In New York, you can be Austrian, French, or Greek and still lay out a perfect feast for the holiday, as the city’s bounty of Thanksgiving alternatives shows. Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner hosts an Old World-inspired prix fixe at Wallsé, with braised red cabbage joining brioche dumplings and organic turkey. Alain Ducasse’s Benoit does a French twist on the holiday, stuffing turkey with foie gras and chestnut, and spicing up the condiments with cranberry chutney. At Molyvos, a traditional (for Greece at least) rice stuffing is joined by spicy Corfu-style roast sweet potatoes. Or you could opt for an elevated take on the classics. Arlington Club uptown refines the holiday meal with cider-brined turkey and a seven-peppercorn gravy, dropping apricot cornbread stuffing on the side. Enjoy it in a sleek setting with a polished staff. Sure beats spending the afternoon with a baster in your hand.
Catch Some Air
Get the jump on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and be one of the first to check out the floats as they get their share of air on the sidewalks around the American Museum of Natural History. It’s an amazing sight and has the crowds to match, so bring the little ones over on the early side. Enter at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue, Wednesday, November 26 between 3 and 10pm. Your kids just might leave the spectacle feeling lighter than air.
This week sees the return of the American Museum of Natural History‘s origami holiday tree, complete with 800 hand-folded paper models created by an international roster of origami artists (yes, that is a possible job description). This year’s theme is “Origami Night at the Museum,” so you can expect intricate paper versions of T. Rex, Teddy Roosevelt, and those creepy Easter Island heads.
Via Carota, the rustic Italian offspring of Buvette and I Sodi, is now open on Grove Street in the West Village. Settle in to a weathered wood table and mix and match off the salumi, fomaggi, and crostini menus, which will provide just the fortification to go with a very fine bottle of Italian wine.