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As explained in a recent Sandwich of the Week, there’s something about the Thanksgiving sandwich that seems to magically build on each of the individual elements, making it a completely different meal altogether from the traditional Thanksgiving plate. Sliced turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mashed potatoes (if you’re lucky) all mashed together into a sandwich makes for a messy, sweet-savory meal that’s about as comforting as a sandwich can get. Add a cup of gravy on the side, and you’re in official sandwich heaven.
Here’s a list of eight killer Thanksgiving sandwiches that you can find in New York City year-round.
Amity Hall: This Greenwich Village bar has a menu that’s better than most, and items like tempura string beans, a wide variety of fry toppings and stuffed burgers, and breakfast pizza show some real creativity coming out of the kitchen. But if you’re in the mood for a sandwich, their Thanksgiving Dinner (oven-roasted turkey with onion-thyme stuffing, green apples, and cranberry-walnut mayo) is the way to go.
Angela’s Sandwich Shop: This cult favorite hidden away on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 58th Street serves a massive variety of sandwiches, but the Thanksgiving Dinner sandwich, with grilled fresh turkey breast, Cheddar cheese, cornbread stuffing, brown gravy, and cranberry sauce, is a masterpiece.
Carve: This unassuming sandwich shop that also happens to make some killer pizza has built up a reputation for its Thanksgiving sandwich: fresh-carved rotisserie turkey, apple stuffing, and cranberry mayo team up on a ciabatta roll, and the result is one of their top sellers.
Toasties: This sandwich shop mini-chain has six locations in the city, and while it’s an ideal lunchtime option, you might feel the need to take half of their Thanksgiving sandwich home for dinner. Fresh-roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and brown gravy hit all the right notes, and you can choose between 15 bread options and even more additional toppings (bacon and provolone? Why not!).
One Mile House: This Lower East Side bar’s menu is full of some wacky creations, including bacon-Cheddar matzoh balls and wing sauce-topped burgers, but their Day After Thanksgiving Sandwich is no joke. Roasted turkey topped with gravy, onion-thyme stuffing, and cranberry sauce is a major fan favorite.
Mejlander & Mulgannon: This old-school, no-frills Bay Ridge deli makes a killer cold cut sandwich. They’re also masters of the art of the hot sandwich, and their Thanksgiving Hero comes with fresh-roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo.
Harding’s: This Flatiron newcomer is about as far from a sandwich shop as you can get, and they’ve elevated the Thanksgiving sandwich to gourmet status. Their "Giving Thanks" uses smoked turkey on a crusty roll, and partners it with cranberry sauce and both stuffing and mashed potatoes. A bowl of gravy on the side makes this Thanksgiving sandwich one of the city’s best.
‘sNice: Even if you’re looking to go the vegan route, there’s a Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich out there for you, courtesy of ‘sNice, which has locations in the Village and Park Slope. This one comes with Tofurky, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, gravy, and cranberry relish.
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Notable here is the rib sampler, which includes three versions&mdashKansas City, Memphis, and Texas beef, all moist and charry, cooked nice and slow. The mac and cheese is nirvana. A variety of spoon-licking sweet and spicy BBQ sauces on the tables allows you to dress your own meat.
(file photo credit: Clipart)
Here, the pulled pork sandwiches rule: juicy, and zesty, with an impressive scoop of smoky, ambrosial meat on a bun, and great BBQ sauce on the side. The chili cheese fries are sinful and irresistable. And if you&rsquore hankering for a corn dog, look no further.
Daisy May’s BBQ (credit: Yvo Sin)
The Kansas City Sweet and Sticky Ribs take first prize&mdashnot evident by their name is their smoky flavor. The saucy Carolina pulled pork and the pulled chicken are both satisfyingly scrumptious. And the delicious, hearty baked beans sport pieces of bacon.
Ribs, anyone? (credit: dinsaurbarbque.com)
Their famously zesty chicken wings are addictive. The ribs are savory, fall-off-the-bone succulent&mdashmade with a dry rub. A delight as well is the spicy shrimp boil. Just don&rsquot skip the fried green tomatoes.
Delicious BBQ at Fette Sau. (credit: fettesaubbq.com)
The highly recommended brisket is fork tender and suffused with smokiness&mdashset off perfectly with a side of pickles. Also great is the pulled pork and smoked pork belly, which carries a whiff of bacon. Be sure to get a side of beans&mdashridiculously tasty and the regular and spicy BBQ sauces are delish.
