We're planning on going to New York for Thanksgiving to watch the parade. Are there any restaurants open on Thanksgiving? And, do any of them serve a traditional holiday meal?
New York is the city that not only never sleeps, but also never shuts down, holidays included. There you will have your pick of Thanksgiving feasts.
At Payard (1032 Lexington Ave., 212-717-5252), chefs Francois Payard and Philippe Bertineau look to France for inspiration. On the menu: butternut squash soup with cranberry chutney, juniper cream, and croutons alongside Vermont farm-raised turkey with foie gras chestnut stuffing; for dessert, pumpkin crème brûlée.
Keeping the holiday as local and sustainable as possible, chef Marc Meyers of Five Points (31 Great Jones St., 212-253-5700) sources his turkey and venison from New York farms. The former is paired with giblet gravy and cornbread-scallion stuffing, while the latter is grilled and served with red wine braised cabbage and spiced walnuts. And uptown in Harlem, Sylvia's (328 Lenox Ave., 212-996-0660) brings a little soul to the holiday table with family-style portions of southern staples such as chicken, ribs, and ham.
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