Food & Drink
The Ultimate 2011 Brooklyn Thanksgiving Guide
(Photo: via Butterball)
Dwindling stashes of Halloween candy can only mean one thing - the turkey hour is fast approaching. As one of the few times of year where over-indulging is not only encouraged but celebrated, we at Brooklyn Exposed want you to make the most of your holiday. That's why we've put together an ultimate guide to Thanksgiving, which includes dishes inspired by the holiday (in case you want turkey and stuffing now) as well as a comprehensive list of Brooklyn restaurants where you and your family and friends can dine or even take out from should your kitchen be on lockdown on the 24th. Happy eating... er, we mean Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Pastry | Thanksgiving Croissant from Momofuko Milk Bar, $6.53
For weeks, food blogs have been buzzing about the return of Momofuko’s Thanksgiving croissant, which was first introduced around this time last year at Ma Pêche. It officially arrived last week, but this time at Momofuko Milk Bar, including the Williamsburg outpost. Filled with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, the croissant is certainly savory, though not substantial enough to make an entire meal out of. Those looking for a bit of heat shouldn’t hesitate to add the Sirarcha sauce available at the counter. It might change the way you look at turkey sandwiches. 382 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg (Photo: Dawn Hoffman)
Thanksgiving Sandwich, Traditional | The Cranberry Park from Lassen & Hennings, $7.25
Traditional Thanksgiving sandwiches are quite elusive in Kings County ever since Union Picnic and Boerum Hill Food Company, two establishments known for their versions, both closed up shop several years ago. Fortunately, Lassen & Hennigs, a non-descript, Brooklyn Height’s deli that’s been around for over sixty years, offers their Cranberry Park sandwich year round. Made with turkey breast, hot bread stuffing, and cranberry sauce (they’ll even put gravy on it if you ask), the sandwich hits all the key components right down to the unavoidable messiness. Ingredients are top-notch by deli standards, particularly the notably juicy turkey. The Cranberry Park may be one of Brooklyn’s best-kept sandwich secrets. 114 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights (Photo: Dawn Hoffman)
Thanksgiving Sandwich, Vegan | Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich from ‘sNice, $8.75
A Thanksgiving sandwich made not only without turkey, but also without any dairy products? Impossible! Yet ‘sNice’s Thanksgiving Leftovers sandwich, made with brussels sprouts, cranberry spread, sweet potatoes, and surprisingly flavorful tofurkey, manages to dissemble its vegan ingredients and convey the basic elements of everyone’s favorite leftover creation. The only change that could make this sandwich more authentic would be to swap out the brussels sprouts for stuffing and gravy (both meat- and dairy-free, of course). Come on- even vegans gorge on Thanksgiving. 315 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope (Photo: Dawn Hoffman)
Pumpkin Pie, Traditional | Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie for Four and Twenty Blackbirds, $5.15
Looking to have that first slice of pumpkin pie? Stop by bustling pie shop Four and Twenty Blackbirds and try a slice of their seasonal Brown Butter Pumpkin. Butterscotch provides a hint of gooey sweetness to the pie’s pumpkin filling, while a homemade crust, flakey and rich, serves as its buttery base. The pie is perfect in its simplicity. 439 Third Avenue, Gowanus (Photo: Dawn Hoffman)
Pumpkin Pie, Not Traditional | Three scoops of pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla ice cream from Van Leeuwen, $6.50
Around this time of year, pumpkin pie becomes fairly ubiquitous - turning up on menus and in office kitchens everywhere. Enjoy the dessert’s traditional flavors in another form by combining two scoops of Van Leeuwen’s vanilla and cinnamon ice cream (both of which are available year-round) with a scoop of their seasonal pumpkin. Both the Greenpoint and Boerum Hill storefronts are cozy enough inside that you’ll briefly forget about the chilly November winds. 632 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint; 81 Bergen Street, Boerum Hill (Photo: Dawn Hoffman)
Thanksgiving Cocktail | Mulled Wine from Sample, $6
There are plenty of bars around this time of year that offer expensive, holiday cocktails. Stick to the classics and order a mulled wine at casual, Cobble Hill spot, Sample. Although it may not contain bitters or aged rums, the Smith Street bar’s version of glühwein effortlessly echoes the original served at Christmas markets throughout Europe. A homey atmosphere and welcoming staff are equally integral parts of the drink’s overall festive vibe. 152 Bergen Street, Cobble Hill (Photo: Dawn Hoffman)
Prime Meats | 465 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
This Teutonic, meat-centric member of the Frankie's empire, will be serving their regular lunch and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day as well as a special $40 prix fixe, which features a confit turkey leg with pretzel dumpling stuffing, apple chestnut soup, and pumpkin pie. Guests can imbibe on spiked cider and buttered rum along with the bar's usual wines and spirits.