Ribs from Georgia’s East Side BBQ. (credit: georgiaseastsidebbq.com)
Georgia&rsquos applewood-smoked, pulled pork sandwich contains a world of flavor. The beans are boastfully good. The beef brisket sandwich is overflowing and super tasty, especially with tangy, spicy BBQ sauces on the side. N/B: Cole slaw is fresh and not creamy, for those who favor it not glopped in mayonnaise.
The specialty here comes from the enormous smoker out back. Try the heavenly, dry rubbed babybacks and beef shortribs. Safe to say that the pulled pork, paired with a vinegar-hot pepper sauce is BBQ-transcendent. And the suicide chicken wings are, well, to die for&mdashdevilishly spicy but still packed with flavor.
Fried chicken lovers, take note: These chicken and biscuits don&rsquot mess around&mdashchicken is moist and flavorful on the inside, with spicy sauce and lemon butter on a flaky, buttery biscuit. Paired with collard greens and spicy black eyed peas&mdashdang. Note: Pies n’ Thighs is cash only.
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7 Dishes to Try Right Now to Get a Taste of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and eateries across the country are serving up crazy creations with all of your favorite holiday flavors. From donuts to stacked-high sandwiches, here’s our list of 7 dishes to try right now to get a taste of Thanksgiving. #gobblegobble
Pumpkin Pie Donut – Fire Cakes Donuts Chicago
Firecakes Donuts in Chicago has created their Pumpkin Pie Donut that’s covered with cinnamon sugar and topped with candied pecans and pumpkin mousse. We bet you can’t eat just one. 68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Chicken Gobbler – Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Las Vegas
Blue Ribbon’s “Monthly Bird” for November has all of your favorite Turkey Day fixin’s, minus the turkey. It’s a fried chicken sandwich with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and smothered in gravy. Downtown Summerlin, 1770 Festival Plaza Dr #200, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Thanksgiving Doughnut Ripple – Doughnut Plant NYC
Doughnut Plant in NYC has created the perfect Thanksgiving doughnut creation. The flavors are cranberry, sweet potato and ginger layered together to give you the ultimate holiday flavor explosion. 379 Grand St
New York, NY 10002
Thanksgiving Toast – Burnt Crumbs OC/LA
This OC foodie hot-spot is slam dunking on the toast trend. Their Thanksgiving Toast features fried turkey, mashed potatoes, sage gravy, fried sage and cranberry. Shut the front door! 21058 Pacific Coast Hwy M100, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Thanksgiving Poutine & Sandwich – The Kroft OC/LA
Thanksgiving sandwiches are bomb, we know. But, The Kroft’s Thanksgiving Poutine fries are the bomb. French fries with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Say no more. 440 S Anaheim Blvd #109, Anaheim, CA 92805
Turkey Al Pastor Tacos – Borracha Mexican Cantina Las Vegas
Thanksgiving tacos? Stop the madness! Borracha in Las Vegas is throwing down with their Al Pastor Turkey tacos that are marinated in pineapples and chilies. They’re topped with cranberry relish and a tomatillo gravy, baby. Oh, theres also a side of chorizo-cornbread stuffing for the full experience. 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89052
Thanksgiving Burger – New York Burger Co. NYC
Believe the hype. New York Burger Co’s turkey burger with sweet potato mash and cranberry-orange chutney will rock your turkey day socks off. 678 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Outdoor Dining Will Now Be Permanent and Year-Round In This Major City
There are hundreds of streets in New York City, but right now almost 90 are part of the city's Open Restaurants program. The initiative allows restaurants to use roads for safe outdoor dining during the coronavirus pandemic. At first, it was temporary, but many in the restaurant world support it continuing even as the weather cools off. It was originally scheduled to end on October 31, but Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced it will be made permanent.
Under the plan, restaurants can use eight feet of the street adjacent to their location for seating within a barrier. The sidewalk must be clear. Restaurants can even expand onto the adjacent property with that owner's okay. (Unfortunately, some restaurants won't be able to open their doors this winter, here are 9 Restaurant Chains That Closed Hundreds of Locations This Summer.)
In colder weather restaurants can use heating lamps and other electric heaters. Propane and natural gas heating systems can only be used on the sidewalk. Tents can also be used for warmth as long as half of it is open for air to flow.
As for if it snows and the "winter weather creates potential for inclement weather to impact road conditions, the City will engage the restaurant industry and other stakeholders to develop additional safety features to further strengthen roadway barriers," the city says.
The use of heaters and tents won't be restricted to New York City, though. Others like Chicago, San Francisco, and more are gearing up for colder outdoor dining, as well. Portable heating orders have skyrocketed from places like Amazon, Wayfair, and other companies, according to the New York Times.
