Are visions of golden-skinned turkeys, clouds of mashed potatoes, and perfectly crimped pumpkin pies dancing in your head? That’s because we’re just weeks out from the most food-focused holiday of them all, Thanksgiving! But before those enchanting visions turn to dismaying nightmares of gloopy gravy, flavorless stuffing and flabby turkey that somehow manages to be both bone dry yet fully frozen in spots, take a cue from Le District.
Comprised of three French markets featuring 13 specialty stations—such as a rotisserie, patisserie, grocery and florist—as well as four restaurants ranging from chic wine and cocktail bars to classic brasserie and Michelin-starred tasting table, the downtown destination has everything you need to totally win Thanksgiving. Here are three reasons we’re thankful for Le District this season!
Thanksgiving lunch at L’Appart: What if you could spend the morning at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and have a scrumptious holiday feast all ready and waiting for you afterward? Not only will you find all of the classics at L’Appart—an intimate eatery styled like a luxurious French apartment—each dish will be elevated with Michelin-star-worthy flair! Offered during lunch hours, the $135 per person menu includes a butternut and foie gras appetizer, a roasted turkey breast or stuffed turkey leg main, family-style sides such as fall mushrooms and French beans salad with confit shallots and vinegar, and apple and pumpkin pies (paired with French vanilla ice cream, of course!) for dessert.
Thanksgiving lunch or dinner at Beaubourg: Whilst in the middle of layering mini marshmallows on your sweet potato casserole, have you ever wished you could just pack it all in and flee to France for the holidays? Having the buzzy brasserie Beaubourg take charge of dinner is the next best thing, and doesn’t even require a plane ticket. A $58 per person prix-fixe menu complements the regular menu from 11 a.m.–8 p.m., and features festive selections such as butternut squash soup with pumpkin seeds, chicory and poached pear salad, and roasted turkey and all the trimmings—think maple whipped sweet potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, and brioche and wild mushroom stuffing.
A Le District Thanksgiving to-go: Even if you elect to stay home for Thanksgiving, who said you have to do all the heavy lifting? Le District has got your back, and they’ll even let you take all the credit, for everything from full dinner packages to customizable à la carte sauces and sides. Choose from options like 14- to 16-pound whole roasted turkeys, pear and ginger chutney, corn bread and sausage stuffing, French bean amandine and more, so you can give thanks for a delicious meal and have actual time for your guests, without getting bogged down in kitchen prep and clean up.
One Stop Shopping: If you’re going to tackle dinner yourself, at least avoid having to traverse the city for a million different dishes and ingredients. Featuring 30,000 square feet worth of dining and shopping, everything you can possibly need for Thanksgiving is literally at your fingertips. Want to make the process even simpler? Take advantage of the online grocery, for shopping from the comfort of your couch, and direct delivery at the push of a button.
Photographs courtesy of Le District.