So while we wholeheartedly suggest breaking out the roasting pans this Thanksgiving, we also wanted you to know that there are other options, if that’s just not happening this year.
We checked in with restaurants and caterers around town to find purveyors offering mouth-watering menus filled with seasonal vegetables, clean meats, and health-boosting spices.
Here are six stand-out ways to enjoy a healthy Thanksgiving dinner in New York City without ever turning on the oven. Just please don’t tell Michael Pollan. —Lisa Elaine Held
(Photo: Nourish Kitchen + Table)
The healthy fast-casual favorite will cater your meal, via pick-up or delivery, with dishes like spiced sweet potatoes, cranberry Brussels sprouts, and even pies from renowned Gowanus bakery Four & Twenty Blackbirds. (You can taste test on your lunch break, too, since they’ll be serving some of the holiday specials in-store from November 21–26.) www.diginn.com
Nourish Kitchen + Table
Pick up a complete nourishing meal (The Cornucopia) at this nutritionist-owned West Village hotspot, with a free-range roast turkey and sides like harissa-roasted carrots and parsnips (which you can also order a la carte). www.nourishkitchentable.com
Avoiding wheat this year? This indie meal-delivery service known for its wellness focus is serving up an entirely gluten-free menu, with dishes like cornbread, apple and sage stuffing, and “clean” green bean casserole, all of which skew towards the lighter side of feasting. www.provenancemeals.com
Brooklyn-based healthy meal-delivery service Sweet Roots is cooking up butternut squash and roasted nut stuffing, maple mashed sweet potatoes, and black truffle roasted mushrooms, to name just a few scrumptious-sounding dishes—and you can sort the menu by Classic, Paleo, and Vegan (and maybe seat your guests accordingly?). www.sweetrootsnyc.com
(Photo: Dig Inn)
The classic eatery (with a focus on fresh ingredients) is hosting a “Pay Whatever You Like” feast ($75 suggested donation) at both of its locations (Tribeca and High Line), with a “Snow Dance Farm free-roaming turkey” and a slew of hearty sides. 25 percent of proceeds benefit the New York City Rescue Mission to help the homeless. Also, expect pies, lots of pies. www.bubbys.com
Dovetail on the Upper West Side is known for its vegetarian tasting menu, so of course it’s offering a high-brow veggie version of Turkey Day, with options like baked cauliflower and potato gnocchi as a main course. Meat-eating significant others can choose the standard prix fixe for slow-roasted turkey served with creamed winter greens. www.dovetailnyc.com
(Photo: Sweet Roots’ Chestnut and Rainbow Quinoa Stuffed Squash)