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Celebrate THANKSGIVING in NYC

This week, Broadwayworld.com Food and Wine will be highlighting restaurants in New York City that are ideal destinations for your Thanksgiving feast. We have a selection that suits every taste and budget, uptown, downtown and all around the town. Check out our roundup and make your reservations now.

TESSA (Upper West Side) TESSA will be featuring Thanksgiving spins on the impeccable modern Mediterranean cuisine that the restaurant is known for. The young and talented Executive Chef Eric Cope has crafted a special prix fixe menu for those looking to have a luxurious Thanksgiving dinner without the arduous kitchen work. The menu offers a range of options, beginning with a choice of amuse bouche: Truffle Aranchini with mustard seed aioli and watercress, or Caviar with marble potato, creme fraiche and chive. Continue with an entree such as Cervena Venison Loin with beech mushroom, spaetzle, kabocha squash, dried cherry and venison jus, and finish sweet with the Spiced Pumpkin Mousse. The TESSA staff is also happy to suggest wine pairings from their impressive list. For $65, the prix fixe includes three courses, and will be available from 12pm-9pm on November 24th. Visit www.tesssanyc.com.

Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge (Midtown) Monarch is offering an opportunity to watch the parade in-person, while staying warm and enjoying one of the best views - 18 floors above the action. Overlooking 6th Avenue and 35thStreet, from where much of the parade is broadcast, guests can overlook the parade from Monarch's enclosed see-through winterized terrace and feast on brunch and specialty cocktails. A continental breakfast including coffee, juices, bagels, cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, egg salad, chicken salad, and sandwiches will be served. Specialty cocktails include the MACY'S Minty Parade, the Giving Thanks and the Turkey Day Treat. Visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thanksgiving-day-parade-viewing-monarch-rooftop-lounge-tickets-26613963080

Padoca Bakery (Upper East Side) The Thanksgiving menu from Padoca Bakery was created specially for the holiday by their star pastry chef, Rachel Binder. Born in Toronto and raised in Jerusalem, Binder began her career under Chef Peter Hoffman at Savoy, and went on to do stints at Union Square Cafe and Tabla, before leaving her more recent position as Pastry Chef of Maialino to open Padoca.

Though Padoca is known for its unique Brazilian/Israeli specialties, the popular Upper East Side bakery is focusing on the classics this holiday, offering the following for pre-order and store pickup: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Apple Crumb Pie, Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Loaf (also currently available by the slice in store), Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Loaf

All orders must be placed by 11/18, and are to be picked up on 11/23. Visit http://padocabakery.com/.

The Late Late (Lower East Side) The Late Late is hosting their Third Annual Ex-Pat Thanksgiving Feast. $50 gets you a two hour open bar and a traditional Thanksgiving dinner plate. Seatings are available at 1pm and 4pm and can be reserved by emailing info@thelatelate.com. There will be a DJ later in the evening to celebrate all the music we're thankful for this year.

Cantina Rooftop (Hell's Kitchen) Mix it up this Thanksgiving with Modern Mexican fare at Cantina Rooftop. Skip the traditional turkey and stuffing and instead enjoy a selection of ceviches, guacamoles and tacos. Feast on some signature house specials including Barbacoa de Cordero (Maguey braised lamb shank with Guajillo sauce, sautéed kale and comal corn tortillas) and Pollo Campestre, (free range chicken served with mole negro, epazote rice and grilled cornlettes). For dessert, enjoy the Pastel de Chocolate (a chocolate mousse cake with PUMPKIN frosting!), or everyone's Mexican favorite, Churros! Reservations can be made on OpenTable. For more information on Cantina Rooftop, visit www.cantinarooftop.com.

Bagatelle (Meatpacking District) This Thanksgiving celebrate with family and friends at Bagatelle. Executive Chef Nicolas Frezal will serve up Turkey Breast stuffed with Chestnuts for $35, in addition specialty sides include Sweet Potato Gratin, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Creamed Ricotta. Finish your meal with Fresh Apple Baked with Brown Sugar, which is served with Crunchy Caramelized Pate. The traditional menu will also be available. For more information visit www.bagatellenyc.com.

Kellari Taverna (Midtown) Kellari Taverna will host a special Thanksgiving celebration on November 24th. The Greek restaurant, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, will offer a 3 course $55 prix fixe menu of Thanksgiving classics. The celebratory meal will begin with Butternut Squash Soup, Beets Napolean, Harvest Salad, Avgolemono Soup or Croquettes, followed by six entree choices including Amish Farmed Turkey served with Cranberry and Orange Sauce and a Niman Ranch Prime Rib Eye. Two sides are also included in this feast along with a dessert choice of Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie or Baklava. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by visiting www.kellariny.com.

Spirit of New York, Bateaux New York, Elite Private Yachts (On the waterways of NYC) Who wouldn't enjoy Thanksgiving lunch or dinner cruising alongside famed New York landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade? Entertainment Cruises NY Metro Fleet has a few recommendations for all kinds of travelers:

With two dance floors, live DJ entertainment and buffet-style cuisine, Spirit of New Yorkis the perfect place for people to spend a day of fun and festivity. For those who want a more intimate affair, the elegant, all-glass-enclosed Bateaux New Yorkfeatures white tablecloth three-course dining and an acoustic trio. You can also treat your group to a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving experience complete with personal chefs and butlers on Elite Private Yachts'luxury charters.

Departing year-round from Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers, the dining and sightseeing experiences' special Thanksgiving menus feature favorites like oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and so much more. For more information on Thanksgiving day excursions, visit http://www.spiritcruises.com/new-york-metro.

Mundo (Long Island City) Exotic and adventurous Mundo Kitchen & Bar located in Long Island City at the spectacular Paper Factory Hotel is taking it back home with traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Enjoy a 4-course meal and a complimentary glass of wine for $58. A classic home-style Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey with sweet and tangy citrus cranberry jam, rosmary gravy and charred yam and sautéed kale is just one of the many options Mundo has to offer for this special day. Top your experience with a mouth-watering slice of Pumpkin Pie dolloped with cinnamon whipped cream. Reservations can be made on OpenTable. For more information on Mundo, go to www.mundonewyork.com.

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