Ellen Weslow has the same problem every Thanksgiving: too many invitations, but only one holiday. The Forest Hills resident usually has to decide between friends in Sunnyside and New Jersey or family as far away as Virginia, Mississippi and Florida. The only sure thing is that she never eats turkey at her 72nd Avenue apartment.
Locals who want to stay home — or close to home — this Thanksgiving won't face the same geographic alternatives as Weslow, of course, but they will have to choose between a wide array of dining and ordering options.
Turkey and more will be on sale for a wide array of prices and with a wider array of fixings at restaurants all over Forest Hills. We've compiled just a few of your options for where to eat if you're not cooking today.
on Queens Boulevard has an impressive Thanksgiving catering list. It's three pages long with a fourth page for apple, pecan and pumpkin pie and cheesecake. Roast turkey, Virginia ham and prime rib are possible entrees as part of package meals that range from $17.99 to $39.99 each and include soup, cold platters, hot platters, salads and sides. There is a minimum 10-package purchase.
A few blocks closer to Continental Avenue, has a $29.95 Thanksgiving Day special that includes cream of turkey soup as a warm-up to roast young Tom Turkey with stuffing.
One of the lowest prices in the neighborhood is the Thanksgiving School Lunch Special at the on Continental Avenue. This features turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and cornbread for $3.79. This local branch of an international chain also offers a Holiday Heat & Serve menu with turkey and ham banquets for six or 12 people.
Another international chain with a local branch, on Metropolitan Avenue, will proffer an all-you-can-eat meal for $15.99 which features sweet mashed potatoes with maple topping.
One parking lot away, will have a soup-to-nuts special for $28.95 that includes everything the palate could imagine, except wine, which costs extra.
Some restaurants have put together something special for the day and are ready to surprise. The and plan to serve specials, but they haven't chosen the menus or prices yet. The will probably have free turkey and some fixings on a table for light consumption, but no meals.
There are also restaurants like Chikuru on Queens Bouleavard that will be open, but won't change their menu for the occasion.
No matter where you choose, it's hard to go wrong in a neighborhood like Forest Hills with so many options. In fact, Ellen Weslow might be the lucky one with her choices this year.