#SCBDExclusive: Last Minute Guide to Thanksgiving

scbdexclusiveThanksgiving is one of SCBD’s favorite holidays. A time where we take a break from our busy schedules and reflect on what we are thankful for. Here are some exciting Thanksgiving dinners and take-out in NJ & NYC to check out.

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Triomphe at The Iroquois Hotel. No need to battle the crowds for a delicious parade viewing treat!  Triomphe at the Iroquois Hotel, situated just a half a block from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route,  is serving local gourmet donuts and housemade artisanal hot chocolate “street side”, opening its library doors to the street  to the serve the hungry public starting at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day.  The Iroquois Hotel is located at 49 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).


Celebrate Thanksgiving week at the Michelin-starred Nolita restaurant, The Musket Room. Chef Matt Lambert will prepare a special, five-course menu with dishes such as butternut squash soup with whiskey marshmallows, roasted turkey breast with stuffing and pumpkin pie for dessert. The menu is $75/person and will be offered Monday, November 25th through Sunday, December 1st (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, when the the restaurant will be closed). 265 Elizabeth Street (Prince – Houston), 212.219.0764, @musketroom.


On Thanksgiving Eve, Sotto 13 will offer complimentary passed tapas and pizza, 2 for $13 cocktails/wine and 2 for $10 beer from 5-7:30 p.m. Sotto 13 is focused on what the owners call ‘social Italian’ – a simple concept built around a social dining experience with a focused menu of wood-fired pizza, Italian-style tapas and great cocktails.  The menu features traditional rustic ingredients in signature items like chickpea fries, wild mushroom pizza and fennel sausage with polenta, and will provide customers with an authentic neighborhood restaurant experience. 140 W 13th Street (Btwn 6th & 7th Ave).

Crystal Springs Resort will serve four options for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 28, from a family friendly buffet with live music to casual prix fixe menus in the Springs Bistro and Crystal Tavern to a creative five-course menu in Restaurant Latour. For those who don’t want to cook, the resort is also offering a heritage turkey dinner with all the fixings to go. 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ; 973-827-5996 x3.

Grand Cascades Lodge will host a family friendly Thanksgiving buffet with live music from 11:30am – 5:30pm in the Emerald Ballroom. Guests can enjoy shrimp, salads, butternut squash soup, pastas, herb-roasted heritage turkey with sage stuffing & herbed pan gravy and more, as well as all-American desserts such as peach cobbler, cinnamon apple pie and pumpkin pie. The David Aaron Orchestra will be playing big band standards from the Swing Era. The buffet is $44 for adults, $22 for kids aged 4 – 11, kids under 4 are free (tax & gratuity additional). 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ.

Restaurant Latour will serve a five-course Thanksgiving tasting menu from 2pm – 8pm for $85, $135 with wine pairing (tax and gratuity additional). The centerpiece of the menu is a Cider Brined Heritage Turkey with spinach fennel sausage stuffing, candied mandarin oranges with cranberries, kabocha purée and giblet confit sauce. The a la carte menu will be available as well. One Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ.

Crystal Tavern will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $48 featuring roasted pumpkin soup, citrus heritage turkey with sausage-fennel cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole and maple braised pork belly, and bourbon pecan pie with pumpkin ice cream. Crystal Tavern will be serving from 11am – 10pm and the a la carte menu will be available as well. 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ.

