Thanksgiving 2015 Dining: 24 1/2 Uniquely Delicious Options

It should be quite obvious that Thanksgiving, the most food-centric holiday of them all, is our favorite here at OpenTable. There is no other day on which we love what happens around (and on) the table more than this one. Happily, there are thousands of restaurants ready to host you and yours in a special way on November 26th. We can’t round them all up (because thousands!), but here a few uniquely delicious Thanksgiving 2015 dining options. Look and book for a meal you’ll be thankful for!

ALDEA, New York, New York
As per tradition, chef George Mendes will be celebrating Thanksgiving at his Michelin-starred ALDEA with a Portuguese-influenced three-course dinner for $85 per person. Selections include savory Autumn Squash Soup, Roast Turkey with Chestnut, and Goat Cheese Parfait. Wine pairings include three vintages hand-picked by sommelier Doreen Winkler and one glass of celebratory Champagne.

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Brennan’s of Houston, Houston, Texas
If you live in the Lone Star State, you can still enjoy the flavors of the Big Easy at Brennan’s. Sister restaurant to the NOLA stalwart, chef Trace puts a Texas spin on Creole-inspired holiday dishes, such as Texas Creole Roasted American Turkey with Jalapeño and Crushed Corn Pudding and all the trimmings, Hunter’s Honey Roasted Duck with Braised Rabbit Fried Rice, a Lobster Stuffed Texas Flounder, and the decadent Just Duckin’ Around, which features duck prosciutto, Calvados foie gras mousse, duck dirty rice calas, duck cracklin’, Mayhaw pepper jelly, and duck “quackers.” Save room for Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin Pie or the Crispy Louisiana Apple Empanada, and let the good times roll as you roll out of the restaurant.

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Bowery Meat Company, New York, New York
Calling all carnivores: Get thee to the Bowery Meat Company for a carnivorlicious Thanksgiving. Featuring five festive courses for $65, chef/partner Josh Capon and executive chef Paul DiBari are serving Apple Chestnut Soup, Butter Lettuce with Anjou pears and walnuts, Pumpkin Ravioli with Mascarpone and toasted almonds, Pennsylvania Turkey with traditional sides, and Pumpkin Pie for dessert. A la carte items are also available.

Thanksgiving 2015 Dining

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, New York, New York
April Bloomfield’s stylish The Breslin Bar & Dining Room is beloved for its high-end pub fare. Grab a pint to wash back the $90 three-course menu featuring dishes such as Wild Mushroom & Chicory Salad with creamy shallot, Jerusalem artichoke and mistu apple, and a Cornish Rock Hen with sourdough stuffing, cranberry, roasted Brussels sprout, and pan jus. For dessert, stick a fork in Bourbon Pecan Pie or Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with espresso crumble will be available.

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The Cecil, New York, New York
New York City’s first Afro-Asian-American brasserie in Harlem is offering a special Thanksgiving dinners. For just $55, diners can enjoy unique cuisine inspired by the African diaspora, and featured dishes include Spiced Pumpkin Soup, Pan Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon with Tomato Gravy, Potato Salad, and Braised Greens. End things on a sweet note with Pecan Praline Pie with Cane Syrup Chantilly.

Thanksgiving 2015 Dining

Craft, New York, New York
Chef Tom Colicchio is a champion of contemporary American cuisine, so what better place to celebrate a most American holiday? Dig into a three-course, customizable family-style menu. Dishes include Country Duck Pâté, Roasted All Natural Free-Range Turkey, Spiced Venison Strip Loin, Roasted Autumn Vegetables, and Sausage, Raisin & Fennel Stuffing. For desserts, guests can dig into pastry chef Abby Swain’s seasonal sweets, from Honeycrisp Apple Crisp and Sugar Pumpkin Pie to Sugar & Spice Doughnuts. It’s $145 per person, and worth every penny for his signature Parker House rolls (for real!).

Thanksgiving 2015 Dining

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California
Chef and owner Tal Ronnen has forest-to-table meal awaiting veg-forward diners. Inspired by favorites and signatures off of the menu such as his Artichoke Oysters and Crab Cakes to the decadent pastas made in-house by executive chef Scot Jones, you’ll partake of an elaborate spread of indulgent Thanksgiving holiday dishes from Squash Bisque and Sweet Potato Biscuits, Rosemary and Hazelnut Scaloppini, and mashed potatoes with porcini gravy to a classic veggie spin on stuffing and Brussels sprouts with a maple mustard glaze to name a few. Crossroads make it easy to eat green this holiday.

