While the off-season is starting to look more like those of pre-pandemic memory, Thanksgiving can always be counted on to bring part-timers and visitors east from the city and other locales to celebrate fall and family. A number of restaurants, caterers, and other food purveyors have put together tempting menus for at home or in situ.
What's cozier than East Hampton's 1770 House for a festive gathering? Even if home is more your holiday zone, the restaurant's chef, Michael Rozzi, has designed menus to go or to enjoy in the restaurant or tavern.
The Thanksgiving feast to go is $500 and includes enough portions to feed six to eight guests. It includes a 15 pound free-range turkey trussed, spiced, and ready for the oven with cooking instructions and a meat thermometer for fool-proof roasting. Everything else is ready to reheat, including five side dishes, gravy, and dinner rolls. The sides are brioche stuffing with sausage and golden raisins (available without sausage), roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spiced sweet potatoes, green beans almondine, and cranberry-orange relish. The restaurant offers a choice of sticky date cake or pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.
There are also some supplements such as lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, and, for those going super deluxe, a California royal caviar kit with 100 grams of sustainable caviar, buckwheat blini mix, and creme fraiche. Orders must be placed by Sunday and can be collected on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the restaurant next Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. A three-course set menu with multiple choices costs $125 per person, not including beverage, tax, or tip.
First course choices are Montauk fluke tartare, yellowfin sashimi, a choice of two salads -- autumn themed and baby kale with beet, lobster bisque, a truffle and kale risotto, and foie gras from the Hudson Valley with an apple compote, pancake, and gastrique.
Main options are traditional turkey and fixings, Scottish salmon with red sweet potatoes and mushrooms, California rabbit with fettuccine and a mustard green pesto, and beef tenderloin with roasted cauliflower and mushrooms.
On site dessert choices are the same as the take-home ones with the addition of a caramel pot de creme. Michael Cohen, 1770's wine director, will offer pairing suggestions for the meal.
Art of Eating
Art of Eating catering in Bridgehampton has an extensive take-home menu for Thanksgiving with Thursday (Nov. 17) as the deadline for ordering.
The centerpiece is a "mini feast" for $69 per person packaged as a complete meal for one person. It includes light and dark Mecox Farms turkey, a country herb stuffing with onions, apricots, and raisins, mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, broccolini and garlic, cranberry sauce with sour cherries, a buttermilk biscuit, and gravy.
Everything can also be ordered separately to make your own feast, including whole local or heritage roasted turkey and turkey breast, ham, turkey confit, and filet of beet. A Waldorf salad or choice of lobster corn or creamy squash soups are available to begin dinner with all of the traditional and not so traditional stuffings and sides available to round out the entrees.
Art of Eating also offers an extensive list of appetizers, such as cheese boards, shrimp cocktail, homemade potato chips and a shallot dip, a smoked salmon platter, and more. There are also choices of breads and desserts, which feature Milk Pail apple crisp, pumpkin maple pie, vegan pumpkin pecan pie tea bread, pear almond tart, chocolate souffle cake, cookies, and even other options. Additionally, the caterer has a number of options to take home for the weekend, like pans of mac and cheese, vegetable lasagna, grilled filet of beef, and vegan marinara sauce.
The full menu, which is subject to change, is available on the website. Orders can be placed at 631-267-4111 or [email protected] and must be picked up no later than 11:30 a.m. next Thursday at the Barn in Bridgehampton at 264 Butter Lane.
Lulu Kitchen and Bar
Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor will serve Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 8 p.m. next Thursday. The set holiday menu will consist of a roasted turkey entree with cranberry sauce, house gravy, chestnut-sunchoke stuffing, sweet potato souffle, and roasted lemon-brussels sprouts with bacon.
Dinner costs $98 for two adults, and is half-price for a children's portion, with at least two people at a table ordering. Tax and gratuity are not included. Lulu Kitchen's regular a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are recommended and can be made on Resy or at 631-725-0900.
Fans of Almond left out in the cold during its holiday closing will be comforted knowing L&W Market, its retail offspring next door in Bridgehampton, will have a catering menu especially for Thanksgiving celebrations. Or, as they put it on their website: the "no muss/no fuss, set it and forget it, pretend you cooked it Thanksgiving situation is back."
The purveyors have thought of everything from hors d'oeuvres (deviled eggs, lobster roll sliders, cheese board, shrimp cocktail, and mezze) to dessert (apple crisp, chocolate croissant bread pudding, and pot de creme).
Appetizer options are beet, arugula, and feta salad, lobster bisque, or wheat berry vegetable soup. The main event is a medium or large roasted free-range heritage turkey serving either six to eight or 10 to 12 people with gravy.
Sides are corn bread, Parker House rolls, cranberry sauce, a croissant and celery sage stuffing with or without sausage, glazed sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, Amagansett greens, roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta, and roasted heirloom squash.
Orders can be placed online and must be in by Sunday at 6 p.m. They can be collected on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. or next Thursday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Menu items are subject to change.