Sunday, November 8, 2015

If you find yourself in China's
capital this November, these restaurants, hotels, and craft breweries are
celebrating America's holiday in traditional style.
If you think traveling in China means missing Thanksgiving, think again. The
large number of American expats living in Beijing ensures that a surprising
number of turkey dinners and promotions pop up every November at restaurants,
hotels, and breweries. Here are 10 places to celebrate Thanksgiving there
this year. The Big Smoke Bistro This popular Xingfucun brasserie is
pulling out all the stops, serving a honey agave-glazed turkey with red wine
gravy. Turkey portions are available for small tables of two or three people
all the way up to groups of 14. Sides, like the portobello and chorizo
stuffing with pretzel crumble, and the jalapeño mac n' cheese topped with
garlic crumbs, cost extra ($5-$7) each and are suitable for sharing between
two to three people. For dessert, there's pumpkin empanada with salted
caramel ice cream topped with peppercorn honey. Wash it all down with one of
the restaurant's signature cocktails, or a pint of Jing A craft beer ( from$28
for a small turkey for two to three; Lee World Building, 57 Xingfucun Middle
Rd. , Chaoyang District; 86 10 6416 2683) FEAST by EAST Beijing If
you're planning to visit 798 Art District, FEAST's Thanksgiving dinner would
make the perfect end to the day. Located on the second floor of a stylish
business hotel, the airy all-day restaurant is hosting a relatively restrained
and reasonably priced affair, with pumpkin soup to start, roast turkey with
chestnut and herbed bread stuffing for the main event, and pecan pie for
dessert ($30 per person; 22 Jiuxianqiao N Rd. , Chaoyang District; 86 10 8426
0888). Great Leap Brewing For the fifth year running, Great Leap is
throwing a Thanksgiving bash "with socialist principles," as put by founder
Carl Setzer. The original Doujiao Hutong branch will be the scene of a
potluck where the brewery supplies a deep-fried turkey and guests bring sides
(free for anyone who brings a side to share; 6 Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng
District; 86 10 5717 1399). Jing A Craft brewery Jing A and the
cheekily named "nonkosher delicatessen" Traitor Zhou's are teaming up for
Thanksgiving with a laid-back spread of fried chicken and Cajun-style side
dishes. Guests can sit either inside the Jing A Taproom or in the 1949 Hidden
City courtyard just outside the brewery. There will be two dinner
services—one from 6 to 8 p. m. and another from 8 p. m. to late (from $126
per person;86 10 6501 8883) Capital M With sweeping views of Qianmen,
the venerable Capital M will leave you in no doubt that you're celebrating a
quintessentially American holiday in China. Though pricing and menu were
unconfirmed by publication time, dinner will be a special affair if last
year's three-course menu is anything to go by (call for price; 86 10 6702
2727). The Local Sanlitun's The Local is one of the few places in the
city to have both vegetarian and non-turkey options for Thankgiving. Though
this year's menu and prices haven't been confirmed yet, owner and manager Kenn
Bermel assured T+L it's happening. Last year, there was a choice of turkey,
roast prime rib or beef, or eggplant lasagna. The Westin Beijing Financial
Street For Thanksgiving, the Westin is hosting a lavish Thanksgiving dinner
with roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, chestnut and mushroom soup, beef
tenderloin with cream cheese polenta, cinnamon pumpkin pie, and more ($61 per
person) The Orchard Located in the sleepy village of Hegezhuang, The
Orchard is far removed—both geographically and conceptually—from the other
venues on this list. Much of the produce used in the restaurant's popular
Sunday brunches is grown on site. For this celebration, The Orchard will host
a dinner buffet with roast turkey with all the trimmings and a variety of
sides. After dinner, guests can walk it all off with a stroll around the koi
pond ($55 per person; Hegezhuang Village, Chaoyang District; 86 10 6433 6270)
Lily's American Diner Ah, Lily's. What would expats do without this
cheap, reliable American-style diner? For the low price of $29, you get a
plate of genuine imported U. S. turkey with gravy, sides (including mashed
potatoes), dessert (apple pie, pumpkin pie, brownie, or cheesecake), and a
glass of red or white wine. The Brickyard Last but not least, nothing
says Thanksgiving in Beijing like a turkey dinner at the foot of the Great
Wall. Stylish eco-retreat The Brickyard has two options: a standalone
Thanksgiving dinner and a dine-and-stay package. Dinner highlights roast
turkey with all the trimmings, a dessert buffet, live jazz, and a supervised
kids' playroom. A bus service will be available to dinner guests (from $61
per person) Sijia Chen is based in Beijing and covers the city for Travel +
Leisure. The large number of American expats in Beijing
plenty of turkey dinners are served every November. Here, 10 spots with a
holiday menu not to miss.

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