Springs Bistro at Grand Cascades Lodge offers an Italian take on Thanksgiving with a four-course menu for $55 from 5pm – 10pm. The menu starts off with an antipasto of grilled radicchio, romaine lettuce and ricotta, followed by a butternut squash bisque with prosciutto ravioli. For main course, there is a choice of pumpkin risotto with wild mushrooms, halibut or turkey two ways – smoked turkey breast and confit – with cranberry and chive bread pudding. Three Wild Turkey Way, Hardyston, NJ.
Infinity_Night Skyline-1Not your average Thanksgiving dinner, Hornblower New York yachts are the tri-states premier luxe floating event space, including the $20 million renovated Infinity and New York’s first hybrid yacht.  Guests can enjoy a unique floating Thanksgiving with magnificent views including the famed New York City skyline and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island while dining on cuisine such as pumpkin ravioli with sage butter sauce, roasted pork loin with apricots and dried cherries, chestnut stuffing and apple caramel bread pudding – all prepared on board. The cost is $99/person. Reservations may be made online here.
Circolo45, the new contemporary Italian trattoria at 45 Bond Street, the three-course Thanksgiving menu will be a modest $35 with plenty of options for each course.  Highlights include: Green Squash Soup and Garganelli in Cream Di Scampi, short fresh egg pasta with a scampi fish bisque among the appetizers and Tacchino, oven baked turkey fillet with sweet sausage and mushroom in a natural juice served with spinach flan as well as Classic Lasagna as two of the entrée choices. And for dessert there will be Circolo45’s popular chocolate souffle, along with tiramisu.  Complete menu follows.  Those who would rather not commit to a set Thanksgiving meal will be able to take advantage of the availability of Circol45’s full à la carte menu of traditional Italian fare presented with contemporary flourishes.  Circolo45 will be open for Thanksgiving dinner starting at 4pm on November 28th. For reservations, call (212) 375.0323. 45 Bond Street.

This year, The Spotted Pig will offer seasonal additions to their menu for Thanksgiving diners. Specials include roasted Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Kale & Pancetta, Apple Salad with Mrs Quicke’s Cheddar & Toasted Walnuts, Confited Turkey Leg for 2 with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce & Gravy, Creamy Green Bean Gratin and for dessert, Pumpkin Pie. Tables are available, as always, on a walk-in basis only. 314 West 11th Street (Greenwich Street), 212.620.0393, @thespottedpig.

At Telepan on the Upper West Side, chef Bill Telepan will offer a customized three-course feast in celebration of Thanksgiving. On Thurs/Nov 28 from 1pm-8:30pm, guests can mix and match Bill’s flavorful selections including one starter, one main and one dessert featuring dishes such as smoked brussels sprouts & egg pasta, roasted organic turkey, and pumpkin bread pudding. The full menu is available online, which is priced at $95/person ($50 for kids). Additionally, Telepan will be offering Thanksgiving dinner to-go, complete with a spread of Thanksgiving staples including seasonal salad, squash soup, roasted turkey, pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan tart. Each order feeds up to 10 people and is priced at $600. 72 West 69th Street (Columbus-Central Park West), 212.580.4300, @billtelepan.

Spend Thanksgiving with The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and enjoy a special, four-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 a person. The menu will feature apple soup, a roasted winter vegetable salad with charred onion vinaigrette, and pan roasted game bird with confit la ratte potato, brussel sprouts and cranberry. Pie will be served for dessert, and wine pairings are available. The Breslin will be accepting reservations for parties of all sizes on the holiday via email: [email protected] 16 West 29th Street, 212.679.1939, @thebreslin.

Join Cookshop this Thanksgiving from 2-8pm for a family-style feast. To start the meal, the table will be spread with Parker House rolls, pickled fall vegetables and candied pecans. Guests can select a first course such as Chestnut Soup with bitter chocolate-cinnamon-almond toast or Rabbit Sausage with sauerkraut, dried cherries and liver mousse followed by second course choices including Cayuga County Free-Range Turkey with cornbread stuffing and giblet gravy. Roasted baby carrots, cranberry orange relish and other seasonal sides served for the table complete the meal. $65/person. 156 10th Ave (20th Street), 212.924.4440, @CookshopNY.

TRIOMPHE NEW 2-1Triomphe, the intimate French/American restaurant nestled inside The Iroquois Hotel, will be serving a “Turkey 4 Ways” tasting menu that even includes a “turkey” dessert. Additionally, 5% of proceeds from this speciality Thanksgiving menu, created by new Executive Chef Florian Wehrli, will be donated to City Harvest. Reservations may be made by calling: (212) 453-4233. 49 West 44th Street.

