Thanksgiving is holiday of culinary greatness. A problem if your cooking skills are below par and you’re staying home for the Holidays. Less of a problem since you live so close to the city’s hub of crave-worthy restaurants and bars.
Here’s a list of how to feast and party without the hassle of using your oven.
Come join Chef Jake Eberle at “Wobble Before You Gobble” — a Thanksgiving Eve cocktail party! Cut loose a lil’ before heading out of town. They’ll have $6 aperitif specials, including house recipe Kir Royale and warm mulled wine. Chef Jake Eberle will also being serving some bites to nibble, like country pate and a French onion soup-filled Russian-style pierog. Reservations not necessary. See the Menu here.
Address: 105 Norman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: No cover, Items a la carte
Time: Thanksgiving Eve, 6pm
Highlights: Classy cocktails, Russian pierogi, No reservations
2) Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. Mixing it up and staying in town this year? Greenpoint Beer and Ale is hosting their 5th Annual Orphans Thanksgiving. Their new kitchen resident, @maizeysundaytacos will be a making a spicy twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For $65, get fed the unorthodox turkey and wash it down with included beer and wine. Then join your new “Orphan” family as you replace football with a screening of cult favorite “This Is Spinal Tap” directed by Rob Reiner. Click here to buy tickets!
(sponsored) Can’t get home to the family this Thanksgiving (too expensive, or maybe you just prefer to avoid that all together)? If so, come to Dirck the Norseman’s “Orphan’s Thanksgiving”. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 3 pm, and dinner starts at 4 pm.
For $20 a person, they’ll fill your plate with turkey, sides and fixings, plus an open bar (beer and wine). Kids eat for free. Guests are invited to bring something sweet to the table (pie, cake, your family’s secret dessert?).
To confirm your reservation email dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com or call 718-389-2940. Limited seating.
“Dirck the Norseman’s 2nd Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”
Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 27 Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys gone Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin) Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 26 to: dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com
(sponsored)Brooklyn Meat Club is a neighborhood butcher shop, without the shop. Targeting home chefs, the newest addition to the Brooklyn business scene provides restaurant quality meat at below market prices.
“We work directly with suppliers, plus we cut out almost all of the overhead, so our products are priced to let our customers cook incredible meals 7 days a week,” founder Jorge Viscarra Jr., was quoted as saying. Viscarra has been in the meat supply business for over 15 years, working alongside his father, Jorge Viscarra Sr., the founder of GV Food Service, a thriving family business that has been serving New York for over 25 years.
Brooklyn Meat Club’s website, www.brooklynmeatclub.com, lets customers choose not just the meat they would like, but also how thick they would like their pork and beef cut. The orders are then hand trimmed to insure tenderness. In addition, they carry organic poultry and seasonings, as well as lamb and game. Customers that place their orders by Wednesdays at 4pm can pick them up that Saturday between 12 and 6 at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St) in Greenpoint. Fresh, organic Thanksgiving turkeys are available for pick up both Saturday the 22nd and Tuesday the 25th of November.
“We want to provide not just a great product, but also a great experience for our patrons,” said co-founder Shannon Clare. “Everything will be nicely cut, wrapped and boxed for you when you get to the Safehouse. If you want to grab a beer or two, we’ll keep it cool for you until you are ready to head out.”
Clare also developed the line of seasonings, made with organic herbs, for Brooklyn Meat Club. Iníon’s Seasons has 4 different rubs that were made specifically to bring out the flavor of the meats the pair sell. Iníon is Gaelic for daughter, and Izzy’s Herb Rub, one of the spices in the line, is named for Clare’s 1 year old.
The logo for both Iníon’s Seasons and Brooklyn Meat Club, as well as all of the art on the site, were created by Brooklyn artist Nathan Chase. Chase, Viscarra, and Clare are all friends and residents of Greenpoint, making Brooklyn Meat Club a true neighborhood endeavor.
Today, as we enjoy turkey, we might get attacks of indigestion and heartburn, but a few years ago I was actually attacked by a wild turkey, so Thanksgiving is always a day of sweet revenge, which is actually a positive emotion if you’re Sicilian.
While pretending to be a wildlife photographer in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, off in the marshy swamp next to my parents’ A-frame house, I spotted a wild turkey and her chicks. As I neared to get closer for a photo, they scurried away, but one little baby remained, caught in the brush by my feet.
When nasty Mama saw how close I was to her child, that crazy bitch ran faster than lightning at me. Do you ever wonder what you would do if fight or flight kicks in? Well I ran like a big wimp. Before I could turn half around, she had reached me and jumped on me and clawed at my back, knocking me and my camera onto the pavement!
As I got up, she reared up for another run at me but a car spooked her and I was able to make it to my house. I survived but my camera was not so lucky.
Give Holiday Thanks to Local Farmers with Local Roots NYC’s Thanksgiving CSA
Local Roots NYC is offering a Pop Up Thanksgiving CSA, curated for the Turkey-Day needs of non-members and members alike.
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, allows members to have access to fresh produce grown by regional farmers.
Select from whole turkeys, fresh vegetables, fruit, homemade bread, ciders, cheeses, desserts and more, which you can cater specifically to your own Thanksgiving menu. Local Roots NYC even provides some of its favorite recipes since Thanksgiving is a time of sharing. Participants of the CSA will also receive a specially made tote bag.
Pick-up locations in Brooklyn include 61 Local in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain in Carroll Gardens, and Diamond Bar in Greenpoint.
Local Roots NYC is accepting orders up through Friday, October 26. Orders are submitted via an online form. Payment is conveniently accepted online via Google Wallet or by check. Checks should be written and sent out to: Local Roots NYC, 101 Warren Street, #A3e, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Half shares are available for feeding 4-6 people while full shares feed 7-10 guests.