The hungriest holiday kicks off with Macy’s annual helium binge, featuring Shrek, Hello Kitty, Ashley Tisdale, Dolly Parton, and Nicole Richie’s babydaddy, that guy from Good Charlotte whose name we forget. More tofurkey, please, with a double shot of vodka! For those not enduring a homemade familial feast involving backyard football scrimmages and gentle questions about whether you’re a lesbian, let’s run down the professionally prepared Thanksgivings for purchase right here in the city: Upscale East Village veggie mecca Counter stages a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, Sylvia’s in Harlem stages a Soul Food Thanksgiving, and down in the West Village, chef du jour Joey Campanaro of the Little Owl stages, hmm, let’s see, the Thanksgiving of our dreams, complete with his ingenious riesling roast turkey. “What I do is soak cheese cloth, butter, riesling, and rendered turkey fat, and I wrap the turkey in that and roast it really slowly,” said Mr. Campanaro, as we prepared to propose to him—and we don’t even eat meat! He added that he has toiled away on Thanksgiving “for the last seven years that I’ve been a chef in New York,” he said, and that he usually retires afterward with several chef friends to the Red Cat. “I’ve built kind of a Thanksgiving following. It’s a tradition. We offer some proseco and some toasts.” Mr. Campanaro said he will also feature a tasting menu he devised for a Food Network challenge, “Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast,” which pitted him against other culinary luminaries of our day (he told us who won, but our lips are sealed!); highlights include pear and pistachio cake and a bibb and butternut salad. What were our gripes with this holiday again?
[81st Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, from 77th Street and Central Park West to 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, 9 a.m.; the Little Owl, 90 Bedford Street, 212-741-4695]