So, this Thanksgiving, you're grateful for time - and that includes dining out. Of course, a lot of Long Island restaurants are talking turkey on Nov. 25. Some do it the traditional way, some provide plenty of other options. Here are 10 eateries, five each in Nassau and Suffolk, where you can relax and leave it to the professionals.
Bel Posto, 15 New St., Huntington, 631-421-4600, belpostony.com
THE TIME 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. seatings
THE PRICE $34.95, adults; $18.95, children
Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport, 631-722-0500, jamesportmanor.com
THE TIME noon-7:45 p.m.
THE PRICE $55, adults; $30, children younger than 12
THE MEAL Appetizers include roasted chestnut soup, beet salad with goat cheese, Hog's Neck oysters with lemon granita, crabmeat and tomato salad. Main dishes: roasted turkey roulade with apple-sage stuffing; pan-roasted Montauk striped bass with thyme-lobster reduction, pancetta-wrapped double-cut pork chop, butternut squash ravioli with sage butter and Parmesan melted leeks. Desserts: chocolate-caramel tart, apple crisp.
Mill Pond House, 437 E. Main St., Centerport, 631-261-7663, millpondrestaurant.com
THE TIME noon-9 p.m.
THE PRICE $27
Southampton Publick House, 40 Bowden Sq., Southampton, 631-283-2800, publick.com
THE TIME 1-7 p.m.
THE PRICE $24.95 for adults; $14.95 for children 10 and younger
WAVE, 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, 631-928-5200, ext. 176, danfords.com
THE TIME Seatings at 1, 2, 4 and 5 p.m.
THE PRICE $42.95, adults; $19.95, younger than 12
THE MEAL Buffet including roast turkey, ham, sage-sausage stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, beef bourguignonne with buttered egg noodles, seafood fra diavolo with orzo pasta, roast loin of pork with butternut squash and barley risotto, rigatoni Bolognese, smoked fish, desserts.
Coolfish, 6800 Jericho Tpke., Syosset, 516-921-3250, tomschaudel.com
THE TIME Seatings at 2, 4 and 6 p.m.
THE PRICE $38; $18 children's menu
THE MEAL Appetizer choices include butternut squash ravioli, Caesar salad and wild mushroom risotto. Main courses: free-range roast turkey, Barolo braised short ribs or grilled Atlantic salmon. Family-style side dishes: stuffing, potatoes, yams, spinach, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cranberry and orange compote. Desserts: pumpkin pie, chocolate "teepee," apple crisp or Jack Daniel's pecan pie.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, 600 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-222-0220, ruthschris.com
THE TIME Seatings at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. for parties of five or more.
THE PRICE $39.95; $19.95 for younger than 10. Regular a la carte menu available.
THE MEAL Steakhouse salad, followed by roast turkey with gravy, whole cranberry sauce, French bread and sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes and green bean casserole; dessert is pumpkin or apple pie.
Bob's Restaurant, 230 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park, 516-354-8185, bobsplacerestaurant.com
THE TIME Noon-10 p.m.
THE PRICE $39. A la carte children's menu available.
THE MEAL Small plate choices include chopped salad, spiced butternut squash soup and four-cheese ravioli with tomato basil sauce. Big plate options: roast turkey with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing, candied yams, fall vegetables and cranberry relish in a Clementine. Also, grilled leg of lamb, roasted pork loin with glazed apples, grilled Atlantic salmon filet and baked Mediterranean bass with bay scallops. Desserts: pumpkin-mousse pie, apple-walnut crepe with cinnamon gelato and banana-caramel cheesecake.
Harbor Mist, 105 Harbor Rd., Cold SpringHarbor, 631-659-3888, harbormistrestaurant.com
THE TIME Open reservations, noon-9 p.m.
THE PRICE $29.95; $15 for children younger than 12
THE MEAL Appetizer choices include mixed green salad, fried oysters, baked clams and butternut squash soup. Entrees: roast free-range turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, apple-chestnut stuffing, cranberry compote and green beans. Alternate selections include pan-roasted Alaskan salmon, pecan-crusted tilapia and wild mushroom truffle risotto; finish with pumpkin or pecan pie.
Thyme Restaurant & Café Bar, 8 Tower Place, Roslyn, 516-625-2566, thymenewyork.com
THE TIME 1-8 p.m.
THE PRICE $46; $22 for children younger than 12
THE MEAL First-course choices include roasted butternut squash soup, Fuji apple-endive salad and short-rib ravioli. Main course: roast turkey with sage stuffing, cinnamon-scented sweet potatoes and cranberry-pecan chutney. Alternatives: pan-roasted halibut, Long Island duck and prime rib of beef. Dessert: apple-crumb pie, bittersweet-chocolate torte or pecan torte.
La Pace with Chef Michael, 51 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove, 516-671-2970, lapaceglencove.com
THE TIME 1 to 8 p.m.
THE PRICE $39.50 (children under 12, $21)
THE MEAL Appetizers include autumn salad, savory pumpkin and butternut squash soup, and eggplant rollatini. Main course: traditional roast turkey with gravy, and chestnut, sausage and corn bread stuffing, sweet yams, string beans, house-made cranberry sauce. Alternatives include braised lamb shank, sauteed Idaho brook trout almandine and chicken Marsala. Dessert and coffee follow.