Maybe the idea of fussing in the kitchen for hours to create a big fancy meal leaves you cold. But if you’d still like to get together with friends and have a nice meal, there are lots of options.
Virtually all hotel restaurants are open on the holiday, and Table 45 at the InterContinental Hotel will be serving a special menu from 2-8:30pm. Most of the area’s high-end steakhouse-type restaurants are open on the holiday as well.
A less pricey option is Corky’s and Lenny’s deli in Woodmere which will be open from 7am-2:30pm. They’ll be serving a full-course turkey dinner for $19.95. Or you could just go early for breakfast.
If you haven’t tried the hearty food at Nighttown lately, this might be a good day to go. The menu is much more vegetarian-friendly than it used to be too. They’ll be open from 1-8pm. East 4th Street entertainment complex Pickwick and Frolic will also be open for dinner from 1-8pm.
Crop Bistro in Ohio City will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings from 1-8pm in the splendor of the beautiful old bank building in which it’s located, definitely more elegance than you could produce at home.
You will probably need to make a reservation as quickly as possible to get a slot, although some, like Nighttown and Corky’s, are open to walk-ins. And if you can’t get a table, never fear: take the gang to your neighborhood Chinese restaurant. Just like on Christmas, it’s sure to be open. You’ll have to settle for mu shu pork or kung pao chicken though — no turkey or cranberry sauce served there!