Turkey Takeout: Where to Gobble Up a Catered Thanksgiving

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The city that never sleeps doesn’t stop just because it’s turkey time. We’ve collected the best picks for outsourcing Thanksgiving this year and are pretty sure we can please any brood of kids and family budget. After ordering an entire feast to your liking and having it delivered to your door, you will wonder why you slaved away in the kitchen every year, when you could have been sipping a dirty martini. This year, sit back and do so.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Craving a taste of Texas this Thanksgiving but staying in town? We’ve discovered that barbeque enthusiasts in the city love this holiday. For a real Texas treat, give Hill Country a call. They’re offering feasts big and small ($195 for 5-8 people, $275 for 9-12 people) and let you pick the sides and pies to complete your meal around a whole pit-smoked turkey. Who can resist Texas toast stuffing, sweet potato Bourbon mash and apple-caramel pie? We think you’ll be thanking your lucky stars if you order from Hill Country.

Wildwood BBQalso offers a special menu for Turkey Day that looks like the perfect dose of Southern comfort. The Feed the Family package serves 6-8 and offers an all-natural applewood-smoked whole turkey, cornbread stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, pies and more for $225.

Finally, Harlem institution Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has a year-round catering menu that includes a whole smoked turkey breast along with traditional barbeque meats and sides that would definitely please the family and go well with all the football watching. Their catering packages offer the most flexibility starting at $16.95/person for 2 meat selections and sides up to $29.95/person for the more gluttonous Cadillac Package.

Hill Country

30 West 26th Street

New York, Ny


Online: hillcountryny.com

Order By: Fri, Nov. 16, 2012

Pick-Up; Wed, Nov. 21 3:00 – 5:00pm, Thurs, Nov. 22 9:00am – 12:00pm

Delivery: No.

Wildwood BBQ

225 Park Avenue South

New York, Ny

(Union Square)

Online: wildwoodbbq.com

Order By: Mon, Nov. 19, 2012 by 5:00 pm

Pick-Up: Wed, Nov. 21 and Thurs, Nov. 22, 2012

Delivery: Yes. $10 flat fee for delivery anywhere in Manhattan

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W. 125th Street

New York, Ny


Online: dinosaurbarbque.com

Order By: Minimum 2-day notice without guaranteed availability. Advance notice suggested.

Pick-Up: By arrangement.

Delivery: Yes. Add 10% service fee to your catering order.

Traditional Thanksgiving on a Dime

Our top pick for the most affordable, family-friendly dinner goes to favorite local grocer Fairway Market. Everyone knows that Fairway is the frugal family’s place to shop without compromising quality. If you’re feeding a crowd, the Famous Thanksgiving Dinner for 12 cannot be beat at $209 for the entire feast. An all-natural Maplecrest Prime turkey comes ready to roast with its own pan and baking instructions. Pounds of classics like stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are all ready to be heated and dished into your fine china. We like that you can add other items liked glazed ham and tiramisu should it strike your fancy or upgrade to an organic turkey from D’Artagnan or Murray’s free-roaming, hormone and antibiotic-free bird.

Of course, FreshDirect and Whole Foods Market are the other usual suspects when it comes to high-quality yet affordable catering. They’re worth a shout-out because both grocers offer a range of packages and a la carte items so you can parcel together a Thanksgiving to please a vegan, bacon-lover and organic guru at the same. With the press of a button, organize your dinner online and arrange for FreshDirect delivery or a local Whole Foods pick-up.

Fairway Market

11 locations – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Nj and Ct

Online: fairwaymarket.com/catering

Order By: Fri, Nov. 16, 2012 by 12:00pm

Pick-Up: Call local store or check online for pick-up schedule.

Delivery: Call local store or check online for delivery fees and availability.


Online: freshdirect.com

Delivery: Purchase and book delivery online when packages become available.

Whole Foods Market*

Locations throughout Ny, Nj, and Ct

Online: wholefoodsmarket.com

Pick-Up: Call or check online for pick-up time slots.

Delivery: No.

*Thanksgiving catering menus available online by November 1.

When Only the Finest Turkey Will Do

If your family’s too gourmet to outsource the big day, we know where you can get heritage turkeys to please your little palates at home. Pre-order your bird online from The Meat Hook in Brooklyn. You’ll get a turkey that lived on a pasture in Interlaken, NY, and was processed with care by hand.

Dickson’s Farm Stand, is taking online pre-orders for cage, antibiotic and hormone-free turkeys bred on Amish farms in Lancaster, Pa. The birds are brought into the city every day and slaughtered at a Halal facility in Queens to be delivered right after. They are as fresh as can be.

If farmers market shopping is a ritual for your Thanksgiving plans, pre-order a bird with DiPaola Turkey Farm, featured at 20 Greenmarket locations throughout the city. This second-generation family farm raises Broad Breasted Whites and is a good pick if you’re cooking for a smaller party. You can buy just a breast, leg, wing or all three and save on roasting time as well.

The Meat Hook (at The Brooklyn Kitchen)

100 Frost Street

Brooklyn, Ny


Online: thebrooklynkitchen.com

Order By: Now. They sell out every Thanksgiving.

Pick-Up: Fri, Sat, Nov 17, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun, Nov 18, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; Mon, Nov 19 & Tues, Nov 20, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Wed, Nov 21, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Delivery: No.

Dickson’s Farm Stand

75 Ninth Avenue

New York, Ny

(Chelsea – Chelsea Market)

102 Franklin Street

New York, Ny

(Tribeca – All Good Things)

Online: dicksonsfarmstand.com

Order By: Mon, Nov. 12.  Supplies are limited.

Pick-Up: Tues, Nov. 20 and Wed, Nov. 21 at both locations during regular business hours

Delivery: FedEx overnight shipping is available. Call 212-242-2630 to arrange shipping.

DiPaola Turkey Farm

883 Edinburg Road (Farm Store)

Hamilton, Nj

Online: dipaolaturkeyfarm.com

Order By: Pre-order your turkey via email dipaolaturkey@gmail.com at least 2 days before local greenmarket pick-up.

Pick-Up: 20 Greenmarket locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

Delivery: No.

Is your family going to be doing a catered Thanksgiving feast this year? What other markets do you use to help you plan your big meal?

— Sarah Choi

photo credit: anjanettew, Meat Hook, Fresh Direct, & Fairway Market

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