Thanksgiving: Prague expat hangouts and top hotels talk turkey

Options range from casual to classy, with prices following accordingly

Going out to one of several restaurants for Thanksgiving has become a tradition in the American expat community. Thanksgiving, which falls on Nov. 28 this year, is not a holiday in the Czech Republic. Very few people have all day to spend cooking, and many lack the space for large gatherings in their homes. Going out to meet with friends has become a tradition.

Some of the top hotspots for the long-term expat community such as the Globe, Bohemia Bagel and Jama are offering turkey with all the trimmings, and reservations are really essential. For travelers or people who wish to splurge a bit on a more formal affair, some of the finer hotels also have special menus.

The Globe, which just celebrated two decades of being an expat mecca, has been serving up turkeys for seven years. “It is one of our most favorite and fun days of the year. We offer a full-course meal with pumpkin soup, turkey with apple-sage stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, choice of dessert, coffee and a glass of wine or beer,” Michael Sito, the Globe’s owner, told the Prague Post. “We also do pick-up orders for those who would like to take some back to the office or their home, though, it’s really nice to eat in our cafe, as we have a strong following for this one and we have a fun, festive atmosphere. The food is really tasty and it’s a big portion, just like it should be.”

Bohemia Bagel celebrates the Pilgrim’s feast at its Holešovice location with an informal buffet. They are billing at as “a big American feast with all the fun — none of the fuss.” They also have many vegetarian options such as sweet potato casserole with marshmallows in their extensive list of side dishes, so nobody will be left out. “And best of all, you can always go up for more. So sit down, get comfortable, eat, drink and give thanks,” Lucien G. Holmes, director of operations, told the Prague Post in statement.

Jama Pub has the longest-running celebration and also features American football on TV — a staple of the holiday, but probably not one the original Pilgrims participated in. This year, Jama has a new chef and the eatery will be non-smoking. Jama Steakhouse, its sister venue, will have a smaller event. Other restaurants with gobblers in the bill of fare include TGI Friday’s and JJ Murphy’s.

A popular eatery for tourists, Hard Rock Café Prague, has turkey all day. The menu there also includes homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, homemade apple pie and a beverage. Groups can get a whole bird for their table, with prices depending on the size of the group.

At Zinc Restaurant in Hilton Prague Old Town, the Thanksgiving buffet will feature a turkey carving station, several pumpkin-based selections, and live music. “The food items selected in the buffet are based on the traditional American Thanksgiving to make the experience more authentic. However, since our Thanksgiving is served in the form of a buffet, we will also elaborate it with some international items,” said Ari Munandar, executive chef of Hilton Prague Old Town. There is also a take-away option that includes turkey with stuffing and two side dishes for four people; it must be reserved four days in advance.

For those seeking an elegant and traditional Thanksgiving meal, Elegantes, the restaurant at The Augustine in Malá Strana, will serve classic dishes in a refined setting. Three courses, priced separately, include green bean salad with pomegranate and corn focaccia, baked turkey, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin cheesecake.

At The Four Seasons’ lavish restaurant CottoCrudo, roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce will be served with a culinary twist: the other dishes on CottoCrudo’s Thanksgiving menu were most definitely not shared by Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. The lineup includes corn chowder soup with sautéed lobster, mussels and violet artichokes, risotto mantecato with pumpkin pan-fried foie gras ragout and amaretti. “The menu includes traditional delights such as turkey… with a hint of Italy,” said Richard Fuchs, executive chef at CottoCrudo.

The only reason to spend Thanksgiving alone is that you forgot to heed the advice to make a reservation. So pick your style, from casual buffet to five-star hotel elegance, and pick up the phone or send and e–mail.

The Globe
When: Nov. 28, noon–11 p.m.
Where: Pštrossova 6, Prague 1
Reservations: [email protected]
Tel: 224 934 203
Price: 525 Kč; 300 Kč for children

Bohemia Bagel
When: Nov. 28, at 5 and at 8 (two sittings).
Where: Dukelských hrdinů 48, Prague 7
Reservations: [email protected]
Tel: 220 806 541
Price: 650 Kč; 250 Kč for children

When: Nov. 28 at 6
Where: V Jámě 7, Prague 1
Reservations:  [email protected]
Tel: 222 967 081
Price: 390 Kč; 190 Kč for children

Hard Rock Café
When: Nov. 28, “all day” (11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.)
Where: Dům U Rotta, Malé nám. 3, Prague 1
Reservations:  [email protected]
Tel: 224 229 529
Price: 550 Kč

Zinc Restaurant
Hilton Prague Old Town
Where: V Celnici 7, Prague 1
When: Nov. 28; 6–11 p.m.
Reservations: [email protected]
Tel: 221 822 300
Price: 895 Kč
Take-away: Whole turkey and sides for four, 2,650 Kč (must be reserved)

The Augustine
Where: Letenská 12/33, Prague 1
When: Nov. 28; 6–10:30 p.m.
Tel: 266 112 280
Price: 1,030 Kč (three courses together)

The Four Seasons
Where: Veleslavinova 2a, Prague 1
When: Nov. 28
Tel: 221 426 880
Reservations: [email protected]

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