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Zagat: Offering Picks For Thanksgiving Meals At NYC Restaurants

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Though many will spend Thanksgiving with family, there are several places to get a Thanksgiving meal throughout the city. Zagat editor James Mulcahy filed the following report for NY1.

Although Turkey Day is traditionally shared with family, this doesn't necessarily mean staying home in New York City, as the holiday is one of the biggest days for many restaurants.

"In New York, there's a lot of people from out of town coming in," says chef Bill Telepan. "So you have people who want to be part of the holiday, and a lot of the apartments are smaller and can't handle a big crowd."

At Telepan, his Upper West Side eatery, Bill Telepan is offering a gourmet alternative to a home-cooked meal, serving a $95 prix fixe that hits all the right notes.

"It's generally somewhere between 65 and 70 percent turkey that we sell," Telepan says.
"We're going to offer, of course, a traditional turkey feast, plus such classics at Telepan that we have are a smoked trout Bellini, squash soups and venison, which I bring in this time of year."

Newly opened Bubby's High Line is offering a fixed price meal with a twist. The restaurant, along with its sister venue in TriBeCa, suggest a price of $60, but diners can pay what they want at the end of the meal.

"It works that you eat dinner, and then you pay whatever you like, and then 25 percent of what people pay goes to New York City Rescue Mission," says Bubby's owner Ron Silver.

Although the price tag may be unconventional, rest assured that you'll get all the classics when you give thanks here.

It may seem a bit ironic that a British eatery made our list, but when you try the dishes at Jones Wood Foundry on the Upper East Side, you'll see why it's one of the best ways to celebrate this American holiday on a budget.

"We're a public house, for the locals, for the neighborhood, and we're doing a traditional Thanksgiving meal, which essentially is the same as a British Christmas," says chef Jason Hicks. "We're doing a prix-fixe meal. It's affordable. We sell the same meal in multiples of four to go."

You can get a full spread inside the restaurant for $39, and families who do want to eat at home can can be thankful for the to go option that's available for $25 a head and can be picked up Thanksgiving morning.

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