Upstate Jane: Best Upstate Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner
Are you getting out of the city for the holiday? Or maybe you have a place Upstate and just don’t want to cook…(that’s me) I LOVE cooking, but for some reason cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for 2 or 3 people isn’t that appealing. If you are like me, or if you want to get out of the city with your family, a few friends, or your honeybuns- you need to know where to get your Turkey or Tofurkey! With all of the amazing established restaurants available Upstate and the ever-increasing presence of CIA grads opening new restaurants, there is a cornucopia of Thanksgiving dinner events happening. Since most people Upstate still do the traditional Thanksgiving around a big table with extended family, (unlike in Manhattan) there is typically still availability to eat out if you desire. You should still make reservations as soon as possible, but I have found as of this evening, most places still have room for more! Due to the volume of establishments, I have kept my restaurants localized to Ulster and parts of Dutchess County.
New World Home Cooking– One of my favorite restaurants in the area, NWHC is located in between Woodstock and Saugerties on 212. The owner is chef Ric Orlando, Chopped Champion Food Network Star. They are offering a buffet dinner for $34.95 a person. A laid back and jovial atmosphere, where people of all walks, ages and economic circles co-mingle. 1411 New York 212 Saugerties, NY 12477 (845) 246-0900
Cucina– Set in a renovated farmhouse with modern industrial touches, Cucina has a warmth and sophistication as well as consistently good food. They are offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $28.00 per person for the Turkey and sides with an add on’s additional. 9 Mill Hill Road Woodstock, NY 12498 (845) 679-9800
Terrapin– Located in a former church in Rhinebeck, the sophisticated gothic setting is contrasted by great service, food and an ever-changing seasonal menu. Thanksgiving dinner will run you $39/person. 6426 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Peekamoose-Big Indian is home to this amazing restaurant and tap room. With a quirky interior decor and former chefs from such noted Manhattan establishments at Le Bernadin, and Gramercy Tavern amongst others. Peekamoose is doing a Farm to Table Thanksgiving as a fundraiser for RSK farms, devastated by Hurricane Katrina for $36/person. 8373 State Route 28 Big Indian, NY 12410-5136 (845) 254-6500
Ship to Shore– Located in the Rondout district in Kingston, STS is Hudson Valley’s highest rated American Bistro via Zagat. It isn’t just the chops that are aged well here, the dining room itself gives the aura of a fine wine. They are offering their Thanksgiving dinner for $40/ person with unlimited plating.
Henry’s Farm to Table– Buttermilk Falls and Inn located in Milton, NY hosts this new restaurant that has received rave reviews. An ideal situation for someone who would want to eat a delicious meal and then wobble back to their beautiful room and relax. For $50/person you get Henry’s Farm to Table Thanksgiving dinner. 220 North Rd Milton, NY 12547-5506 (845) 795-1310
With so many delicious choices, why cook at home? Maybe you will see me at New World if you choose to go…If you do eat out this Thanksgiving Upstate- let us and our readers know where you went and how your experience was!