The Carlyle Restaurant
35 East 76th St.
Located on the swanky Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Carlyle has always been a favorite Thanksgiving respite for New Yorkers as well as for out-of-towners who happen to be in the Big Apple at turkey time. The flower-filled Carlyle Restaurant is resplendent on an autumn day in New York, and it's the perfect place to sate your appetite after catching a peek at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Each year, executive chef Jimmy Sakatos puts aside the Carlyle's typical haute cuisine and delivers a traditional Thanksgiving four-course feast that includes butternut-squash bisque with porcini cream and Hudson Valley foie gras, Vermont turkey with chestnut stuffing, maple-glazed sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie (other choices are available for each course). There are three seatings: noon, three p.m., and seven p.m.
Price: $105 per person.
In the less formal Café Carlyle, a buffet is available with a wide variety of offerings such as chilled asparagus and vinaigrette, lobster Parisienne, East and West Coast oysters, Vermont turkey with chestnut stuffing and cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. There are two seatings: noon and 2:30 p.m.
Price: $85 per person.
West Palm Beach
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
2800 S. Ocean Blvd.
At the Restaurant, the five-star formal dining room of the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, acclaimed executive chef Hubert des Marais turns out a traditional Thanksgiving feast while sticking to the roots of tropical Floridian cuisine. He even grows the restaurant's herbs himself. This year, the resort's new pastry chef, Remy Funfrock, will offer his "French twist" on Thanksgiving desserts, says public relations manager Kerry Shorr. The Restaurant is one of the most luxurious eating spots in Palm Beach, possessing a contemporary charm and a balmy tropical feel with a view of the ocean from every seat. The wine list consists of 300 labels, including a 1996 Château Petrus Pomerol Bordeaux for $2,197. Seatings on Thanksgiving Day start at two p.m. and go until nine p.m.
Price: $80 for adults and $30 for children.