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What’s that? You said you’re sick of turkey? As Jay-Z would say “We don’t believe you, you need more people!” Or, in this case, you need more options. And we’ve got plenty—in good ole fashioned sandwich form.
We asked hotel restaurants to share their best post-Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwiches and they delivered (seriously, some deliver to your room). So, just in case you thought your feastin' was finished? We’re bringing you Turkey Tales Part 2: The Sandwich Remix.
The goal is two-fold, to get you out of the house as you've probably been cornered by relatives for four days and need a nice hotel restaurant escape. And two--those leftover bits of the turkey that you cooked need a home--and it's between a nice brioche, baby.
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We hope you remembered back in the Spring when we told you the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade route would change this year and booked your hotel stay accordingly.
However, Hurricane Sandy and early snowfall in parts of the country has caused cancelled travel into the city, so some late birds (we won’t call you turkeys) may luck out and score last-minute hotel bookings and get a glimpse of those awesome floats in the flesh.
Let’s be clear though, many of these rooms may more now than normal, and some come with a minimum night’s stay (which won’t be so bad if you’re staying on for Black Friday shopping! anyway! Whee!). And if ANY of the hotels below show up on HotelTonight at noon? Grab 'em up, and schmooze like heck for a good room!
Just a few other things to know:
The turkey is dead! Long live the turkey sandwich!
Sure, Thanksgiving only lasts for a day; but that doesn't mean we can't keep stuffing our faces with turkey all weekend long! Appropriately, the food-loving Loews Hotels are planning a week-long turkey sandwich menu addition for all of their properties—starting right now!
Through Sunday evening, each hotel across the country will be serving up a local spin on the traditional leftover turkey meat sandwich. From turkey sushi rolls at Loews Lake Las Vegas to Loews Miami Beach's Cuban-style sandwich, the creations will be diverse and delicious.
In New York's Loews Regency, keep an eye out for the chef's trio of sliders, served on different artisan breads with gravy and stone-ground mustard-cranberry mayonnaise. Yum!
In Miami for Thanksgiving? Congrats! It's going to be 77 degrees on Thursday. And we assume if you're visiting--and staying in a hotel--you won't be looking for a frozen bird and a stove, but a decadent spread to enjoy before stumbling back to your room for a post-feast nap.
Here are our top five picks for Thanksgiving tables on the beach:
1. The Fontainebleau: Because, hey, Ricky Martin's there! Also, they have a bunch of restaurants to choose from, all doing a holiday meal. If you want a Chinese spin, opt for Hakkasan. Italian? Scarpetta.
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For the second year in a row, the W Washington DC graciously offered to host the lucky turkey that had been spared his 400°F fate. The turkey traveled from Pennsylvania to Washington DC in order to get pardoned by the President himself, and while in town, got to spend the night at the hotel. Pet-friendly amenities and all.
A custom room was offered up to the turkey, including: added sawdust on the floor as well as a W-branded "munchie box" filled with soy, corn and cranberries. Wow, they really step it up for these birds! We can't remember the last time a hotel modified its regular room service menu options for us. Though we're pretty sure it involved some sort of extra fee.
Being low season here in London, many American travelers opt to take advantage of deals, however minor, on travel to this notoriously expensive city. However, Yanks who have chosen to make their rounds on double-decker buses this week sacrifice being on mother soil during Thanksgiving, a huge trade off that's sure to leave tourists pining for a taste of tryptophan and pumpkin pie. Tough luck in kebab and chippy town.
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Considering the super-high standards of hotel restaurants in New York (Maze at The London NYC, Maialino at Gramercy Park, and The Ace's The Breslin all come to mind), no one could possibly fault you for ditching the entire fam and taking yourself to a nice dinner in midtown (or Wall Street, as the case may be).
Check out these delightful dining options. With expertly-crafted menus and warm, inviting dining rooms to match, we can think of at least a few things you'll be grateful for: among them, not having to do the dishes.
The London NYC: First up, Gordon Ramsay's Manhattan jewel on West 54th St. The 2-Michelin Star Gordon Ramsay at the London is doing it up with caramelized Long Island duck breast, served with sweet rutabaga, potato rosti and Szechwan consomme. While that menu is going for $185pp, a slightly more affordable option is at Maze, where $95pp gets you a four-course meal with slow-roasted turkey, confit leg a la creme, or roasted cannon of lamb.
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If Thanksgiving is the one time of year when NYC's Herald Square can actually become relevant again (Macy's parade, hello?), then it was with good foresight that Marriott waited until this week to announce their new midtown Courtyard property. The worldwide hotel brand will plant a new Courtyard by Marriott Herald Square inside the former Atlantic Bank of New York Building, on the corner of 35th Street and Sixth Avenue.
This news also coincides (then again, in this business, coincidences don't really exist) with Macy's announcement last Tuesday that the flagship Herald Square store will be receiving a $400 million makeover.
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Just as it was with Pitbull, the Vegas-style mega-hotel has put together a slick menu of fan packages, tailored to your level of love for Ricky. The cheapest option is $329 a night, based on a three-night stay in a standard room, and including two general admission tickets to the concert, access to an open-bar hour, and a 'Bleau Live Fan amenity'.
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See ya Times Square!
We know, that title might be off putting. After all, who can think about Thanksgiving when everyone's plotting out where to get wildly inappropriately drunk for St. Patrick's Day? Hotels, that's who. And that's because the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is changing up its route in 2012.
Instead of floating down Seventh Avenue, the route will switch over to the more manageable Sixth Avenue and hotels on the old route are pissed to be missing out on the parade revenue.
NY Daily News reports:
Marriott expects to lose $2 million to $3 million from the shakeup, according to Mike Stengel, a Marriott vice president. He said the company's two Times Square hotels, the Marquis and the Renaissance, will no longer be able to charge premium rates, enforce minimum 2-to-3 night stays or rent out restaurant space on Thanksgiving weekend.
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We always suspected that hotels let celebrities do whatever they want during their hotel stays and this recent item about Jessica Simpson cooking Thanksgiving dinner, has us convinced.
According to People, JSimp was holed up in her hotel while in town for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade when she decided that she wanted to cook Thanksgiving dinner for her fiancé, Eric Johnson, and his family. The only problem was they are vegans. Oh wait, and she needed an oven.
But apparently, even that was not a problem as the Ritz-Carlton Central Park was ready to accommodate her every vegan Thanksgiving need. (We tracked down paparazzi photos to confirm the hotel.)
Simpson had to get creative to make Thanksgiving dinner for so many people at her hotel. "They had an oven brought into her suite," says the source. "She also used the hotel kitchen."
How was your Turkey Day? Stay at any hotels this holiday weekend? The turkeys pardoned by President Obama did.
That's right. You know all about the Presidential tradition of saving a bird--but did you know that the turkey also gets an all-expenses-paid trip to D.C., complete with a stay at the W Washington D.C.?
In case you missed the pardoning ceremony held in the Rose Garden last week, this year's National Turkey is named Apple, and his feathered friend, Cider. As President Obama explained, the turkeys came from the Foster Farms Wellsford Ranch, just outside of Modesto, California. They made a shortlist and then the "big prize--life."