Where to Eat a Fuss-Free Thanksgiving
5 spots to hit on Turkey Day for a full smile and a happy belly.
Le Chambord combines the charm of a European inn with the elegance of an 1863 Georgian Colonial estate. Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Grand Buffet in the Grand Ballroom with choices such as roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, roast New York strip sirloin steak, honey glazed pork loin, maple-walnut sweet potatoes, salads, and desserts. An à la carte Thanksgiving menu is also available in the four-star restaurant, which includes seasonal fare such as the roasted butternut squash soup with Granny Smith apples and maple cream and a traditional turkey dinner, along with alternative dishes like the seared herb-rubbed ahi tuna with wasabi, pickled ginger, and sesame soy sauce. Complement your meal with a bottle of wine from their robust selection representing the Hudson Valley and beyond. Dinner runs from 11 a.m.--–5 p.m. The Thanksgiving Grand Buffet costs $39 per person, children under 10 are half price, and children under 4 dine free. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Hopewell Junction — 2737 Route 52; 845.221.1941; www.lechambord.com
Want to enjoy Thanksgiving at home, but don’t want to do the cooking? The Thanksgiving Day Package from Brothers Barbecue is your secret weapon for a relaxed and delicious holiday meal. The package includes your choice of a smoked or deep-fried turkey. If you go with a deep-fried turkey, choose one of the following flavors: herb butter, Jamaican jerk, lemon pepper, or BBQ. Then take your pick of two homemade sides (mac-n-cheese, collard greens, yam souffle, candied yams, baked beans, green beans, herb-roasted potatoes or mashed potatoes). Cornbread sausage stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce and gravy are included in the package. Finish your meal with one of Brothers’ famous pies (pecan, apple, or sweet potato). The total package feeds up to 10 people for $279. A la carte turkeys are $95.
Cornwall — 2402 NY-32; 845.534.4227; www.smokenallday.com
Aroma Thyme Bistro
Enjoy a plated, traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings at this annual event. Free-range turkey is served with a range of side dishes including organic sweet potato puree and Bread Alone whole wheat and raisin bread stuffing. Vegan options and the regular dinner menu are also available. Seating begins at noon and runs until 5:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.
Ellenville — 165 Canal St; 845.647.3000; www.aromathymebistro.com
Culinary Institute of America
The Culinary Institute of America’s team of expert chefs can help cater any Thanksgiving table with their gourmet sides, pies, and desserts — so that more time can be spent with loved ones. The Apple Pie Bakery Café at the CIA Hyde Park Campus has a menu of sweet and savory take-home items to complement your holiday meal. Pie flavors include apple double crust or dutch crumb topping, pecan, and pumpkin. No sugar added and gluten-free specialty options are also available. Side dishes include cornbread pudding, traditional stuffing, and Hudson Valley Riesling turkey gravy. Place your pre-paid order October 23 through November 17, Monday–Friday between 7:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. in person or by phone. Orders will be available for pickup November 20 and November 21.
Hyde Park — 1946 Campus Dr, Rt 9; 845.905.4500; www.ciarestaurantgroup.com and www.culinary.edu
Shadows on The Hudson
Dine out with a special Thanksgiving menu featuring traditional and seasonal fare at one of Poughkeepsie’s premier entertaining and dining destinations on the Hudson River. Thanksgiving dinner begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run until 7 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Poughkeepsie — 176 Rinaldi Blvd; 845.486.9500; www.shadowsonthehudson.com