Giving Thanks for a Bounty of Holiday Dining Options
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.com
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.com
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.com
Astro 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.com
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.com
BlackSalt 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.com
Blue Duck Tavern
Chefs Sebastien Archambault and John Melfi have a three-course prix-fixe deal ($95; $42 for kids 6 and up) featuring selections such as wood oven-roasted Maine scallops with celeriac mousseline, black trumpets, chestnuts, verjus and hazelnut oil; 12-hour-roasted suckling pig with baby vegetables and pork jus; and muscovy duck breast with confit leg and kumquat jam.
Served 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The lounge will open at 5:30 p.m. for a-la-carte dining. 1201 24th St. NW; 202-419-6755; blueducktavern.com.
The Bombay Club
Chef Nilesh Singhvi has seasonal items ranging from Malai turkey marinated with yogurt, cashews, saffron, and mace grilled in a tandoori oven and served with cranberry chutney, Brussels sprout foogath and butternut squash bharta ($19.50) to a pumpkin br™lée tart ($8).
Lunch and dinner service Thanksgiving Day. 815 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-659-3727; bombayclubdc.com
Cheflebrity José Andrés has prepared a number of seasonal offerings including: turkey salad with valdeón cheese, raisins and nuts with sherry dressing ($10), turkey-and-blood-sausage fritters with cranberry aioli ($9) and turkey-spinach canelones with béchamel sauce ($12).
Check locations for times. Multiple D.C. metro locations; jaleo.com
The Oval Room
Chef Tony Conte has prepared a three-course meal ($55) featuring dishes such as burrata with persimmons, crunchy Serrano and vincotto; free-range turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce; Maine lobster with a chili-balsamic condiment and a salad of lychee and endive; and pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker ice cream.
Served from noon to 8:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. 800 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-463-8700; ovalroom.com
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Jeff Black’s to-go carte includes: Addie’s rolls ($8 per dozen) and assorted pies (key lime, apple, pumpkin and pecan; $25 to $30). Orders must be received by Nov. 25, pickup on Nov. 26-27.
Closed Thanksgiving Day. 1612 14th St. NW; 202-319-1612; pearldivedc.com
Chef Vikram Sunderam has seasonal dishes including turkey cooked with aromatic spices and basmati rice in a sealed pot and served with butternut squash bharta, brussels sprouts kadi and cranberry raita ($16).
Lunch and dinner service Thanksgiving Day. 633 D St. NW; 202-637-1222; rasikarestaurant.com
Rasika West End
Sunderam is serving up turkey cooked in a sauce made with coconut milk and curry leaves flavored with star anise and stone flower and served with butternut squash bhaji, Brussels sprouts poriyal and cranberry pulao ($16) at this location.
Lunch and dinner service Thanksgiving Day. 1190 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202-466-2500; rasikarestaurant.com
Restaurateur Ris Lacoste’s temporary outpost already carries basic goods (chicken stock, tomato sauce), but will add in Thanksgiving fare Nov. 26-27. Seasonal offerings, available in pint ($8) and quart ($15) sizes, include sausage sage stuffing, collard greens, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, as well as assorted pies (pumpkin, apple or pecan; $18 each).
1309 Fifth St. NE; 202-730-2500; risdc.com