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Upper East Side
Let the a la carte and prix fixe menus at this recently reopened historic brasserie transport you to Paris for the holiday. The set menu will include a creamy lobster bisque, foie gras agnolotti in sage butter, pear and gorgonzola salad, and a roasted organic turkey with mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, stuffing, and gravy. Dessert, the most important part of any French meal, will include a pecan mascarpone napoleon and pumpkin cinnamon layer cake.
Price: $65 per person, call 212-988-8169 for reservations
Forget the impending winter weather with a taste of the Mediterranean this Turkey Day. Green Fig’s set menu includes mangold leaf stuffed with butternut squash, mushrooms, and rice, turkey osso buco with Israeli couscous, and your choice of pumpkin cheesecake, valrhona chocolate truffles, or a Moroccan donut for dessert.
Price: $49 per person; reserve online
SoHo, Upper East Side, Midtown East
Put a Spanish spin on your third Thursday in November classics with the prix fixe, family-style dinner at three of Boqueria’s NYC locations. Special holiday items include a selection of Ibérico ham, chorizo, and cheese, roasted organic turkey with olive oil mashed potatoes, housemade pork sausage and mushroom stuffing, and churros with apple pie filling and spiced sugar.
Price: $70 per person, reserve online
One of NYC’s best Middle Eastern restaurants is serving a four-course prix-fixe from 2-9pm. Choose two starters from Lebanese leaning options like moussaka, sautéed lamb sausage, and baba ghannouj, then dig into large plates of lamb makloubeh, a mixed grill platter with chicken, beef, lamb and veggies, or a traditional turkey dinner with stuffing and gravy. Dessert is a tough call between apple-cardamom “pie,” chocolate date cake, a candy bar, or traditional Lebanese clotted cream with rosewater syrup and fruit.
Price: $72 per person; reserve online
If you’re wedded to tourist central for the holiday, have a lark at an area restaurant that actually draws its fair share of locals. Start with the lobster and shrimp stuffed avocado, then buck tradition and skip the turkey in favor of the slow roasted pork with rice and beans with mashed yuca on the side. Dessert is pumpkin bread pudding. Unlike most set menus, this one comes with one glass of sangria or a mojito to get you going. Come by between 5-9pm for live music.
Price: $49 per person; reserve online
Swap that cartoonish turkey leg for elevated Chinese fare in DaDong’s elegant dining room. The holiday menu includes kabocha pumpkin soup, stewed beef sirloin and tendon, roast duck with pancakes, crispy sesame buns, orange macerated cranberries, and a custard dessert.
Price: $78 per person for two guests; $92 per person for four guests; reserve online
If you’re more thankful for the long weekend than its attendant poultry and deals, make it a karaoke kinda holiday. Maru is open until 3am, can accommodate large parties, and it’s near the commercial shopping district known as Herald Square, if you must. Eschew the encroaching cheer in a private room (starting at $40 for up to five people) with wine, beer and cocktails, Korean bar food, and rousing renditions of “Monster Mash” and “Last Christmas,” because apparently nobody has ever written a song about Thanksgiving.
Price: Cheapest you’ll get out of here is probably about $50 per person; reserve online
If the season already has you dreaming of an island escape, abscond to Queens for a three-course Greek feast prepared by Top Chef alum Nicholas Poulmentis. Start with the salmon carpaccio salad, gobble up a traditional turkey entrée or roasted pork leg with lemon potatoes, and nibble baklava for dessert.
Price: $49 per person; reserve online
This is your best holiday prix-fixe alternative. Instead of staggered courses that more or less amount to what you’d find on grandma’s table (provided grandma were a really good cook), Extra Virgin’s added a traditional Thanksgiving plate (turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, truffle baby yukons, cranberry relish, Brussels sprouts, and gravy) to its Thursday menu. Other entrées include butternut squash ravioli, Chilean sea bass, and steak.
