By Scott Etkin
Utopia Restaurant, the diner at 267 Amsterdam between 72nd and 73rd Streets, is living up to its name. This Thanksgiving the UWS staple will give away 40 traditional meals to people in need.
“Since the pandemic I see a lot of people struggle. I feel so bad, I want to try to help,” said Mike Sabry, owner of Utopia.
The meals being distributed will be the same quality as the ones he’d normally sell for around $50. The package will include stuffing with cranberries, chestnuts and pine nuts, white and dark turkey, sweet potatoes, vegetables and soup.
Mike started doing meal giveaways last year, when he distributed Christmas dinners. “This year I [will] try to keep the tradition, as long as I’m here.” This Thanksgiving, Mike will give out take-out only meals from 7am and 9am to the first 40 people in need.
Utopia, which is full of blue booths and what look like regulars, opened in 1983. Next year will be its 40th anniversary.
“I’m going to serve a regular [Thanksgiving] dinner with dignity and love and respect,” he said. “It makes me feel good to see I helped someone.”