Expect to see a few other interesting things while dining out this winter. Blankets will be in stock for customers to use and restaurant menus could look different. Some eateries are considering adding more comfort food — think warm and hearty appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even hot cocktails. For more, here are 5 New Things You Can Expect to See in Most Restaurants This Fall.
Best Thanksgiving Pies/Desserts In NY
Thanksgiving is almost here and that means it’s time to enjoy something sweet! Dive into one of these delicious pies, ice cream collaborations, and festive donuts that can be found in NYC.
279 Church St.
New York, NY 10013
You can now pre-order your holiday pies at Baked NYC! Sure, they have the traditional pumpkin pie but they also have other decadent options like Dutch Apple, Spiced Cranberry Pear Buttermilk, and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan. Don&rsquot miss out on their other holiday goodies like Peppermint Whoopie Pies, Wreath Cupcakes, and Stump de Noel ( a spin on the classic Buche De Noel). The best part? For every pie you order (after your first), Baked NYC is offering a free pastry and beverage &ndash because who doesn&rsquot want a little more caffeine during this time of year? Happy eating!
Du&rsquos Donuts and Coffee
107 N 12 th St.
Brooklyn NY 11249
Go a different route this year and swap out your usual pie for donuts! Head over to Du&rsquos Donuts and Coffee (in Soho or Williamsburg) and pre-order their special holiday flavors. $18 will get you a 4-pack of donuts that include Red Apple Glaze with cinnamon oat crumble, Lemon Glaze with torched meringue, Classic Pumpkin Pie with vanilla icing, and Brown Sugar Mollasses Glaze with candied pecans. You won&rsquot even miss the pie the minute you bite into these babies. Happy donut-ing!
OddFellows Ice Cream
Check website for various locations
OddFellows Ice Cream Co is bringing back their popular Passport Program series by highlighting distinct flavors from around the globe, inspired by chef Sam Mason&rsquos culinary travels. This November, ice cream eaters can indulge in The Waffle Sundae. You can thank the folks from Sweet Chick for the homemade waffle that&rsquos topped with Buttermilk Apple ice cream, fried chicken skin crispies, and brown butterscotch. Now that&rsquos a dessert to remember! Stop in every month to see the featured dish and start racking up those stamps in order to receive your sweet reward. See website for more details.
See website for various locations
Stop into any of Jacques Torres&rsquo seven locations and pick up the perfect hostess gift &ndash a turkey! Don&rsquot worry, there&rsquos no baking required. Jacques Torres is back with his festive holiday chocolate creations that are almost too cute to eat. Choose from a large or medium sized turkey-molded chocolate or grab a few milk chocolate Thanksgiving Lollipops that come in both turkey and pilgrim shapes. You&rsquoll be gabbing and gobbling all night!
The Meatball Shop
See website for various locations
The Meatball Shop has teamed up with Brooklyn&rsquos famous Four + Twenty Blackbirds to bring quite a holiday treat to New Yorkers. If you&rsquore a fan of Salty Honey pies you&rsquoll definitely want to stop in for the Pie&rsquoce Cream Sandwiches ($12). They&rsquore nestling one large scoop of vanilla ice cream between two mini Salty Honey pies and topping it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It&rsquos the perfect balance of salty and sweet with just the right amount of crunch from the golden and flaky pie crusts. This delicious dessert is available all of November so make sure to mark your calendars!
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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.
2 Perfect Sandwich Recipes From Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain has been a certified BUST crush for many years, and usually we are content to drool his delicious dishes on TV. But now, he has a new cookbook out, Appetites, that includes recipes that even those of us who are not so skilled in the kitchen can attempt and master. The cookbook contains recipes that Bourdain makes for his family: his wife is a professional martial artist, and they have a nine-year-old daughter.
“Mostly, these recipes are direct lifts from imperfect memories of childhood favorites: things my mom fed me, things I liked or loved to eat during the happier moments of my life — the kind of food memories I like to share with my daughter — along with a few greatest hits from my travels, and some boiled-down wisdom on subjects like breakfasts and Thanksgiving dinner, presented in an organized and tactically efficient, stress-free way,” Bourdain writes in the introduction.
We’re excited to bring you two perfect sandwich recipes — the Bodega Sandwich, and the Macau-Style Pork Chop Sandwich. Try them at home and let us know how they are!
Forget about pastrami: The iconic New York City sandwich is bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll — cooked on a griddle and served by someone who addresses you as papi or mami.
The language of New York City in the mornings is Spanish — or more accurately, Spanglish — and even the non-Spanish speakers lined up at the bodega counter usually make an attempt. It’s the last bastion of non-Starbucks breakfast — and maybe the last place in New York where construction workers, doormen, hedge funders, black, white, Asian, and Latin gather in one room, united by a single purpose: the bodega sandwich.
