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.
Bistro M: 70 Glen Head Rd., Glen Head, 516-671-2498, bistromrestaurant.com
Main courses at chef Mitch SuDock's cozy restaurant include roasted turkey with cornbread-and-chestnut stuffing and cranberry chutney; roasted venison with chanterelles, pumpkin pudding and chanterelles; cedar-planked salmon; and pan-seared scallops. Appetizers: shrimp cocktail, butternut squash soup, goat cheese salad, herbed gnocchi with braised veal. Dessert: pumpkin cheesecake, apple-cranberry crisp, warm chocolate cake, ice cream.
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.
George Washington Manor:
1305 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-621-1200, georgewashingtonmanor.com
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.
La Marmite: 234 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, 516-746-1243, lamarmiterestaurant.com
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.
Maxxels American Bistro
: 526 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 516-294-3604, maxxels.com
Cost $23 (adults), $16 (kids under 12)
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.
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.
, 2370 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park, 516-516-739-0505, unclebacala.com
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.