5 Haute Spots to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Boston

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so it’s time to start planning your holiday celebration. This year, if you are looking to dine out, there are lots of fabulous options in town. One of Boston’s best brunches can be found at Aura at the Seaport Hotel complete with live jazz music from the Lance Houston Jazz Quartet and a spread that includes a raw bar along with breakfast offerings like eggs Benedict, leek and truffle quiche, and French toast as well as traditional turkey-day dishes like roast turkey breast with gravy, roasted honey ham, sweet potato & maple syrup casserole, cornbread stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Be sure to save room for the dessert buffet that includes cakes, pies, mini pastries, and a chocolate fountain.

If you are looking for a modern twist on traditional dishes, head over to OAK Long Bar + Kitchen for a “Friendsgiving” celebration complete with parsnip and pear soup with almond oil or market greens with radish, roasted apples, and green goddess dressing and then move on to a sampling of heritage roasted turkey, chestnut and turkey sausage stuffing, cranberry and traditional pan gravy or a Maine lobster “pot pie” with baby vegetables and bisque as your second course. Finish it off with a slice of pumpkin pie with bourbon chantilly and pumpkin seed brittle of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.

Here’s a look at five other fantastic offerings in town.

1 Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
If you are hosting dinner at your house this year and don't want to have to deal with the hassle of cooking, leave the worry to the Mandarin Oriental. This year, they are offering a Thanksgiving Day Feast To Go. The pre-packed spread includes a professionally cooked dinner of traditional favorites with all of the trimmings - think tender oven-roasted organic turkey prepared with a traditional natural jus gravy and citrus-infused Mandarin orange and cranberry chutney, stuffing served with roasted chestnuts and spiced pork sausage, baked Gloucester lobster mac & cheese, creamy truffle-infused potato purée and a seasonal green bean and carrot vegetable medley. Thanksgiving cooking has never been easier.
776 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199

2 Bar Boulud, Boston

Bar Boulud
If you prefer to stay, Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner from noon to 8 p.m. by Chef de Cuisine Michael Denk. The meal can be made even better when paired up with select wines by the glass. Dishes include a harvest salad, butternut squash soup with apples, pecans and spiced chantilly as well as duck terrine and a Maine Peekytoe crab salad. Main dishes include sweet potato gnocchi, seared Bay of Fundy salmon, braised short rib, and of course, Heritage Breed turkey roasted breast and braised leg with sourdough sage stuffing, roasted green beans with crispy shallots, local cranberry compote and rosemary turkey gravy. Holiday desserts include pumpkin pie with maple caramel, and chantilly; warm chocolate fondant with rum raisin ice cream and apple tarte tatin with vanilla bean ice cream.
776 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02199

3 Brasserie Jo

Brasserie Jo
Brasserie Jo's Executive Chef Nick Calias is putting a French twist on Thanksgiving this year. The menu here features a French Thanksgiving complete with confit of turkey leg with sweet potato croquette and cauliflower gratin with Gruyere. If you are looking for the American version, try the traditional turkey dinner of slow roasted turkey breast, confit of turkey leg, wild mushroom and sausage brioche stuffing served with roasted tarragon squash, maple sweet potato croquette, Yukon whipped potatoes, Haricot Verts, Giblet Jus, Cranberry Port Chutney.
120 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116

4 Top of the Hub

Top of the Hub
To give thanks for the best view of the city, head to the Top of the Hub high atop the Prudential Center. On the 52nd floor, you can indulge in a four course prix-fixe menu created by Executive Chef Stefan Jarausch. Feast on traditional favorites such as Misty Knoll Farms Vermont turkey, pumpkin ravioli, harvest vegetable soup and cinnamon crumble apple cranberry cake,. Some unusual finds on the menu include Maple Sugar BBQ rubbed pork tenderloin and citrus marinated salmon. Savor the incredible view over a slice of pumpkin cheesecake with caramel sauce or the cinnamon crumble apple cranberry cake.
800 Boylston Street 52nd floor of The Prudential Tower Boston, MA 02199

5 Artisan Bistro

Ritz-Carlton Boston
There is nothing quite as luxurious as Thanksgiving Day at the Ritz-Carlton. They will be hosting a brunch in the ballroom complete with carving stations of roast turkey, prime rib and a seafood station with shrimp, Alaskan king crab and oysters. If you are looking to dine out later, head to Artisan Bistro for dinner where they will feature an a la carte specialty menu complete with seasonal cocktails from 5 to 9 p.m.
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