19 NYC Restaurants That Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
Whether for dine in or take out, give thanks for not cooking this year.
Thanksgiving is a day for feasting—but if you’re not keen on shuffling pots and pans around your tiny NYC apartment this year, we don’t blame you. After all, COVID restrictions turned last year on its head and many of us ended up staying home for small home-cooked dinners with our pods. So go all out and let someone else dream up the Thanksgiving appetizer ideas this year.
NYC chefs are pulling out all the stops for this food-centric holiday with takeout options that bring the restaurant to you and fancy dinners in some of the city’s grandest dining rooms (so long as you show proof of vaccination). There will be traditional favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, of course, but some restaurants are also offering stellar global and gourmet spins that make it worth tossing tradition aside. So whether you want that picture-perfect Thanksgiving spread or just want to scarf down a holiday-inspired taco or hot dog (Seriously! It’s an option!), check out our list of all the best restaurants providing Thanksgiving dinner this year in NYC.
Gotham Bar and Grill
This restaurant had been a West Village staple for more than three decades before the pandemic forced it to shut down. Now after 20 months in hibernation, Gotham Bar and Grill is back, and spending this food-centric holiday with executive chef Ron Paprocki and the team is the best way to celebrate. Guests can start the three-course menu with an order of caviar for a decadent celebration or simply enjoy the parsnip veloute amuse-bouche from the kitchen before choosing a starter from options like carrot salad, yellowfin tuna tartare, and pate de Campagne. For main courses, the restaurant is offering up an organic Lancaster turkey with cranberry stuffing and Brussels sprouts; Berkshire pork belly with braised red cabbage, pink lady apples, and mustard greens; dry-aged strip steak; and more. Pie in flavors like apple, pumpkin, and chocolate pecan make up the dessert offerings from pastry chef Jessica Lee.
The Mary Lane
The Mary Lane is a seasonal restaurant from the team behind other West Village favorites like Little Owl and Market Table. And after just opening its doors for the first time last month, the eatery is ready to welcome you in for the holidays. For Thanksgiving, chef Mike Price and chef de cuisine Andrew Sutin are offering a three-course menu with starters like an autumn salad and Long Island duck confit roulade and main courses like classic roasted turkey or sweet potato & maitake mushroom pavé. The dessert menu really shines with options like apple pie with a scoop of rosemary gelato, spiced pumpkin cheesecake, and pear and quince crisp with oat streusel and ginger ice cream.
Some say that sides rule Thanksgiving. But if you’re all about the main meat, let Pig Beach take care of your holiday spread. The barbecue restaurant is offering a to-go menu that can be picked up from its original location in Gowanus or new Long Island City outpost and includes a whole smoked turkey with garlic herb butter or a brown sugar and maple-glazed spiral ham to feed 10 to 12 (there’s also a smaller option that includes turkey breast for four to six people) for the main course. You’ll also walk away with a ton of sides including mac ‘n cheese, cornbread stuffing, purple coleslaw, and green bean casserole with crispy onions, plus an entire pumpkin, apple, or chocolate pecan pie.
Chef Byron Peñafiel is serving up a unique take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal at HOWM in the Selina Hotel Chelsea. Like every meal at this Mesoamerican restaurant, dinner will start with an order of crispy patacones (deep-fried plantains) with a chili salt and mango chutney before getting into Peruvian ceviche or a grilled radicchio salad with goat cheese mousse, roasted squash, celery, pepitas, and a balsamic reduction. Turkey is still on the menu as a main course option alongside the restaurant’s guava-glazed chicken a la brasa, poached halibut, and a six-ounce filet with confied shallots and a bordelaise sauce. Sweet potato gratin, chorizo stuffing, and a baby pumpkin stuffed with corn will also cover the table. For dessert, pumpkin panna cotta or churros with apple butter round out the meal.
This longtime favorite for sweet stacks of pancakes is also a Thanksgiving star, thanks to Bubby’s incredible pies in flavors like apple whiskey crumble, pumpkin, and sour cherry. The pies can be ordered for pick-up or shipped to all 50 states, but New Yorkers are the only ones who can get in on the savory action. The restaurant is offering a pre-fixe dinner in the dining room and as a to-go option that starts with a spread of deviled eggs, a market salad, pickled market vegetables, and flaky buttermilk biscuits. For main courses, there’s a choice of turkey from nearby Pallman Farms, old-fashioned glazed ham, or vegetarian lasagna, all served with family-style orders of cornbread stuffing, roasted root vegetables, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes. And don’t worry, in-person guests will get to sample the pies for dessert.
