Turkey Time! The Best Thanksgiving Tips
Thanksgiving can be a magical meal surrounded by family and friends. But sometimes the perfect Norman Rockwell dinner can be hard to pull off — especially for busy New Yorkers. It’s time to give thanks for The Shops at Columbus Circle, which is coming to the rescue. Whether you want to put someone else in charge or do the cooking yourself, we’ve got the answers.
Thanks to The Restaurant and Bar Collection, you’ll find a number of ways to get someone else to do all the work. Bouchon Bakery & Café serves a memorable brunch buffet including everything from turkey to French toast, as well as amazing views overlooking the Macy’s Day Parade. Porter House Bar and Grill has a three-course menu with some deliciously unexpected choices (lobster bisque, jumbo lump crab cake), as well as roasted Lancaster County turkey. Even though it has a British provenance, Bluebird London is joining in on this American feast with turkey and all the trimmings. Or take another direction entirely with the Asian-inspired menu at Momofuku Noodle Bar, which will be serving what's sure to become a favorite Thanksgiving cocktail: the Apple Pie Slushy.
If you’d prefer to cook at home, think of The Shops at Columbus Circle as your secret sous chef. At Whole Foods Market, you can buy all the ingredients— or just order everything pre-made, including natural turkeys and vegan turkeys. With its clever sauces, specialty mixes, and even a pre-made Willie Bird free-range turkey, Williams-Sonoma wants to make cooking a whole lot easier. This year, you can also order side dishes or the entire meal from the new Martha Stewart Collection. And Bouchon Bakery has a catering menu complete with pies, pies, and more pies that have developed a cult-like New York City following.
We also tapped into the chefs and experts at The Shops at Columbus Circle and The Restaurant and Bar Collection to get their tips and tricks to create a successful Thanksgiving meal.
Michael Lomonaco, Chef at Porter House Bar and Grill:
“Prepare a food shopping list well in advance, organizing your recipes by course and planning the shopping to avoid doing it all on one day or too close to the holiday.”
“Don’t use the holiday for last-minute experimentation. Stick to traditions and dishes that you know your family and guests will enjoy.”
“I like hormone-free natural turkeys. I like to break the turkey down and roast the turkey breast and legs separately or at least at different intervals. Make sure you don’t cook the breast too much or overcook the legs.”
Bogdan Danila, Executive Chef at Bluebird London:
“Brine the turkey overnight to allow juices to absorb.”
“Thanksgiving is all about sharing, so stick with the classics: Brussel sprouts, thousand island dressing, and always pumpkin pie.”
Annie DiGiovanna, Culinary Expert at Williams-Sonoma:
Decorate! Williams-Sonoma has an array of Thanksgiving-themed tableware and decorations including party crackers to enhance your celebration. Another tip: Save time by setting your table the night before."
"Don’t be afraid to make items ahead of time. Make the stuffing the night before and reheat while the turkey is resting. And, take the guesswork out of adding herbs with any one of our stuffing mixes. We love the classic as much as the focaccia and the cornbread."
"Include 45 minutes for the turkey to rest once out of the oven — this will also give you time to cook or reheat your side dishes in a one-oven home."
Tony Kim, Executive Chef at Momofuku Noodle Bar:
Finally, there’s Momofuku’s new Thanksgiving favorite: an Apple Pie Slushy. Here’s the recipe:
Apple Pie Slushy
2 cups Apple Cider
1/4 cup Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon Apple Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Rye Bonji*
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
1 pinch Cinnamon
1 pinch Nutmeg
2 cups Ice
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Serve in mugs, top with whipped cream, and dust with cinnamon powder. Now that's a reason to give thanks!