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Family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day 2013 in NYC

Celebrate Thanksgiving 2013 without the hassles of cooking by booking a table for your holiday meal at one of these family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day.

Family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in NYC

Family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in NYC Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Thanksgiving Day is, without a doubt, the holiday to spend with your family, but why not cut yourself some slack and enjoy the holiday at a family restaurant open on Thanksgiving Day? Some of our favorite family-friendly restaurants, from Cowgirl in the West Village to Brooklyn's Marco Polo, are pulling out all the stops to provide kids and their parents with a homey, festive holiday meal that's as tasty as it is relaxing. One of our picks, Kutsher's Tribeca, is even feting the once-in-a-lifetime confluence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving with a special Thanksgivukkah mash-up. Enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at home, get some fresh air, have a great meal at a family restaurant open on Thanksgiving from our list, below, and pick up dessert to take home for when you all get peckish again. All you'll have missed out on is the myrid dirty dishes, crammed fridge and hours you could have spent having fun with the kids instead of toiling in the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Artisanal Bistro

  • Price band: 2/4

Price: $68, children under 13 $32.
On the menu: Known for its spot-on bistro classics and staggering array of cheeses, the congenial Art Deco spot makes for an ersatz trip to Paris—especially on Thanksgiving, when it rolls out two classic French prix fixes, one for kids and one for adults. After a pumpkin bisque, salad or blue acorn squash gnocchi, grown-ups can dine on roast turkey, duck Bourguignon, filet mignon, Icelandic cod or wild-mushroom risotto. Kids, meanwhile, busy themselves with the choice of roasted candy beets or pumpkin bisque for a starter; roast turkey or mac and cheese; and, to top off a meal to be really thankful for, a cookie plate or an ice-cream trio for dessert.

  1. 2 Park Ave, (at 32nd St), 10016
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The Cardinal

  • Price band: 2/4

Price: $30
On the menu: The family-style meal is a selection of down-home favorites: free-range turkey dressed with chestnut-studded stuffing and sour cherry pudding, with sides like mac and cheese, green-bean casserole and deviled eggs. Choose from sweet potato, pumpkin and mincemeat pies to end the meal. • 212-995-8600, cardinalnyc.com. 6–11pm.

  1. 234 E 4th St, (between Aves A and B)
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  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Price: $65, children under 13 $32.50.
On the menu: For the ninth year running, the rustic-leaning locavore eatery is offering a blowout Thanksgiving Day menu with the choice of four appetizers, among them chestnut soup and Maine lobster; four entrées, including turkey, Rosenkranz beef borscht, striped bass and kabocha squash lasagnette, all of which arrive with sides like cornbread stuffing or wild foraged mushrooms—and dessert. Family-style dishes for the table (think roasted baby carrots and baked sweet potatoes) are included in the price.

  1. 156 Tenth Ave, (at 20th St)
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  • Price band: 2/4

Price: $56, children ages 9--15 $32, children under 9 $16
On the menu: This comfort food mecca with kitschy-cool frontier decor has a knack for finding the perfect balance between pleasing kids and pleasantly surprising their parents. That holds for T-Day, too, which always brings a prix fixe for grown-ups—this year an appetizer, soup, salad and dessert accompany the choice of turkey, grilled monkfish, a stuffed pork chop or sweet potato-and-fig ravioli, alongside steamed kale, mashed potatoes and cranberry chutney—and one for kids. Tweens (ages 9 to 15) get a smaller portion of the adult meal, while the eight-and-under set has the choice of turkey or chicken fingers, plus green beans and carrots, cream of tomato soup, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and steamed kale, with an ice-cream sandwich for dessert.

  1. 519 Hudson St, (at 10th St), 10014
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DBGB Kitchen and Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Price: $55, children under 13 $26
On the menu: The three-course prix fixe features traditional Thanksgiving flavors: squash soup topped with preserved gooseberries and sage cream; roasted turkey breast and leg en crôute served with rye-and-chestnut stuffing and cranberry compote; and pumpkin pie dolloped with maple cream and caramel-cinnamon ice cream. An à la carte menu is also available in the bar room. • 212-933-5300, dbgb.com/nyc. Noon–9pm.

