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Top 7 Gourmet Shops For Thanksgiving Meals To Go

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Why spend hours slaving over hot poultry when you can pick up delicious prepared dishes for your Thanksgiving table? New York City has plenty of gourmet food shops and caterers that offer delicious Thanksgiving menus to go or for delivery.

Have your turkey and trimmings (or your goose or your prime rib or your tofurkey, whatever your pleasure) professionally prepared and spend the day with your guests, not stuck in the kitchen.

1. FreshDirect

FreshDirect offers an assortment of Thanksgiving treats for easy one-stop shopping and convenient delivery right to your door. Start your FreshDirect Thanksgiving with hors d'oeuvres (perhaps the deluxe pate platter or the crudites assortment), move on to the main dish (roasted turkey breast, Tofurkey vegetarian feast, and more) and traditional sides (stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes).

Top it all off with pie and don't forget the Thanksgiving wine. Opt for a complete heat-and-serve meal that serves 2 to 18 people (orders for complete Thanksgiving meals must be placed by the Sunday before Turkey Day). You can also get a sides-only package and cook your own main dish. Fresh turkeys fly off the shelves, so it's better to order early.

2. Whole Foods

Go to Whole Foods, the mecca of organic foods, for healthy and delicious prepared Thanksgiving treats (along with everything you need to cook your own feast). New York City's Whole Foods stores offer complete Thanksgiving dinners for 2, 4, 8 or 12 (dinners come with turkey, plenty of traditional side dishes, and pie). A complete vegan Thanksgiving dinner is also available.

If you've got the main course covered, you can just order Thanksgiving soups, side dishes and appetizers a la carte. Order by visiting or calling your local NYC Whole Foods store.

3. Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has everything you need for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner -- starting with fresh, all-natural turkeys starting at $1.99 per pound.

They've also got a large selection of fresh and frozen side dishes, desserts, and other goodies. Pick up some 2-Buck Chuck to make any celebratory meal complete.

4. Zabar's

Order your Thanksgiving meal from the famous Zabar's and they will deliver it to your door via messenger. Choose from turkey, ham, pork, goose or duck for the main course.

Get lots of vegetable side dish options along with special treats like foie gras with truffles and a selection of smoked fish to nibble on. Call, fax or email your order, then just sit back and wait for your Thanksgiving feast to arrive.

5. Butterfield Market

The Butterfield Market offers convenient Thanksgiving meal catering on the Upper East Side. Get a complete dinner package for 6 or 12 that includes starters, sides, and desserts.

Turkeys are roasted and delivered on Thanksgiving Day. You can pick up your order in the store or have it delivered, but you must have your order in by the Friday before Thanksgiving.

6. Ready To Eat

Ready to Eat on Hudson Street offers a full Thanksgiving dinner for takeout -- appetizers, turkey, trimmings, and pie. You can also opt for their "everything but the turkey" offering if you're making your own bird, or a la carte options to round out your meal. Order by Sunday, November 18.

7. Brother Jimmy's

Ready to buck tradition this year? Order a Cajun Fried Turkey from Brother Jimmy's. The bird comes with plenty of Southern-style sides (cornbread stuffing, collard greens, candied yams) and your choice of pumpkin, pecan, or apple crumb pie for dessert. Place your orders by November 17th.

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