Thanksgiving is typically all about what’s on the table, but Celestine’s dining room boasts stunning views of the Manhattan Bridge that will quickly become the centerpiece. The restaurant is offering a family-style dine-in menu that starts with a fall chicories salad; roasted delicata squash with ricotta, mint, and hazelnuts; and Brussels sprouts. The main dish is a heritage turkey roulade (or wild mushroom tagliatelle for vegetarians) and is served with pommes puree, sourdough stuffing, and fluffy parker house rolls. Dessert brings a choice of apple galette with apples, plums, and creme fraiche or pumpkin cake topped with spiced cream cheese frosting.
Forgo the turkey this year and feast on prime cuts from Simon Kim’s Korean steakhouse at the restaurant or from the comfort of your apartment instead. In the dining room, Cote will offer its standard a la carte menu and a holiday version of its standard Butcher’s Feast. The pre-fixe holiday menu will include four cuts of USDA Prime and American wagyu with a slate of ban-chan; Korean glass noodles with mountain vegetables; sticky rice stuffing; spicy kimchi stew; and a cup of soft serve ice cream drizzled with soy caramel for dessert. For a take-home option, chef David Shim is offering a 10-pound roasted prime rib with sticky rice stuffing, Japchae glass noodles, galbi gravy, maple-bacon Brussels sprouts, and roasted Korean sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows that can be pre-ordered online.
One of the top bars in NYC may not be the first place to come to mind when planning Thanksgiving dinner, but Dante’s West Village and original Greenwich Village locations are serving up an epic spread this year. The meal will start with a seasonal chicory salad, figs and prosciutto, and a spicy salmon dish. For main courses, choose between turkey breast with apricot and sage stuffing, agave-glazed ham with apple mustard, or a vegetarian option, and pair it with sides for the table like maple-glazed squash, roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, and mashed potatoes. For dessert, there are a variety of pies in flavors like apple and bourbon pecan—and, of course, Dante’s signature pumpkin eggnog is the dessert cocktail.
Hutong New York
For dinner and a show this Thanksgiving, look no further than Hutong New York. In its swanky art deco-inspired dining room, the contemporary Northern Chinese restaurant is offering up a flaming duck dish that’s typically only available to five tables per night. The showstopping preparation begins behind closed doors, where the duck is roasted for 40 minutes and brought tableside to be set on fire with Chinese rose wine and rum to create the crispiest skin possible and a head-turning aroma. The restaurant will also offer its standard menu and additional dim sum inspired by Thanksgiving flavors like swiss chard bacon rolls and mala turkey and purple yum dumplings.
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Everyone knows the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, so Industry Kitchen is leaning into that notion with a holiday-inspired pizza. The pie comes topped with all the fixings: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and walnuts, and the restaurant is also offering a pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel and toasted pepitas for Thanksgiving, alongside its standard menu.
For the ultimate feast while watching balloons and parade floats roll by, there’s no better place to go than Jams. The restaurant is making the most of its location in the 1 Hotel Central Park to offer brunch during the parade, which you can view through the restaurant's floor-to-ceiling windows while dining. Chef Jonathan Waxman is curating an all-you-can-eat buffet for the occasion that includes an assortment of housemade pastries; mini butternut squash, spinach, and goat cheese quiche; smoked Berkshire bacon; French toast sticks; and so much more.
Mix it up a little this year and take home a Japanese-Italian feast by Kimika’s executive chef Christine Lau. The centerpiece of the holiday package is a choice of turchetta (that’s turkey breast prepared in the same style as Italian porchetta) or porchetta served with truffle gravy, miso mustard, salsa verde, and cranberry mostarda. Also included in the package are sides like crispy mixed beans with golden furikake; spicy olives and seasonal pickled vegetables; seaweed focaccia; roasted carrots with sesame ponzu and chili oil; and Japanese sweet rice stuffing with porcini and matsutake mushrooms and chestnuts. In addition to holiday-inspired dishes, you’ll take home an order of the restaurant’s popular crispy rice cake lasagna with sweet Italian sausage, kimchi, scallions, and provolone. Plus, pastry chef Clarice Lam has dessert covered with a warm apple crostata with kabocha ice cream mochi and kimchi caramel.
