Edible Events: Thanksgiving Edition

Asian Thanksgiving sandwich, anyone? (Photo courtesy of MMC)

In our November issue, we discussed the rising popularity of dining out on Thanksgiving— and leaving all of the table setting and dirty dishes to the pros. Chances are, if you’ve decided to slack off on cooking a bird this year, you may have neglected to make your turkey day reservation as well. If this is the case, fear not, as all of the spots in our round up ahead—serving everything from confit duck crepes to chocolate cream pie—still have availability as of press time.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Royal Sonesta Hotel’s ArtBar in Cambridge: The ArtBar will be hosting a family-style Thanksgiving buffet dinner, with a menu that includes organic roasted turkey, butter-whipped Yukon potatoes, herbed carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts and – wait for it – your choice of apple, chocolate cream, pecan, or pumpkin pie. For reservations, please call 617-806-4122 or visit the website. (40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge; $39 for adults, $16 for children over 3; 11 am–10 pm; Info: 617-806-4122, artbarcambridge.com)

Fine Dining ‘Family Style’ Thanksgiving at the Seaport Hotel’s Aura in Boston: Round up the whole family and head down to Aura Restaurant at the Seaport Hotel this Thanksgiving. Chef Rachel Klein offers a buffet brunch that will feature dishes including a truffled leek quiche, stuffed pork loin, cauliflower gratin, chicken apple sausage and pecan pie. For reservations, please call 617-385-4300 or visit opentable.com. (One Seaport Lane, Boston; $70 per adult, $24 per child over 6 plus tax & service;1-4:30 pm; Info: 617-385-4300, aurarestaurant.com)

Thanksgiving at Foundry on Elm in Davis Square: Foundry on Elm’s Thanksgiving feast includes a cider-brined free-range turkey dinner ($20) complete with traditional mashed potatoes, stuffing, spaghetti squash, cranberry sauce, and classic gravy. Also on the menu – a brown sugar and mustard-roasted ham dinner ($22) and peppercorn-crusted prime rib ($23). For reservations, please call 617-628-9999. (255 Elm Street, Somerville; 12-8 pm; Info: 617-628-9999, foundryonelm.com)

The Thanksgiving Sandwich at Foumami in Boston: Those looking for something a touch more exotic—and casual—can celebrate with an Asian-style gourmet sandwich at Foumami Asian Sandwich Bar. During the week of Thanksgiving (excluding Thursday and Friday, as the restaurant will be closed for the holiday), Foumami will offer a Turkey Kara-age sandwich that combines lightly breaded and fried turkey breast, Asian-spiced chestnut stuffing, and a tomato-based fruit and vegetable sauce served on shao bing, an artisanal bread popular in the Beijing-Shandong regions of China. No reservations needed. (225 Franklin Street, Boston; 7 am–4 pm; Info: 617-426-8858, foumami.com)

Thanksgiving Brunch and Dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf: The Boston Harbor Hotel will host a Thanksgiving brunch in the Atlantic Room overlooking Boston Harbor. The menu includes traditional New England fare, as well as a selection of standards like smoked fish, bagels and cream cheese, and other delicacies. Later, Chef Daniel Bruce at the hotel’s renowned Meritage Restaurant will be cooking up a holiday 5-course dinner complete with traditional favorites. For reservations, please call 617-439-7000. (70 Rowes Wharf, Boston; Brunch: $80 per person, $40 per child 10 and under, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm; Dinner: $85 per adult and $40 per child 10 and under, 4:30-10 pm; Info: 617-439-7000, bhh.com)

A Day of Thanksgiving at Eastern Standard in Boston: Eastern Standard’s heady Thanksgiving menu features a selection of oysters, clams, and shellfish, as well as celery root and heirloom apple soup, confit duck crepes, seared Scottish salmon, pork osso bucco, roasted free-range turkey, seared New England swordfish, and for dessert, a honey crisp apple tart, Meyer lemon sorbet and more. For reservations, please call 617-532-9100 or visit the website. (528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston; $55 per person; 1-8 pm; Info: 617-532-9100, easternstandardboston.com)

Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge: This year’s menu includes native apple cider, smoked salmon tartar on buttered brown bread toast, New England crab cakes, farm-raised roasted turkey with the traditional sides, pork loin with sweet potato gratin, rib eye steak, and much more. Among the desserts will be apple, pumpkin, and pecan pie and several other sweets. The restaurant will also offer a special vegan menu, including but not limited to roasted pumpkin soup, baked butternut squash, apple bourbon cranberry relish, and chocolate fudge cookies. For reservations, please call 617-864-1933. (91 Winthrop St., Cambridge; $68 per person, $34 for children under 12; 12-7:30 pm; Info: 617-864-1933, upstairsonthesquare.com) —Meara Hamidianis