This year's Thanksgiving may be a more intimate affair than the usual feast, but even those hosting small gatherings will be looking for ways to make them as special as ever, and plenty of South Fork restaurants and catering companies are ready to help.
Restaurants have had a tough go of it this year; if you have a favorite that you want to support, give a call to inquire if it's got Thanksgiving packages you can make at home. Some, like the 1770 House in East Hampton, are open next Thursday and have holiday prix fixes.
The 1770 House is also among the restaurants offering takeout meal packages. For $500, its experts will prepare a spread for 10 that includes a 14-pound turkey trussed with herbs and spices that must be cooked at home (instructions and a meat thermometer are included), plus prepared dishes such as brioche stuffing with sausage and raisins, pan-roasted Yukon gold potato mash with garlic, sweet potato casserole, roasted Brussels sprouts with almonds and lemon butter, gravy, dinner rolls, and Tate's apple crumb and pumpkin pies. Orders must be placed by phone by Friday, Nov. 20, for pickup on either Nov. 24 or Nov. 25 between noon and 3 p.m.
Nick and Toni's
Nick and Toni's in East Hampton has a Thanksgiving takeout menu featuring appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more. Appetizers that will feed four include an arugula salad with shaved fennel, pumpkin seeds and a Muscadelle vinaigrette for $32, a cheese plate for $46, and a plate of cured meats for $52. The entrees for four are turkey braciola for $80, and butternut squash and ricotta lasagna for $48. Side dishes for three to four include sweet potato maple puree for $34, stuffing with sweet sausage, fennel, and leeks for $40, and wood-roasted mushrooms with herbs for $20. For dessert, a tartufo for two with caramel truffle, chocolate, and hazelnut gelato, and almond biscotti is $26, and an apple cranberry crostata is $8. To view the full menu and to order, visit the restaurant's website.
All orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. and picked up on Nov. 25 between 2 and 5 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Highway Restaurant and Bar
Highway Restaurant and Bar in East Hampton has Thanksgiving food items available for pre-order through Monday, Nov. 23, for pickup on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. An apple pie is $34, cranberry sauce is $20, and vanilla ice cream, apple cider vinaigrette, and hot sauce are $14 each. For the night before Thanksgiving, the restaurant has a $225 meal package for four to six people that includes a choice of kale or Caesar salad, eggplant Parmigiana, roasted chicken, and an apple crumble. A $100 kids menu for four includes Caesar salad, a choice of chicken fingers or penne with vegetables, and chocolate chip cookies.
Calissa in Water Mill has a Thanksgiving takeout menu for $75 per person that includes a mezze platter with items such as beet dip, tomato salad, and savory pies, and entrees such as roasted sliced turkey with Mediterranean herbs, slow roasted pork shank with gigante beans and thyme, and beef meatballs with Aleppo pepper and feta. The side dishes are wild and brown rice, gigante beans with thyme, and Greek-style roasted vegetables, and the desserts include Greek holiday cookies with spices and honey, and yogurt with sour cherry preserves. Orders must be placed on the restaurant's website at least 48 hours in advance for pickup on Nov. 25.
Sammy's in Montauk has a complete dinner for eight at home for $295 with all the fixings, or individual turkey dinners to go for $36.95. Those who want to order their meals a la carte can choose from such items as a roasted turkey for $165, all the usual sides, and pumpkin, apple, pecan, and chocolate pies. Orders will be taken by phone, but a menu and prices can be found on the restaurant's website.
Lulu Kitchen and Bar
Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor will offer a family-style dinner from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving that will also be available for takeout. The cost is to dine there is $42 per person, not including tax and gratuity, and at least two people at a table must order. The menu will include turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sweet potatoes, and the restaurant's a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations have been recommended.
The same meal for takeout comes with a baguette, a house salad, and an apple croissant crisp. The cost is $140 for two, or $280 for four. Orders must be placed two days in advance.
Smokin' Wolf in East Hampton will prepare roasted, smoked, or fried turkeys as part of packages that can feed four to six, eight to 10, or 12 to 16, and include a choice of sides and pies. Its turkeys, sides, and appetizers are also available a la carte. Orders must be placed by Thursday for pickup on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thanksgiving morning.
Stuart's and Gosman's
Stuart's Seafood Market in Wainscott and Gosman's Fish Market in Montauk do more than just fish, as regulars know well. For Thanksgiving, Stuart's will order fresh organic turkeys for customers. Gosman's is taking orders for 12-to-14-pound turkeys, Thanksgiving sides, and pies.
Art of Eating
The Thanksgiving catering menu at the Art of Eating in Bridgehampton features soups, salads, and other appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. A complete dinner with turkey breast, herb dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, sauteed broccolini, cranberry sauce, and a buttermilk biscuit is $59 per person.
A brined and basted roasted turkey with herbs is $13.50 per pound with a 15-pound minimum. A pear and almond tart is $42, and a honey apple crisp with cranberry rolled oat streusel is $46.50. The full menu can be seen and orders can be placed on the Art of Eating website.
The Thanksgiving menu at Organic Krush in includes slow-cooked turkey brined in vegetable stock, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, allspice, and ginger that will feed 14 to 16 for $150. Side dishes for eight to 10 include cornbread stuffing, roasted vegetables, pecan mashed potatoes, and brown rice pilaf, for $50 each. A full menu is on the website, and orders must be placed there by Sunday
Silver Spoon Specialties
The holiday offerings at Silver Spoon Specialties in East Hampton include such items as rolled turkey breast stuffed with spinach and herbs for eight to 10 for $100, honey-mustard-glazed smoked ham for 10 to 12 for $120, roast porketta with herb stuffing for six to eight for $100, and beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce for six to eight for $210. The side dishes available in half-tray or full-tray portions include rustic mashed potatoes with truffles and garlic for $55 or $100, sweet potato puree with praline topping for $50 or $90, and burrata with grilled peaches, tomato, and prosciutto for $75 or $140. Orders must be placed at least three days in advance by calling the store.
Baldor, the specialty purveyor that supplies restaurants and food shops across the Northeast and has pivoted during the pandemic to also offer residential delivery, has partnered with a number of city restaurants and catering outfits to offer make-at-home Thanksgiving meals with those eateries' special twist, in many cases for next-day delivery. Baldor's partners in this endeavor with special kits for the holiday include Relish and Great Performances in the Bronx, Pig Beach in Brooklyn, Hill Country Barbecue Market, and Seamore's. Orders are at baldorfood.com.
With Reporting by Carissa Katz