Rye | 247 South 1st Street, Williamsburg
In addition to their regular menu, Williamsburg cocktail den Rye will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu on November 24th. Highlights include a butternut squash soup with chanterelles and truffle oil, diver scallops with braised leeks and Berkshire pork belly, and a Turkey dinner, which includes a braised turkey leg and breast, mushroom bread pudding, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, and the obligatory cranberry sauce.
No. 7 | 7 Greene Avenue, Fort Greene
This quirky, well-received Fort Greene restaurant, is serving an $85 three-course, family-style prix fixe this Thanksgiving. Unlike most holiday prix fixes, No.7's includes wine and beer (no word yet on what will be offered). The menu could best be described as adventurous with side dishes like stuffing baked clams and fried eggplant in butternut squash gravy as well as two irreverent takes on the bird of the hour - turkey enchiladas and turkey breast nuong (prepared with cilantro, fish sauce, and fried shallots). Desserts include an apple meringue pie and vanilla pudding with miso bananas. The restaurant is holding two seatings (2:30 and 5:00 pm) and welcomes parties of all sizes. The taking home of leftovers is highly encouraged.
Dressler | 149 Broadway, Williamsburg
The Michelin-starred Williamsburg spot has created an $85, three-course prix fixe ($40 additional for wine pairings) for Thanksgiving. In addition to the required turkey dish (a Heritage turkey served with cornbread stuffing, cranberry compote, and gravy), there are venison, lamb shank, and duck breast options along with seasonal appetizers like diver scallops with maple-celery root puree and kabocha squash and ricotta agnolotti in sage and parmesan broth.
Chestnut | 217 Smith Street, Cobble Hill
One of Cobble Hill's original farm to table restaurants, Smith Street fixture Chestnut is serving a $70, four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. In addition to the meal's pièce de résistance, a Misty Knoll Heritage Turkey with chestnut stuffing and gravy, the menu features several other kinds of game including venison, quail, and trout along with a double stuffed acorn squash with black trumpets and chestnuts for vegetarians. Desserts include a poached pear with mascarpone cake, baked apple with caramel and sour cream ice cream, and a pumpkin pie with spiced maple cream.
The Farm on Adderley | 1108 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park
Ditmas Park pioneer The Farm on Adderley is once again hosting a three-course, $55 per person Thanksgiving meal. No word yet on the official menu, but the restaurant is also offering a vegetarian option as well as a $20 children’s plate for children 12 and under. Seating times are 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, and 8:00. The restaurant will also be taking separate reservations for seats at the bar.
Fatty 'Cue | 91 South 6th Street Williamsburg
Celebrated smokehouse Fatty 'Cue is once again offering a $75 prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving. The restaurant is only holding two seatings (5 pm and 8 pm) and requires that all reservations be made by November 14th. As to be expected, the menu is decidedly carnivore-friendly, allowing diners to choose two meats as their entree. A Heritage turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce and pan gravy is available as are some of the Southeast Asian BBQ joint's best sellers (pork ribs with Indonesian long pepper, lamb shoulder with goat yogurt and pita). Side dishes also do not stray far from the norm although brussels sprouts with maple and coriander bacon have been added for the occasion. In addition to the robust main course, the prixe fixe includes an amuse bouche, a variety of starters, and a selection of First Prize pies for dessert.
