Where to Dine for a Lively NYC Thanksgiving 2018

Where to Dine for a Lively NYC Thanksgiving 2018


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for the third year in a row, more than 4.5 million plans made by Americans traveling during Thanksgiving chose New York City making us the most popular domestic and international destination according to Allianz Global Assistance’s "Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Report." 

We may be partial, but NYC has a fantastically diverse food scene with a different restaurant on practically every corner. We’ve collected 12 restaurants that will cater to you on Thanksgiving Day—and whoever you choose to celebrate with—from the gluten-free vegetarian to the tryptophan-chasing carnivore. 

Oceana, from Executive Chef Bill Telepan, is offering a three-course prix fixe menu from 12 noon-9 pm, with additional raw bar items and sides available á la carte where each table will receive a gift. There are plenty of options to choose from to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Course one: Autumn salad, shrimp bisque, house-smoked brook trout, tuna tartare, squash pierogi, or foie gras and lobster; course two: red snapper, sea scallops, seared halibut, Scottish salmon, roasted organic turkey, or beer-braised short ribs; and finally course three: pumpkin cheesecake, The “apple”, bread pudding, lemon meringue pie parfait, or chocolate bar all for $85/per person; $45 for children under the age of 12.

Ousia in Hell’s Kitchen is offering a Greek-inspired  Four-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving from 1-8 pm; regular à la carte menu is NOT available on Thanksgiving Day. But don’t worry, there are plenty of hearty Mediterranean items to devour, like shrimp balls with Taramasalata mousse or beef carpaccio with crispy phyllo, graviera cheese and pomegranate sauce, or a turkey roulade with Cyprus sausage, tsoureki and herbs, Greek black beer and cranberry gravy. Check out the full menu all for an affordable $65 per person.  

Lincoln Ristorante will be celebrating Thanksgiving with an all-day holiday menu featuring Chef Gallante's roast turkey, autumn pastas, festive side dishes and much more. Seatings are available from 12 noon-8:45 pm. The prix fixe menu starts at $84 for three courses and $45 for children under the age of 12.

Interior of restaurant in NYC

Courtesy The Breslin

The Breslin in NoMad, from James Beard Award-winning chef, April Bloomfield is offering a four-course prix fixe menu from 12 noon-9:45 pm with seasonal specials including a candied sweet potato soup; an apple and walnut salad; turkey breast and confit leg or Curry Braised Monkfish Stew; and finally a pumpkin and apple galette or chocolate brioche bread pudding for $95 per person; $55 for optional wine pairing; $55 for children.

Alain Ducasse's upscale Midtown French bistro Benoit is offering a Parisian three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe menu with specials including duck foie gras terrine with fall fruit chutney and brioche, Vermont farm turkey stuffed with foie gras and chestnut and a “pumpkin pie” their way and a mango and pineapple cheesecake. Sides include cornbread, pommes frites, green beans and sweet potato purée with raisin and cumin for $85 per person. Pair your European Thanksgiving meal with Benoit’s extensive old world wine list spanning from Rhône to the Loire Valley to Bourgogne and everything in between.

Kellari will host a Greek-style three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $80 per person in the heart of the Theater District. Starters include butternut squash soup topped with cardamom aromatic oil and a light yogurt drizzle and entrées include organic turkey (from Koch's turkey farm in Pennsylvania) served with cranberry and orange sauce,vine leaves stuffed with bulgur, pistachios, chestnut, raisins and turkey jus; beef stifado with mashed potatoes or a fillet of dover sole with wild mushrooms and pressed oven-baked potatoes. Choose two side items, like mashed potato with chestnuts or roasted sweet potatoes with onions and rosemary. Leave space for homemade apple pie, pumpkin pie or baklava served with vanilla gelato. 

Happen to have some vegetarians with you for the holiday? Visit Villanelle, a new veggie-forward restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village, led by executive chef Nick Licata of Gotham and Degustation, the team will be offering a traditional three-course, pre-fixe menu for $95 that has something for every kind of diner and diet (i.e. vegetarians, gluten-free, etc.), including menu items like vegetarian butternut squash soup or harvest salad, traditional Thanksgiving offerings such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and market vegetables and pecan pie a la mode or Gala apple with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel for dessert.  

Dishes laid out on a table

Courtesy Tang Hotpot

Tang Hotpot’s Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu offers something new to those who would like to try something completely different from the traditional Thanksgiving spread by trying a similarly festival dining format such as hot pot. Sichuan hot pot is a special numbing, spicy soup base that consists of more than 30 different kinds of Chinese medicines, herbs, spices and is cooked in beef tallow. The $75 per person prix fixe menu includes the pumpkin seafood broth with many in-season ingredients such as taro, eight different meats and 12 different vegetables as well as a glass of wine and complimentary il laboratorio del gelato pumpkin gelato. 

Leave Thanksgiving in the capable hands of Michelin-starred L’Appart this year. Located inside of the French marketplace Le District, L’Appart will be offering an intimate, three-course Thanksgiving dinner ($150 per guest) with a menu full of French interpretations on the classic American Thanksgiving. Dinner will feature a main course of roasted stuffed turkey and family style sides including fresh herbs mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts, cranberry chutney and more. Top it off with a delicious wine pairing ($90) and a savory pie dessert. Make your reservations here.

Join Café Boulud this Thanksgiving from 11 am-8 pm as executive chef Aaron Bludorn prepares a menu filled with seasonal essentials with a modern touch. Menu items include pumpkin soup with crème fraîche, savory bread pudding lingonberries; foie gras terrine with feuille de bric, maple syrup, quince, housemade brioche; free-range turkey with chestnut-ciabatta stuffing, cranberry marmalade, savoy cabbage, sweet potato purée, sage jus; a pecan galette with goats milk ice cream and butternut squash pie for $165 per person. Click here for full menu and more information.

Andrew Tarlow's Wythe hotel restaurant Reynard in Williamsburg showcases seasonal, local produce, as well as the work of their in-house butcher—all cooked over the wood fire hearth. For Thanksgiving, Reynard is offering a three-course, $95-per-person prix fixe from 12 noon-8 pm. Appetizers and sides are served family-style, while the entrée is a choice of “wood-kissed” turkey, rib of beef, or coal-roasted Honeynut squash. 

David Burke's newest Midtown eatery, Woodpecker by David Burke, is serving up a feast for $65 per person from 12 to 9 pm, with a menu that expands on conventional Thanksgiving fare with a signature David Burke touch. Pumpkin bisque, baked goat cheese gnocchi or acorn squash salad start a meal of wood-fired turkey, slow-baked salmon or autumn risotto, with a la carte sides of savory bread pudding and maple-whipped sweet potato with brown butter. 

Let Formino cater your Thanksgiving meal this year at any of its three Brooklyn locations with a complete holiday meal including wood-roasted Butternut squash soup with parmesan croutons, wood-roasted turkey with gravy, bourbon sweet potatoes with maple glaze; sausage, apple, pizza crust and herb stuffing and wood-roasted brussels sprouts with pancetta for 8-10 people ($350.) Items are also available separately and for catering.


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