Thanksgiving at home is an American tradition, but there’s something very relaxing about skipping the preparation and enjoying dinner in a restaurant dining room. If that idea appeals, here are some local choices:
ERIC’S ITALIAN BISTRO (70 E. Old Country Rd., Mineola; 516-280-5675, ericsbistro.com) will supplement its regular menu with an all-you-can-eat special of roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry compote, vegetables and maple-glazed sweet potatoes. During service, waitstaff will be on hand with large platters to replenish everything as needed. Diners may choose butternut squash soup or a mixed salad to precede the turkey. For dessert: trio sampler of pumpkin cheesecake, mini-cannoli and caramelized apple strudel finished with Cognac. Dinner will be served from noon to 9 p.m. A children’s menu will be available, too. The turkey special is $39.95 per person.
GEORGE MARTIN THE ORIGINAL (65 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre; 516-678-7272, georgemartintheoriginal.com) will offer a $49.95 fixed-price dinner beginning at 2 p.m. A children’s menu (ages 10 and younger) also will be available for $18.95. From the main menu, appetizer choices include New England corn and clam chowder, butternut squash bisque, sausage-stuffed mushrooms and polenta-crusted calamari. Main course choices include roast turkey, mustard-pretzel crusted Irish salmon, red wine-braised beef short ribs, filet mignon ($12 supplement), trio of seafood with pan-roasted sea scallops, jumbo shrimp and crabcake ($12 supplement). Desserts include pumpkin pie, crème brûlée and apple brown Betty.
IL MULINO (1042 Northern Blvd., Roslyn; 516-621-1870, ilmulino.com) will be serving an Italian-inflected Thanksgiving Day prix-fixe menu for $50. Organic roasted turkey will be served with walnut and sausage stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce. Green beans with toasted almonds and black-truffle mashed potatoes come on the side. For dessert, there will be apple strudel with gelato. In addition, the regular menu will be available.
The LA BUSSOLA group of Italian restaurants (piccolabussolarestaurant.com) will be open on Thanksgiving. La Bussola in Glen Cove (40 School St., 516-671-2100) plans a $49 fixed-price dinner, $22 for children 12 and younger. Piccola Bussola in Mineola (159 Jericho Tpke., 516-294-4620) will have a $45 buffet for adults, $22 for children 12 and younger; and Piccola Bussola in Huntington (970 W. Jericho Tpke., 631-692-6300) presents a shorter version of its regular a la carte, family-style menu, which will include turkey and trimmings.
THE MILLERIDGE INN (585 N. Broadway, Jericho; 516-931-2201, milleridgeinn.com) will be celebrating from 11 a.m. with a $49.95 prix-fixe menu (kids 2 to 12, $22.95). Begin with onion soup, fruit cup, salad or chopped liver. Entrees include turkey with all the trimmings, as well as prime rib, broiled salmon fillet and chicken breast stuffed with ham and cheese. In addition to classic pumpkin and apple pies, dessert choices consist of cheesecake, seven-layer cake, rice pudding and pineapple-cheese strudel.
SEASONS 52 (Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City; 516-248-5252, seasons52.com) will offer a traditional Thanksgiving turkey with trimmings from 11:30 to 8 p.m. Included are a Plainville Farms roasted turkey with pan gravy, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, cranberry relish and, afterward, a pumpkin pie “mini indulgence” for $26.90 ($12.90 for child’s portion). Wine pairings are offered (for an additional cost), as are seasonal cocktails including an Organic Sunshine Martini with orange-infused vodka, and a Cranberry and Sage with gin, white-cranberry juice, cranberries and candied sage leaf.
THOM THOM STEAK & SEAFOOD (3340 Park Ave., Wantagh; 516-221-8022, thomthomrestaurant.com) plans a $39.95 fixed-price dinner for Thanksgiving. Appetizer selections include roasted Japanese pumpkin; beet and goat-cheese salad; lobster macaroni and cheese; butternut squash and pear soup; a Thanksgiving Day sushi roll with salmon, eel and avocado; and a Dancing Lobster sushi roll with lobster salad, tuna, avocado and jalapeño ($8 supplement). Main dishes include roast turkey with stuffing; pan-seared Scottish salmon and shrimp; ginger- and apricot-glazed pork chop; New York strip steak; and filet mignon with lobster tail ($9 supplement). For dessert, the choices are pumpkin pie, apple pie and chocolate lava cake.
THYME (8 Tower Place, Roslyn; 516-625-2566, thymenewyork.com) will offer a special prix-fixe menu from 1 to 7 p.m. The price is $62 for adults, $25 for kids 10 and younger. The choice of starters includes a Brussels sprouts and kale Caesar salad, baked Brie with apples and short-rib ravioli. There will be roasted turkey with cranberry-pecan chutney. Other entrees include Long Island duck breast, roasted halibut, prime rib and a vegetarian selection on request. For dessert, there will be the classics: apple cobbler, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and chocolate torte.
UNCLE BACALA’S (2370 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park; 516-739-0505, unclebacala.com) will offer a four-course $39.95 holiday menu with 1 1⁄2 hour seatings. Soups include butternut squash soup and Italian sausage and bean soup. There is a carnevale salad with roasted peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers and Parmesan shavings. Main course selections include roast turkey with sweet potatoes, cranberry chutney and stuffing; pork chop with mushroom-saffron risotto; sautéed tilapia; and marinated grilled steak. Desserts: pumpkin pie, pecan pie or apple crumb pie.
