Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and, for those who don’t want to spend the whole day preparing a multi-course meal, it’s time to start making dinner reservations.
This year, stellar restaurants across the country will be serving feasts for all those who would rather quite literally leave the holiday cooking to the pros. From New York to Charleston, Chicago to Los Angeles, your best Thanksgiving dining out options include Michelin-star establishments and celebrity chef flagships, rustic country kitchens and refined white tablecloth dining rooms.
There are several ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, too: Let the chef guide your way with a prix fixe tasting menu like that of New York City’s three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, where you’ll find upscale takes on classics like roasted turkey with caramelized apple and chestnut stuffing and smoked foie gras terrine. Or indulge yourself as per Thanksgiving tradition on an unlimited buffet of traditional dishes with Southern flair at chef Jonathan Waxman’s Nashville restaurant Adele’s.
Meanwhile, if you’re in California, don’t sleep on Thomas Keller’s restaurant empire. Bouchon will be transforming its bistro menu into a prix-fixe choose-your-own-adventure of sorts: with entree selections ranging from steak-frites to a full Thanksgiving dinner, you can make your dinner there as traditional as you like. Meanwhile, Ad Hoc in Yountville is offering a four-course family-style meal as well as preparing full Thanksgiving meals for pick up — including turkey with bacon leek stuffing, mashed potatoes, and various fall pies — just in case you didn’t want to cook dinner at home but you did want to eat it at home.
Whatever you choose, be warned that most restaurants do close on Thanksgiving Day, so these reservations might be hard to come by. Snag a table now while you still can.