Everyone has a different Thanksgiving. If you're grateful for not cooking the turkey, there are plenty of restaurants ready to do the job - and take care of the appetizers, side dishes and sweets, too.
Here are some spots that have the big day planned from start to finish. Prices generally don't include either taxes or tip. Reserve early.
Thanksgiving takes an Italian turn at A Mano. In addition to roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach among the sides, diners can choose a first course of lasagna, pumpkin ravioli finished with brown butter and sage, meatballs with ricotta, tomato and pecorino cheese, or a salad of watercress, endive, pears and Gorgonzola cheese. Salmui and cheese go to all tables. Desserts include warm apple crisp with caramel gelato, local pumpkin cheesecake and Valrhona chocolate mousse.
Blue Sky, a "Mediterranean lounge," turns traditional on Thanksgiving with a three-course turkey dinner. The restaurant also will feature an alternative menu of specials, just in case there's a dissenter in your group.
Roasted free-range turkey competes with Barolo-braised short ribs and grilled Atlantic salmon at this New American mainstay. Starters include butternut squash ravioli, wild mushroom risotto, roasted beet salad, shrimp cocktail and organic greens salad. Desserts: pumpkin pie, baked apple crisp, Jack Daniel's pecan pie.
Cost: $39.95 (children $16.95)
This historic 1740 estate (now under the same ownership as Bryant & Cooper in Roslyn and Toku in Manhasset) is catering a buffet-style affair. Selections include turkey, filet mignon and balsamic glazed salmon as well as chicken pot pie, cornbread stuffing, roasted root vegetables, cranberry orange relish and cold salads. Desserts include pumpkin pie, apple cobbler and pecan pie with coffee.
The handsome North Fork spot offers a spin on the traditional: roasted turkey breast, cornbread-stuffed leg, bourbon-whipped sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. Alternatives: squash risotto, roasted beef tenderloin, fresh Berkshire ham, crisp striped bass. Appetizers include she-crab soup, crawfish mac-'n-cheese and a country-style pate with fig mostarda and candied-bacon gelato. Dessert: pumpkin, apple, pecan pie a la mode; chocolate-almond torte.
Appetizers include housemade asparagus vinaigrette, duck pate, Caprese salad, fried calamari and pumpkin ravioli. Everyone gets salad or turkey-mushroom-barley soup. Entrees include traditional roast turkey, Long Island duck in orange sauce, veal Marsala, poached salmon and leg of lamb, all of which coem with roasted Autum vegetables. For dessert: pie (apple, pumpkin, coconut mince), crème caramel plus coffee or tea.
The three-star restaurant at The Maidstone hotel offers a traditional dinner of free-range turkey, plus trimmings. But the kitchen has alternatives, too, including a grilled pork chop, housemade and hand-cut fettuccine, and baby shrimp with dill and lemon. Wine pairing with each course is available for a $35 premium.
The prix-fixe includes roast turkey, cranberry sauce and two sides (choose among candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, French fries and string beans amandine). Additional sides are $4.50 and desserts (apple or pecan pie, angel layer cake with pumpkin ice cream) are $6. Maxxels regular menu will also be available.
Rein: 45 Seventh St., Garden City, 516-747-3000, gardencityhotel.com
COST $75; children $37.50
Steven DeBruyn's main dishes include turkey with cornbread-and-dried fruit stuffing, green beans with chestnuts and sweet potato puree; maple-pecan glazed Virginia ham; pan-seared salmon; and herb-crusted rack of lamb. Appetizers: garganelli pasta with wild mushrooms, diced pumpkin and duck-confit ragu; warm leek-and-goat cheese tart; spiced jumbo shrimp; butternut squash soup. There'a also a salad course: apple-and-endive salad with blue-cheese stuffed dates. Dessert: frozen pumpkin souffle.
COST $29.95 (adults); $14.95 (children 10 and under)
The brewery/restaurant's three-course dinner includes sliced turkey with stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes, turnips and gravy. Alternatives: grilled sirloin steak, marinated and grilled swordfish steak. Openers include New England-style clam chowder, butternut squash-and-lobster bisque, endive-and-crumbled blue cheese salad. Pumpkin pie, apple pie, cheesecake, chocolate cake and ice cream are among the desserts.
Stonewalls presents a three-course Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 7 p.m. In addition to the traditional turkey dinner, the kitchen also offers hazelnut-and-mustard crusted halibut, jumbo shrimp saute ($39), Crescent Farm duck a l'orange ($39) and dry-aged filet mignon ($45). Appetizers include corn chowder, seafood in puff pastry and the house's crab cakes ($5 supplement). Desserts include ginger-pecan-crust pumpkin pie and vanilla-almond cheesecake.
Tequila Jack's, 201D Main St., Port Jefferson, 631-331-0960,
Thanksgiving gets a Caribbean twist at Tequila Jack's. Roast turkey receives a zesty rub with ingredients from hot peppers to dark rum, allspice to fresh ginger. Alternative main dishes include skirt steak with mango salsa, smoked pork loin with rum sauce, and papaya-and-squash stuffed shrimp. Appetizers: acorn-squash soup, pumpkin fritters, watercress salad with dried cranberries, orange and goat cheese. For dessert, there's "Island peach" cobbler and pumpkin mousse pie.
COST $48; half-price, children's portions for those less than 12-years-old
The vintage inn, which now hosts Mirabelle and Mirabelle Tavern under chef Guy Reuge, goes traditional with roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, candied yams and cranberry marmalade. Alternatives: roasted prime rib, seared loin of venison, baked mahi-mahi. Appetizers include butternut squash soup with crumbled bacon, shrimp cocktail, pheasant pate and baked clams.
This New American eatery features roasted turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry-pecan chutney; prime rib; pan-seared salmon; and duck with caramelized pear and cassis demi-glace. Appetizers include short-rib ravioli, baked Brie with apples and apple-and-endive salad with Stilton cheese. Dessert: apple-crumb pie, pecan torte, bittersweet chocolate torte.
Cost: $26.95 (kids $13.95)
Thanksgiving dinner takes on an Italian accent at this lively trattoria. Start with a choice of soup (Italian sausage and bean, vegetable barley, butternut squash), a "carnavale" salad, followed by either roasted turkey with sweet potatoes, cranberry chutney and stuffing, pork porterhouse or honey balsamic-marinated skirt steak. Conclude with either pumpkin, pecan or apple crumb pie plus coffee. Regular menu also available.