Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2013
Thanksgiving is a feast usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it is really lovely to take a break from the hot kitchen and let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and moving furniture around. This way, you can maybe enjoy a Thanksgiving day run, volunteer for those in need or (gasp!) relax a little.
From seaside dining and historical locations to Gold Coast mansions and humble pubs, Long Island has it all. A new addition this year (and good news for turkeys everywhere): We've included some vegetarian options.
Please be sure to call ahead for reservations and have a happy Thanksgiving!
Watch the waves as you dine:
The Sea Grille at Gurney's Inn
290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk
Gurney's Inn, a friendly seaside Montauk institution, offers a three-course prix fixe menu with many choices, including lobster, in addition to the traditional turkey. It also offers a "Little Pilgrims" menu with turkey or prime rib. Cost is $28 to $38 for adults, depending on choice of entree, and $24 for children. Seatings are from 1pm - 9pm.
The Soundview Restaurant
58775 Rte. 48, Greenport
The Soundview Restaurant has a magnificent view of Long Island Sound and serves a traditional Thanksgiving prix fixe meal. The Town Beach, just west up the road, has a divine all ages swing set that looks out to the sea. Costs are $34.50 adults and $18.95 children. Seatings are from 1pm - 7pm on the hour.
Prime: An American Kitchen & Bar
117 New York Avenue, Huntington
Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner overlooking the harbor in Huntington, or order a full Thanksgiving meal to take home. Reservations are required for the a la carte dinner, which is served from 1pm - 8pm. A full take-home dinner serving 8-10 people is $299.
Enjoy a piece of 1800's American history:
The American Hotel
49 Main St., Sag Harbor
Celebrate in the historic whaling town of Sag Harbor and stroll past the windmill or the town dock afterwards. The American Hotel, built in 1846, offers a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner with many options and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Costs are $75 for adults, $35 for children. Open from 1pm - 8:30pm.
Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Square, Southampton
This charming and historic microbrewery, in business since the 1800's, offers a traditional three-course prix fixe menu. Seatings are hourly from 1pm - 7pm. It also offers their prix fixe menu for takeout. Costs are $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for children under 10.
Jamesport Manor Inn
370 Manor Lane, Jamesport
This reconstructed 1850's Victorian mansion on the North Fork offers a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner beginning at noon, featuring local and organic ingredients, with a special children's menu. Costs are $60 for adults and $30 for children under 12.
Experience the good life:
Glen Cove Mansion
200 Dosaris Lane, Glen Cove
Dine in Georgian-style splendor, then explore 55 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds at this magnificent 1910 mansion designed by James Adams Plat. It offers a grand buffet with options for every palate inspired by historic menus of the Gold Coast era. Seatings are at 1pm and 4pm. Cost is $55 for adults, including a glass of champagne or a mimosa, and $27.50 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free.
The Rose Hunt at Fox Hollow
7725 Jericho Tpk., Woodbury
Enjoy a huge prix fixe International Thanksgiving Buffet in the ambience of an English country estate, and then take a walk to explore the extensive grounds. Two-hour seatings are at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for groups of 4-8 people. Three-hour seatings may be available at 1pm and 4pm for groups of 8 or more. The buffet is completely refreshed before each seating. Cost is $44.95 for adults and $22.95 for children under 10. There is also a la carte dining.
Dine in a spacious and elegant hotel:
Carltun On the Park
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow
516-542-0700 ext 1
The Carltun, right in Eisenhower Park, has multiple Thanksgiving offerings. In the Drawing Room, a full Thanksgiving Buffet is served, while in the elegant Palm Court and cozy Wine Cellar, there is a four-course prix fixe dinner with a special four-course children's menu. The Carltun also features a well-respected and extensive wine list. Seatings for the Buffet start at noon and costs are $44 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-10. Costs for the a la carte menu in the Palm Court and Wine Cellar are $59 for adults and $30 for children.
Rein at the Garden City Hotel
45 Seventh St., Garden City
Rein, a well known venue for families in Garden City, offers a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving feast. Costs are $74 for adults and $37 for children ages 12 and under. Reservations must be pre-paid. Children ages 2 and under dine free.
East Wind Hotel, Grand Ballroom
5720 Route 25A, Wading River
The East Wind Hotel offers a hearty Thanksgiving buffet in its opulent Grand Ballroom from 12:30pm - 5:30pm. Costs are $39.95 for adults, $22.95 for children ages 3 to 10. A deposit is required for parties of 10 or more.
Keep it hearty and simple:
140 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, 516-621-3340
7971 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, 516-496-4354
County Glen Shopping Center, 59 Old Country Road, Carle Place, 516-742-3354
These down-to-earth classic Kosher Delis are offering takeout or eat-in prix fixe Thanksgiving menus with a "Kids Turkey Feast" option. Seatings are offered at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 5pm (a 7:15pm seating is available in Greenvale and Woodbury). Costs are $22.99 for adults and $9.99 for children. Take-home dinner is also available.
And finally, options for vegetarians:
203 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
Fresh Hamptons is owned and operated by "yoga-lovin', health-food eating foodies." The food is fresh and local, and includes chicken, fish and beef, but the "prana" menu offers vegan and raw options. Thanksgiving dinner will be offered from noon to 7 pm. Costs are $54 per adult, $30 per child (12 and younger).
Healthy Planet's Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Farmingdale
Vegetarians can attend this lecture and pot-luck dinner on Sunday, November 24th starting at 2pm. Speaker Victoria Moran, director of Main Street Vegan Academy, will lead the discussion. Bring family and friends and a plant-based dish to share with all. Cost for adults is $15, Health Planet members pay $10, kids under 12 admitted free.