All over New England from the Cape Cod to Maine someone is preparing to make you a Thanksgiving feast. So whether you’re looking to indulge in the city at a Thanksgiving brunch buffet or you want to dine with your immediate family on a quiet and not yet totally hibernating Cape Cod you still have time to make reservations for yourself and your family.
PB Boulangerie, Wellfleet
PB Boulangerie is a relative newcomer to the Cape but since even the day before they officially opened they have had a line out the door. There is something nice about being on the Cape this time of year just before it becomes dormant for the winter months. You can dine with your closest friends and family members in the warm, inviting dining room or you can take your turkey to bring back home for your guests.
The three course prix fixe menu is $35 (no that’s not a typo!) and is being served from 2 pm to 8 pm. With unique dishes being offered like a roasted rainbow beet salad served with pickled gooseberries and goat cheese, a slow poached codfish with littleneck clams, a red wine braised short rib with carrot purée and for the vegetarian guests a butternut squash risotto. Of course there will also be the choice of turkey which will be a crispy leg with sweet potato gratin, apricot and sausage stuffing in addition, if you really want to blow your horn of plenty foie gras can be added to any entrée for $11.
If you’re serving PB Boulangerie at home you can pick up a turkey dinner which includes a 20 pound turkey with apricot and sausage stuffing, sweet potato gratin with homemade marshmallow, braised greens, an assortment of sliced cranberry batard, baguette and multigrain batard and a pumpkin pie for $135. You can read the entire menu but fair warning that you may re-route yourself to Wellfleet this Thursday whether your family likes it or not.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
For a totally different feel, perhaps you want to enjoy the energy of the city as fall transitions to winter for the festivities of the season. Shop windows are gilded. Trees are twinkling. Frog pond freezes over (eventually) and the air is alive with song, cries of glee, and joy. Asana at the Mandarin Oriental has fall favorites for the breakfast as well as an extravagant Thanksgiving Brunch. For the evening there is Asana’s three course prix fixe dinner menu or you might just escape for some small bites and a seasonal cocktail at M Bar and Lounge if you’re still full from your earlier Thanksgiving meal.
Asana’s Thanksgiving brunch has everything from smoothies to fabulous fresh local shellfish stations in addition to dim sum and a cold buffet with seasonal fruit, muffins, croissants and granola parfaits. On the carving station will be a Vermont butter roasted organic turkey with gravy, cranberry chutney, and a PT Farms prime rib. The “Hen House Station” will include a turkey and pumpkin hash and then there’s the sweets! Their “Last Impressions” include a pumpkin cheesecake, milk chocolate and cranberry bread pudding, pecan tart, raspberry linzer tart, pumpkin creme brulée, pear and cranberry crisp and of course pumpkin pie…oh and a chocolate fondue. Brunch is served on Thanksgiving day from 10:30 to 2:30 and is $95 for adults and $35 for children. There is also a “Mini Mo’ part to the buffet which includes mac & cheese, chicken fingers, mini beef sliders and french fries.
Dinner is a three course prix-fixe being served from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. and is $60 for adults or $40 for children. If you do the brunch and aren’t looking for Thanksgiving dinner you can alway head to M Bar & Lounge for a seasonal cocktail and some smaller bites.
The Fireplace, Brookline
The Fireplace is a great neighborhood spot in Brookline where chef Solomon will prepare your Thanksgiving feast that you can enjoy by the roaring fire. Dinner is being served on Thanksgiving day from 11 am through 10 pm with an a la carte menu that includes local farm raised turkey and many more options. The cider glazed turkey is served with a caramelized onion gravy, cranberry-orange relish, apple squash purée and “Grandma Gertie’s Stuffing).
Even if you order one of the other tempting dishes on the a la carte menu, you can still order one of four different stuffings (for 2) or over a dozen sides. The four stuffings are “Grandma Gertie’s” traditional stuffing, brioche stuffing with apple, sage and caramelized onions, cornbread, sausage and New Hampshire bacon stuffing or oyster stuffing.
In addition, The Fireplace has Thanksgiving to go with a huge selection of everything. Orders must be placed by November 21st.
Up in Ogunquit Maine the beach goers have all headed home and its just a bit quieter now, but still feels like Vacationland. Arrows Restaurant is the place to settle in for a harvest feast. With family and friends you will be treated to a feast including a first course of house cured prosciutto with persimmon, pomegranate, baby field greens and fried leeks, a choice of appetizers, the Arrows tradition Thanksgiving salad with spicy glazed pecans, a choice of salmon, beef, or turkey for your main course and a choice of salmon, beef or herb brined turkey. Then of course there’s dessert. This five course prix fixe is $98 per person.
