Thursday, November 18, 2010

Where to Eat Vegan For Thanksgiving 2010

With Thanksgiving just a week away, you might be thinking, "Crap, this feast thing is too much work, I'm having someone else do it!" And you'd be in the good company of many New Yorkers who dine out on Food Coma Day. (I refuse to call it Turkey Day) If you haven't made your Thanksgiving plans yet, I'm reposting SuperVegan's newly published annual rundown of where vegetarians and vegans can dine out and enjoy a cruelty free meal. Eat up!

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Where to Eat Vegan for Thanksgiving 2010 in New York City


New York is the best city in the world to be a vegan. Case in point: Thanksgiving. I dare any other city to match the number and variety of vegan options we have.

Here's SuperVegan's round-up of where to eat vegan in NYC for Thanksgiving. Make make your restaurant reservations quickly; these places fill up fast!

Angelica Kitchen is offering a five course prix fixe menu for $55; BYOB to save money. Thanksgiving is the only night Angelica takes reservations, so folks won't have to queue up in the cold like usual. The dinner will also be available for take out from the juice bar if you're not able to make a reservation.

Place orders early for seasonal specialties from Babycakes. They'll have spelt apple pie, apple crumb cake, pumpkin cupcakes, cornbread, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin bread for all your gluten-free and agave-sweetened needs.

Blossom and Café Blossom are offering the same four-course menu for $68.

Candle 79's four course prix fixe is available from 2pm-9pm and costs $72, while sister restaurant Candle Cafe gives you four courses for $55, plus a la carte options.

Caravan of Dreams will be offering a three course prix fixe from 1-9pm for $45.

Champs Family Bakery will be offering seasonal specialties such as pumpkin muffins with cream cheese, pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls (with pie crust baked in), and sweet potato cinnamon rolls (with candied pecans and marshmallow). Place orders by Monday 11/22 at the latest for pick-up on Tuesday or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.

Counter's got seatings from 1pm-9pm for their $50 four course prix fixe, plus an optional $25 wine pairing.

Curly's will be serving a prix fixe menu from 11:30am-5:30pm for $28.95 which includes pumpkin-lentil pate, soup or salad, roast soy turkey or maple-glazed sham, drinks, dessert, and coffee or tea. Their regular menu will also be available.

LifeThyme Natural Market will have a complete vegan holiday dinner option for $49.95. It includes a roast made from organic vegetables and tofu, along with two pounds of yams or mashed potatoes, two pounds of mixed bread or cornbread stuffing, two pounds of grilled mixed vegetables, a pint of gravy, and a pint of cranberry sauce.

The Grammercy location of One Lucky Duck will be offering raw options for take out from 9am-10pm. You'll want to call ahead to place your order and schedule a pick up time. If you want a sit-down meal, check out their sister restaurant Pure Food and Wine, below.

Organic Grill will be open from noon-8pm with a special Thanksgiving menu in addition to their regular menu.

Peacefood Cafe will have a $30 three-course prix fixe menu available from 1-9pm.

Fulfill your most extravagant raw food desires with Pure Food and Wine's four course prix fixe for $72. They'll be open from 3pm-9pm.

Red Bamboo will be serving their regular menu and a three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe menu for $21.95. The New York City Vegetarian Meetup Group will be meeting here at 12:30pm; click for more information and to RSVP.

Sacred Chow will be offering a four course prix fixe for $50. Check out the menu on their website.

'sNice (West Village, Soho, and Brooklyn) are all closed Thanksgiving day, but we recommend you stop by in the days before or after to try their awesome Thanksgiving Leftovers sandwich.

Terri will be open from 7am-3pm on Thanksgiving. They're not sure yet if they'll have any special options, but their Thanksgiving-themed sandwich is worth checking out year-round .

Veggies Natural Juice Bar will be giving away vegan soup on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 24.

Order by Tuesday, 11/23, for the WholeFoods $19.99 Field Roast Vegan Dinner. It includes four courses and can be combined with a vegan bakery package for two.

If you love to cook, want to save money, or just want to skip the formality of dining out, host a potluck! Hit your local farmers' market for ingredients, or check out one of NYC's vegan-friendly grocery stores. You'll find recipes everywhere from VegWeb to the New York Times.

We've also got more mass-produced entree options that ever before. In addition to the time-honored Tofurky, you might look into Match Meat's Vegan Stuffed Holiday Roast, Gardein's Savory Stuffed Turk’y with Gravy, Five-Star Foodies's Vegan Harvest Roast, Vegetarian Plus' Vegan Half "Chicken," or Field Roast's Celebration Roast, Hazelnut Cranberry Roast, or Smoked Tomato Loaf. Don't forget the Tofukey and Gravy Jones Soda!

If we're missing anything good, please let us know!

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