Norman Rockwell's classic Thanksgiving painting, "Freedom from Want," pictures a big turkey about to be served. But where's the waiter?
All Thanksgiving meals aren't enjoyed at home. Many restaurants are open for the holiday, with dishes traditional and not. And for the dissenters, there's always an alternative to turkey.
Cost: adults, $29.95; children under 12, $15
Service starts at 11 a.m. There will be a Thanksgiving menu, in addition to the restaurant's regular menu. The holiday fare includes butternut squash soup, a mixed salad, roast turkey with sausage-and-fruit stuffing and cranberry sauce, broccoli and candied sweet potatoes, and either pumpkin or apple pie, plus coffee or tea.
Cost: $24.95 plus tax and tip; children 12 and under, $19.95
Service starts at 1 p.m. The cost covers main course of roast turkey and trimmings plus dessert. Desserts include pumokin, pecan and coconut custard pies as well as cheesecake. Parties of four and up will be served a whole turkey. The restaurant's regular menu also will be available.
Cost: $54 plus tax and tip; half-price for children 12 and under.
Service from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Three-course menu choices include shrimp cocktail, roasted butternut squash soup, pumpkin ravioli with balsamic brown butter; roast turkey with cornbread-and-chestnut stuffing, potato puree, cranberry chutney; roasted venison with wild rice, pumpkin pudding and huckleberries; pan-seared organic salmon with truffled potato puree; pumpkin cheesecake, apple-and-cranberry crisp.
Cost: adults, $79 fixed-price; children, $39.50, plus tax and tip
Seatings from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Four-course menu choices include Long Island pumpkin-and-cheese ravioli, seared sea scallops with apple puree, corn-and-lobster chowder; arugula, pear and endive salad with blue cheese; herb-roasted Plainville Farms turkey with seven grain-apple-chestnut stuffing, Heritage Acres smoked ham with apple-cider glaze, pan-seared salmon, organic pappardelle pasta with East End squash; and a dessert trio of caramel-chocolate-pecan tart, pumpkin-spice cheesecake, tarte Tatin with cinnamon ice cream.
Cost: $25 for all ages
Seatings at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The three-course menu choices include appetizers such as spiced butternut squash soup, Manhattan-style clam chowder, Caesar salad and crab-stuffed mushrooms; main courses of roast turkey, sirloin steak, baked salmon Wellington and macadamia nut-crusted filet of sole, all served with stuffing, roasted autumn vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney and gravy. Dessert: pumpkin pie, apple-cherry walnut tart, sorbet. Children's menu available.
Cost: adults, $46; children, 4-12 years old, $20. Reservations must be paid in full in advance.
Seatings at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Thanksgiving buffet with candied pumpkin bisque, spiced hot apple cider; roast turkey and prime rib carving stations; duck confit risotto, pumpkin ravioli; risotto; salad and vegetable station; desserts including pies, cakes, cookies, pumpkin bread pudding, apple crisp, ice cream. Open bar, bottled wine and beer.
Cost: adults, $44.95; children under 12, $19.95, plus tax and tip
Seatings will be at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. for the Thanksgiving buffet. There will be stations for salads, cheeses and cured meats, cold seafood, fruit, soups; entrees include Cornish game hern, short ribs, pork loin, pumpkin ravioli, cod with fall succotash, lobster en croute. The "Thanksgiving table" has roasted and carved turkey, rolled dark meat, lots of trimmings.
Cost: adults, $60; $30, children under 12 menu
Service starts at noon. Four-course Thanksgiving menu choices include Peconic Bay oysters; Cortland apple-and-butternut squash soup; Maya prawn and lump crabcake; Swiss chard-and-mushroom risotto; roasted organic turkey breast with apple-sage stuffing; pancetta-wrapped Montauk cod; house-made potato gnocchi with baby beets, goat cheese and pistachios; rib-eye steak; chocolate terrine and apple crisp.
Cost: adults, $85, plus $45 with wine pairings; children 12 and under, $40
The Living Room celebrates from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a four-course dinner. Openers are either roasted pumpkin soup with nutmeg crème fraîche and crisp sage or an organic green salad with dried cranberries and candied nuts; second course, Peconic Pride oysters mignonette, sauteed seasonal mushrooms, the house pate, pork rillette ravioli; main dish, turkey, local fluke, grilled Berkshire pork tenderloin, grilled hanger steak, fettuccine Bolognese; dessert, pumpkin pie, apple tart, ricotta cheesecake, chocolate-chestnut torte, sticky toffee date cake.
Cost: adults, $49; children 12 and under, half-price, plus tax and tip
Service starts at noon. The buffet includes smoked fish and shellfish, shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, creamy pumpkin soup, Caesar salad; a carving station for turkey with pan gravy, herb-stuffed leg of lamb, roast rack of Berkshire pork; chafing dishes of stuffed turkey with pan gravy, wild mushroom-and-chicken vol au vent, oysters Rockefeller, baked clams. For children, there's also a hot dog cart, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese. Pies, cakes, cookies.
Cost: adults, $39.95; children under 12, $19.95, free for children under 3.
A buffet dinner will be served from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Selections include a carving station with roast turkey and prime rib, pineapple-glazed Virginia ham, roast loin of pork, roast salmon, steamed Alaskan snow crab legs, shrimp with cocktail sauce, butternut squash ravioli, Caesar salad, chopped salad, stuffing candied yams, sweet potato mash, breads and muffins, pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, pecan pie, cheesecake and brownies.