6 slices bacon
2 kaiser rolls, sliced as for a sandwich
4 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground black
pepper to taste
4 slices American or Swiss cheese
Plate lined with newspaper
Heat a large, heavy-bottom skillet or cast-iron griddle pan over high heat until hot, then add the bacon and cook until golden brown and crisp, adjusting the temperature if necessary so that it doesn’t get burned. If it burns, start over. (You can also cook your bacon in the oven see page 12.) Using a spatula or tongs, remove the bacon to the lined plate. Open the kaiser rolls and place them facedown on the griddle for 2 minutes to warm through and absorb some of that bacon grease. Remove them and park 3 slices of bacon inside each roll.
Crack the eggs into a medium mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper, and beat well. You’re not making scrambled eggs here, you’re making a kind of value-neutral omelet, so don’t worry about retaining big curds in the pan. Cook the eggs in the hot bacon grease until cooked through. Top with the cheese, distributed in an even layer, and let cook until slightly melty. Remove the eggs and divide them evenly among the rolls, folding and chopping as necessary. Close the sandwiches, wrap in foil for portability (if necessary), and serve with shitty coffee.
MACAU-STYLE PORK CHOP SANDWICH
This sandwich, loosely inspired by a pork chop bun served to me for television in Macau, is possibly the most delicious thing in the book. We had a hard time shooting it, because everyone in the room kept eating the models.
4 boneless pork rib chops or cutlets (about 6 ounces each)
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Chinese rice wine
¼ cup black vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon five-spice powder
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
½ cup all-purpose flour
1½ cups panko bread crumbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups peanut oil, for frying, plus more as needed
8 slices white sandwich bread
Chili paste, for garnish
Meat mallet or heavy-duty rolling pin
Sheet pan or platter lined with newspaper
Pound the pork to ¼-inch thickness, using the meat mallet. If using a rolling pin, be sure to wrap the meat in plastic before whacking it (and consider getting yourself a meat mallet).
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, five-spice powder, and sugar. Place the pork in a zip-seal plastic bag or nonreactive container and pour the marinade mixture over, turning the chops to ensure that they’re evenly coated with liquid. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.
Remove the chops from the marinade and brush off the garlic. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl and place the flour and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Season the flour with salt and pepper. You may need to add a tablespoon of water to the beaten egg, to loosen its texture so that it adheres evenly to the meat.
To a large, heavy-bottom frying pan, add the peanut oil and heat over medium-high.
While the oil heats, dredge the chops in the flour, batting off any extra, then in the egg, then in the bread crumbs.
Test the oil with a pinch of bread crumbs. If they immediately sizzle, carefully slide the chops into the hot oil, working in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the pan and bringing down the temperature of the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove the cooked chops from the oil and let drain on the lined sheet pan. Season lightly with salt.
Toast the bread until golden brown.
Assemble the sandwiches and serve with the chili paste alongside.
Recipes from Appetites by Anthony Bourdain. All photos by Bobby Fisher. Text and photos used with permission.
Hamill: City Harvest battles hunger in New York on Thanksgiving
Give her 46 million pounds of thanks this Thanksgiving.
Because that's how much food Jilly Stephens and her City Harvest staff of 150 — plus 4,000 volunteers and 54,000 donors — have distributed to the hungry of New York City this year.
"It's not just a rewarding job," says executive director Stephens, as the neediest month of the year approaches. "It's an honor. I say that because when I first learned of City Harvest, when I came to New York City nine years ago from working at an international aid foundation serving developing countries, I was astonished that there were people who were actually going to bed hungry in the richest city on Earth. Then I was staggered by how many were hungry. I started with City Harvest as a financial donor and a volunteer."
Then this British native used her managerial skills to run City Harvest and battle the Dickensian hunger in our glittering city of gourmet delis and deluxe restaurants, a city where children as hungry as Oliver Twist stand on lines at soup kitchens and food pantries to fill their hungry bellies.
Thanksgiving dinner in New York.
taking my first trip to New York thanksgiving week. Where should I eat my thanksgiving dinner?! Doesn't have to be traditional, just a place to kick back after an early morning watching the parade!
I went to NYC for the Thanksgiving Parade a few years ago in college and I stumbled upon a restaurant that I quite enjoyed afterward -- Astro. Since it was Thanksgiving day, I didn't search too hard for a restaurant and just wandered in there by luck. It's centrally-located, has an old-school NYC vibe to it and is low-key and friendly. It's a diner, so nothing fancy at all, but it did the trick giving me a tasty warm meal on a cold, rainy Thanksgiving day! They have great NYC deli sandwiches and your typical diner fare. Bonus points that it didn't break the bank considering everything else in the city is so pricey (though this may have mattered more to me then because I was in college :P).
