Where to Go Out for Thanksgiving Dinner in New York
There’s nothing like a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal… nothing quite as stressful, that is, particularly when your minuscule kitchen rarely sees so much as a turkey sandwich. Fortunately, lots of great NYC restaurants are offering Turkey Day spreads that range from traditional to globally inspired. No matter where you go, these spots will give you plenty to be thankful for (namely, not having to wash a single dish).
For a meal that includes plenty of indulgence (like baked Brie) but also caters to vegetarians, head to the restaurant inside Williamsburg’s new Hoxton hotel. Enjoy green beans with bacon vinaigrette, sweet potatoes with brown butter, and confit turkey with pan gravy (or a veg-friendly mushroom lasagna with rosemary-cashew sauce).
97 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; thehoxton.com ($65)
Daniel Boulud’s Lincoln Center bistro is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu with a French twist. Standouts include peekytoe crab coupe with cauliflower crémeux and crab bisque; turkey with foie gras stuffing, Brussels sprouts and lardon hash; and pumpkin tarte with speculoos and spiced chantilly cream. (FYI, you’ll find prix-fixe offerings at the chef’s other restaurants, Boulud Sud and db Bistro Moderne, too.)
1900 Broadway; barboulud.com ($75; kids under 12, $35)
Trade the turkey for crispy-skinned roast duck with a Chinese Thanksgiving at this elegant three-story restaurant, which offers three prix-fixe menus tailored to groups ranging from two to eight. All menus feature kabocha pumpkin soup and DaDong’s signature duck served with pancakes, crispy sesame buns and orange macerated cranberries. (The à la carte menu will also be available.)
3 Bryant Park; dadongny.com (from $78)
Put an Italian spin on your Thanksgiving feast with pumpkin ravioli and braised turkey ragu,stuffing amped up with Grana Padano and white truffle, and cioccolato mousse—all for an affordable $39 per person (dine in or take out). And in the spirit of giving, Lucciola is offering dinner on the house to the first ten diners to reserve.
621 Amsterdam Ave.; lucciolanyc.com ($39)
Thanksgiving goes on a Mediterranean vacation at this Astoria taverna. Along with traditionalplates like turkey and roasted butternut bisque, you’ll find plenty of seafood options, including branzino with ladolemono sauce. Be sure to save room for baklava or pumpkin pie (or both).
29-20 30th Ave., Astoria; akrotiritaverna.com (
The turkey at this Tribeca gem—which consists of confit legs with walnut-date sauce and slow-poached white meat—is so beloved, the restaurant started serving it on November 1. Stop by anytime until Thanksgiving to pregame or book a table for the day of for the full family-style feast.
508 Greenwich St.; housemanrestaurant.com ($
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Dress to impress (and eat) over at this fine-dining hot spot and its (slightly) more casual offshoot, Le Grill. Don’t miss the “Parisian gnocchi” with white truffle shavings and mimolette tuile, alongside classics (turkey, pumpkin pie) and non-classics (caramelized free-range quail).
85 Tenth Ave.; joelrobuchonusa.com ($
Spend Thanksgiving in the sky at Danny Meyer’s ambitious restaurant 60 floors up. Executive chef Jason Pfeifer creates a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes a sunchoke and chestnut soup with black truffles, turkey roulade with whipped potatoes and braised greens, and specialty pies.
28 Liberty St.; manhattarestaurant.com ($
A Cajun-style Thanksgiving? Don’t mind if we do. Nosh on duck and foie rillette with mustard, pickles and baguette; turkey with crawfish stuffing, cranberry and gravy (or roasted codfish with creamed Brussels sprouts, turnips and leeks); and pumpkin cheesecake. Of course, the famed oysters are also available à la carte.
298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn; maisonpremiere.com (
Nobody gets traditional like Bubby’s. Its family-style Thanksgiving dinner hits all the classics, like turkey with giblet gravy, old-fashioned glazed ham and fixings like cornbread sausage stuffing, flaky buttermilk biscuits with homemade jam, roasted seasonal veggies and, of course, those famous pies for dessert.
Two locations; bubbys.com ($75; kids under 10, $50)
If you can’t head to the beach for Thanksgiving, at least you can head to Miss Lily’s for its annual Caribbean Turkey Supper. Expect tropical twists on holiday classics like cod fritters, Caribbean pumpkin soup, jerk turkey with brioche stuffing, cranberry chutney, and mac and cheese, followed by banana pudding for dessert.
Two locations; misslilys.com ($48)
Add a touch of Japanese opulence to your Thanksgiving, courtesy of this midtown eatery known for its tasting menus. Dishes include kabocha pumpkin soup with bacon cream foam; miso sea bass with vin blanc yuzu sauce, turkey truffle pie with foie gras gravy, and sweet potato Mont Blanc with rum raisin ice cream.
245 E. 44th St.; mifune-restaurant.com ($
This Central European–influenced spot is putting its unique (and delicious) stamp on Thanksgiving. Think German pumpkin soup with clotted cream and smoked sage, charred yam with hazelnut brown butter and labneh, and kale polenta with wild mushrooms. Finish this feast with a maple torte with apple-clove sorbet.
342 E. Sixth St.; theeddynyc.com ($95; optional wine pairing, $50)
Root & Bone
Playing host to some high-maintenance relatives this holiday? Get some much-needed Southern comfort food to take the edge off. We’re talking drunken deviled eggs with pickled beets, root chip and dill; smoked turkey leg with cornbread stuffing; and Grandma Daisy’s “angel biscuits” with sea salt and benne seeds. Bourbon chocolate pecan pie guarantees that everyone leaves happy (or at least in a food coma).
200 E. Third St.; rootnbone.com ($75; kids under 12, $45)
Boqueria’s Spanish-inspired Thanksgiving menu is a cornucopia of Ibérico ham, artisanal cheeses, pan con tomate and riffs on Thanksgiving staples like Brussels sprouts and chorizo, roasted organic turkey with olive oil mashed potatoes, and homemade pork sausage and mushroom stuffing. Finish the meal with turrón (almond and hazelnut cake with dulce de lecheice cream) or apple tart.
Multiple locations; boqueriarestaurant.
The Bombay Bread Bar
Chef Floyd Cardoz’s vibrant Soho restaurant is serving Mumbai-inspired street foods and regional Indian dishes over Thanksgiving. Think the likes of chutneys, roasted sweet potato chaat, South Indian pumpkin soup, ghee-roasted turkey with curry leaf and chilis, and sides like Brussels sprouts with lentils, chorizo-cornbread stuffing and gingered spinach.
195 Spring St.; thebombaybreadbar.com ($
Giving thanks in Leuca’s gorgeous dining room beats cramming everyone into a Manhattan apartment any day. The Southern Italian–inspired prix fixe includes dishes such as smoked beets with ricotta salata, tuna crudo with chili and crispy farro, and spiced cranberry sorbetto for dessert.
111 N. 12th St., Brooklyn; leuca.com ($95; kids 12 and under, $40)
Hill Country Barbecue Market
If you think deep-frying is the be-all and end-all, wait until you try a pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy. Or diversify your table with signature beef brisket, pork spare ribs, smoked sausage and market chicken. Side dishes include Texas-toast stuffing, sweet potato bourbon mash,and mac and cheese. And if you somehow still have room, there’s caramel apple streusel to be had.
30 W. 26th St.; hillcountry.com ($60; kid