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If going home for Thanksgiving is a nonstarter and hosting a multi-course shindig sounds more torturous than a government-sponsored trip to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the local hospitality gods may have the answers to your dining prayers.
Chef Tony Conte has a three-course prix-fixe deal ($48; $24 for kids under 12) featuring selections such as: crispy oysters with Asian slaw, miso aioli and chili oil; chestnut risotto with mushroom jam and rosemary; roasted turkey with sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce; butternut squash agnolotti with apple puree, pumpkin seeds and sage; and chocolate torte with ginger snap and burnt orange coulis.
Served 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-393-0701; 701restaurant.com1789
Chef Anthony Lombardo has a three-course prix-fixe deal ($50 per person), as well as special a-la-carte selections. Featured items include: Nantucket Bay scallops with parsnips, butter-braised kale and oxtail ragu; Parisian ham with French-styled boiled, chestnut spaetzle, collard greens and cinnamon glazed apples; rack of lamb with mint and olive crust, smashed red bliss potatoes, baby turnips, spinach and Madeira lavender lamb jus; and traditional roasted turkey breast, confit leg, homemade sage sausage stuffing, vanilla sweet potatoes, green beans and giblet gravy.
Served noon to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 1226 36th St. NW; 202-965-1789; 1789restaurant.comArdeo+Bardeo
Chef Matt Kuhn has prepared a prix-fixe deal ($50 per person) featuring selections such as braised pork cheeks “pot au feu” with black garlic polenta, mustard greens, rainbow carrots, cippolinis and pork jus; Roman style gnocchi with a la minute Bolognese and young pecorino; roasted turkey with grain mustard potato puree, sausage and apple dressing and sage jus; and buttermilk doughnuts with bourbon-apple butter and maple mascarpone.
Served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 3111 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-244-6750; ardeobardeo.comAstro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Get a Thanksgiving sampler ($28) filled with seasonal flavors, including pumpkin, apple and pecan pie doughnuts. Available from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.
Closed Thanksgiving Day. 1308 G St. NW; 202-809-5565; astrodoughnuts.comBibiana Osteria-Enoteca
Chef Nicholas Stefanelli has a prix-fixe deal ($48 per person) featuring dishes such as rice fritters stuffed with pork ragu, provolone and tomato sauce; roasted heritage turkey breast and braised leg with sweet potatoes, bread stuffing and cranberry sauce; roasted pork loin served with potato mousseline, Brussels sprouts and mustard sauce; and persimmon pudding cake with coconut sorbet and spiced fresh persimmon.
Served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 1100 New York Ave. NW; 202-216-9550; bibianadc.comBlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
Restaurateur Jeff Black has prepared a range of ready-made options, including humanely raised turkeys (10 to 22 pounds), available fresh ($4.99 per pound) or pre-brined/rubbed ($6.99 per pound), spiral cut hams (7 to 9 pounds each; $6.50 per pound), signature soups (butternut squash and clam chowder, $10.99 and $15.99 per quart, respectively), sides (candied yams with caramelized apples, French beans amandine, Chincoteague oyster stuffing with Granny Smith apples and walnuts), seafood (raw oysters, cocktail shrimp, salmon rillettes) and sweets (Kentucky Derby pie, pecan pie, salted caramel-peanut brittle ice cream). All food must be picked up Nov. 27; cancellations require 72 hours’ notice for a full refund.
Closed Thanksgiving Day. 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW; 202-342-9101; blacksaltrestaurant.comBlue Duck Tavern