Hope you enjoy the parade and your trip to NYC!
Blue Fin will be open Thanksgiving Day serving breakfast from 7am-12pm and dinner from 12pm-10pm. They will be offering a $45 Classic Turkey Dinner Prix Fixe menu, along with seasonal a la carte options. Kids dinner is $22.50. (212-918-1400)
Maialino (2 Lexington Ave. btwn 21st & 22nd Street) offers three different Thanksgiving menus from noon until 6pm two Italian-American menus for adults ($92) and one for children ($49) including turkey potpie. (212-777-2410)
Try "Turkey Five Ways" at Triomphe Restaurant (49 W. 44th St. btwn 5th & 6th Ave), which is contributing 5% of the $75 set menu price to City Harvest. That means turkey and foie gras dumplings, turkey livers, a leg confit, plus roasted breast and leg. (212-453-4233)
Sarabeth's Restaurant (Central Park South btwn 5th & 6th) has an incredible looking menu for $60 (adults) and $40 (children under 12) including roasted pumpkin soup, free range turkey with whipped sweet potatoes and sausage stuffing, and your choice of seasonal pies. (212-826-5959)
Garage Restaurant & Cafe (99 7th Ave South at Christopher Street) also has a traditional pre fix menu for $60 that includes live jazz performances from 1:30pm-5:30pm and 6pm-10pm (212-645-0600)
230 FIFTH (230 5th Avenue btwn 26th & 27th Street) has a buffet style Thanksgiving dinner from 1pm-9pm for $42 (adults) or $25 (children) in addition to its incredible views of NYC. (212-725-4300)
Sons of Essex (Essex btwn Rivington & Stanton Street) has a $65/per person 4 course menu that includespumpkin bisque and classic herb rubbed turkey, as well as UNLIMITED PUMPKIN GINGER MIMOSAS. (212-674-7100)
Ted's Montana Grill (110 W. 51st Street at 6th Ave) is open from 11am – 8pm and is offering a three course menu, priced depending on which main course you order. Traditional Turkey ($45), Salmon ($45) or Ted’s Filet (Beef $48, Bison $50). Don’t forget to also try their Bison Nachos! (212-245-5220)
In a large group? Try Carmine's (44th street btwn 7th & 8th Ave) Thanksgiving Dinner for 8 for $225 that you can either enjoy at the restaurant or have delivered to your home! Dinner includes an 18 lb. roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and plenty of veggies! (212-221-3800)
If you are looking for a locally sourced, free-range Thanksgiving dinner in the Times Square area, Bond 45 (45th btwn 6th & 7TH Ave, 212-869-4545), Trattoria Dell'Arte (7th Ave btwn 56th & 57th Street, 212-245-9800), and Redeye Grill(7th Ave @ 56th St, 212-541-9000) will all be serving their a la carte menu along with a $60 traditional Thanksgiving Feast. In addition, Redeye Grill will feature live Jazz from 2pm-7pm.
Broadway Lounge (Temporarily Closed)
Visit our hotel restaurant & bar for dinner and drinks before heading out to catch a show or dance the night away.
Open for lunch and dinner Phone: +1 212-704-8834
The View Restaurant (Temporarily Closed)
Discover the ultimate dining experience at NYC&aposs only revolving restaurant, where we’ve paired culinary excellence with a view that is second to none. Choose our prix-fixe dinner, or join us for Sunday Brunch.
Open for dinner Dress code: Dress Jeans Phone: +1 212-704-8900
The View Lounge (Temporarily Closed)
Sip a drink and gaze out over the city at the revolving View Lounge, which overlooks Broadway and features a wide menu of craft cocktails.
Open for dinner Dress code: Dress Jeans Phone: +1 212-704-8900
Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar (Temporarily Closed)
Join us for all-day dining at Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar, our casual restaurant. Kick-start your day in NYC with a nourishing breakfast from our delicious buffet, meet with colleagues over lunch or wind down with dinner and drinks.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual Phone: +1 212-704-8834
Starbucks® (Temporarily Closed)
Reenergize during your stay on Broadway with a visit our on-site Starbucks®. Get your favorite beverage, along with the coffee house&aposs well-known pastries, breakfast foods and more.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual Phone: +1 212-398-1900
Fresh Bites: In-Room or On-the-Go (Temporarily Closed)
Savor fresh, locally-sourced food on-the-go or from the comfort of your room. All orders include eco-friendly utensils, napkins, and cups call 𠇏resh Bites” from your room to place your order.