Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving Croissant, the Meatball Shop’s Gobble Gobble Balls and more

Gobble grub: Get Thanksgiving to-go at these Brooklyn eateries

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Forget cooking that green-bean casserole — Brooklyn eateries are serving up a cornucopia of unique Thanksgiving eats this year. Here are four local takes on Turkey Day classics, so you can do all of the gobbling with none of the clean-up.

Cult croissant

Momofuku Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving Croissant was an overnight success — literally.

The seasonal special takes roasted turkey with all the trimmings — including tart cranberry sauce and house-made gravy — and tucks it inside stuffing-flavored croissant dough. The pastry developed an immediate cult following when it hit the bakery’s shelves three years ago, according to Christina Tosi, Milk Bar’s head pastry chef.

“We were days away from Thanksgiving and brainstorming fun things to deconstruct creatively and roll up into croissant dough,” she said.

Tosi and her team quietly released a few of the croissants into stores, but didn’t realize how quickly the hype would grow.

“By the time we came into work the next morning, the Thanksgiving Croissant was all abuzz on Twitter, Eater, etc.,” said Tosi. “Think cronut craze pre-cronut!”

Thanksgiving Croissant at Milk Bar Williamsburg (382 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg) and Milk Bar Carroll Gardens (360 Smith St., at Second Place in Carroll Gardens, Available through Nov. 27. $4.50.

Popular pie

How do you spice up a pumpkin pie? Add even more butter and sugar.

That’s what has made Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ decadent take on the fall classic such a hit, according to co-owner Emily Elsen.

“Brown-butter butterscotch is poured into the filling,” said Elsen. “It’s got very nutty and earthy butterscotch undertones.”

The brown-butter pumpkin pie is one of four seasonal pies that fly out of the Gowanus bakery’s ovens in the lead-up to Thanksgiving each year, alongside bittersweet chocolate pecan, salted caramel apple, and salty honey. In fact, though the shop is already fully-booked for its Thanksgiving pie pre-orders, fans have been known to line-up as early 6 am to get their mitts on one of the limited numbers of whole pies made available in the days before the holiday.

Thanksgiving pies at Four & Twenty Blackbirds [439 Third Ave. at Eighth Street in Gowanus, (718) 499 2917,]. Nov. 26–28. $38–$40.

All rolled up

These are not your mama’s turkey meatballs.

The Meatball Shop’s signature spin on a Thanksgiving dinner rolls ground turkey, garlic croutons, sage, cranberries, and cinnamon into one compact meal.

Dubbed “Gobble Gobble Balls,” the dish was created by Meatball Shop co-owner Daniel Holzman, who said putting a distinctive twist on turkey runs in his family.

“[My father] used to baste the turkey in ginger ale,” he said.

Available at the company’s stores for only a few days in the lead-up to Thanksgiving each year, Gobble Gobble Balls have developed a devout following.

“I poured my passion for those flavors into the Thanksgiving turkey balls at the Meatball Shop and I’m so glad that other people share my excitement for them each year!” said Holzman.

Gobble Gobble Balls at the Meatball Shop [170 Bedford Ave. between Seventh and Eight streets in Williamsburg, (718) 551-0520,], From Nov. 25. $7.


Gobble tov!

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same date this year, so Boerum Hill Jewish deli Mile End is offering a catering menu with a mash-up of holiday favorites from both traditions.

“Our menu really reflects the best elements of Hanukkah and Thanksgivi­ng,” said chef Eli Sussman. “If you are celebrating one holiday or both, we’re the perfect one-stop shop for catering, because everything on the menu makes perfect sense.”

In addition to Hanukkah-Thanksgiving hybrids — such as challah and pumpernickel stuffing, and sweet potato and butternut squash latkes — more traditional items for both holidays are also on the menu.

“Who doesn’t like turkey on Hanukkah or sufganiot [jelly doughnuts] on Thanksgivi­ng?” said Sussman. “If you find someone at your Thanksgiving table who isn’t psyched about eating jelly-filled doughnuts, that person probably deserves to be kicked off your table.”