THE 1770 HOUSE (143 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-1770, 1770house.com) offers a menu that begins with appetizers including roasted wild mushroom soup, shaved Brussels sprouts and roasted cauliflower salad, and spicy Montauk fluke tartare. Main courses: Amish turkey, marinated Atlantic swordfish or dry-rubbed Berkshire pork tenderloin. For dessert, selections include pumpkin pie, apple crisp and sticky date cake. Cost is $95.
CINQUE TERRE RISTORANTE (872 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station; 631-923-1255, cinqueterreli.com) is serving an a la carte Thanksgiving dinner menu, with a $32 turkey main course served with stuffing, gravy, candied yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and vegetables. Other mains include pork loin stuffed with apples, cranberries, walnuts and spinach, ($28); fillet of sole stuffed with crabmeat; and cheese lasagna ($20). A la carte appetizers ($10-$16) include fritto misto, baked stuffed artichoke and pan-seared sardines. Soups, including butternut squash, are $8. Salads cost up to $10. The $8 a la carte desserts include apple, pecan and pumpkin pies. Dinner will be served from noon to about 9 p.m.
JONATHAN’S RISTORANTE (15 Wall St., Huntington; 631-549-0055, jonathansristorante.com) will offer its regular a la carte menu along with some Thanksgiving specials from 2 to 8 p.m. Specials include butternut squash soup ($10), wild-mushroom ravioli with black-truffle butter ($26), Norwegian cod with pancetta corn chowder ($34) and roasted turkey with sausage and mushroom stuffing and various sides ($33). Dessert will be pumpkin pie with spiced walnuts and mascarpone whipped cream ($11).
H2O: SEAFOOD & SUSHI (215 W. Main St., Smithtown; 631-361-6464, h2oseafoodsushi.com) will be serving its full menu of seafood and sushi specialties, as well as an a la carte Thanksgiving dinner. Start with roasted butternut squash bisque with toasted pumpkin seeds for $8. The turkey dinner ($28) comes with mashed potatoes, sausage and sage stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy. Dessert, for $9, is pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting. Dinner served from noon to 8 p.m.
MONSOON: STEAK & SUSHI (48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon; 631-587-4400, monsoonny.com) will once again open its doors for a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for veterans and their families. Neighboring bakery Torta Fina will provide the pies. Two seatings, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., are available. Call to reserve seats. A military ID is required.
PRIME: AN AMERICAN KITCHEN AND BAR (117 New York Ave., Huntington; 631-385-1515, restaurantprime.com) will be offering its regular menu along with Thanksgiving Day dishes. The appetizer, for $12, will be butternut squash soup with wild rice, pecans and spiced crème fraîche. The $30 oven-roasted turkey will be served with gravy, whipped potatoes, apple-chestnut croissant stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, there will be pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie, both priced at $11. Service from noon to 8 p.m.
TELLERS: AN AMERICAN CHOPHOUSE (605 Main St., Islip; 631-277-7070, tellerschophouse.com), part of the same restaurant group as Prime, will be offering the same specials in addition to its regular menu.
RISTEGIO’S (641 Medford Ave., North Patchogue; 631-731-3663, ristegios.com) will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 12:30 to 6 p.m. For $49.95 ($24.95 for children younger than 10), there will be a salad and soup station (serving Caesar, tomato and mozzarella, grilled vegetable, and beet salad as well as butternut squash soup), a main course station (including turkey and trimmings, salmon fillet, flounder Francaise, macaroni and cheese, and penne a la vodka), a carving station with roast beef and pork loin, a seasonal vegetable station and a chef’s plated dessert.
SOUTHAMPTON PUBLICK HOUSE (62 Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-283-2800, publick.com), in its new location, will have a $29.95 fixed-price dinner ($14 for kids 10 and younger) from 1 to 7 p.m. First courses might be a pumpkin soup and a Long Island clam chowder. There will be fresh turkey with all the trimmings, plus a few other meat and fish entrees. For dessert, there will be pumpkin pie, fruit crisp, triple-chocolate layer cake and a Baileys crème brûlée.
VERACE: TRUE ITALIAN (599 Main St., Islip; 631-277-3800, veracerestaurant.com) will offer its full menu, along with three Thanksgiving Day specials: Roasted cauliflower soup with pine nuts and pomegranate ($9) is the starter. The turkey plate comes with cornbread, sausage and wild-rice stuffing; cranberry-orange compote; gravy; Parmesan Brussels sprouts; and potato purée ($25). A special dessert for the day, panettone bread pudding with cinnamon gelato, is $8. Dinner served from noon to 8 p.m.
VIEW (3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale; 631-589-2694, viewoakdale.com) will serve a buffet dinner from 1 to 7 p.m. at $44.95 per adult and $19.95 for children 12 and younger (3 and younger eat free). The carving station will feature roast turkey with giblet gravy and herb stuffing, as well as Black Angus sirloin steak au jus. Among other entree choices are pineapple-glazed ham, roast loin of pork, roasted Atlantic salmon and steamed Alaskan snow crab legs. Salads, vegetables and desserts (pumpkin pie, chocolate truffle cake, Bourbon pecan pie, among others) join the mix.