If you live in New York City, there are a million reasons not to cook Thanksgiving dinner at your apartment. The stove is too small, or the stove is, in fact, an illegally wired hot plate; your dining table seats one, plus a cat; your roommate is a very vocal vegan; you can’t possibly be expected to schlep a 29-pound Butterball turkey home on the subway; if your mother saw the way you live you’d never hear the end of it.
Luckily for you, the city that never sleeps is also the city that never closes on major holidays. To make it easy to make a reservation, we’ve rounded up 15 our favorite open-on-Thanksgiving restaurants. When you go out to eat, just make sure to show your gratitude to all the New Yorkers working on the holiday so you don’t have to -- this is a time to give thanks, after all.
South Street Seaport Industry Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Pizza ($29) lets you combine your once-a-year love of Thanksgiving with your year-round love of pizza. The wood-fired pie is topped with roast turkey, stuffing, and walnuts, then finished with cranberry sauce and some gooey mozzarella for the sweet-and-savory experience of the beloved Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich. The rest of the menu will also be available, too, so you can pair your pizza with spiced butternut squash soup and Cajun alligator sticks. Cost: Prices à la carte; reserve online
Noho Thanksgiving dinner at Saxon + Parole is designed to eat family style -- you get to choose your own appetizer and entree, plus pick three sides to share. The menu is a little fancier than your regular family-style feast: King salmon crudo and foie gras brûlée are on the starter menu, and a slow-roasted turkey is joined by ricotta gnudi and a whole grilled branzino for the main course. If you’re still hungry for dessert, there’s a full pie bar so you can have all the slices you like. Cost: $95 per person ($45 for kids); reserve online
Times Square Host a classic family-style Thanksgiving, but skip doing any of the actual work. At Virgil’s Real BBQ, their all-in dinner for eight includes an 18-pound smoked turkey and gravy, sausage and pecan stuffing, cornbread, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, greens, cranberry sauce, and buttermilk biscuits. You can order a whole pumpkin or apple pie (or both!) in advance to recreate the entire family Thanksgiving experience without even turning on your oven or dirtying a single dish. Cost: $249 for a dinner for eight; pies are $20 each. Reserve online.
Times Square Swap your tired Butterball turkey for a wired whole Peking duck with Tsar Nicoulai caviar at Hakkasan -- for those who can’t bear to even look at a plate of mashed potatoes and gravy, this elevated Cantonese spot is offering their entire menu on Thanksgiving. The dim sum platter with scallop shumai, har gau, prawn and Chinese chive dumplings, and black pepper duck dumplings lets you recreate the Thanksgiving experience of piling a little bit of everything onto your plate. Cost: Prices à la carte; reserve online
Soho If you’ve been dreaming of escaping New York City for a homey Thanksgiving, you can head to Harold’s, instead. The restaurant, located inside the Arlo SoHo, is offering tried-and-true Thanksgiving dishes like roasted turkey, sweet potato mousseline, green bean casserole, and creamed pearl onions. And after dinner, you can make your way to the Arlo’s heated cedar courtyard cabins for a few stiff drinks, some cozy blankets, and the opportunity to pull a seasonal Instagram flex on your friends. Cost: $65 a person; reserve online. Call 212.390.8484 to reserve a cabin.
East Village, West Village For those who need a few drinks to make it through the holidays, Pizza Loves Emily is hosting an all-day happy hour with half-price beer, wine, and well drinks. In addition to their pizza and list-topping Emmy burger, they’ll be serving a special “Thanksgiving Turbo Turkey Sandwich” ($15) with turkey confit, brussels sprouts, apples, and cranberry aioli on a pretzel bun. It’s the ideal spot to spend a Friendsgiving or take your not-so-fussy family. Cost: Prices à la carte; reserve online
East Village Have a celebratory sushi dinner at Sakagura, where they’re offering every Thanksgiving diner a Thanksgiving Sushi Roll for free with the order of any menu item. Rolled tight with turkey, cranberry sauce, and truffles, the roll is served with a carafe of hot sake. The rest of the menu will be on offer, too, including Miyazaki Wagyu beef and sea urchin sashimi, so you can have a decidedly non-traditional Thanksgiving meal while still honoring Thanksgiving traditions. Cost: Prices à la carte; reserve online
Tribeca The intimate feel of this teeny-tiny restaurant replicates the feeling of pulling up some extra chairs around your kitchen table for a special occasion. The Thanksgiving prix fixe menu is homey, too, with a Heritage Farm turkey and apple-sage stuffing, crispy brussels sprouts, and a bowl of pumpkin soup. If you also want to replicate the feeling of drinking half a bottle of wine at your own kitchen table, the additional wine pairing is $20 more per person. Cost: $70 per person, plus an additional $20 for a wine pairing; reserve online
