Let us count the ways you can reinvent the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.
The components of a traditional Turkey Day meal — oven-roasted turkey with stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce — can be transformed in countless ways, and creative chefs around New York City are doing exactly that this November. If you love Thanksgiving dinner above all other holiday feasts, you don't have to limit indulging in those cravings to Thursday, Nov. 23, and the following days of leftovers.
Try a turkey and stuffing-filled dumpling in the East Village, or a candied yam cookie in midtown.
Here's a sampling of the Thanksgiving-inspired foods you can savor over the next few weeks.
Pat LaFrieda's Thanksgiving sandwich
If you love Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches, you can get your hands on one before Black Friday. The Pat LaFrieda station at the Pennsy Food Hall right near Penn Station is selling one stuffed with house-roasted turkey breast, cranberry aioli and baby kale in between two slides of a seven-grain roll. It's available now through the week after Thanksgiving. $13, Pennsy Food Hall, 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan, thepennsy.nyc/pat-lafrieda
Holiday pie doughnuts from Du's Donuts
Wylie Dufresne's inventive cake doughnut shop is taking online orders for four-packs of holiday pie-themed treats through Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. Customers can mix and match doughnuts in four flavors: apple crumble pie (red apple glaze with cinnamon oat crumble), lemon meringue pie (lemon glaze with torched meringue), pumpkin pie (classic pumpkin pie with vanilla icing) and pecan pie (brown sugar molasses glaze with candied pecans). You can pick your box at the Williamsburg or SoHo location beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to close. $18 per pack, 107 N., 12th St., Brooklyn and 62 Spring St., Manhattan, dusdonuts.com
Clinton Hall's Tater Tot Turkey Burger
Potato buns pale in comparison to the crispy tater tot bun Clinton Hall is serving its Thanksgiving-inspired burgers on. The beer hall stacks its sandwich with a Pat LaFrieda turkey patty, Cheddar cheese jalapeño stuffing and house-made orange cranberry sauce, and dips it all in steaming brown gravy. The homage to all your favorite Thanksgiving foods comes with a flight of four beers. $20, multiple locations, www.clintonhallny.com
Mimi Cheng's Thanksgiving dumplings
You can stuff a dumpling with almost anything, so the trendy Taiwanese dumpling shop has opted for all the traditional Thanksgiving foods: turkey, house-made gravy, and sage stuffing. It's your Turkey Day dinner rolled up into a bite-sized dough case. Instead of soy sauce, you'll get a cranberry dipping sauce on the side. The dumplings are available during the month of November. $9.75 for six dumplings, $11.75 for eight, locations in the East Village and NoLIta, mimichengs.com
Jacques Torres' chocolate turkeys
Turkey can be dessert, too. Jacques Torres' seven shops around the city are selling dark and milk chocolate turkeys in three different sizes, the largest weighing five pounds. Make that bird the centerpiece of your table, or smaller fowls as a festive complement to slice of pumpkin and pecan pie. $36 for a six-pack of small turkeys, $20 for a medium size, $95 for a large, multiple locations, mrchocolate.com
Roasted turkey monkey bread sandwich from Quality Eats
The modern steakhouse is carving up turkey for a special Thanksgiving sandwich, featuring layers of roasted turkey and a Faicco's sausage stuffing and cranberry mostarda, on monkey bread. (That's a sweet, sticky breakfast pastry.) $25 with a glass of holiday fountain punch, 19 Greenwich Ave., Manhattan, qualityeats.com
Thanksgiving cookies from Schmackary's
This beloved midtown bakery has five flavors that evoke Thanksgiving's sweet side: candied yam, which comes topped with toasted marshmallow; cranberry dream, which includes not only dried cranberries, but white chocolate chips and is finished with a lemon glaze; pick of the patch, a pumpkin cookie with notes of butterscotch, toffee and caramel; pumpkin spice, decorated with maple cream cheese frosting; and sweet corn, which is made with corn flour and cornmeal. All make appearances at Schmackary's on different days of the week throughout November. $2.75 a cookie, $5 for 2, 362 W. 45th St., Manhattan, schmackarys.com
By Chloe's Gobble Gobble Burger
Those who eschew turkey meat can get in on the Thanksgiving fun, too. The fast-casual vegan restaurant's Gobble Gobble Burger features a lemon-caper seitan patty topped with sautéed kale, stuffing, rosemary gravy and fresh cranberry sauce, and is served on a potato bun. It's available now through Nov. 30. $11.95, multiple locations, eatbychloe.com
5 Napkin Burger's Thanksgiving on a Bun
Available for the month of November, this 10-ounce patty is a 50:50 combination of ground turkey (white and dark meat) and pork sausage, with celery, onions, apples, currants, fresh thyme and sage, and cornbread. It's topped with smoked cheddar, onion gravy, chicory, sweet-potato chips and cranberry mayo, and it's served on a potato roll. $14, multiple locations, 5napkinburger.com
Milk Bar's Thanksgiving croissant
A "stuffing"-flavored croissant packed with house roasted turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce -- what better way could there be to enjoy a little preview of your Turkey Day dinner? $7.62, Milk Bar, multiple locations, milkbarstore.com