New York Much like hand-turkeys and unnecessarily rough games of touch football, no Thanksgiving would be complete without a mouthwatering, borderline-gluttonous feast. But what if, for one reason or another, a home-cooked meal is... off the table? To spare you the grief of cooking (and consequently burning the hell out of your own bird), we wrangled together the 14 finest NYC restaurants that a) are open on Thanksgiving, and b) offer special Turkey Day spreads. More Stuff You Will Like
The 14 Best NYC Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner
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1. The Cecil210 W 118th St, New York
2. Delicatessen54 Prince St, New York
3. The Red Cat227 10th Ave, New York
4. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria53 Great Jones St, New York
5. Jones Wood Foundry401 E 76th St, New York
6. Craft43 E 19th St, New York
7. Miss Lily's132 W Houston St, New York
8. Minton's206 W 118th St, New York
9. The NoMad1170 Broadway, New York
10. L'Amico849 6th Ave, New York
11. Hill Country Barbecue Market345 Adams St, Brooklyn
12. Delmonico's Kitchen207 W 36th St, New York
13. Broken Spoke Rotisserie439 3rd Ave, New York
14. Narcissa21 Cooper Sq, New York
An eclectic Harlem jazz supper club with Asian inspired dishes.
The thing about Delicatessen is that it isn't one, at all. On the corner of Prince and Lafayette, the sleek restaurant is outfitted with stainless steel accents and floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to sidewalk seating, and its two- and four-top tables play host to tourists fueling up post-Soho shopping spree, and model types networking with other model types. Far from the traditional pastrami-slinging delis of New York, Delicatessen serves upscale comfort food that would satiate anyone's (especially a European teenager's) craving for "American food": mac & cheese, cheese sauce-laden burgers, and creamy lobster rolls. It's popular with the weekday lunch crowd, but on weekends, it turns into a brunch powerhouse.
New American comfort food is king at this narrow, popular eatery in Chelsea, which has been in operation since 1999. Menu highlights include options like shrimp tacos, slow-roasted duck breast, burgers, and steaks. What puts this spot on the map, however, is its extensive wine offerings and BYOB status, which is especially great during brunch.
At the sister restaurant of the famed Il Buco, you'll find a five-course, rustic Italian family-style menu that includes such options as chestnut agnolotti, baccala, and roasted pears. But you're really here for the lunch offerings, including the notorious porchetta panino, stuffed with hefty slices of pork and scented with rosemary. Be sure to check out the market, too, which functions as a salumeria, panetteria, formaggeria, and gelateria.
JWF, an UES staple, offers authentic British fare like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and tea-brined chicken -- all served with UK beers. The front bar of this homey pub boasts a wrought-iron and stained-glass window that overlooks a sky-lit banquet hall. The hall, with rustic communal tables, sits adjacent to an outdoor courtyard, and connects to a dining room with antler-framed mirrors. So even without the accents, boy bands, or Royal Guards, you'll feel like you're across the pond.
Come to craft if you want to be blown away by the cuisine and seemingly impossible pairings. Try their delicious American Wagyu Carpaccio or Braised Halibut if you feel like something fishy.
A Caribbean oasis in Manhattan, the SoHo location of this popular New York City chain is as impressive as the rest. Island eats aplenty -- such as jerk chicken, curried lamb, and oxtail stew -- and organic juices from the adjacent Melvin's Juice Box make Miss Lily's perfect for (healthy!) afternoon indulging.
Come to Minton's for a nostalgic New York feel, great live jazz music and a cozy setting for a special evening.
Housed in a historic arts building, The NoMad hotel is a stylish, Parisian-inspired luxury hotel with hardwood floors and handmade rugs. Inside the hotel is a bi-level library, an opulent lounge with a mahogany bar, and an upscale restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel is the much-lauded NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St), serving refined cocktails and upscale pub fare in a hip, lively space.
The menu at Laurent Tourondel's L'Amico features Italian-inspired dishes, served in a casual setting. Two copper-clad, wood-burning ovens act as the centerpiece of the open kitchen, so diners can watch the parade of pizzas (we love the guanciale-topped clam pie), pastas, and rustic mains make their way to the dining area. Eating alone? L'Amico's bar area invites solo diners to enjoy a more quiet experience of the space and cuisine.
Hill Country Barbecue Market is possible the closest thing you'll get to Texas in the city. They cary a true Texas attitude when in comes to BBQ: No long or fancy ingredient list is necessary, just high-grade meat, a solid dry rub and lots and lots of time. The offerings of hand-carved brisket, prime rib and pork loin prove this attitude successful and make the perfect anchor for all your favorite Southern sides. This spot also got Texas' penchant for country music right: there are live acts almost every night, and there's rarely a cover charge.
Delmonico's is a truly iconic New York institution, boasting a globally-inspired and seasonal approach to dining that uses organic and local ingredients. The result? Bestselling menu staples with savory twists, such as steak, eggs Benedict, and Baked Alaska -- all which help maintain the centuries-old sterling steakhouse reputation.
If this spot is any indication, more places should be rotisserie-ing more meats. Check out the "beast of the week" with tortillas, pickled veggies, and chimichurri.
Inside The Standard East Village, Narcissa crafts a seasonal menu based around farm-fresh Hudson Valley ingredients that are both light and filling. Two dining rooms and an outdoor space with a private garden view give off a cozy, upscale vibe complemented by a crowd of downtown regulars and hotel guests. The menu gives equal play to meat, fish, and vegetables, with an emphasis on roasted dishes. Be sure to order a side of the carrot fries -- they give their fried potato counterparts a run for their money.