Craft’s chef James Tracey will offer a four-course menu from 2pm-8:30pm on Thanksgiving Day. Guests can choose from a selection of options for the first course, main course, side dishes and dessert including Wagyu Carpaccio with pickled quail egg & crispy shallots, Roasted All Natural Free-Range Turkey, Roasted Autumn Vegetables and Sugar Pumpkin Pie. The full menu is available online, which is $125/person. 47 East 19th Street (Broadway-Park), 212.780.0880,@craft_newyork.

George Mendes will offer a Portuguese-inspired, three-course Thanksgiving dinner at ALDEA. Guests will begin with a seasonal first course such as a foie gras terrine with charred-pickled quince and concord grape jam and can choose among entrees such as Violet Hill Farm turkey with white buttom mushroom stew or Mendes’ signature arroz de pato (duck rice). Desserts like cider-poached apples with tahini cake, oat-walnut crumble and green apple sorbet close the meal on a sweet and savory note. $85/person; $135 wine pairing; $50/children 12 & under. 31 West 17 Street (Fifth-Sixth Aves.), 212.675.7223, @aldeanyc.

Colicchio & Sons will serve a four-course menu of traditional Thanksgiving dishes for $125/person. Available from 12pm-9pm, guests can customize their feast by selecting one of chef James Tracey’s options for each course including Rabbit Terrine with smoked apple mustard and frisee, Bucatini with white truffle, Organic Eberly Farms Turkey, and Sugar and Spice Doughnuts with huckleberry jam & espresso ice cream. 85 Tenth Avenue (15th-16th), 212.400.6699, @colicchio_sons.

This Thanksgiving, Corkbuzz Wine Studio will host a family style feast featuring dishes from chef Phil Conlon that combine traditional favorites with modern American classics. Seatings will be at 1 and 4pm, and reservations are available for parties of any size. Dinner is $125/person, which includes gratuity, wine pairings from Master Sommelier and Corkbuzz owner Laura Maniec, in addition to a turkey sandwich to-go. 13 East 13th Street (5th-University), 646.873.6071, @corkbuzz.

This Thanksgiving, guests will feel right at home at Marco Canora and Paul Grieco’s Hearth. The three-course holiday menu features comforting fare such as chicken soup and roasted & braised turkey with all of the trimmings. The meal ends on a classic note: pumpkin pie with whipped cream and pumpkin seed brittle. $84/person. Hours: 2pm-7:30pm, 403 East 12th Street (First Avenue), 646.602.1300, @marcocanora @terroirny.

Wine Cellar-1This Thanksgiving, guests can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with an Italian twist at Vetro Restaurant & Lounge by world renowned Chef Michael DeGeorgio. Located in Howard Beach, Queens, Vetro, voted #1 Best Restaurant in the tri-state area by OpenTable, offers a modern dining experience of creative and classic Italian cuisine. Menu items include: traditional turkey dinner complete with sausage stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, Pollo Napoletana, and Veal Scalloppine Valdostana. The cost is $45/person. Reservations may be made by calling: (718) 843-8387.

For Thanksgiving at Rosemary’s in the West Village, chef Wade Moises has created a three-course prix-fixe menu for $55/person including dishes such as cavatelli with butternut squash, walnuts, brown butter and sage; turkey with roasted breast, thigh braciole, confit leg along with crispy stuffing, cranberry mostarda and Tuscan style gray; and to finish, dessert such as pumpkin tiramisu. A la carte menu items will be available as well, in addition to a children’s menu (for guests under the age of 12). Reservations will be accepted for parties of up to six people from 10am to 10pm in person, via phone or online. 18 Greenwich Avenue (10th Street), 212.647.1818, @rosemarysnyc.

At Piora, chef Chris Cipollone will offer a five-course Thanksgiving menu featuring his interpretations of traditional Thanksgiving fare. Highlights from the menu include Cornocopia with squash, barley and rosemary, and Turkey. 430 Hudson Street, 212 960 380, @pioranyc.

