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Semi-homemade Thanksgiving: NYC's shortcuts for a semi-homecooked feast

You're willing to cook Thanksgiving dinner... just not all of it. With a tiny New York City kitchen and five boroughs full of fantastic chefs, why bother trying to make an entire feast? Pick and choose what you want to cook, and order the rest-- or all of your Thanksgiving feast, really -- from the pros.

Hors d'oeuvres from Babeth's Feast

If dealing with puff pastry gives you a
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If dealing with puff pastry gives you a panic attack, take a deep breath-- Babeth's Feast is here to help! The first store of its kind in New York, the gourmet frozen food store is modeled after those in Europe. In the aisles of this Yorkville shop you'll find Parisian mushroom paté puffs, Stilton and cranberry pastries, mini risotto crab cakes, baked scallops on the half shell and many more finger foods perfect for popping in the oven and feeding hungry guests as they enter.

Fish from The Lobster Place

The Lobster Place in Chelsea market has a
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The Lobster Place in Chelsea market has a breadth of ready-to-cook seafood dishes, cleaned and seasoned and ready to impress guests. Choose from items like prawn skewers, sesame crusted tuna or whole branzino. Hey, you're doing the cooking here, just had some help with the prep.

The Bird from Chicken Provence

9 out of 10 poultry eaters agree: chicken
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9 out of 10 poultry eaters agree: chicken is tastier than turkey. Okay, we just made that up, but you can too at the Thanksgiving table! Chicken is moister and easier to serve and as long as its accompanied by cranberry sauce, gravy and stuffing, your guests may not even know the difference. Pick up a few birds from Chicken Provence, which cooks air-chilled, free range birds over a rotisserie for much longer than you'd have patience for.

Turkey from Jive Turkey

Brooklyn-based specialty foods company Jive Turkey creative flavors
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Brooklyn-based specialty foods company Jive Turkey creative flavors of turkey (think pecan bourbon, pecan crusted, Jamaican jerk or deep-fried) for this poultry-centric holiday. Order in advance-- last year brought a three-hour wait on Myrtle Ave. the day before the holiday-- for a Thanksgiving turkey you'll never forget.

Sides from Mile End

Mile End Deli offers Thanksgiving catering to supplement
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Mile End Deli offers Thanksgiving catering to supplement your cooking or full-out make your feast. Options include mashed potatoes, brown butter whipped sweet potatoes, challah and raisin stuffing, cranberry compote and roasted brussel sprouts with cider and caramelized shallots.

Veggies and Stuffing from City Bakery

City Bakery makes the tougher parts of Thanksgiving
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City Bakery makes the tougher parts of Thanksgiving easier: catering shareable portions of healthy sides that can totally pass for home cooking. Enjoy fresh and unique greenmarket dishes like braised kale leaves with ginger sauce, roasted delicata squash with aged balsamic and shaved raw brussels sproats with lemon olive oil and sea salt. Stuffing comes in multigrain, rye and cornbread varieties!

Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Baking a good pie can take an entire
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Baking a good pie can take an entire day! If you're working on dinner, outsourcing the pie is probably a good idea. Order in advance from Brooklyn's Four and Twenty Blackbirds and just pop your salted caramel apple, bittersweet chocolate pecan or brown butter pumpkin in the oven for a few minutes before serving for a home-baked illusion!

The Whole Feast from Epicerie Boulud

If even attempting to use your stove is
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If even attempting to use your stove is a scary thought, why not outsource all of Thanksgiving to celebrity chef Daniel Boulud (or someone who works in his kitchens). Epicerie Boulud is preparing Thanksgiving feasts for 6-8 guests ($295) or 10-12 guests ($395). The menu includes all-natural free-range roasted turkey, butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin seeds and cinnamon marshmallows, Parmesan pumpkin loaf, pain de mie rolls, chestnut stuffing, roasted fall vegetables, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and spiced cranberry sauce. Set a beautiful table and your guests will be beyond impressed with your holiday meal!

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