The 14 Best NYC Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

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The 14 Best NYC Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner
The 14 Best NYC Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Courtesy of Hill Country Barbecue Market

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

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¬† Soho Price:¬†$62 per person¬†for three courses, $34 per person¬†for turkey plate only Drop by this SoHo corner for¬†a three-course dinner menu that includes turkey tortellini soup, roast turkey with cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin cr√®me br√Ľl√©e. There'll be a version of the regular menu for a¬†la carte ordering as well, in case¬†cheeseburger spring rolls are a Thanksgiving tradition for you¬†-- which, let's be honest, they totally should be.

The Red Cat

  Chelsea Price: $85 per person for three courses If you're looking to spend Thanksgiving at a popular Chelsea restaurant named after a colorful animal, The Red Cat is your clear choice. With a mouthwatering special menu including Scottish salmon crudo, Atlantic hake, butter-basted organic turkey, and cinnamon-buttered sweet potatoes -- not to mention a chocolate budino you'd fight your mother for -- it's a no-brainer. Continue Reading

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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

  Noho Price: $85 per person for five courses At the sister restaurant of the famed Il Buco, you'll find a five-course family-style dinner that includes such options as chestnut agnolotti, baccala, and roasted pears. Is this a traditional Thanksgiving dinner? No. Will you care? Also no!

Jones Wood Foundry

  Upper East Side Price: $65 per person for three courses This traditional British pub might seem like another odd place to celebrate a wholly American holiday like Thanksgiving, until you peep the menu: butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin pie, and a roasted turkey with all the fixin's. And by fixin's, we mean roasted potatoes, cranberry sauce, cornbread, pan gravy, and more.

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The Cecil

  Harlem Price: $55 per person for three courses Swing by this Harlem brasserie for an Afro-Asian-inspired holiday meal, with dishes like spiced pumpkin soup, bourbon praline ham, and jollof rice. Or, if you like to mix 'n match, pick out your favorites from the á la carte offerings, which include oxtail dumplings and a cinnamon-scented fried guinea hen.


  Flatiron Price: $145 per person for four courses Although Chef Tom Colicchio's no-tips system won't be in effect for this special Thanksgiving feast, here's what will be: a four-course prix fixe with your choice of roasted turkey, sea bass, or sirloin as the star of the show. You're definitely going home with leftovers after this one.

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Miss Lily's

  Greenwich Village Price: $38 per person for three courses Unless you happen to have a Caribbean grandmother you're not telling anyone about, Miss Lily's is your best bet for scoring a jerk turkey on Thanksgiving in NYC. Yes, a jerk turkey, along with cod fritters and pumpkin soup. If you'd rather dine in your own home, have no fear: there's a prix-fixe "Thanksgiving Jamaican Feast" menu available for takeout.


  Harlem Price: $55 per person for three courses Hit up the dining room at Minton's for one of the three Thanksgiving seatings on offer; you'll have to pay a music charge up front, but you'll also have access to a three-course feast that includes grilled pork sirloin, collard green salad, and apple fig cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream. Oh, and live music, too -- it's a jazz supper club, after all.

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The NoMad

  NoMad Price: $145 per person for three courses Looking to class up your Thanksgiving? Stop into The NoMad for some seared cod with celery root and crispy pork, or roasted venison with delicata squash and Brussels sprouts, then slowly pass the check to that one friend who makes way more money than you.


  Midtown West Price: $68 per person for three courses Located adjacent to the Eventi hotel, this Italian-inspired eatery will be plating a variety of seasonal favorites, including butternut squash soup (with fontina agnolotti), wood-fire-roasted heritage turkey, and, of course, mashed potatoes.

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Hill Country Barbecue Market

  Brooklyn Price: $45 per person Hill Country's about as close to a traditional, mom-cooked feast as you're likely to get -- provided your mom makes pit-smoked turkey, Texas toast stuffing, smoked sausage, and sweet potato casserole. In which case, why the hell aren't you going home for Thanksgiving?

Delmonico's Kitchen

  Midtown West Price: $80 per person for four courses This modern spinoff of the iconic NYC steakhouse will serve up a four-course prix-fixe dinner on Turkey Day, which'll include butternut squash risotto, blue crab cakes with maple horseradish mustard, and brined roast turkey with sausage and fennel stuffing.

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Broken Spoke Rotisserie

¬† Kips Bay Price:¬†Takeout items available a la carte While the special menu at this Kips Bay cafe is only available for takeout, that's no reason to pass up the uniquely Latin American flavors on offer -- think haba√Īero cranberry sauce and huitlacoche chorizo alongside your 12lb bird. Best of all, Broken Spoke's offering a complimentary drink of choice at the bar during pick-up, allowing you to get your tipple on before returning home with your feast.


  East Village Price: $72 per person for three courses While the "vegetable-heavy" menu at John Fraser's East Village eatery continues into its Thanksgiving offerings -- like the chef's signature carrot Wellington -- you can still sink your teeth into meatier dishes like trout with chanterelles and turkey breast with stuffed leg and cranberry sauce. Carnivores rejoice! Sign up here for our daily NYC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun New York has to offer. Gianni Jaccoma is an editor for Thrillist, and he demands mashed potatoes at every Thanksgiving, without fail. Follow his insistent-yet-consistent tweets: @gjaccoma.

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1. The Cecil 210 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026 (Harlem)

An eclectic Harlem jazz supper club with Asian inspired dishes.

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2. Delicatessen 54 Prince St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

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.

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3. The Red Cat 227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

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.

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4. Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria 53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012 (Noho)

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.

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5. Jones Wood Foundry 401 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

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.

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6. Craft 43 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

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.

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7. Miss Lily's 132 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

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.

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8. Minton's 206 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026 (Harlem)

Come to Minton's for a nostalgic New York feel, great live jazz music and a cozy setting for a special evening.

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9. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 (Nomad)

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.

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10. L'Amico 849 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Midtown)

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.

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11. Hill Country Barbecue Market 345 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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.

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12. Delmonico's Kitchen 207 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

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.

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13. Broken Spoke Rotisserie 439 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

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.

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14. Narcissa 21 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

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.