The Great American Turkey Day is just one week away. If you count yourself among the New Yorkers who would just as soon host a rave as cook turkey and get stuck cleaning up your apartment for Thanksgiving, consider grabbing a table at Northern Spy. The menu has something for everyone in your circle — the traditionalist, the vegetarian, and the turkey refuseniks — and we do all the cleaning.  We’re taking tables from 1pm to 8pm and reservations will book up quickly. Three courses are offered for $60. If you’d like to make a reservation, send us an email at [email protected]northernspyfoodco.com, including your preferred seating time, the number of people in your party, and a phone number for confirmation. Reservations must be held with a credit card and will be subject to our special events reservation policy, which is available here.

Ready to celebrate Thanksgiving sans turkey and trimmings, with vibrant East Asian/Indian cuisine? The Mehtani Restaurant Group’s à la carte properties will be open for business as usual. Stop by SM23 first, for wonderful new cocktails that celebrate the season — such as the November Negroni and the Fall in Manhattan.


  • Mehndi – artfully presented authentic Punjabi & Mughalai fare. Located at 88 Headquaters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ, 973-871-2323.
  • SM 23 Bar & Lounge – hip cocktail culture akin to urban centers across the globe. Located at 3 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ, (973) 871-2323.
  • Ming II – reinvented pan-Asian cuisine. Co-located at 8 Headquarters Plaza, 3 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ

973.871.2323 (central reservation system)


  • Moghul – classically designed and orchestrated Northern Indian cuisine. Located at 1655-195 Oak Tree Road, Edison, New Jersey,732.549.5050.
  • Ming – Far Eastern/Asian Fusion, also known as Indo-Chinese or “InChin” cuisine. Co-located at 1655-195 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ, 732.549.5051.

Leave the cooking behind! Celebrate Red Knot’s first Thanksgiving with a sumptuous buffet dinner, served in the beautiful ballroom overlooking Galloping Hill Golf Course. The menu includes roasted turkey with all the trimmings, carving station, delicious homemade desserts and kids’ favorites like mac ‘n’ cheese. Full bar available plus football on TV. Two seatings are offered: 12:00 – 2:00pm and 3:00 – 5:00pm. The price is $38 per person, $15 per person for children 12 and younger. Reserve by November 15 and pay only $32 per person. For reservations, call 908.241.2211. 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth, NJ, @Galloping_Hill.

2012-11-16 13.31.06Chhaya Café, (1823 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA), gives you two reasons to give thanks this year with the return of the seasonal brunch entrees and the debut of daily pie service.  A rotating selection of pies has been added on the menu that will include jammy, juicy fruit, spiced pumpkin, nutty pecan, rich chocolate, tangy Key lime and other flavors. Fall dishes include the return of the Thanksgiving Waffle, a sausage and sage stuffing waffle topped with turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy.  New menu selections will compliment popular coffee, tea and standard brunch selections at this popular café nestled in the heart of South Philadelphia on East Passyunk Avenue.  For more information, call (215) 465-1000, @chhayacafe.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Tosca Cafe with a buffet dinner.The price is $29.95 per adult and $14.95 for kids 10 & under. Seatings will begin at 1:30 and 4:30 pm. The bar will open at noon for the kickoff of the football games; happy hour drink specials will be offered all day. Now accepting reservations please call 718.239.3300. 4038 East Tremont Avenue (at Miles Avenue) Bronx, NY.


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Celebrate Thanksgiving at City Lobster.  The cost is $49.50 per person. The price for children 12 and younger is $27.00. Children 5 years and younger are complimentary.