Hanukkah catering menu at Mile End Delicatessen [97A Hoyt St. between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, (718) 852-7510,]. Order by Nov. 24.

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Harriet from Park Slope says:
Mile End, the perfect overrated trash for the nieu Brooklyn. Nice that they make you PAY for the pickles.
Nov. 21, 2013, 8:22 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
How about trying to put together a home cooked meal for once in your lives, you pathetic schlubs.
Nov. 21, 2013, 9:07 am
diehipster from Running Over Redbeards says:
Don't these hipster restaurants know that their turkey baster-physiqued, pseudo-urban, culture vulture clientele will not be here for Thanksgiving? That's when they all go home for the long weekend back to Culdesacia, USA and justify their Nieuw Breuckelen lives to their enabling parents so their credit cards and bank accounts can get re-charged for another year of gentrification, zany fun and ART ART ART ART ART.
Nov. 21, 2013, 9:38 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Hurts to see people spending their hard-earned money on edible luxury, doesn't it? We make our own feast, but may have to try some of these out before or after the holiday. I have a good job, my wife has a good job, we're young and we also own our home. But keep going on with the idea that stereotypes from 2006 are coming down from Bushwick to the Brownstone Belt to buy up all the pie. If it makes that dry-ass Butterball you got at C-Town taste better, then so be it. We'll be volunteering this year, Jerome. Maybe we'll see you on the receiving end. Happy Thanksgivukkah!
Nov. 21, 2013, 10:34 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
they pie looks good...the rest of this stuff is silly. Just go to Juniors for Thanksgiving if no one has invited you over for the holiday.
Nov. 21, 2013, 11:52 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
You hardly need an excuse to go to Four & Twenty Blackbirds. They make excellent pies. I am a fan of Junior's cheesecake, but Four & Twenty Blackbirds's pies are transcendant and inventive. They always have something different.
Nov. 21, 2013, 1:09 pm
diehipster from Hurting Harrisons says:
LOL, still can't get over "DoBro" - you're a true sucker of the real estate bait game. Anyway Mr "DoBro", glad to see you covered a handful of typical hip/yup things to say in one paragraph. You covered the "we have jobs and property" justification; let us know you'll be going on a try these foods (even though you won't) to show you overpay for everything and overpaying is good; you say you'll be volunteering which you feel is good karma to make up for being a smug azzhole all year; you threw in the smug classism by saying people who shop at Ctown are not as good as you; and a little Jewish stab at the end just in case I'm Jewish. Thank you for validating everything I ever said Mr "Do Bro". Remember at the end of the day - you're still a Brooklyn paper commenter.
Nov. 21, 2013, 3:22 pm
Tom from Park Slope says:
Wow! That's got to be some sort of pathetic record! One person logged in 4 times in a little over an hour to make equally pathetic, lonely, hateful, pointless comments!
Nov. 21, 2013, 3:38 pm
Mike from Brownsville says:
"Remember at the end of the day - you're still a Brooklyn paper commenter. "
LoL, who is this diehipster loser and does anyone care?
Nov. 21, 2013, 4:22 pm
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
I am thankful I am not a mean person who sucks and I am thankful for all the many people in Brooklyn who are not mean people who suck. Happy Thanksgivukkah even to the meanest person around! (Vi tsu derleb ikh im shoyn tsu bagrobn.)
Nov. 21, 2013, 11:34 pm
o3 from bk says:
there's free free range turkeys on staten !
Nov. 22, 2013, 9:11 am
Esther from Kinder Terrace says:
Lest we forget the spirit of these holidays: I have a sister thousands of miles away in Thailand spending Thanksgiving with her friends, my folks are in Maryland spending it with their friends, and all my "friends" here in NYC have signifiant others with whom they're spending Thanksgiving. As for me, I am spending Thanksgiving alone with my dog, bless him. So I appreciate any tips for the few, single and isolated outcasts looking for a restaurant that still sells gratitude on a plate.
Nov. 27, 2013, 6:45 pm

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