Thanksgiving Specials, Whiskey Feast, Taim Falafel Series

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
November 9, 2016 5:41 pm Last Updated: November 9, 2016 5:41 pm

Upcoming food and drink events in New York City:

(Ashley Sears)
(Ashley Sears)

Whiskey Feast 

This whiskey-focused festival will feature spirits from craft distilleries, whiskey cocktails, and food pairings of fall-themed small plates from local restaurants like Bareburger, Manila Social Club, and Sweet Chili. Over 40 cocktails and whiskies will be available, including those from Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Highland Park Distillery, and Copper Fox Distillery. Games and live music will provide entertainment. $69 per person; food sold separately.

Saturday, Nov. 19 
1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St. (between West & Franklin streets), Brooklyn

Thanksgiving Specials


Salted Caramel Pudding. (Courtesy of Landmarc)
Salted Caramel Pudding. (Courtesy of Landmarc)

On Thanksgiving Day, enjoy a great view of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade while noshing on brunch at chef Marc Murphy’s Landmarc restaurant. Served buffet-style, the meal will include options like turkey leg hash, cranberry stuffing, gravy, and a carving station with roasted turkey; Landmarc’s signature French toast; orecchiette alla norcina (pasta with sausage and mushrooms); and more. Desserts will include pumpkin pie bites and pecan pie with chocoloate crust. Cocktails, wine, and beer will also be available. Children under 12 can decorate a gingerbread house to take home. $225 per person ($150 for children). 

Thursday, Nov. 24
8:30 a.m.–noon
Landmarc at Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle (between 58th & 60th streets) 
Third Floor


Whole Truffle Roasted Chicken. (Liz Clayman)
Whole Truffle Roasted Chicken. (Liz Clayman)

The celebrity-frequented French restaurant Bagatelle will be serving up a French-inspired a la carte menu for Thanksgiving. The main course will be turkey breast stuffed with chestnuts and black truffle, and patrons can choose side dishes like sweet potato gratin or roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash with creamed ricotta. Dessert will be baked apple in puff pastry, served with apple vanilla jam and cinnamon whipped cream. 

Thursday, Nov. 24
1 Little West 12th St. (between Ninth Avenue & Hudson Street)

Miss Lily’s 

Miss Lily's Thanksgiving spread. (Courtesy of Miss Lily's)
Miss Lily’s Thanksgiving spread. (Courtesy of Miss Lily’s)

Enjoy a Caribbean island twist on Thanksgiving at Miss Lily’s. The feast will feature jerk turkey breast with gravy, steamed callaloo, and mac-and-cheese pie. For appetizers, choose between pumpkin soup or cod fritters with curry mayo. Dessert will be either pumpkin pie with allspice whipped cream or sweet potato pudding with rum raisin ice cream. Seating begins at 2 p.m. $48 per person.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Miss Lily’s
132 W. Houston St. (at Sullivan Street)
109 Avenue A (at East Seventh Street)

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Il Buco's cheese and meats spread. (Michael Grimm)
Il Buco’s cheese and meats spread. (Michael Grimm)

Il Buco’s newly appointed executive chef Garrison Price will prepare a five-course Thanksgiving dinner. Choose from Italian-inflected dishes like Orzotto con Zucca (fairytale pumpkin with black truffle and Parmigiano Reggiano); rotisserie-roasted heritage pork with pomegranate and watercress; buckwheat stuffing with dried figs, leeks, and hazelnuts; and winter squash pie with mascarpone, star anise, and pumpkin seeds. $85 per person ($45 for children).

Thursday, Nov. 24
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria
53 Great Jones St. (between Bowery & Lafayette Street)

Rosa Mexicano 

Roast turkey enchiladas. (Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano)
Roast turkey enchiladas. (Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano)

For a Mexican take on Thanksgiving classics, head to Rosa Mexicano for a three-course fiesta consisting of an appetizer, an entree with four sides, and a dessert. Entree options include ancho chili-roasted turkey served with a choice of mole de xico (Veracruz-style sweet and spicy sauce) or traditional gravy. Side dishes include sweet plantain-huitlacoche (a Mexican “truffle”) stuffing, chorizo potatoes, and roast turkey enchiladas topped with mestiza crema and orange-spiced Brussels sprouts. Dessert will be apple-and-cranberry empanadas topped with vanilla ice cream. A holiday cocktail will also be served: a blood orange and cranberry margarita with housemade cranberry bitters. $40 per person.

