Turkey With a Side of Pastrami? Katz’s Deli Hosts Thanksgiving Feast

Katz's Deli. Photo by David Sierra.

Katz’s Deli. Photo by David Sierra.

No Thanksgiving plans yet? Katz’s Deli could be your solution. Once again this year, the 128-year-old Lower East Side institution will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving feast (with a few Jewish twists).

It’s an all-you-can-eat dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. featuring turkey, plus classic Katz’s specialties like pastrami, latkes, pickles and tsimmes. Space is limited (the front part of the restaurant is open for regular customers while the holiday meal takes place in the back room). Adult tickets are $85. Kids under 12 eat for $42.50. Children 5 years-old and younger are free.

If you prefer take-out, Katz’s has a special Thanksgiving menu, which you can see here. There’s a complete dinner for $31.95 that includes matzo ball soup, chopped liver or latkes, turkey and all the trimmings, plus pumpkin, pecan or apple pie.

Thanksgiving Approaches: Feed Yourself and Help Others Eat

Knishes from Knishery NYC.

America’s annual celebration of gastronomic indulgences is quickly approaching. If your holiday traditions don’t tend toward the homemade, our neighborhood has lots of treats to offer. Here are a few that have crossed our inbox (see individual website links for details). We’d love to hear some others; send them to us at tips@thelodownny.com and we’ll be happy to share them.

  • Knishery NYC is baking special pumpkin knishes available for pre-order until Nov. 18. They are savory and spicy, but not sweet, and available for pickup or delivery.
  • Clinton Street Baking Co. is selling some holiday meal trimmings to go. Pre-order a pie (pumpkin, maple bourbon pecan and organic apple crumb), biscuits and cornbread by Nov. 22 for pickup at the restaurant.

Also, Thanksgiving is a great time to pitch in to help those less fortunate. The Bowery Mission will get a boost from Ellabess, in the Nolitan Hotel, which is collecting food and supplies for the mission’s Thanksgiving celebration from now through Nov. 20. They are seeking canned and frozen veggies, turkeys and pies, as well as personal items such as toiletries and outerwear (new items only). Drop off is from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; donors receive a voucher for a complimentary snack at the restaurant.

Thanksgiving at the Bowery Mission

We stopped by the Bowery Mission yesterday afternoon, where more than 700 volunteers were making Thanksgiving a little bit brighter for New Yorkers in need.  The historic chapel became a large dining hall. There was entertainment and 1100 new winter coats were distributed.  Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and television personality Sandra Lee were among those volunteering.  The Bowery Mission served about 2000 meals yesterday.

Talking Turkey with Jeffrey

Don’t let that big knife scare you. Essex Street Market butcher Jeffrey Ruhalter will be happy to help you prepare for Thanksgiving, which is only 10 days away. We stopped by over the weekend to learn about some of the options available for the big feast.

Here’s the scoop:

If you want a fresh, all-natural turkey (from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania), you’ll need to get your order in no later than the end of the day tomorrow.

But if you just need a regular fresh or frozen turkey, there’s still time. Jeffrey says you can order those varieties up until Monday or Tuesday of next week.  What’s the price difference? The all-natural bird will cost you around $4.75/pound — $2.29 or so for a regular fresh turkey — and $1.99 for frozen.