Rose Water | 787 Union Street, Park Slope
RoseWater, a long-time fixture in Park Slope’s seasonal American dining scene, is serving a $65 per person, three-course prix fixe menu, which offers both Thanksgiving dishes (pumpkin soup, rosemary charred turkey breast with smoked leg) as well as more every day fare (watercrest and pear salad with comte, baked polenta with goat cheese and hon shimeji mushrooms).
Dumont | 432 Union Avenue, Williamsburg
In lieu of their regular menu, stylish Union Avenue bistro DuMont is offering a three-course, $65 per person Thanksgiving Day menu from 3 pm to 9 pm. Although their popular burger is not available, the menu does feature some of the restaurant's favorites like crispy baby artichokes and a prime hanger steak with buttermilk fried onions in addition to holiday specials like roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing and root vegetable bisque. DuMac n'Cheese fans can purchase the side dish a la carte for an extra $15. Wine pairings are available for an extra $25 per person.
Watty & Meg | 248 Court Street, Cobble Hill
Cozy Cobble Hill restaurant Watty & Meg is offering a $58, three-course prix fixe menu for adults and a $32 prix fixe menu for children on Thanksgiving from 1 to 9 pm. The adult menu features a turkey platter and a pecan-crusted trout as well as a notable amount of vegetarian options for each course (potato, onion, and cheddar pierogies, an autumn market salad, butternut squash and ricotta ravioli with hazelnut cream). Those not wishing to participate in the prix fixe menu can opt to sit at the bar and order items individually. The restaurant will be accepting both reservations and walk-ins as well as offering takeout.
Stone Park Café | 324 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope
The seasonal American restaurant opened by born-and-bred Park Slopers Josh Foster and Josh Grinker, is serving a $65, three-course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving. In addition to a variety of starters, the menu features a Pennsylvania roast turkey along with more distinct entrees like grilled Block Island swordfish, wild boar, and a vegetable potpie. Side dishes include jalapeno cornbread with maple butter, sourdough mushroom stuffing, and garlic whipped potatoes while the dessert menu contains a pumpkin cheesecake and a pecan pie served with whisky chocolate ice cream.
Olea Mediterranean Taverna | 171 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
At $45 per person ($65 with wine pairings), Olea's three-course, prix fixe menu is one of the borough's more affordable Thanksgiving options. Menu offerings include a traditional turkey with sausage and fruit bread stuffing as well as several Mediterranean-influenced dishes like sweet potato soup with ricotta and pan-seared diver scallops in a brown butter sauce with capers. Pumpkin pie topped with bourbon whipped cream is the featured dessert.
The Meatball Shop | 170 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
Although The Meatball Shop is closed on Thanksgiving Day, the restaurant will be celebrating the holiday the rest of the week with special side dishes like candied yams with marshmallows ($4), mashed potatoes ($4), and an ice cream sandwich made with pie crust cookies and pumpkin ice cream ($4). The restaurant is also offering its take on a Thanksgiving sandwich with two stuffing meatballs, three turkey meatballs and a dollop of cranberry sauce ($7).
iCi | 246 Dekalb Ave, Fort Greene
Fort Greene bistro iCi is offering a special prix fixe menu from 2 to 9 pm on Thanksgiving Day. The locally sourced menu includes a sugar pumpkin-leek soup, a roasted Violet Hill Farms Heritage turkey with black truffle potato puree, and an autumn vegetable farro in a sage-parmiggiano broth. The price is $65 per person ($40 additional for wine pairings).
James | 605 Carlton Avenue, Prospect Heights
Well-received, modern American restaurant, James, has put together a $75, three-course meal for Thanksgiving. Celery and apple soup with smoked sturgeon, roast turkey breast with cranberry ginger relish, and butternut squash risotto with pumpkin seeds are just several of the menu's seasonal offerings. Notable side dishes include Pain di Mie stuffing with sausage, chestnuts, and sage and potato-parsnip puree with horseradish and chive oil.
