No turkey, no problem.
While some may relish the days-long cooking marathon Thanksgiving brings, some of us just love binge-watching the day away and saving loved ones from soggy, overcooked green beans. No shame in that game.
In fact, that game is easier than ever. Thanksgiving 2019’s catering and meal delivery options provide easy ways to order feasts to your doorstep, often from New York City’s best restaurants and markets.
Everything from the appetizers, side dishes, desserts and the bird itself can be taken care of with a cornucopia of delivery deals in the five boroughs.
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The meal delivery service offers customization of portion sizes, for when you’re just eating solo — or when the whole family’s coming. Home Chef is selling a variety of Thanksgiving mains and sides, from their oven-ready turkey ($50) to sides for six ($24.96) including the classic mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Peruse their “carb conscious” options, or those under 30-minute meals for when you’re in a pinch.
Grocery delivery service FreshDirect has Thanksgiving covered — with all the fixings, too. Reserve a complete turkey dinner (from $99) that only has to be warmed up in the oven and comes with a selection of sides. Appetizers and freshly baked goods are also covered. Decor’s in the bag, too, with a selection of seasonal flowers. Don’t overlook the antipasti, either. The service offers a primo platter of meats and cheeses that would make Nonna proud ($55).
On Thanksgiving, it’s not just the ingredients, but the entire prepared meal for sale at the grocery store’s various locations. Although they don’t deliver, depending on which store is easiest to pick up from, Whole Foods offers online shopping on everything from entire turkey dinners for a guest list of 12 ($279.99) to a “just the sides” package for eight ($74.99). It’s so easy, why not throw in a wild card for your guests with the lobster claw and shrimp cocktail platter ($69.99)?
The gourmet food delivery company backed by celeb restaurateur Danny Meyer is offering up a smattering of specialty items, including “Oprah’s Favorite” signature chicken pie from Cape Cod-based Centerville Pie Company ($64), which can feed six to eight guests. It’s made with whole chickens and ample chicken meat, and, crucially, no vegetables. Or, win ’em over New York-style with Magnolia Bakery’s “pumpkin gingersnap banana pudding” combo pack ($70), which serves 10 to 12 dessert lovers.
Trust the makers of one of New York’s best roasted chickens to make an enviable turkey for your gourmand friends and family. Made Nice, the fast-casual restaurant from Eleven Madison Park and NoMad offers Thanksgiving dinner packages starting at $160. Options include dinner for four, eight or 10 people, with choices of sides and pies. Included in the packages are roasted turkey, of course, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, roasted autumn vegetables, chicken-sausage stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce, plus apple pie and pumpkin pie. Add on an order of cinnamon buns ($24) for the morning after. Orders can be placed online through Monday, Nov. 25 for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 27, or on Thanksgiving Day.
Have a legendary New York Thanksgiving with the help of this legendary New Yorker. The enduring grocer has a catering list that includes just about every main and side known to man, including a whole spiral ham ($230) and cookies that can be customized and used as place cards at your dinner table ($32). Check out the online menu, and place your order for pick up or delivery online or the old fashioned way, by calling (212) 717-8100 ext. 219.
Balducci’s Food Market
Specialty food purveyor Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market offers a pre-cooked turkey kit dinner ($184.99) that serves six to eight guests. It includes three sides, two extras, one bread and one dessert. For your vegetarian guests, the company also offers a show-stopping stuffed squash ($8.99) that can be tacked on to any order. Delivery options are available on Instacart, or orders can be picked up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at their Midtown location, 301 W. 56th St.
Consider your carbs covered. The legendary bakery has whipped up new fall specialties both savory and sweet, such as a squash tart ($24) with butternut squash, caramelized onion and sage. Throw the whole pumpkin pie tradition straight out the window with Breads’ flan pie ($39) made with baked vanilla and cinnamon custard. Or you could always make a delicious new tradition altogether with a chocolate babka ($14.95) — no one will judge you for eating it as an appetizer. Pickup is available in stores, and delivery is available on Caviar, Postmates or Goldbelly.
Leave dessert to Thomas Keller. Bouchon Bakery will be offering its signature 8-inch Thanksgiving pies for $32 each, and $58 for two. Options include pecan, pumpkin and classic apple. Delivery from their Rockefeller Center and Columbus Circle bakeries is an extra $15, and pickup is available on Thanksgiving Day.
Culinary Institute of America
Support the next generation of Thomas Kellers by getting a pie from the Culinary Institute of America. Their beloved Apple Pie Bakery Café will ship pies overnight for Thanksgiving anywhere in the country. The student-run bakery is selling their Dutch crumb apple pies ($45, plus the cost of overnight shipping), which are freshly made, frozen and shipped on ice to be baked whenever it’s time to serve up the grand finale.