  • Starters: Taste Wild Mushroom, Roasted Fennel, White Truffle Oil
  • Appetizers: Autumn Farmer’s Market Late Harvest Salad, North Fork Pumpkin Ravioli, Chincoteague Bay Oysters Rockefeller, Classic Chesapeake “Old Bay” Jumbo Lump Crabcake
  • Entrees: Jaindl Farms Slow Roasted Turkey, 2 1/2 lb. Day Boat Select Maine Lobster, Faroe Island Salmon, 1/2 oz. Master-Cut Grilled New York Strip Steak
  • Desserts: Florida Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Creme Brulee Cheesecake

Junoon (27 West 24th Street), the Michelin Star “ Modern Indian” restaurant, is doing an awesome special for thanksgiving! They are inserting these specials into their already amazing lunch and dinner menu’s! 212.490.2100

  • Appetizer: Butternut Squash Shorba (roasted butternut squash, chive cream)
  • Entree: Shahi Braised Turkey (turkey legs braised in black cumin and rose curry topped with cashews, golden raisins and black currants steeped in brown butter)
  • Dessert: Brioche Bread pudding (roasted pumpkin, spiced pumpkin ice cream)
  • Cocktail special: American Harvest sour (Kentucky bourbon, apple cider, cinnamon syrup)

Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurants of Chef Daniel Boulud celebrates the American tradition of turkey, stuffing and fall flavors, and the French tradition of gathering around the table with family and friends for an hours-long feast. Whether seeking an intimate dinner for two (Café Boulud), convenient Midtown meeting spot for a group (db Bistro Moderne), or casual night out downtown (DBGB Kitchen and Bar), there’s a menu for everyone. Reservations begin Monday, October 28th.

Beer, Biscuits and Pickles … Celebrate Thanksgiving with Jacob’s Pickles. Seatings at 12, 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Call to reserve 212. 470.5566. (509 Amsterdam, NYC)

  • Five Course Menu: Amuse of deviled Egg and Pickles, Potato Leek Soup, Beet Salad with Apples, and Toasted Walnuts and Roquefort
  • Entree (choice of): Turkey with Mashed Potatoes, Southern Stuffing, Brown Gravy and Cranberry Sauce Country Ham with Red Eye Gravy and Collard Greens, Blackened Salmon over Mushroom Gratin
  • Dessert: Pumpkin Fried Oreos


-5Teqa Tequileria is hosting a Mexican Style Thanksgiving with a 3 course prix fixe menu for $45.00 with margaritas on the house! Highlights of the menu include: Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Stuffed Turkey Breast, Harmony Crusted Salmon, Churros, and Pumpkin Ice Cream.  For those who want to opt out of the prix fixe dinner no worries as their a la carte menu will still be available.  Teqa is located at 447 3rd Avenue. Make your reservation by calling 212.213.3223 (Full menu available upon request). -3Katch Brewery & Grill located at 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Astoria will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day serving up a feast of portions for only $25! Guests can enjoy roasted turkey breast with gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, with choice of Katch House brew or House wine —including pumpkin pie for dessert! Katch will also be showing Football Games:» Packers at Lions (12:30 p.m. ET on FOX)

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If celebrating at home, Épicerie Boulud—Chef Boulud’s Upper West Side gourmet market— can provide a superb and ready-to-serve spread for five or 50. The Thanksgiving To-Go Package includes all the essentials and the Á La Carte Menu offers dishes to round out the dinner table. Dinner for 6-8 people which includes a 14-17 pound turkey is $295 plus tax. Dinner for 10-12 which  includes a 17-20 pound turkey is $395 plus tax. Online orders begin Monday, October 28th at store.danielnyc.com. Order a Thanksgiving To-Go package by Thursday, November 14th and receive complimentary Pumpkin-Maple Pie! Pick-up Wednesday, November 27th, at 1900 Broadway (at 64th Street), 212.595.9606.

All Good Things market in TriBeCa offers a special takeout menu for Thanksgiving that includes free range turkey and roasted poulet rouge, traditional sides such as cornbread, stuffing and mashed potatoes and pies ranging from pumpkin to apple. Guests can stop by over the next month to place their order. 102 Franklin Street (Church), 212.966.3663.

