D.C. Restaurants Unveil Thanksgiving Menus
Restaurants throughout the nation’s capital are giving dinners plenty of reasons to give thanks this holiday season by offering a cornucopia of culinary offerings to make Thanksgiving memorable. Many are offering either stress-free to-go options or the chance to celebrate the holiday in an elegant dining room.
701 Restaurant, located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW will be dishing out a classic Thanksgiving feast with a three-course, prix fixe holiday menu available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This special meal is priced at $48 per person and $24 for children 12 and younger, excluding tax and gratuity. Executive Chef Ed Witt will be preparing a variety of choices such as Duck Confit served with Foie Gras Grits, Collard Greens, and Huckleberry; Smoked Shrimp & Pumpkin Salad with Frisée, Sherry Vinaigrette, and Maple Walnuts; or Sweet Potato Soup made with Apple Compote and Brûlée Marshmallow. For the main course guests can chose from Roasted Turkey Breast made with Crispy Leg, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce; Snapper served with Cabbage Foundue, Pear, Lobster, and Pickled Mushrooms; or Eco-Friendly Suckling Pig, Sage Sausage Stuffing, Pumpkin, Brussels Sprouts, and Maple Syrup Gastrique. A vegetarian dish of Chestnut & Autumn Squash Ravioli made with Sage Brown Butter and Ricotta Salata will also be offered. For the perfect ending, guests can opt for Bourbon Pecan Pie served with Vanilla Ice Cream or the Pumpkin Mousse Cake served with Maple Walnut Cream and Honey Tuile. Creating the perfect ambience, 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during Thanksgiving service. Valet parking is available for $8.For more information and reservations please call (202) 393-0701 or visit www.701restaurant.com.
Thanksgiving guests at The Bombay Club, located at 815 Connecticut Ave., NW, will be delighted to find the return of the popular Thanksgiving Day special, Tandoori Turkey in addition to the full a la carte menu. Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi’s Tandoori Turkey–boneless chunks of white meat marinated in Indian pickling spices and cooked in a clay oven, served with cranberry chutney and Brussels sprouts poriyal–is priced at $19.95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The Thanksgiving menu is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bombay Club offers valet parking for $8. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 659-3727 or visit www.bombayclubdc.com.
Just across the street at sister restaurant, The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, Executive Chef Tony Conte is preparing a three-course holiday menu offered from 12 to 8 p.m., priced at $50 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. Serving up flavors of the season in an innovative fashion, Chef Conte will feature a menu that includes Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Brown Butter & Aged Balsamic Vinegar, as well as the Foie Gras Terrine served with Green Apple, Vanilla, and Brioche. Standout main courses include Free Range Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Sweet Potato Puree, and Cranberry Sauce; Atlantic Skate with Red Curry Emulsion, Autumn Roots, and Tubers, as well asToasted Farro Tagliatelle with Foraged Mushrooms and Rosemary. To complete the meal, guests can order from the decadent dessert menu with options that include Cinnamon Bun Swirl with Pecan Brittle and Vanilla Ice Cream, or the Sweet Potato Cheesecake paired with Graham Cracker Ice Cream. Guests can also opt for the sommelier’s suggested wine pairing for an additional $25, and valet parking is available at The Oval Room for $8. For reservations, please call (202) 463-8700 or visit www.ovalroom.com.
Rasika, located at 633 D St., NW is adding an exotic Thanksgiving addition to its extensive a la carte menu. Prepared by Executive Chef Vikram Sunderam, guests can enjoy the flavorful Turkey Kathi Roll with Fried Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash Tikki. The special turkey dish is priced at $16, excluding gratuity and tax. The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day and Rasika will feature two seating timeframes: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Valet parking is available for $8. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 637-1222 or visit www.rasikarestaurant.com.