Frankies Spuntino, 457 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
The Court Street original will be serving their regular lunch and dinner menus -which means favorites like meatballs and cavatelli with browned sage butter- on the 24th in addition to the same three-course, Thanksgiving prix fixe menu also offered down the street at Prime Meats.
Thanksgiving To Go
Seersucker | 329 Smith St, Carroll Gardens
Fans of chef and owner Robert Newton’s seasonal, Southern cuisine can enjoy his take on a Thanksgiving meal from the comfort of their own home. The restaurant’s Thanksgiving to go menu features a roasted organic turkey with gravy and cranberry compote, brussel sprouts with garlic and chili flakes, Consider Bardwell mac and cheese, braised collard greens with country ham, and cornbread dressing with celery and sage. Pricing is $30 a person for 8 ounces of turkey and three sides. Additional sides can be purchased a la carte at $10 a pint. An eight-inch sweet potato pie ($20) is available for dessert.
Order Deadline: November 16th
Pick Up: Wednesday, November 23rd from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Radish | 158 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
Hipster-friendly general store and prepared food shop Radish has created a Thanksgiving to go menu featuring their homemade, East Coast meets West cuisine. Those who want to build their own feast can order menu items like maple glazed, pre-sliced turkey breast ($120 feeds 6, $240 feeds 12), chestnut and herb stuffing ($35 for 6, $70 for 12), and roasted pumpkin with goat cheese and kale ($32 for 6, $60 for 12) a la carte. Indecisive types might just want to order one of the two fixed Thanksgiving menus the restaurant is offering. Prices range from $280 (The Basic Thanksgiving Meal for 6) to $720 (The Deluxe Thanksgiving Meal for 12).
Order Deadline: November 18th, 5pm
Pick Up: Wednesday, November 23rd 11 am to 4 pm. Delivery service is also available.
Applewood | 501 11th street, Park Slope
Want to focus all your energy this Thanksgiving on cooking the perfect turkey? Park Slope favorite Applewood is preparing all the traditional side dishes that are completely cooked and just need to be reheated. This year’s menu includes butternut squash soup, cranberry chutney, pecan stuffing, roasted root vegetables, choice of starch (sweet potato puree or herbed new potatoes), and turkey gravy. Prices range from $70 for two people to $285 for ten. The restaurant is also selling uncooked turkeys from Oink & Gobble Farm (Interlaken, NY) at $4.55 a pound.
Order Deadline: Tuesday, November 15th
Pick Up: Tuesday, November 22nd or Wednesday, November 23rd
Pies-n-Thighs | 166 S.4th Street, Williamsburg
This popular South Williamsburg fried chicken joint is offering Thanksgiving fixings to go with a Southern touch. In addition to 20lb turkeys smoked with applewood and basted in maple butter (whole turkey, feeds 18-22 people, $100, half turkey, feeds 8-12, $50), the restaurant is selling an impressive array of side dishes (each feeds 10-15 people) including green bean casserole ($25), cornbread stuffing ($25), and cranberry-pecan sweet potatoes with marshmallows ($20). As to be expected, there are plenty of pies, including Sweet Potato, Bourbon Pecan, and Smoked S'Mores ($30-40), available for dessert.
Order Deadline: November 19th
Pick Up: Wednesday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mile End | 97A Hoyt Street, Boerum Hill
Boerum Hill's venerated, Montreal-style deli, is putting their Québécois spin on traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The restaurant’s expansive catering menu created for the holiday offers two types of turkey, smoked or whole roasted (both $120, serves 8 to 10), $15 quarts of soup (butternut squash, matzo ball) and a slew of $30 sides (serves 4 to 6) like whipped sweet potatoes with maple syrup & pecans, mac and cheese with lamb bacon, and two types of stuffing - sweet challah with apple and raisins and rye and pumpernickel with wild mushrooms and leeks. The restaurant has also taken into consideration those that might be celebrating Thanksgiving alone or with one other person and has devoted a section of the menu to two-person meals available a la carte (vegetable pot pie, tourtière) as well as a $45 family meal (two person minimum).