SoHo If you’re on the hunt for some turkey-themed ‘tent this year, the Gitano Jungle Room inside The James hotel was designed to be eminently Instagrammable. Their prix fixe menu skews Mexican, with fire roasted calabazo and crispy duck al pastor among the more traditional turkey-and-potatoes fare. The whole space is inspired by a glamorous getaway to Tulum, so you can trick your Insta followers into thinking you got out of the city for Thanksgiving break. Cost: $110 per person; reserve online
Upper East Side, West Village, NoMad All three locations of the steakhouse Quality Eats are slinging a casual “Franksgiving” meal for the holiday. What, you ask, is a Franksgiving? Why, it’s a housemade turkey frank on a sweet potato bun. It’s paired with stuffing fries, cranberry ketchup, and green bean relish to help you feel the “Thanksgiving on a bun” fantasy. It’s a fun way to nod to the holiday without all the fuss and expense of a full Thanksgiving dinner. Cost: $26 a person; reserve online
Lower East Side Dirty French’s Francophone take on this extremely American meal includes paté grand mére with foie gras, mushroom mille feuille with butternut squash, and roasted turkey breast with braised leg blanquette. If all those French words have you feeling extra fancy, you can supplement the prix fixe with Dover sole or côte de boeuf in brown butter bearnaise. Just make sure to order up a slice of good ol’ American pumpkin pie for dessert. Cost: $98 per person; reserve online
Midtown If you don’t want a heavy meal but you do want to get drunk, this Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade-adjacent rooftop is the perfect place to party. Their regular bar food menu will be available, along with seasonal drinks like a hot toddy with mint and orange, the “Definitely Not an Apple Martini” with Jim Beam and amaro, and the “Cuffing Season Frozen Cider” with apple pie moonshine and baking spices. A portion of the proceeds from the “Cuffing Season” cocktail go to charity, so you can do some good while you drink. Cost: Prices à la carte; email email@example.com to reserve
Midtown East Having reimaged the Thanksgiving classics with Indian culinary traditions, the longstanding Indian restaurant Chola is serving them all up on a lunch buffet. Pile your plate with turkey butter pepper, pumpkin bharta, cranberry chutney, and potato madras -- all for the very Midtown-Indian-lunch-buffet price of only $19.95. They’ll be serving their regular menu, too, but please note that the Thanksgiving buffet is only available at lunchtime from 12 - 3pm. Cost: $19.95 per person; reserve online
Ditmas Park For those of you who grew up on Thanksgiving in the ‘70s, this slow-food spot is putting a vintage spin on the menu. A cheese ball with sharp cheddar and pecans, a mushroom and squash casserole, and a pumpkin roll combine to give you that “dinner at Grandma’s with smoke in your eyes” vibe. There’s no green couch or brown afghan, but the food still feels like the cozy Thanksgiving dinners of your childhood. Cost: $75 per person; reserve online or try for a walk-in at the bar
SoHo, UES, Midtown For Thanksgiving, Boqueria is serving their full menu à la carte -- including tapas all-stars like Ibérico ham, lamb albóndigas, and patatas bravas -- along with a prix fixe family-style feast. This Barcelona-themed take on turkey day features a traditional roast turkey, mashed potatoes, mushroom stuffing, and dessert alongside some of Boqueria’s signature dishes. True to the spirit of tapas (and, while we’re at it, the spirit of Thanksgiving), it’s a meal made for sharing with family or friends. Cost: $70 per person; reserve online
NoLita If nothing says “home” to you like an Italian supper, Gran Tivoli is serving up a Thanksgiving dinner that would make your Nonna proud. With Tuscan-style crispy turkey, mushroom “sacchettoni” dumplings, and porchetta belly with gravy, you can eat Italian home cooking without having to hear your cousins fight from the TV room. Just in case you do have to go home to your family after, the prix fixe meal comes with a glass of wine. Cost: $49 a person; reserve online
Chelsea Alfred Portale -- formerly of the West Village’s Gotham Bar & Grill -- is opening a new spot just in time for the holidays. If you’ve got friends or family who thrill to be the first in line at every opening, they’ll want to make a reservation. Try the classic roast turkey with cherry stuffing, or eat outside the cornucopia with grilled king salmon or duck bolognese. For dessert, there’s sweet potato mousse with marshmallow fluff -- a nod to the classic casserole’s mini marshmallow topping. Price: $85 a person, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve
Williamsburg This scene-y spot has a sister restaurant in Trastevere, Rome, where one assumes they don’t do much to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here in Brooklyn, though, they’ve reimagined the classic American meal with local ingredients and traditional Roman recipes. Their à la carte menu features cacio e pepe, pumpkin gnocchi with prawns, and the very-un-Butterball-like baked monkfish. It’s the perfect place to go if you’d prefer to spend the whole month of November without a slice of turkey on your plate. Cost: Prices à la carte; reserve online
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