Ardeo+Bardeo, located at 3111 Connecticut Ave., NW, will be featuring a sumptuous three-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Nate Garyantes featuring some of the finest flavors of the harvest. Menu highlights include Wild Mushroom Risotto with Black Truffle Emulsion; Spinach Salad with Gnocchi; Crispy Lamb Chops with Meyer Lemon "Jam," Pistachios, and Mint; Extra Virgin Olive Oil-Poached Cod with Black Lentils, Spanish Chorizo, and Salsa Verde, as well asRoast Turkey with Yukon Gold Puree, Chestnut, and Quince Dressing and Natural Jus. A scrumptious dessert menu will feature old classics taken to delicious new heights. The Thanksgiving menu will be served on Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and is priced at $45 per person excluding gratuity and tax. A limited amount of valet parking spaces are available for $8, after which two hours of parking at Sam's Park and Shop are validated. Ardeo+Bardeo will also feature an extensive list of wines by the glass for this delicious day of gathering. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 244-6750 or visit ardeobardeo.com.
Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca located at 1100 New York Ave. NW (entrance on 12th and H Streets side) will be offering an authentic Italian twist on Thanksgiving. The pre-fixe menu is priced at $48 per person, excluding gratuity and tax, and will be served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s tempting starters include Sicilian Almond Soup with Crispy Beef Terrine and Black Garlic Purée; Salt Roasted Beets; Green Apple; Green Apple Horseradish Purée; and Hazelnuts and Rice Fritters Stuffed with Mozzarella and Prosciutto and Tomato Sauce. Entrées include Heritage Turkey Cooked Two Ways, Roasted Breast with Juniper-Lard Crust and Braised Leg, Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Sauce; Plancha-Seared Diver Scallops, Salisfy Purée, and a Brown Butter Vanilla Sauce; or the Roasted Pork Loin served with Potato Mousseline, Brussels Sprouts, and Mustard Sauce. Guests can finish off their meal with tempting dessert options that include traditional Milk Chocolate Mousse with Coffee-Chocolate Crumble and Biter Chocolate Sorbet, or the Warm Hazelnut Financier with Apple Butter, Roasted Lemon Slated Carmel Apple, and Apple Cider Gelato. Valet parking is available for $8. For reservations or more information call (202) 216-9550 or visit www.bibianadc.com.
Situated in the Southwest Waterfront at 1101 4th St., SW, Station 4 is offering a four-course, pre-fixe seasonal menu priced at $30 per person from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Thanksgiving. In addition to a complimentary sparkling glass of wine upon arrival, guests will receive both a starter of Pumpkin Bisque with Pumpkin Praline and Maple Syrup Foam, as well as a Warm Sweet Potato-Crab Salad with Endives, Oranges, Walnut, and Dill Vinaigrette. Next, Executive Chef Orlando Amaro will invite guests to select from two standout entrées including the Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie and Turkey with Dried Fruit and Pork, Cranberry Orange Relish, and Ciabatta Stuffing of Chestnuts and Pancetta. Diners will then get the chance to choose between several smaller casseroles and an assortment of tempting side dishes that include Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts. To finish off the meal, Chef Amaro will be serving up delicious dessert options including Pumpkin Cheesecake; Croissant Bread Pudding with Pecans, Walnuts and Bourbon Sauce; and Chocolate Lava Cake served with Peppermint Sauce. Valet parking is available for$10 per car. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 488-0987 or visit www.station4dc.com.
BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant, located at 4883 MacArthur Blvd., NW, has everything you need for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Food orders can be made from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily through Sunday, Nov. 20, and all pick-ups will be scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 23. The menu begins with a choice of all natural, certified humane Murray’s Turkeys raised in Pennsylvania Amish Country. Turkeys are priced at $4.99 per pound, and available in three sizes: 10-14 pounds, 14-18 pounds and 18-22 pounds. For $2 more per pound, BlackSalt Chefs will brine your Turkey with seasonings and fresh herbs so it just needs to be popped in the oven for roasting. Leidy’s Spiral Cut Honey Ham is also available as a nice turkey alternative for $6.49 per pound.
