Thankfully open

for The Brooklyn Paper

Thanksgiving is all about family, tradition and togetherness. Sometimes, however, it seems that what we’re most thankful for is living through another year of turkey troubles, cranberry sauce catastrophes and family feuds.

Brooklyn is a borough of gourmet take-out, dry cleaning delivery and Netflix addicts, though, so it should come as no surprise that even on Thanksgiving, you can have a traditional meal at someone else’s table.

Whether it’s turkey or Tofurkey (that’s a tofu-turkey, and it’s surprisingly good!) that you’re looking for, some of the borough’s restaurants are dishing it up from Bay Ridge to Cobble Hill on Nov. 22. And for that, we are truly thankful.

Tempo Restaurant and Wine Bar

(256 Fifth Ave. at Carroll Street in Park Slope) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $17-$30. The restaurant serves dinner daily. Subway: M, R to Union Street. For information, call (718) 636-2020 or visit www.tempobrooklyn.com.

“We’re always fully decked out for Thanksgiving with flowers, pumpkins, the works,” Tempo chef Michael Fiore told GO Brooklyn. So gather your family around one of the restaurant’s cherry wood tables and dig into the “extremely traditional menu” that includes turkey with apple pecan stuffing, bourbon-laced sweet potatoes and wax beans with lemon zest.

Looking to go in a different direction this year? Fiore is also offering a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring “prime Black Angus rib-eye steak for two,” with porcini mashed potatoes. Dinner will be served from 3 pm to 8:30 pm for $29.95 per person.

Pietro’s

(8727 Fourth Ave. at 88th Street in Bay Ridge) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $8.95-$18.95. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily. Subway: R to 86th Street. For information, call (718) 238-8600.

While some families hunker down early to dig into their Thanksgiving dinner, those with more willpower would be smart to take their meal at Pietro’s. Starting at 6 pm, the restaurant, which is known for affordable Italian fare like stuffed pork chops and its homemade mozzarella cheese, will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey with all the trimmings. “We serve the highest quality food in a casual setting at very reasonable prices,” said owner Jimmy Mutkowski — though the price for the Thanksgiving feast has yet to be set. And if, just this once, a plate of calamari took the place of a green bean casserole, we certainly wouldn’t complain.

New Corner Restaurant

(7201 Eighth Ave. at 72nd Street in Dyker Heights) accepts American Express, Diner’s Club, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $5.75-$29.50. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Subway: N to Eighth Avenue. For information, call (718) 833-0800 or visit www.newcornerrestaurant.com.

New Corner restaurant is famous for its homemade ravioli and veal dishes, but it’s been serving up a traditional Thanksgiving feast alongside the regular Italian menu for years. The meal, which costs $29 per person, includes an appetizer, a choice of penne ala vodka, rigatoni with portobello mushrooms or manicotti, turkey with all the trimmings, coffee, fruit, dessert and nuts. It might sound good enough to take home and pass off as your own cooking, but owners Vincent and Steven Colandrea are keeping the dinner available to dine-in customers only.

Marco Polo Ristorante

(345 Court St. at Union Street in Cobble Hill) accepts American Express, Diner’s Club, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $14-$28. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Subway: F, G to Carroll Street. For information, call (718) 852-5015 or visit www.marcopoloristorante.com.

One of Brooklyn’s most elegant dining rooms, Marco Polo boasts valet parking, and a formally dressed wait-staff. In keeping with that reputation, owner Joe Chirico is serving a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $35.95 per person, $18.95 for kids. The meal features a traditional roasted turkey with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing and giblet gravy. But the restaurant’s famed Italian menu won’t be on holiday; chef Bruno Milone will be serving his signature steaks and chops, as always with tableside preparation. If you love cooking, but you’d rather watch others do the work, get out of the kitchen and take the family to Marco Polo.

Magnolia Restaurant

(486 Sixth Ave. at 12th Street in Park Slope) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $12-$24. The restaurant serves dinner daily. Subway: F to Seventh Avenue, M, R to Ninth Street. For information, call (718) 369-4814 or visit www.magnoliabrooklyn.com.

Magnolia’s executive chef Geoffrey Moler said that his mission has always been to bring people together, and Thanksgiving is the perfect day to do that at this popular neighborhood hangout. Moler’s signature dishes, like pan-seared scallops with wilted spinach and red potato cake in a citrus beurre blanc, will be served as usual, but the Thanksgiving menu offers a few special extras. The four-course traditional dinner, $32.95 and $14.95 for kids 12 and younger, will include pumpkin ravioli, grilled asparagus and the classic turkey dinner with wild mushroom stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce. Hopefully you live downhill from here, because Moler might have to roll you home!

Laura’s Gourmet Bistro

(1235 Prospect Ave. at Reeve Place in Windsor Terrace) accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $10-$18. The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Subway: F to Fort Hamilton Parkway. For information, call (718) 436-3715.

Laura’s Gourmet Restaurant is celebrating this Thanksgiving with a feast all its own. “It’s a traditional Thanksgiving meal with an Italian accent,” said owner Laura Leone. The menu will include baked lamb, fried zucchini, three types of soup and homemade pumpkin ravioli — handmade by Laura’s mom. Also on the menu is a traditional roasted turkey with chestnut walnut stuffing, gravy and a salad garnished with oranges. All her herbs are from Italy or Leone’s garden. Laura’s also prepares Thanksgiving meals to bring home, even for large parties. “In a few words,” she said, “I’m breaking my back.”

Hunter Steak House

(9404 Fourth Ave. at 94th Street in Bay Ridge) accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $15-$33. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Subway: R to 95th street. For information, call (718) 238-8899 or visit www.hunterssteakhouse.net.

Customers at Hunter Steak House might not be used to ordering anything but a steak, but on Thanksgiving the restaurant is offering a traditional turkey dinner for $26.95 per person. If you’re in the mood for something less fowl, opt for a stuffed chicken dish with bourbon smashed sweet potatoes, roasted Alaskan salmon, penne with shrimp in vodka sauce or, of course, filet mignon. The four-course prix fixe menu includes soup, salad, dessert and coffee, and a children’s menu is also available.

Cattyshack

(249 Fourth Ave. at Carroll Street in Park Slope) accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Subway: M, R to Union Street. For information, call (718) 230-5740.

Cattyshack is rediscovering the meaning of Thanksgiving by donating all profits from its third annual Thanksgiving feast to charity. The “shack” doesn’t usually serve meals, but it’s swapping dance parties for dinner parties on this very special night. For $30 per person, the bash includes an all-you-can eat buffet plate of turkeys with all the trimmings as well as vegetarian options. Celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and enjoy table games, football and old movies in a buzzing informal space. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Ali Forney Center, a charity that benefits gay and homeless youth.

Reader Feedback

brandon from williamsberg says:

want to take the family someplace nice
on thanksgiving,not necessarily traditional.
no children!in the north williamsburg area.
please advise!!
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:32 pm

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