It’s a funny thing about turkey — although it’s every bit as flavor neutral, versatile, and easy to prepare as everyone’s favorite bland protein, chicken, it’s something you rarely think to make or eat (and hardly ever find on restaurant menus) outside of Thanksgiving. But there’s no need to limit your turkey consumption to a few insipid Boars Head sandwiches and one holiday meal a year — these eateries really know how to make the most of the other, other white meat.
The turkey burger at Burger Bistro
Most turkey burgers serve as a sad, dry reminder of the luscious hunk of fatty ground chuck you should have ordered, but not these poultry patties — easy customized with tasty toppings like fried mozzarella, frizzled onions, pickled jalapenos, or horseradish cream.
7217 3rd Ave, (718) 833-5833
The turkey leg sandwich at Henry Public
Here’s a terrific use for your T-Day turkey carcass — pull the meat off the bone, braise it in milk, pile it on thick slabs of Pullman bread, and top it with crispy fried onions and homemade juniper pickles. Or, you can just save yourself the time and effort and order this outrageously yummy sandwich year-round at Henry Public.
329 Henry St, (718) 852-8630
Turkey chili at Black Swan
Turkey chili is one thing, but turkey chili served over an ooey gooey mac n’ cheese? Yes, please! This Bed Stuy brew pub definitely has comfort food down to a science.
1048 Bedford Ave, (718) 783-4744
The collard greens at Elberta
This new Prospect Heights southern spot does collard greens right; by cooking them low and slow with plenty of smoked turkey.
335 Flatbush Ave, (718) 638-1936
The Turkey and Durkee at Court Street Grocers
Who wouldn’t want to say “turkey and durkee” out loud and often if given the option? Luckily, the silly sounding sandwich pays off in the flavor department as well — Balthazar white toast is topped with house-roasted, brown sugar crusted turkey breast, crunchy butter lettuce, and Durkee sauce (America’s oldest, shelf-stable jarred condiment!) a zippy mustard/mayo/vinegar combo.
485 Court St, (718) 722-7229
Curried turkey salad at Iris Café
We love the anything-but-ordinary poultry salad at this cozy Brooklyn Heights café — a tumble of smoked Nueskes turkey, celery, red onion, golden raisins, chopped walnuts, mixed greens, and house-made curried mayo dressing, cradled by hearty slices of cranberry pecan bread.
20 Columbia Pl, (718) 722-7395
Avenue T Special at Mill Basin Deli
These seriously overstuffed sandwiches exemplify old-school Brooklyn — we particular dig this artery-clogging triple decker, piled high with turkey breast, house-cured pastrami, beef tongue, Russian dressing, and coleslaw.
5823 Ave T, (718) 241-4910
Turkey pot pie at Pies n Thighs
This is a seasonal specialty at the otherwise chicken-centric southern spot, so order one of these individual, herb-crusted babies while you still can!
166 S 4th St, (347) 529-6090
Homestyle baked turkey wings at Halsey Street Grill
A soul food staple, why settle for anemic chicken joints when you can sink your teeth into one of these oversized, barbecue-sauced wings?
260 Halsey St, (347) 365-5075
Turkey meatloaf at Picket Fence
Sided with Yukon Gold potato puree and spinach, this is one moist meatloaf we won’t be hiding in the recesses of a crumpled napkin.
1310 Cortelyou Rd, (718) 282-6661