Well folks, it’s that time of year again, and if you’re like me, you won’t be visiting family for Thanksgiving but you still want to gorge yourself with an exorbitant amount of good old fashioned home cookin’. If you’re even more like me, you haven’t had time to think much about foraging for food and supplies in advance. Fear not, turkey-lovers! Although the deadline to order turkeys and elaborate pre-made Thanksgiving meals from most restaurants and stores has passed, here’s the scoop on what’s still available at some of Williamsburg’s best food spots. Whether you want to impress your friends with some mad turkey-cooking skills or drink beer on the couch while you re-heat some delicious pre-made food, there is still have time to make it happen.
The Meat Hook
Local antibiotic and hormone free turkeys raised specifically for the shop have been available for pre-order since early October. They aren’t taking any more orders in advance, but there’s a small selection of 14-19 pound birds still available first come, first serve. When these sell out, you can still get a delicious spiral ham or any other of their specialty meats to fill your belly. A few feet from the meat counter you can find gravy, stuffing mix, cornbread, and other necessary sides for your Thanksgiving spread as well as apples, potatoes, and smallish pumpkins for the specific purpose of making a homemade pie. (Perfect for those who don’t trust anything from a can.) For those who truly wait until the last minute, note that the meat shop, along with the rest of The Brooklyn Kitchen, will be closed on Thanksgiving and only open until 6pm the night before. 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 389-2982 the-meathook.com
Marlow & Daughters
This beloved butcher shop also had locally raised, antibiotic and hormone free turkeys available for pre-order, but word on the street is that they will still have a few extra birds available from now until the big day. They will also be serving up other holiday items including cranberry sauce, homemade pie crust, their signature country pâté, and smoked tofu that is said to delight vegetarians AND meat-lovers alike. The shop will be open from 10am-3pm on Turkey day, but definitely come sooner than later if you hope to grab one of those extra birds. 95 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 marlowanddaughters.com
The barbeque-lovers paradise is going to have an assortment of game birds and other farm animals to take home including duck, turkey, and suckling pig that will be roasted for 20 hours in brine, smoked, and dry-rubbed to perfection. You can also pick up their classic sides like mac ‘n cheese, potato salad, broccoli salad, cornbread, and beans. (The chef tells me the deadline to order your personal feast will be Wednesday at 11am, so plan accordingly.) 354 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 963-3404 fettesaubbq.com
The Blue Stove
You can’t have a Thanksgiving meal without dessert, and if you’re not a natural baker, let the experts at The Blue Stove do the work for you. Their pre-order deadline has passed too, but there still will be an assortment of extra pies available first come, first serve up until the big day. Options include pumpkin pie, apple pie, pear-cranberry pie, pear-ginger crisp and more. The shop will be open from 8am-12pm on Thanksgiving Day, but as always, it’s better to stop by sooner than later. 415 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 766-7419 thebluestove.com
Almost as important as the bird itself, it’s crucial to have an adequate supply of vino on Thanksgiving to help keep everyone nice and relaxed while all hell breaks loose in the kitchen. Located near the Lorimer stop, Vine Wine understands the need to have many bottles on hand and has even made things easier for their customers. Right now the shop is selling discounted 6 packs of all-American wine at a variety of price points that start at $85. (The $200 pack includes a bottle of whiskey, for all of you high rollers out there.) There are also some well-chosen two packs for $30 and $25. From my experience, I can say that every wine they carry is excellent, but call or stop by the shop (open 10am-3pm on Turkey Day) for details on what wineries and varietals are included in the packs. 616 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 349-1718 vine-wine.com
For those who are new to the challenge of cooking a Thanksgiving feast, I should probably mention that you might need some new equipment in order to prepare that glorious turkey that you just snatched up last minute. Luckily you can take care of that need without leaving the ‘hood as well. The Brooklyn Kitchen has every tool and equipment piece imaginable to prepare your holiday bird including roasting pans, marinade injectors, brining bags, and tenderizers. They even have those white paper frilly things that you see on the ends of roasted turkey’s legs in old pictures and cartoons! How’s that for impressive? (As mentioned above, the shop will be closed on Thanksgiving and open until 6pm the night before.) 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 389-2982 thebrooklynkitchen.com
Culinary haven Whisk on Bedford is also stuffed (harhar) to the ceiling with turkey tools and equipment and will have extended hours on Wednesday night until 9pm and will be open from 9am-2pm on Thanksgiving. Gravy bowls, brining bags, casserole dishes, dinnerware… you name it, they got it. 231 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 218-7230 whisknyc.com
Good luck with your search, and may the turkey be with you.