Salad. Second Course: Koch Farms Turkey Breast with gravy, maple glazed pumpkin, chestnut stuffing, cranberries and charred lemon kale. Third Course: Maple and Rum Glazed Apple Crumb, Warm Toffee Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream. 35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, 718-626- 5430.

MP Taverna Owned by prizewinning Chef Michael Psilakis who has been awarded Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year distinctions; nominated for A-List Chef by Bravo TV; named “Chef of the Year” by Esquire Magazine. Reservations are now open for Thanksgiving Dinner from 12 pm-8 pm on November 23. They are offering a $39.95 3-course prix fixe dinner along with their regular menu. You can expect it to be sumptuous. 31-29 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria; 718-777-2187.

Gastroteca Astoria Offers the ultimate Italian American Thanksgiving Dinner that they prepare annually – something to be Very Thankful for! On Thursday, November 23, from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm check their Four Course $49 Prix Fixe meal. A la carte is available. Special: $10 Unlimited House Wine offering with either menu.

The Prix Fixe menu includes a Pasta Course: choose either Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce or Spaghetti Strachino with tomato basil & warm buratta. From the Carvery Board choose either Porchetta or Tuscan Rosemary Garlic Organic Turkey. For sides, choose two from the following: Marshmallow Roasted Yams; Brussels & Maple Bacon; Sweet Sausage Stuffing; Mashed Potato & Gravy. For dessert choose from Apple- Lace Pie, Pumpkin Pie, or Pecan Pie. 33-02 34th Ave., 718-729-9080.

Riverview Restaurant / Lounge With the world-renowned Manhattan skyline right outside their windows for a setting, the Riverview is serving a Thanksgiving Day feast Prix Fixe menu at $59.95.

This is not homey fare. They offer an exquisite selection of strictly gourmet items. Here are just some: Appetizers of Filet Mignon Carpaccio with arugula, capers, parmesan, lemon; Crustacean Salad with grilled lobster, shrimp, arugula, honey crisp apples, avocado, orange supremes. And for the main entrée choose from: Crab Stuffed Flounder; Filet Mignon with caramelized onions, roasted baby potatoes, bordelaise sauce; Braised Lamb Shank with rosemary, garlic, red wine tomato sauce, couscous; Roasted Turkey with oyster stuffing, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, cranberry sauce; and more.

From 11 am – midnight. 2-01 50th Avenue, Long Island City 718-392- 5000.

—Annette Hanze

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