Your Personal Concierge
Great Spots for Thanksgiving Day Dinner
NYC restaurants boast some of the best food in the world, and holiday offerings are no exception. For folks who can’t make it home this Thanksgiving—or for those who simply don’t want to cook, fear not: a fabulous Turkey Day is easily attainable at a slew of big city restaurants, many of which will serve special seasonal delights on November 27. Carlos Leon has been a concierge for the past 24 years, 10 of which he’s served in his current post at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. Here, he recommends his top three spots for Thanksgiving dinner.
Located in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, Leon says 2West Restaurant “does a spectacular job with Thanksgiving, where not only the guests indulge but so do many residents in the downtown area.” At the eatery, which serves modern American bistro fare, a Thanksgiving Day feast comes in the form of a buffet with carved turkey—and all the fixings, chef-attended stations and an elaborate dessert buffet. TVs in the bar area will be tuned in to the Thanksgiving Day Parade and NFL games. Reservations are highly suggested.
Nestled in the historic Stone Street area, “Harry’s Café & Steak’s festive fare includes home-style favorites like butternut squash soup, braised short rib, maple whipped sweet potatoes, and, of course turkey. “I have been sending guests there for 10 years and everyone is always happy—not just with the food and presentation, but the prices as well,” Leon says. “The owner of Harry’s is also responsible for the restoration of the historic Pier A, which will soon open and boast restaurants, shops and banquet space, with stunning riverfront views.”
For Thanksgiving with a slightly French twist, Leon suggests a trip to Les Halles Downtown, where diners can opt for the Thanksgiving specials or mouthwatering items from the regular menu. “Still going strong and still delivering well, this restaurant is a downtown institution,” Leon says.