If you'd rather sit down to a Thanksgiving meal where you're being served instead of cooking and cleaning in your own home, there are plenty of options on Long Island. Here's a sampling of restaurants where you can take the whole family and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on Long Island.
Or if you prefer eating at home but want to skip the cooking, please go to Thanksgiving Take-out on Long Island to find out about some great options.
This article is updated every year. Her are the restaurant listings for Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day 2012.
Saturday, Nov. 17,2012 - HealthyPlanet's Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Dinner/LectureAre you or someone near and dear to you a vegetarian? Or would you just like to try a vegetarian Thanksgiving for health or ethical reasons? Then attend HealthyPlanet's 19th Annual Green & Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture on Saturday, November 17, 2012, starting at 5 p.m. at Molloy College Suffolk Center, Farmingdale, NY (if using a GPS, enter "1 Marriott Plaza, Farmingdale" will help you find where to turn off 110). On Route 110, turn onto Grumman (follow the signs to Republic Airport). Go to the 4th building on the left. Sonsored by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College.
There will also be a lecture with climatologist and climate modeler at the NASA GISS, Gavin A. Schmidt on Climate Change.
The holiday's buffet menu includes a Mediterranean Display including Italian, Greek and Provencal specialties; a salad station; a carving station with herb-roasted Plainville Farms turkey, Heritage Acres smoked ham, and pan-seared filet mignon. There will also be a risotto station, pasta station, entrees including oven-roasted salmon, grilled chicken breast and more, and of course, a Thanksgiving dessert display with cakes, pastries pies, cookies, petit fours, and an ice cream sndae bar and a dark chocolate fountain.
Rein at the Garden City Hotel
45 Seventh Street, Garden City, NY
Glen Cove Mansion's 2012 Thanksgiving Buffet will be served Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 2012 in the Garden Terrace restaurant, featuring sweeping views of the formal English-style gardens and acres of groomed lawns. Seatings are at 1 and 4 p.m. The Mansion’s private dining rooms - Crystal, Beech, Oak and Meadow, are available for an additional amount for more private dining. Thanksgiving Buffet reservations are $55 per person, $27 for children age 4-13, and age 3 and under are complimentary.
Guests who want to stay Thanksgiving night at Glen Cove Mansion can enjoy a special holiday rate of $179 per guestroom per night. Overnight guests have full use of the Mansion’s health amenities, including the indoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, as well as 55 acres of grounds. The Mansion’s Pub 1910, in the former third floor billiard rooms, is available after-hours and features food and beverages, along with views of Long Island Sound.
For reservations for the buffet and/or an overnight stay, please call the Mansion at (516) 674-2955 or (866) 850-0521.
Thanksgiving Specials at Jonathan's RistoranteJonathan’s Ristorante, 15 Wall Street, Huntington, NY,  549-0055, will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22th from 3 – 8:30 p.m. They will be offering their regular menu along with some Thanksgiving specials. Reservations are recommended. Specials include:
- Butternut Squash Soup with balsamic cipollini - $9
- Seared Sea Scallops with baby arugula hearts of palm, asparagus, pistachio and warm goat cheese - $16
- Pumpkin Ravioli with cacio e pepe al tartufo nero - $13 Appetizer/ $23 entrée
- Risotto with luganega sausage, cranberries, asparagus and water chestnuts - $25
Spend Thanksgiving at one of Long Island's finest restaurants, overlooking the harbor in Huntington. On Thursday, November 22, 2012, you'll sit down to dinner and choose from their wonderful a la carte menu. Open from 1 to 8 p.m. For reservations, please call (631)385-1515.
117 New York Avenue
From 1 to 8 p.m., Tellers Chophouse offers a Thanksgiving Day dinner with special seasonal fare in addition to their regular a la carte menu. See their website for Thanksgiving specials at www.tellerschophouse.com.
605 Main Street
Starting at noon, you and yours can dine at Mirabelle at the Three Village Inn at a Thanksgiving buffet including soups, salads, a carving station, traditional side dishes and much more. Cost: $50 plus tax and gratuity per person, half-price for children 12 and under. (Call for details.) For reservations or more information, please call (631) 751-0555.
Three Village Inn
150 Main Street
Stony Brook, NY
Dine in the opulent Grand Ballroom at East Wind, where a hearty buffet awaits. Thursday, November 24th 12:30pm to 5:30pm. $39.95 per person, $22.95 ages 3 to 10 (plus service charge and tax. Deposit for parties of 10 or more.)
Reservations are required: (631) 929.6585. East Wind Hotel, Grand Ballroom
5720 Route 25A
Wading River, NY
Ben's of Greenvale: 140 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale. (516) 621-3340.
Ben's of Woodbury, 7971 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury. (516) 496-4354.
Ben's of Baldwin at theCountry Glen Shopping Center, 59 Old Country Road at the corner of Glen Cove Road in Carle Place (just off the Meadowbrook Parkway, Exit 1 - Make a left turn), (516) 742-3354.
Update: This is sold out.Enjoy a multi-course prix fixe dinner menu for $36.95 per person at Wild Honey Dining & Wine, located in a historic building in Oyster Bay. For reservations and times, please call (516) 922-4690.
Wild Honey Dining & Wine
1 East Main Street
Oyster Bay, NY