Whether you’re just too full to enjoy dessert after your big Thanksgiving meal or you just can’t spend one more moment listening to Uncle Martin’s ridiculous theory about snowfall sometimes it can be hard to truly appreciate those wonderful sweet treats at the end of the feast. Pumpkin pie with its’ smooth rich sweetness and perfect spices and apple pie or perhaps pear crisp with its warm seasonal fruit don’t have to just be the “foot note” to your Thanksgiving meal. The mixologists at these fabulous spots around the country have captured all the flavors you crave in the perfect cocktail that you can enjoy with friends “aka the family you pick” any night of the week (this time of year).
Cocktails a la Pumpkin Pie
BLT Steak LA (Los Angeles, CA)
Andrew Parish is the winning mixologist behind this seasonal treat at BLT Steak LA. Parish happens to be Chelsea Handler’s personal mixologist and has won awards for his innovative and all organic cocktails.
Pumpkin Spice Martini
- 1 teaspoon fresh baked and puréed pumpkin (or substitute with 1 teaspoon canned pumpkin puree)
- 1/2 ounce of brown sugar/clove simple syrup
- 1/4 ounce Frangelico
- 2 ounces Stoli vodka
Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice, shake and strain into martini glass, garnish with fresh grated nutmeg
Locanda del Lago is also serving up a Pumpkin Pie cocktail ($14). Theirs is made with Santa Monica Farmers’ Market pumpkin purée, Tru organic vanilla vodka, Frangelico, Baileys and cinnamon. Cheers to all that sweet, rich, goodness in a glass.
Mandarin Oriental (NYC, NY)
The Mandarin Oriental in New York City has their version of the pumpkin pie cocktail. Topped with nutmeg instead of cinnamon, this might be your pumpkin pie in a glass.
Spiced Pumpkin Pie
- 2 oz Stoli Vanilla
- 1 oz Coole Swan
- ½ oz Kahlua
- ½ oz Monin Spiced Pumpkin Pie syrup
- 1 oz Pumpkin Puree
Add ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into martini glass. Sprinkle lightly with freshly grated nutmeg. Serve in a martini glass with a cinnamon + sugar rim.
Alegria Cocina Latina (Long Beach, CA)
The pumpkin spice cocktail has a nice sweet crumbly pie crust rim to go with the smooth creamy cocktail.
Pumpkin Spice Cocktail
- 2 oz Krome Vodka
- 1 oz Licor 43
- 1.5 oz Pumpkin Spice liqueur
- a touch of cream (to taste)
- a touch of lime (to taste)
Pumpkin Pie Goblet A Crisp Fall Day
At New York’s R Lounge, you might be able to grab a seat next to Bruno Mars or Giuliana Rancic while you sip your Pumpkin Pie Goblet made with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, pumpkin purée, whipped cream, and pumpkin spice. Or, you might clink glasses with Minka Kelly over A Crisp Fall Day martini made with Absolut Pear Vodka, Splash Frangelico, Cranberry Juice, and Caramel.
In Boston, or rather Brookline, MA, you can cozy up at The Fireplace for their Thanksgiving cocktail which is made with pumpkin, vanilla bean, and clove infused rum.
Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood has the Pumpkin Spice-tini brought to you by master food/beverage manager Jessica Rodrigue. Barney’s just celebrated its 90th anniversary and if they had a guest book it would read like a Hollywood star map. With Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in the earlier days, and Drew Carey, Johnny Depp, Adam Sandler, Johnny Knoxville and Quentin Tarantino presently grabbing a seat at the bar you could potentially get distracted from your glass. The Pumpkin Spice-tini is made with Ketel One Vodka, Pumpkin Spice Liqueur and a splace of Frangelico shaken over ice. It is served in a martini glass with a light dusting of cinnamon.
The cocktail menu at WP24 Restaurant and Lounge, also in Los Angeles, Klaus Puck’s cocktail menu has the Cloudy Apple on the sweet side and Ginny Hendriks on the savory side of things. The Cloudy apple ($16) is concocted with Calvados, Absolut Apple, lemon and cinnamon. The Ginny Hendricks ($16) with Hendricks gin has rosemary and lemon for a little pucker from the lemon and the strong earthy flavor of Rosemary.
Antonella Ristorante (Santa Ana, CA)
This perfect fall cocktail has the fabulous fall fruit, pear, playing off of the floral flavor of St. Germain.