  1. 299 Bowery, (at Houston St), 10003
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Good restaurant in the West Village


Price: $68, children under 10 $48.
On the menu: This Greenwich Village spot's casual vibe belies the effort chef Steven Picker puts into planning and choosing its New American menu. Its Thanksgiving Day feast is practically legendary: It's one of the restaurant's busiest days, and the four seatings sell out every year. (If you're not among the first wave of bookers—reservations are taken starting the day after Columbus Day—fear not: The 48-hour cancellation policy means tables open up on the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week.) The four-course adult meal consists of a starter, such as sweet-potato bisque, a cod cake or Camembert-almond crisp; a midcourse palate cleanser; the choice of roasted turkey, braised pork shoulder or king salmon fillet, with various accompaniments; and dessert. The kids’ version is the same, just a smaller portion, sans midcourse.

Hill Country

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Price: $45, under age 11 $20
On the menu: Choose from a long list of barbecue specialties: pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy, beef brisket or smoked sausage. Rib-sticking sides include Texas-toast stuffing, sweet-potato–bourbon mash, white shoepeg-corn pudding and corn bread with ancho-honey butter. Pies are of the bourbon-pecan, caramel-apple and banana varieties.212-255-4544, hillcountryny.com. Noon–8pm.

  1. 30 W 26th St, (between Broadway and Sixth Ave)
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Kutsher’s Tribeca

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Price: $65, 10 and under $48
On the menu: “Thanksgivukkah” mash-ups include sweet-potato latkes with sour cream and cranberry compote; roasted turkey with challah-and-chestnut stuffing; and sufganiyot stuffed with cranberry-and-raspberry jelly. • 212-431-0606, kutsherstribeca.com. Noon–10pm.

  1. 186 Franklin St, (between Greenwich and Hudson Sts), 10013
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  • Price band: 4/4

Price: A la carte
On the menu: Specials include pear-and-parsnip soup ($12), pan-seared turkey breast served with bacon-braised-turkey stuffing ($31) and pumpkin pie for dessert ($5). The young’uns can enjoy pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup ($14) and crispy turkey fingers with cheese-and-broccoli Tater-Tots ($10). Landmarc Tribeca, 179 West Broadway between Leonard and Worth Sts (212-343-3883). 11am–midnight. • Landmarc at the Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at Broadway (212-823-6123). 7am–2am. • landmarc-restaurant.com

  1. 179 West Broadway, (between Leonard and Worth Sts), 10013
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Marco Polo

  • Price band: 2/4

Price: $38, children under 12 $19
On the menu: This old world–channeling spot with frosted-glass windows and a Venetian mural is hosting a serious feast for Thanksgiving this year. Kids and their parents get the choice of eight appetizers, from a pear salad to cream of pumpkin soup; six entrées, including traditional roasted turkey and grilled salmon; and four deseserts, like apple strudel and torta di noci (walnut cranberry cake in a Godiva chocolate sauce). Seatings are at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm, and reservations can be made at 718-852-5015.

  1. 345 Court St, (at Union St), 11231
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  • Price band: 2/4

Price: $40
On the menu: Served family-style, the menu of contemporary classics includes espresso-glazed sticky buns; a bacon-fat-braised turkey leg confit with cranberry barbecue sauce; sweet-potato casserole with an apple-cider filling and a pecan-sage crust; and a pumpkin mousse decked out with bourbon whipped cream and gingersnap cookies. • 212-777-3600, picniceastvillage.com. 4–10pm.

  1. 117 Second Ave, (between 6th and 7th Sts), 10003
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  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Price: Prix fixe $75
On the menu: The delicious comfort-food menu and pleasingly spare decor of this South Williamsburg find—part pre-Prohibition New York, part French brasserie—have earned it neighborhood cred. This year Rye is offering a homey two-course prix fixe for Thanksgiving with the entrée choice of wild king salmon with parsnip puree and haricots verts; black truffle lasagna; roasted turkey with sweet potato and Swiss chard; lamb cassoulet; and a "beef duo" of braised short ribs and grass-fed ribeye.

  1. 247 South 1st St, (between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts)
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