Kick off Thanksgiving with something different. Peacefood Café’s vegan chestnut apple bisque, topped with coconut whipped cream, provides all of the pleasure with none of the guilt.
Peacefood Café, 41 E 11th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 979 2288
Treat yourself to this healthy pre-meal butternut squash soup from Jane, enriched with spiced almond milk, aged balsamic, and toasted pepitas. It’s simultaneously close to traditional Thanksgiving dishes and completely nutritious.
Jane Restaurant, 100 W Houston Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 254 7000
Spring Street Natural
Looking to skip meat altogether this Thanksgiving? At Spring Street Natural, they offer a vegetarian root vegetable cassoulet as an entrée for those wanting to steer clear of all things meat. White beans, smoked vegan sausage, carrots, parsnips, turnips, and sweet potatoes all go into this unorthodox Thanksgiving casserole, topped with a ‘buttery’ bread crumb topping.
Spring Street Natural, 62 Spring Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 966 0290
This year, venture beyond the bird and into the sea. Try the sautéed autumn flounder that will be on the Thanksgiving menu at Market Table. This dish, accompanied by gingered butternut purée and Brussels sprouts, will give you a break from the traditional turkey and stuffing.
Market Table, 54 Carmine Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 255 2100
If turkey is a must-have, rest assured in knowing that it is one of the healthiest meats you can eat, since it is loaded with lean protein along with essential vitamins and nutrients. Nourish Kitchen+Table takes this healthy bird to another level with their free-range roast turkey, sourced from upstate New York, and rubbed in a special blend of herbs and garlic.
Nourish Kitchen+Table, 95 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 242 6115
Stuffing is the necessary sidekick to the turkey. Without it, what is even the point? Yet this delicious side dish is often packed with carbs from bread, butter, and eggs. At Foragers Market, they offer a slightly healthier take on this essential dish. Their vegetarian savory sage and apple stuffing is made with New York State apples, onion, celery, butter, and Bien Cuit bread.
Foragers Market, 300 W 22nd St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 243 8888
White dinner rolls are boring and so not worth the weight gain. Swap them out for the zucchini blossom tempura found at Blossom. These interesting appetizers are stuffed with tofu cheese, marinated artichokes, and cherry tomatoes. Blossom, a trio of vegan restaurants, has 3 locations; one in Chelsea, the West Village, and the Upper West Side.
Blossom Restaurant, 187 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 627 1144
Monument Lane, a bistro that promises seasonal ingredients from regional farmers who promote sustainable practices, is offering candied yams and walnuts as one of their signature sides for their Thanksgiving feast. Give it a try and see how it measures up to those humdrum candied yams found in a can.
Monument Lane, 103 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 255 0155
Apple Crostata | Image Courtesy of The Red Cat
The Red Cat
What would Thanksgiving be if you didn’t indulge a little? Finish off your feast with an apple crostata from The Red Cat. This delectable little pastry is made from apple brandy, pecans and is garnished with vanilla ice cream. If anything is worth the weight gain, this is it!
The Red Cat, 227 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 242 1122