Order Deadline: November 17th for turkey, November 20th for all other items
*Orders placed by November 10th receive a 10% discount – just mention the early bird special
Pick up: Thursday, November 24th (the restaurant will be open for lunch). Delivery service is available.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds | 439 Third Avenue, Gowanus
The lauded Gowanus pie shop is already fully booked for Thanksgiving pre-orders, but will be selling a limited number of their pies first come, first serve on Wednesday, November 23rd and Thursday, November 24th. As they say, early bird gets the worm.
The Chocolate Room | 86 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope and 269 Court Street, Cobble Hill
Both locations of sweets sanctuary, the Chocolate Room, are accepting orders for Thanksgiving. In addition to their usual cakes and confections, the shop is offering a special, 9-inch chocolate pecan pie ($32) in honor of the holiday.
Order Deadline: Sunday, November 20th
Pick Up: Wednesday, November 23rd
Marlow & Daughters | 95 Broadway, Williamsburg
Sleek butcher shop/locavore food emporium, Marlow & Daughters, is stocking everything dedicated hosts might need this Thanksgiving from fixings like cranberry sauce and spiced nuts to fundamental ingredients like breadcrumbs and chicken stock. A selection of fresh, broad-breasted white and bronze turkeys, all hormone and antibiotic free, from three local farms (Oink & Gobble, Stone & Thistle, and Garden of Spices) are available at $7.85 a lb. Additionally, the pastry chefs at Marlow & Sons -the store’s café brother down the street- are whipping up several pies for the occasion including a rye pecan ($38) made with molasses and Michter’s rye and a pumpkin pie made with roasted heirloom pumpkin and several varieties of squash. All pies must be pre-ordered by November 19th. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Thanksgiving Day.
Order Deadline: For pies only - November 19th
Pick Up: Wednesday, November 23rd or Thursday, November 24th (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at
Sweet Melissa Patisserie | 276 Court Street, Carroll Gardens and 175 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope
Although Sweet Melissa Patisserie tends to focus on traditional, French pastries, the charming bakery’s Thanksgiving menu is full of American classics like an apple pie with cinnamon crumble and two versions of pecan pie - traditional and chocolate bourbon. There’s also a refreshing take on the squash of the hour – a custard pumpkin pie with fresh ginger. All pies are $32 and can be ordered from both the original Court Street location as well as the 7th Avenue outpost in Park Slope.
Order Deadline: November 21st
*Orders placed before November 17th receive a 10% discount off the 2nd pie ordered
Pick Up: Tuesday, November 22nd, Wednesday, November 23rd, or Thursday, November 24th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Baked | 359 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
Looking to bring a dessert that wows your host this Thanksgiving? Don't forget about Baked - the Red Hook confectionery that's been making retro pies in Brooklyn long before it was cool. The bakery's pumpkin pie with a whole-wheat crust ($26) and apple pie with vanilla bean and a splash of bourbon ($26) are both aptly seasonal.
Order Deadline: Friday, November 18th
Pick Up: Can be scheduled any time up until Wednesday, November 23rd
Bklyn Larder, 228 Flatbush Avenue, Park Slope
Specialty-food shop, Bklyn Larder, has every course covered for Thanksgiving dinner. Their catering menu offers appetizers - cured meat and cheese platters ($25 - $39, feeds 6 to 8 people, $49 -$55, 10 to 12), entrees- stuffed turkey with gravy ($99, feeds 8), and plenty of sides - herb bread stuffing ($26 a loaf, feeds 8), cranberry sauce ($15), and sweet potatoes with spiced pecans ($14 a lb). The store is also selling its popular breads like pane pugliese ($5.50), sourdough ($3), and a dozen dinner rolls ($9), all of which will be delivered fresh on the 24th. Desserts include a traditional bourbon pecan pie ($24) and a not-so-traditional pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone and ginger frosting ($28).
Our guide will continue to be updated through Thanksgiving, so if we're missing anything be sure to let us know.