With only two weeks until Thanksgiving, one of the most meal-centric holidays on the calendar, it's time to get serious about how to tackle that dinner for family and friends. Whether it's letting others prep and serve at their cozy restaurants, bringing dishes in, or preparing the dinner yourself, the East End has a bounty of ideas this year. Be sure to check last week's "News for Foodies" for additional holiday options.
The 1770 House in East Hampton has stay or go menus for the big feast. A full meal to go for six to eight people is $500, and a three-course meal served in the dining room and the downstairs tavern is $135 per person. There are also wine pairings recommended by the restaurant's sommelier, Michael Cohen.
Michael Rozzi, the restaurant's chef, will prepare five cooked sides and a 15-pound organic turkey, ready to place in the oven, with instructions and a meat thermometer. The sides are gravy, brioche stuffing with or without sausage, roasted garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes, spiced sweet potatoes, green beans amandine, and cranberry-orange relish. Sticky toffee date cake or pumpkin cheesecake are for dessert.
Supplements include lobster bisque and shrimp cocktail. Orders must be placed by Nov. 18 for pickup on Nov. 22.
The dinner served on site will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost does not include tax, tip, or beverages.
Starters such as a spicy Montauk fluke tartare, Japanese yellowfin tuna sashimi, autumn or beet and baby kale salads, foie gras, or bisque, will be followed by turkey, salmon, rabbit leg, or Berkshire pork chop with complimentary sides. Dessert is a pear and currant whole wheat crostata, pumpkin cheesecake, or date cake.
Reservations should be placed early to avoid disappointment.
Nick and Toni's
East Hampton's Nick and Toni's is offering only a take home a la carte dinner for the holiday.
First courses are baby kale salad or a charcuterie selection with accompaniments. The main course is turkey braciola with wild mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano, and fresh herbs, or a butternut squash lasagna with spinach, mozzarella, tomato, and basil. Optional sides are focaccia, roasted brussels sprouts, maple sweet potato puree, roasted mushrooms, sausage stuffing (or fennel and leak stuffing), and Brunello turkey gravy.
Desserts are an apple crostata, pecan or pumpkin pies, tartufo, gelato, and almond biscotti.
The deadline for ordering is Friday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. Pickup will be on Nov. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. The full menu and ordering are available on the website.
If you're counting on Harbor Market to provide your holiday meal, hop to it, because the deadline for ordering is Thursday. The Sag Harbor food store has roasted turkey with gravy, as well as squash soup and a Thanksgiving charcuterie board to start. Sides are brussels sprouts, root vegetable and apple stuffing with or without sausage, mashed potatoes, sweet potato puree, haricots verts, and cranberry relish. Desserts are a cookie box, pumpkin, pecan, and apple crumb pies, and a pumpkin cheesecake.
Lulu Kitchen and Bar
Lulu Kitchen and Bar in Sag Harbor will serve dinner in its dining room on Nov. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. In addition to its regular a la carte menu for Thanksgiving grinches, there is a prix fixe turkey dinner for two for $98, not including tax or tip. The meal consists of roast turkey, cranberry sauce, chestnut-sunchoke stuffing, sweet potato souffle, roast brussels sprouts, and gravy. At least two people at the table must order the meal in order for it to be served. A children's menu with smaller portions will be available for half price. Reservations are recommended through Resy or calling the restaurant.
A take-home package is available as well, featuring house salad and baguette, roast turkey with the same sides served in the restaurant, and an apple tarte Tatin for $145 for two people and $285 for four. There are several add-ons at various price points, such as canapes, lobster, a whole roast chicken, skirt steak, duck, rack of lamb, and much more. Orders can be made at [email protected], and the full menu is on the website.
Early Birds Get the Bird
Curated Fine Meats in Wainscott is offering 10 percent off turkeys ordered by Thursday in its store. Those interested can also call the store at 631-527-5911 or text 631-655-6622 to order or request more information.
Amber Waves has ordering on its website for side dishes and desserts, produce, and organic turkeys and turkey breasts to prepare and roast.
Premade dishes include spiced roasted sweet potatoes with a pumpkin seed gremolata, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, mushroom gravy, and roasted vegetables. There are also oysters to shuck, muffins and scones for breakfast, breads and rolls, pie crusts for filling at home, and whipped cream to top them.
Orders must be placed by Wednesday at midnight and will be available for pickup on Nov. 21 and 22 from noon to 5 p.m.