Raymi’s Thanksgiving To-Go for eight is just $150 for a family-style dinner including a 16 lb turkey. To assure the appropriate mouthwatering aromas will fill the homes it graces, the turkey – marinated in a special blend of vegetables and spices for extraordinary flavor and moisture – will be ready to roast according to instructions provided by Raymi Executive Chef Erik Ramirez, while all the fixin’s and sides will be packaged for simply re-heating before serving.  Again, with easy to follow instruction from Chef Ramirez. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 by calling Raymi (212) 929.1200.  Pick-up for meal will be Wednesday, November 27th before 10PM at 43 West 24th Street (btw 5th and 6th Aves).

For Thanksgiving entertaining, B&B Winepub pastry chef Katie McAllister is offering her pies to-go. Her pies include classics like apple crumb, pumpkin and cheesecake and inventive flavors such as cheddar apple, dark chocolate pumpkin meringue and maple bourbon pecan. They range in price from $26-$34. Order forms are available at both B&B & Lure, and orders must be placed by Sat/Nov 23. All pick ups will be at B&B on Tue/Nov 26 and Wed/Nov 27 at B&B between 12-10pm. 25 West Houston Street (Mercer-Greene),  212.334.7320, @burgerandbarrel.

Turkey to Go ($195, serves 6-8) includes a Citrus Roasted Heritage Turkey accompanied by sausage-fennel cornbread stuffing, cranberry chutney-stuffed lady apple, sweet potato casserole, maple braised pork belly, brussels sprouts and giblet gravy. For dessert, diners can dig into a bourbon pecan pie with brown butter anglaise and pumpkin ice cream. Sides are also available include whipped Yukon gold potatoes ($40), butternut squash soup ($20), Pochuk Valley Farms Organic Greens ($60), Caesar Salad ($30) and creamed spinach ($60). Turkey to go orders must be placed by November 25; to order, call 973-827-5996 x 3.


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The Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe will be open Wednesday, November 27th from 12pm-5pm for ORDER PICKUP ONLY. Order pickup will be at our party and classroom, located in the building behind the shop (next to the nail salon and NY Pizza).  The store will not be open for walk-in business. All orders must be placed prior to Sunday, November 24th at 5pm. The Shoppe will be closed Thursday, November 28th. 3” pies will be $3 each and 9” pies will be $15 each. Cookie platters are $10 per dozen, tied with a decorative bow. This makes a great thank-you or hostess gift! 6” Thanksgiving Cakes are $25 (upgrade to an 8” for $35 or 10” for $50). All are available as regular size or minis, except carrot which is only available as a regular size cupcake.

 Chhaya Café (1823 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA) is now serving tasty treats very dear to Chef Varnana Beuria — her fabulous pies. Once reserved only for guests in Chef Beuria’s home, these delicious pies with delicate crusts are now available at her café for all to enjoy. The soul-satisfying pie possibilities are nearly limitless —jammy, juicy fruit, spiced pumpkin, nutty pecan, rich chocolate, tangy Key lime and more. It’s no surprise that, since last week, when Chhaya started selling these heavenly, sweet, flaky-crusted pies, they have sold out every day. Pie selection changes daily. Slices are $5 each or $20 for a whole pie. Order for Thanksgiving by Wednesday, November 20th. For more information, call (215) 465-1000, @chhayacafe. 

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Bantam Bagels  has their new “Apple Pie” Bantam – Cinnamon nutmeg bagel filled with sweet vanilla caramel apple cream cheese. Also,  Bantam now ships to New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland!!


-6Get your Thanksgiving deserts from Breads Bakery (18 East 16th Street) this year.  From chocolate croissants to cookies, they’ve got you covered. Or try something new desert this holiday season; bring Sufganiyots home for the family and choose from one of their 6 fillings:

  • strawberry jam with powdered sugar
  • dulce de leche
  • vanilla cream (creme de patisserie)
  • chocolate
  • hazelnut
  • a flavor that will change every few days
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