Thanksgiving 2015 Dining

Fish Out of Water, WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Overlooking the shimmering Gulf of Mexico, Fish Out of Water has a four-course surf-meets-turf menu from chef Todd Rogers. From a Maine lobster amuse to Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Winter Truffle Butternut Squash Soup and turkey with refined trimmings, including Roasted Root Vegetables and Corn Bread Stuffing, this meal has a decidedly Southern twist. Adults dine for $70 and kids for $30 at this award-winning restaurant.

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Global Noodles for a Delicious World Pasta Day

Since the 12th century, Italians have been feasting on an addictive amalgamation of flour, eggs, and water, also known as pasta. Though Americans often associate pasta with Italian dishes, such as spaghetti and ravioli, there are, in fact, dozens of cultures around the globe whose staple foods include noodles, many of which are made of rice, buckwheat, potato starch, or kelp in place of flour, in a plethora of shapes and sizes. On this momentous day, then, we thought it only apropos to round up some of our favorite global noodles for a delicious World Pasta Day – each of which you can find right here in the states.

Vietnamese Vermicelli
Though it looks like its sister noodle, spaghetti, vermicelli is the Asian equivalent, made from rice flour and water (called rice vermicelli) or mung bean starch (known as cellophane noodles). In Vietnam, rice vermicelli finds its way into many signature dishes; it’s in pho (noodle soup), gets tucked into summer rolls, and is the main event in other noodle-based plates, called bún. Surprisingly, you can find all three in Atlanta at chef-owner Guy Wong’s gorgeous French-Vietnamese hotspot Le Fat. Though the summer rolls are fresh and vibrant and the pho earthy and satisfying, we recommend the bún, in which the rice noodles are topped with an aromatic herb salad, pickled daikon, crushed peanuts, and crispy grilled pork.

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Thai Pad Thai
Here in America, there’s perhaps no dish more closely associated with Thailand than Pad Thai, stir-fried rice noodles. Though the dish is often watered down to appease our penchant for sugar, the traditional version is made with soaked dried rice noodles stir-fried with eggs and tofu (or often prawns), topped with roasted peanuts and bathed in a tangy sauce made from tamarind (never ketchup or peanut butter), fish sauce, dried shrimp, chiles, and palm sugar. For the real deal, head to none other than Bida Manda in Raleigh, North Carolina, where chef Van Nolintha serves up a Laotian version of pad thai made with crispy tofu, tomatoes, rice noodles, and plenty of crunchy peanuts and aromatic herbs.

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Japanese Soba
In Japan, the name of the pasta game is soba, a thin noodle made from buckwheat flour that’s eaten near daily, whether chilled with a dipping sauce, enjoyed in hot soy-dashi broth as a noodle soup, and even grilled in a stir-fried dish known as yakisoba. Boston chef Tim Cushman hand-makes two different varieties of soba noodles at his award-winning o ya restaurant — squid ink soba alongside seared octopus and bonito, pictured, (he also serves a chilled squid ink soba dish in an uni consommé) and chilled soba noodles topped with uni, fresh wasabi, and a rich dashi broth.

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Dining Poll: Pick Your Favorite Pasta!

It’s National Pasta Day! According to the folks at (this is a real site, and it will make you really hungry, by the by), there are more than 600 shapes of pasta. So, if you’ve ever thought you’ve tried it all, well, probably not. In honor of this auspicious and delicious day, tell us what type of pasta you prefer! Then, book a table to make sure you celebrate with a plate of it today.

Dining Poll: What’s Dad’s Favorite Cuisine When Dining Out?

Sunday is Father’s Day! Dining out for dad’s special day has always been a popular tradition in our family, possibly because my father is not the greatest griller (Ed. note: My dad readily admits this.). Also, he loves a great steak, and it’s really tough for even the best home griller to source and cook one as as well as the pros. So, we’ll be tucking into some quality meat with all the fixings at one of his favorite steakhouses this Sunday. What type of restaurant is your dad’s favorite? Weigh in on today’s dining poll!