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Around Town in New York City - Your Guide to Food & Fun - Thanksgiving edition
November 14, 2020, 1:29.15 pm ET


French Korean restaurant Soogil
Photo: Soogil

For a last-minute Thanksgiving dinner, French Korean restaurant Soogil is offering a luxurious 4-course holiday feast ($65 per person, menu) for lunch and dinner on 11/26. Choices include Honeynut Squash Soup with duck prosciutto and pumpernickel gruyere croutons or Kanpachi Sashimi with radish, finger lime and soy yuzu to start, followed by either Scallop and grilled poached leek skewer with frisee, Korean pear, pickled persimmon and pomegranate or Nurungji Gras, Chef Soogil’s signature dish that marries his classic French training and Korean roots with seared foie gras over crispy nurungji Korean “scorched rice,” brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and soy mushroom sauce poured tableside.

Main course options include the elegant Boneless Turkey Roulade stuffed with turkey and foie gras sausage, served with roasted brussels sprouts and smoked bacon, mashed potatoes, orange honey-glazed carrots, cranberry and gravy or grilled Short Rib with chestnut puree, pickled chanterelles, potato croquette and Korean BBQ sauce. For dessert, the Jenga Tower offers a fun way to finish the meal – an irresistible crisscrossed stack of crispy churro dusted with nutty Korean 7-grain misu-garu powder and topped with black sesame gelato. Guests can also opt for the 5-course Chef’s Tasting menu ($75). Thanksgiving dining reservations are available from 12pm – 3pm and 5pm – 9pm via Resy and OpenTable or to go via Tock and Uber Eats.

Photo: J.Bespoke/Rachel Vanni

Two spots where you can reserve a socially-distanced table for Thanksgiving Eve. If you plan on staying local, but still want to celebrate the evening in a safe and memorable way how about these NYC speakeasies, NoMad’s J.Bespoke and Patent Pending + The Lab. Their upscale cocktails and bites are a much classier alternative to Thanksgiving Eves of the past!

J.Bespoke just launched a new winter menu which includes refreshing, tropical inspired craft cocktails including: B.Side (wyoming whiskey, bonal, strawberry, cucumber, mint, fresh lemon juice, lavender, rhubarb bitters, soda) and Peat & Tiki (famous smoky black scotch, brugal 1888 gran reserva rum, velvet falernum, banana, fresh pineapple & orange juice, pomegranate molasses, angostura & cocoa bitters, coffee salt) J.Bespoke is open Monday through Saturday from 5pm to 11pm daily. Reservations can be made via Resy.

Photo: The Lab/Rachel Vanni

The Lab is now open for overflow seating and to host small private groups (perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving in a fun and safely socially-distanced space). Patent Pending and The Lab are also now accepting reservations for the first time ever, to combat their traditionally long wait times. Seasonal cocktails include: Odd Love (Rye, Spanish Brandy, Patent Coffee, Cherry, Walnut, Absinthe) and Hit by a Taxi (Japanese Whisky, Armagnac, Sweet Vermouth, Pu'erh Tea, Curacao, Star Anise). Comforting bites like Eggplant Grilled Cheese, Bacon Grilled Cheese, and Olive Focaccia Crostini are also offered.

Patent Pending & The Lab are open from 4pm - Midnight daily, and reservations can be made on their website. Takeout and delivery are also available via phone (212-869-4002).

Photo: Mochidoki

Mochidoki is launching its Autumn Creations Collection from its shop in SoHo (176 Spring St.). The whimsical, festive box ($18) is available for takeout and local delivery, and contains four new Mochi Creations (mochi ice cream with pastry-inspired toppings), created by culinary director Natsume Aoi and ideal for smaller gatherings this Thanksgiving. New flavors include: Sweet Potato Pie - Ube mochi ice cream, yuzu lemon glaçage, meringue brûlée, and sea salt; Pumpkin Pie - Pumpkin & Cookies mochi ice cream with a gingersnap crust base, topped with kinako cream and toasted pecans; Apple Tart - Apple Miso Caramel mochi ice cream (a brand new flavor!), with salted caramel cream, and glazed apples; and Valencia - with mandarin mochi ice cream, dark chocolate glaçage, toasted pistachios, and orange jelly.

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Photo: Yuzu Kitchen

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the NYC Midtown izakaya fast-casual Yuzu Kitchen is hosting a pay it forward event. The new fast-casual will offer free meals to healthcare workers between Nov. 23-25. In addition, Yuzu Kitchen encourages its customers to donate extra bowls for those in need. The donated bowls will appear on their chalkboard sign as a sticky note. Those in need can claim a prepaid bowl at the counter. This will go on from Nov. 16-27.

Stay tuned for our next edition of Around Town!