Thursday, Nov. 24
Rosa Mexicano
All locations


(Courtesy of Freud)
(Courtesy of Freud)

Freud will prepare an Austrian-inspired holiday feast. The meal starts with an amuse bouche of baked oysters, then progresses to heftier options, such as butternut squash ravioli with sage brown butter; spätzle with braised kale, gruyere, and crispy onion; cedar plank salmon with red wine-braised lentils, glazed turnips, and carrots; and apple strudel. $69 per person.

Thursday, Nov. 24
506 LaGuardia Place (between Bleecker & West Houston streets)


RedFarm's Peking Turkey. (Courtesy of RedFarm)
RedFarm’s Peking Turkey. (Courtesy of RedFarm)

Chef Joe Ng will be preparing his signature Peking turkey (made Peking duck-style) for Thanksgiving, available for take out and dine in. Like the original dish, diners wrap pieces of the bird in housemade pancakes, adding different condiments and sauces. $98 for a whole turkey, including accoutrements and sweet potato tempura. Last day to order is Monday, Nov. 21.

Thursday, Nov. 24
3 p.m.–9 p.m.
529 Hudson St. (between West 10th & Charles streets)
2170 Broadway (between 76th & 77th streets)

Indian Accent

This modern Indian restaurant from New Delhi will add extra spice to your Thanksgiving, with prix fixe menu options like paneer-stuffed roast turkey or tandoori turkey, cumin-maple potatoes, khichdi (a lentils and rice dish) with kale and housemade butter; and caramelized pecans with rice kheer (Indian pudding). $95 per person.  

Thursday, Nov. 24
2 p.m.–8 p.m.
Indian Accent
123 W. 56th St. (between Sixth & Seventh avenues)

Gobbler Sandwich at Blue Ribbon Chicken 

Blue Ribbon's Fried Chicken Gobbler. (Steve Hill)
Blue Ribbon’s Fried Chicken Gobbler. (Steve Hill)

The November special sandwich at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken combines some familiar flavors of Thanksgiving: fried chicken with a layer of stuffing, mashed potatoes, housemade gravy, and cranberry sauce ($8.95).   

Through Wednesday, Nov. 30 
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
28 E. First St. (at Second Avenue)

‘Tour de France’ Wine Series at Maman 

Every other Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Maman bakery is hosting a wine series at its Tribeca location exploring different wine regions of France. On Nov. 17, three reds, three whites, and one rosé from the Languedoc region will be served, followed in subsequent weeks by a focus on the Bordeaux, Rhone, and Burgundy regions. Glasses start at $6, while bottles start at $30.

Sangria and French-style small bites like saucisson sausage, pâté, and truffle brie cheese will also be served (four for $10).

Maman Tribeca
211 W. Broadway (between Franklin & White streets)

Falafel Series at Taim 

Bobby Flay's black bean falafels. (Courtesy of Taim)
Bobby Flay’s black bean falafels. (Courtesy of Taim)

Chef Einat Admony is partnering with a guest chef each month to serve up their unique takes on falafel. For November, it’s chef Bobby Flay’s turn, with his black bean falafels topped with avocado and smoked chili relish, pomegranate yogurt crema, and goat cheese. A dollar from each order goes to Citymeals on Wheels.

Next up is food writer and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons, followed by cookbook author and blogger Molly Yeh, chef Jessica Koslow of Sqirl in Los Angeles, Indian-American chef Floyd Cardoz, and more. The monthly series will continue through August next year.

222 Waverly Place (between West 11th & Perry streets)
45 Spring St. (at Mulberry Street)

Brunch Menu at The Vine 

The Vine's Croque Croissant. (Courtesy of The Vine)
The Vine’s Croque Croissant. (Courtesy of The Vine)

The Vine, the bar located inside the Eventi Hotel, is now serving brunch on weekends. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s menu includes options like baked eggs with tomato and bell pepper compote, chorizo, espelette aioli, and manchego cheese; smoked salmon flatbread with cream cheese, avocado, capers, red onion, and lemon zest; and Black Forest ham and Gruyère waffle with black truffle béchamel and poached eggs.

Saturday & Sunday
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The Vine at the Eventi Hotel
851 Avenue of the Americas (between 29th & 30th streets)