For some, Thanksgiving dinner is a chance to show off their culinary skills. For others, it’s just a stressful day in the kitchen.
For those of you who’d like to skip the cooking thing altogether, you’re in luck. There are plenty of local places that will cook Thanksgiving dinner for you, making choosing the wine the hardest decision you’ll have to make.
Here are eight North Fork eateries offering either a complete Thanksgiving dinner to-go or ready-made sides for your holiday table.
Birchwood of Polish Town
512 Pulaski Street, Riverhead (631) 727-4449
Birchwood is offering complete Thanksgiving dinners to go. Choose one item from each of the following selections: full sliced (in a pan) or whole turkey (18 to 20 pounds); a half tray of bread stuffing or sausage bread stuffing; a half tray of garlic mashed or candied sweet potatoes; a half tray of tossed salad or four quarts of cream of turkey soup; and one apple pie and one pumpkin pie.
Dinner includes two dozen rolls with butter; a half tray of mixed vegetables; cranberry sauce; salad dressing and homemade turkey gravy. A complete dinner is $299 and serves 18-20 people. You can also get a whole cooked turkey with gravy for $99.99.
Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23, or Thursday, Nov. 24, between noon and 2 p.m.
Birchwood will also offer a Thanksgiving Day buffet. Adults are $39.95 and children 4 to 12 are $18.95.
43715 Route 48, Southold (631) 765-6264
For a home-cooked meal, you can’t go wrong with Erik’s Breakfast & Lunch. The Southold eatery is offering to-go Thanksgiving meals with a la carte items. For instance, sliced roasted turkey breast is $26.95 for four people (you can make multiple orders.) Also on the menu is Erik’s savory roast turkey gravy ($9.95 for four), vegetable cranberry stuffing ($13.95 for four) and sausage and raisin stuffing ($15.95 for four).
Spending Thanksgiving by yourself? Order a complete single-serve holiday dinner for one for $16.96.
Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 20. Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23.
535 Pike Street, Mattituck (631) 298-7599
Goodfood. will offer fully prepared Thanksgiving meals in two sizes. Choose between Package 1, which comes with a 10-14-pound bird that feeds 6 to 8, or Package 2, which comes with an 18-22-pound bird that feeds 10 to 12. Along with the turkey, each package includes citrus cranberry sauce, gravy, and your choice of cornbread and sage stuffing or sausage and herb stuffing. You also get a choice of appetizer, three sides and either one dessert (Package One) or two desserts (Package Two.)
All dishes can also be ordered a la carte.
Prices have not yet been set, so call for more information. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23, between noon and 6 p.m.
Grace and Grit
55750 Main Road, Southold (631) 876-5221
Grace and Grit caterers are serving an a la carte Thanksgiving feast that’s full of choices. Appetizer platters feed 12 to 15 people and include shrimp cocktail ($115), an antipasto platter ($160), a cheese board ($160) and a farm stand platter ($80).
Soups by the quart are $10.
Main courses include a naturally raised whole turkey, 12 to 14 pounds, at $8.50 a pound; Heritage Hudson Valley turkey, 16 to 20 pounds, at $15 a pound; a Newski’s Farm smoked spiral ham at $21 a pound (10-lb. minimum); a traditional spiral ham for $100 (feeds 10); a horseradish-crusted beef tenderloin for $120 (feeds 8-10) or $180 (feeds 12-15); and rosemary-crusted prime rib for $24 a pound (9-lb. minimum). Turkey gravy is $18 a quart.
Sides are available in small servings (feeds 8-10) and large (feeds 12-15) and include cornbread with fresh thyme, $40/$60; herbed stuffing, $40/$60; and braised leek and savory bread pudding, among others. Desserts include flourless chocolate cake, pumpkin cheesecake, bread pudding or rice pudding for $30, pecan pie for $25 or apple crumb pie for $22.
Orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Lombardi’s Market on Love Lane
170 Love Lane, Mattituck (631) 298-9500
Lombardi’s Thanksgiving feast serves 20 to 22 people and costs $499.99. The package includes your choice of one appetizer, dinner rolls, your choice of one salad, a fresh whole 25-pound turkey (there is a $75 charge to season and cook it and an additional charge to carve); gravy and mandarin cranberry relish; your choice of buttered mashed potatoes or classic sweet potato casserole; your choice of mushroom or caramelized onion stuffing; mini pastries and your choice of apple and pumpkin pie.
It also includes two additional sides.
Lombardi’s also has a Thanksgiving dinner package for $259.99 that feeds 10 to 12 people.
A la carte items are available for order as well.
Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 21. Pickup is Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Maple Tree BBQ
820 W. Main Street, Riverhead (631) 727-2819
Maple Tree BBQ in Riverhead is offering several options for your Thanksgiving table, from a dinner for two for $50 to a 20-pound bird (feeds 12-15) with all the trimmings for $250. Starters include a dozen shrimp cocktail for $16 or smoked wings $1 each. Soups like shrimp corn bisque, New England clam chowder, butternut squash, roasted cauliflower and bacon potato chowder are $7 to 9 a pint and $12 to $16 a quart.
You can also order a la carte. A 12-15-lb. turkey is $125 and an 18-20-lb. bird is $150. Sides can be ordered by the pint for $7 or by the quart for $12. They include sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, green beans, glazed carrots, creamed spinach, broccoli, corn soufflé, garden salad, cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Cornbread is $12 for a dozen, dinner rolls are $6 a dozen and gravy is $6 a pint ($11 a quart.) Homemade desserts include a half-sheet of brownies for $30, apple or pumpkin pie for $20 and chocolate chip cookies for $1 each.
Meals must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance and a 50 percent deposit is due at the time of placement. Pickup no later than noon on Thursday, Nov. 24.
414 First Street, Greenport (631) 477-3711
Salamander’s will offer organic D’artagnan Amish turkeys for $4.99 lb. Create the rest of your feast with a variety of hors d’oeuvres, sides and desserts. Choose from herb-stuffed mushrooms, mini baked crab cakes or asparagus risotto balls, prices range from $18 to $24 lb.
For stuffing there’s chestnut-herb or cornbread apple sausage with sage, ranging from $14 to $16 lb. Gravy is $16 qt. Sides include cranberry orange relish, mashed potatoes, pureed turnips with nutmeg and cream, green beans with hazelnuts or brussels sprouts and pancetta hash. Prices run from $10 pt. to $16 lb.
For dessert choose either a Salamander spiced pumpkin, maple pecan or apple fig pie, ranging from $16 to $32 each.
Meals must be ordered by Sun. Nov.20. Pickup is Wed. Nov. 23.
Sang Lee Farms
48 Peconic Drive N., Southold (631) 734-7001
Sang Lee Farms can help you in the kitchen this Thanksgiving with fresh, organic vegetables and ready-to-eat sides. Order their Thanksgiving dinner veggie box for $85, which comes with enough (unprepared) vegetables to feed 10 to 12 people. A veggie box includes 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, 3 pounds of rutabaga, 4 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, 2 bulbs of garlic, 2 pounds of brussels sprouts, 3 heads of broccoli, 4 pounds of fall squash, 3 pounds of multi-color carrots and mixed herbs.
Ready-to-eat sides available for order include a crudite platter for $39.99, kale salad for $23.99 (feeds 6-8) and quinoa salad for $21.99 (feeds 4-6).
Vegetables and dishes must be ordered by Friday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m.
Schedule your pickup online Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.