Price: $30 for the Thanksgiving plate; reserve online
Squeeze in dinner and some offline shopping at the second of three Jean-Georges restaurants curiously -- brilliantly? -- adjacent to luxury retailer, ABC Carpet & Home. Dine on guacamole with crushed pistachios, crispy fish tacos (yes, there is a turkey option, too), and warm vanilla fritters with Mexican chocolate or pumpkin pie with spiced crème fraiche.
Price: $98 per person; reserve online
Why not give this new spot a shot of food’s biggest night -- or, realistically, afternoon? The recently opened upscale American joint will serve roasted mushroom and chestnut soup with poached egg; black truffle and venison sausage, and heritage turkey with brioche-apple and leek stuffing, brown butter sweet potato, haricots verts, whipped potatoes, and cranberry-orange jelly for its first Thanksgiving.
Price: $65 per person; reserve online
Lower East Side
Gather your loved ones around the hot pot this Thanksgiving for a communal feast, Sichuan-style. A special Yin-Yang pot will mingle both pumpkin seafood broth and spicy beef tallow broth with meats like chicken breast and lamb shoulder, and seasonal vegetables like taro, pumpkin and several mushroom varieties. The prix-fixe (which serves four), also includes sweet pumpkin rice cakes, a glass of wine for each diner, and Il laboratorio del gelato pumpkin gelato for dessert.
Price: $79/person, call 917-421-9330 for reservations
Book a room in The William Vale hotel to pass out after you eat a four-course prix fixe by chef (and carb wizard) Andrew Carmellini. Guests can choose appetizers, a main course, and dessert, including roasted organic turkey with cranberry mostarda, smoked beets with pistachio and ricotta salata, and apple crostada topped with a pine nut gelato. If you’re not in a food coma yet, head upstairs to Westlight, where you can sip cocktails with impressive skyline views.
Price: $95/person and $40 for children 12 & under
For the one holiday that stars oversized poultry, it makes a lot of sense to dine somewhere that dubs itself “the bistro of beautiful birds.” This year’s Thanksgiving menu at Le Coq Rico kicks off with duck foie gras terrine or butternut squash soup with smoked duck breast, followed by stuffed heritage turkey, a slew of gourmet sides and apple cranberry crumble or pecan pie with butterscotch caramel for dessert.
Price: $90 per person, reserve online
If you can’t make it all the way home to the West Coast for the holiday weekend, go for a Californian family-style Thanksgiving at Covina. Dishes include roasted honey-nut squash soup, spice-rubbed turkey with gravy, and fennel sausage stuffing, plus an all-star cast of sides. Dessert is delightfully simple: apple or pumpkin pie a la mode.
Price: $85 per person, for reservations call 212-204-0225
If you were an expat in Paris for the holiday, this is the cozy corner restaurant you’d seek out for Thanksgiving. The multi-course meal will include a shaved Brussels sprouts and apple salad with fennel and walnut dressing, roast heritage turkey breast and rolled leg with cranberry sauce, wild rice, turnips and giblet gravy along with family-style sides like mushroom stuffing, assorted roast squash, and potato puree. Dessert choices will include an apple crisp with vanilla gelato and chocolate mousse.
Price: $80 per guest, reserve online
If Thanksgiving at home is more your speed (but cooking is not, and Seamless is a holiday no-go), pre-order the annual family style feast from Eleven Madison Park’s fast casual little sibling and pick it up on Thanksgiving or the day before to reheat at your leisure. The meal includes a roasted turkey, roasted autumn vegetables, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, green bean casserole and cranberry chutney. Options add-ons include butternut squash soup ($18 per quart), Thanksgiving pies (1 for $32, or 2 for $50) and garlic rolls ($24/dozen).
Price: $160 for four servings, $320 for eight people, order online
Head here for an Indian-spiced twist on Thanksgiving -- and get ready to inhale chef Manish Mehrotra’s festive menu. Holiday dishes include roast turkey pinwheels with sage or a the vegetarian paneer and chili tomato glaze, served with sides like cumin maple Brussels sprouts, pumpkin and cranberry kulcha with sage butter, tandoori cauliflower, and Christmas ham basmati pulao.
Price: $95 per person, call 212-842-8070 for reservations