Maybe the thought of pulling together the traditional Thanksgiving meal is too overwhelming this year. Maybe you have too few (or too many) people to cook for. Maybe you just want to hand the reins over to an expert and have someone else do all the work.
Fortunately, there are several options in Boston where you can enjoy turkey and all the trimmings with none of the fuss that usually comes with them. With any of these high-end options, there’s no doubt that you’ll go home stuffed. Only this year, you won’t have to face the dishes in the morning.
Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar
At the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Meritage, located in the Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel, enjoy a four-course prix fixe meal (with optional wine pairing) created by chef Daniel Bruce. Starters include items you probably wouldn’t make at home — like five-spice, char-seared yellowfin tuna and grilled Long Island duck breast — but the spinach-and-fennel-stuffed organic turkey with sage dressing and whipped potatoes will have a familiar, if perhaps more upscale, holiday ring to it.
Desserts include roasted pear and Vermont aged cheddar cheese. Considering Meritage has one of the area’s finest cellars, consider the wine pairing to be compulsory as well.
Oak Long Bar and Kitchen
Oak Long Bar and Kitchen at Fairmont Copley Plaza is hosting a Friendsgiving feast, a simple but tasty affair of three courses. Choices include parsnip and pear soup or market greens, roasted turkey or lobster pot pie, and pumpkin pie or sticky toffee pudding.
This modern spin on Thanksgiving is available all day, so it’s not inconceivable that you could break bread with friends for lunch and still make an appearance at the family dinner later. You might need to fit in a workout in between, though.
Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant Deuxave is also offering a three-course menu with optional wine pairings on November 24. The table will be fully loaded with favorites like pumpkin soup and roasted beets to begin with, while creative entrées like turducken, turkey with duck rillette and chicken sausage round out the elegant session.
More traditional offerings, like turkey and cornbread sausage stuffing, are also on tap. Apple coffee cake, chocolate mousse and pumpkin semifreddo make for a satisfactory end to the meal.
Clink and Scampo
There are two choices for dining on Turkey Day at The Liberty Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel: Clink, which is doing an à la carte menu, and Scampo, which has prix fixe and traditional menu options. The former has a special selection of crowd-pleasers, including roasted turkey, beef tenderloin and pumpkin and apple soup. Favorite desserts, such as pumpkin pie, pecan pie and apple crumble, will definitely make an appearance, too.
At Lydia Shire’s Scampo, opt for a combination à la carte/family-style meal. Shared sides include mashed potatoes, maple-glazed yams, green beans with quince and marcona almonds, roasted cipollini onions and cranberry sauce. For the main course, you’ll have a pick of roasted turkey, poached halibut or bone-in filet mignon.
Apple crostata with buttermilk ice cream or pecan pie with bourbon zabaglione finish the meal.