An a la carte menu is available for guests wishing to choose the perfect accompaniment to their turkey or a couple of dishes to spice up their usual Thanksgiving feast. The lineup includes Butternut Squash Soup; BlackSalt Clam Chowder; Potato Gratin, Holiday Spiced Cranberry Sauce; Turkey Gravy, Chincoteague Oyster Stuffing with Granny Smith Apples and Walnuts, French Baguette, and Sage Stuffing; Sweet Potato Puree; French Beans Almondine; Mini Crab Cakes; Harvest Rice Duo; and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts. Additionally, Pastry Chef Susan Wallace has created a variety of artisanal sweets such as Apple Streusel with Fresh Spiced Apples, Sour Cream Filling, and Pecan Streusel Topping; Southern Classic Pecan Pie; Traditional Pumpkin Pie; Key Lime Pie; and Kentucky Derby Pie. Prices for appetizers range from $7.99 to $14.99 per quart, and $5.99 to $24.99 per dessert. BlackSalt Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and all cancellations require 72 hours’ notice for full refunds. For more information please call (202) 342-9101 or visit www.blacksaltrestaurant.com.
Legal Sea Foods is urging dinners to take a step back in time to the first Thanksgiving, when people were said to have dined on shellfish and fish. The traditional stuffed turkey feast will also be available and it includes sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and cranberry sauce. This Thanksgiving feast is priced at $21.95 per person, and $7.95 for children 12 and younger. Starting Nov. 1, Legal Sea Foods will also offer a gift card promotion available through the end of the year. For every $200 purchased in gift cards, customers will receive a lobster dinner on the house. The lobster dinner voucher will be good for use from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2012. The Thanksgiving menu, in addition to Legal’s fresh signature seafood menu, is available at all Legal Sea Foods locations in the Washington area. The hours on Thursday, Nov. 24, are the following: Noon to 9 p.m. at 704 7th St. NW, Washington, D. C. (202) 347-0007; Noon to 8 p.m. at Tysons Galleria in Mclean, Virginia (703) 827-89000. For a complete list of locations please visit: www.legalseafoods.com.
Guests of 1789 Restaurant will look forward to a tempting Thanksgiving menu with both an a la carte and pre-fixe option. The recent arrival of Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo with Pastry Chef Mallory Staley brings a new twist on classics sure to please in this elegant Georgetown setting. Available from noon to 9 p.m., the seasonal a la carte menu created by Chef Lombardo will include standouts such as Pumpkin Soup with a poached hen egg, toasted brioche, chestnut butter, and Virginia maple syrup; Sea Scallops with butter braised green cabbage, sweet onion purée, and black trumpet mushrooms; Wild Mushroom Strudel made with hand-stretched flakey pastry, cooking greens, and fondue; a Braised Beef Short Rib with honeyed parsnip purée, citrus glazed baby carrots, and horseradish jus; Rack of Lamb with purple top turnip and Yukon Gold Potatoes; Norwegian Salmon with black beluga lentils, arugula, pearl onions, country ham, and red wine gastrique; and Traditional Roast Turkey with cornbread and country sausage stuffed leg, buttered and smashed red bliss potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and giblet gravy. Starters range from $11-$15 and entrees are priced from $30-$45. Additionally, a three-course Thanksgiving menu priced at $50 per person (excluding gratuity and tax) is an option, which includes a choice of the Pumpkin Soup or Bosc Pear and Autumn Green Salad; Traditional Roast Turkey with all of the trimming; and for sweet endings, a Pumpkin Pie Crème Brûlée with Gingerbread Ice Cream and a Cranberry Pecan Tart with Cranberry Sorbet are but two of the exceptional desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Staley and will be accompanied by coffee or tea. With complimentary valet parking, 1789 Restaurant on 1226 36th St., NW, is a must for autumn dining and reservations can be made by calling (202) 965-1789. For additional information please visit www.1789Restaurant.com.
Additionally, ten landmark restaurants within Clyde’s Restaurant Group will also be featuring a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, Nov. 24. Turkey with all the trimmings is priced at $25.95 for adults and $15.95 for a child’s portion (exclusive of tax and gratuity). The feast will include sage-sausage stuffing, green beans, whipped potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes, classic turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, guests will have a choice of apple or pecan pie à la mode or pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The full Thanksgiving menu will also be available with highlights including Pumpkin Ravioli served with sautéed wild mushrooms, brown butter, sage, wilted watercress, pumpkin pie spiced walnuts and Pecorino Romano, as well as Grilled Honey-Mustard Glazed Ham Steak served with stone-ground grits, cider-braised Brussels Sprouts with bacon, and apples. Guests interested in information about the ten participating Clyde’s locations and hours of operation for Thanksgiving are invited to visit their web site.