King David Tacos
After a long year adjusting to several versions of a “new normal,” you deserve to kick back and relax this holiday season. So instead of rushing off to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, ease into the day with some of the city’s best breakfast tacos. King David Tacos is offering a Thanksgiving-inspired breakfast taco with turkey breakfast sausage, roasted sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, a blend of white cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and a side of cranberry salsa inspired by a recipe from owner Liz Solomon Dwyer’s mom. The tacos are available at KDT’s storefront in Prospect Heights and carts across the city, but if you want to eat these to kick off turkey day, you’ll need to order delivery.
If you want to throw tradition aside and dine on classic French fare for the holiday, the Wythe Hotel’s Le Crocodile is the best bet. The airy bistro is offering its standard a la carte menu of classics like trout almondine and roasted chicken with herb jus and frites. But those hankering for a traditional holiday meal will have options: Start off with roasted squash soup with lentils and black truffle; opt for the full Thanksgiving plate which includes roasted turkey breast, maple-glazed carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, gravy, and sourdough stuffing; or simply top off your meal with a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The restaurant’s swanky new rooftop sister bar, Bar Blondeau, will also be open for a festive toast to the holiday season pre- or post-dinner.
Leland Eating And Drinking House
Leland Eating and Drinking House quickly became a go-to in Prospect Heights after it opened in December, so this homey neighborhood spot is the perfect place to spend the holidays. To celebrate its first Thanksgiving, the restaurant is offering a pre-fixe menu and seasonal beverages like hot spiked apple cider, mulled wine, and cranberry punch. The dinner service kicks off with head baker Angela Reid’s bread service and chef Delfin Jaranilla’s turkey jook before making way for a bitter greens salad course. For the main event, the feast includes turkey alla porchetta; stuffing made with house bread; cranberry mostarda; delicata squash with brown butter and fresh ricotta; mashed potatoes; and Brussels sprouts with fish sauce, fresno chiles, mint, and scallions. It’s a tall order, but save room for pumpkin pie for dessert.
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Chef Melba Wilson is offering a Thanksgiving feast this year at her legendary namesake restaurant. The holiday meal at Melba’s will start with “comfortizers” like butternut squash soup or jumbo shrimp cocktail, before moving into the main course, where guests will choose from turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing; barbecue beef short ribs; sea bass; or pineapple-glazed ham. Sides include collard greens, candied yams, and the spot’s well-loved mac ‘n cheese, and desserts are red velvet cake, sweet potato pie, or carrot cake.
New Yorkers who decide to visit Quality Eats in the West Village or the Upper East Side for Thanksgiving will have two choices. Keep it classic and order the casual steak-centric restaurant’s Thanksgiving plate, which comes with roasted turkey breast and confit thigh served with mushroom-sage stuffing, maple-passion fruit sweet potatoes, haricots verts, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Or opt for the “Franksgiving” plate which comes with two turkey hot dogs on buttered brioche buns topped with Thanksgiving chili and cranberry mustard and accompanied by a side of turkey-gravy disco fries. Talk about giving leftovers new life.
Wood-fired cooking is at the heart of this Ridgewood destination started by four Gramercy Tavern alums, making it an ideal spot to grab a flavorful, cozy holiday meal to take home. Rolo’s is offering a Thanksgiving package for four that includes rosemary and sage focaccia; sweet corn and pickled green tomato salad; smoked black pepper turkey breast and gravy; mac ‘n cheese, chili miso Brussels sprouts; and a sweet, sour, and spicy Fresno chili relish. When placing an order, don’t forget to tack on a pie from pastry chef Kelly Mencin—she’s offering sour cream apple crumble or pumpkin sweet potato with a toasty meringue for the holiday.
This popular SoHo spot is celebrating its first Thanksgiving with a three-course menu available in the greenhouse-like dining room. Chef George Mendes is serving homemade sourdough to start, along with traditional starters like squash soup and a baby lettuce salad, as well as more unexpected options inspired by the chef’s Portuguese heritage like shrimp "alhinho" with sweet smoked pimenton, garlic, olive oil, and pressed shrimp jus. For main courses at Veranda, choose from all-natural turkey with chestnut-brioche stuffing, lightly smoked Yukon potato puree, and white button mushroom stew; aged beef tenderloin with hearth-roasted potatoes, carrots, and a black peppercorn red wine sauce; arroz de pato with duck confit, chorizo, orange, and crispy duck skin; and more. Pumpkin spiced cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and toasted meringue, warm apple crisp a la mode, and a chocolate pecan tart round out the dessert options.