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Family restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in NYC

Celebrate Thanksgiving 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


Why not give yourself a break this Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday at one of our favorite family restaurants? These eateries are serving up festive holiday meals that are both tasty and relaxing. Enjoy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade at home, work up an appetite on one of our favorite hiking trails, then enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the choices from our list. Trust us: you won't miss the long hours in the kitchen or the sink full of dirty dishes. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving in NYC for kids


Artisanal Bistro

  • Price band: 2/4

Unsurprisingly, the folks at this swank Art Deco palace really know their cheese—just check out the cave in back. A side order of artisanal mac & cheese—penne noodles baked with Comté, Gruyère fontina and Parmigiano-Reggiano and topped with bread crumbs—elevates the humble dish to an art form. The spot's Thanksgiving menu is still TBD, but guests ages 6 and up can indulge in a tasty meal for $89 per head.

  1. 2 Park Ave, (at 32nd St), 10016
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Back Forty

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Look no further than this East Village farm-to-table spot to placate the whole clan on Thanksgiving. Build your own family-style four-course meal from delicious options like roasted mushroom and pumpkin salad, a classic turkey entree with all the fixings, Parkerhouse rolls with cranberry butter and chocolate hazelnut cake with whipped cream. Adults $87, children $45.

  1. 190 Ave B, (between 11th and 12th Sts)
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Back Forty West

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

Even on Turkey Day, this spot highlights seasonal ingredients while adding an interesting twist to familiar dishes. Reserve a spot for your family between 2 and 8pm to chow down on a four-course feast featuring options such as potato and sage gnocchi, a cheesy kabocha squash and swiss chard gratin and heirloom apple pie with caramel sauce for dessert. Adults $93, children $50.

  1. 70 Prince St, (at Crosby St)
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The Cardinal

  • Price band: 2/4

North Carolina native Curtis Brown (Bubby's, Endless Summer) nods to his home state at this Southern spot, which is named after the state bird and adorned with the official flag. Dig into a down-home spin on the traditional turkey dinner with sides like chesnut cornbread stuffing, mac & cheese, greenbean casserole and deviled eggs, made with ingredients from local purveyors. For a sweet finish, choose from pumpkin, sweet potato or mince meat pie. $30 per person.

  1. 234 E 4th St, (between Aves A and B)
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Cowgirl

  • Price band: 2/4

Reserve a spot at this family-friendly Southwestern spot for a reasonably-priced and delectable Thanksgiving meal, complete with choice of starter, soup or salad, entree and dessert. Outside of the regular holiday fare, try bourbon maple–glazed stuffed pork chops or sweet potato and fig ravioli in sage butter sauce, and snag  a warm brownie sundae or slice of key lime pie for dessert. Adults $56, children ages 9–15 $32 (half portions), under 8 $16 (special kids' menu).

  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

Expand your little one's palate with an unorthodox prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at this trendy restaurant. Everyone will be pleased by varied options including butternut squash soup, "The Gobbler"—a turkey burger topped with radiccio slaw, toasted pumpkin seeds and cranberry ketchup—and ice cream sundaes featuring funky flavors like cranberry cream cheese and almond pear. There’s also a basic beef dog with all the fixin’s for skeptical kids. $60 per person.

  1. 299 Bowery, (at Houston St), 10003
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Good

  • Price band: 2/4

“Good” understates the case at this comfortable West Village spot. With its urbanized-country decor (earthenware pigs, groomed cacti and artfully mottled walls) and amiable service, you sense you’re in assured hands before the food hits the table. And when the food does come, you may mentally rename the place “great,” or even “wonderful.” The Thanksgiving menu presents indulgent options like slow-braised beef brisket, mashed sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallow and truffled mac & cheese. $68 per person with optional wine pairings for $36 more.

  1. 89 Greenwich Ave, (between Bank and W 12th Sts), 10014
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Hill Country

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

Get a taste of Texas at this spacious and casual BBQ joint. Though you can't dine-in on Turkey Day, they offer a unique pick-up menu that takes the cooking off your hands. Choose from The Rancher's Feast for 5–8 people or The Governor's Banquet for 9–12, then add items a la carte as needed. Even picky eaters can find something to their liking with choices like Texas toast stuffing, Longhorn cheddar mac & cheese and German mashed potatoes on the menu. $210–$300 total.

  1. 30 W 26th St, (between Broadway and Sixth Ave)
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Landmarc

  • Price band: 4/4

The kids’ menu at this Italian-French bistro proves eating healthy can be delicious. Aside from the restaurant's typical fare, there are Thanksgiving specials like pan-seared turkey breast with fixings for the adults ($31) and turkey fingers with cranberry dipping sauce and cheesy broccoli tater tots ($10) or pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup ($14) for the little ones.

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

  • Price band: 2/4

Here, you’ll find a holiday feast accented by hearty Northern and Southern Italian dishes like housemade pumpkin and ricotta ravioli in a butter sage sauce, and juicy sirloin steaks sautéed in a tangy white wine sauce. If you're not feeling fall-inflected desserts like apple strudel or pumpkin pie, try the classic chunky ricotta cheesecake. $38.95, children under 12 $18.95.

  1. 345 Court St, (at Union St), 11231
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Rye

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

The hipster trappings—pressed-tin ceiling, vintage silverware—attract a stylish, bustling Williamsburg crowd. Still, the food is delicious, affordable and perfect for families. Sophisticated options pepper the menu—duck confit, diver sea scallops and black truffle lasagna—but you'll find more lowbrow fare, too, like a classic roast-turkey dinner with mushroom bread pudding. Bonus: ample stroller parking space. Double bonus: Mape ceme brulee and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. $80.

  1. 247 South 1st St, (between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts)
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The Farm on Adderley

  • Price band: 1/4

Ditmas Park locals and visitors alike love this low-key neighborhood spot for its seasonal American fare made from fresh, local ingredients. On Thanksgiving, families get three-course, traditional Thanksgiving plates and kids get a tailored version of the classics. Adults $55, children $25.

  1. 1108 Cortelyou Rd, (between Stratford and Westminster Rds)
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Rosemary's

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

This Italian trattoria has a special kid’s menu featuring simple favorites like focaccia with house-made mozzarella and penne with marinara, as well as Italian cookies for dessert. Veggies, herbs and other fresh ingredients come from the restaurant’s very own rooftop garden, which means the food on your plate is always local and in-season. Look forward to a seasonal vegetable trio, butternut squash cavatelli and pumpkin tiramisu to complement the turkey at your family's feast. Adults $70, children $35.

  1. 18 Greenwich Ave, (at 10th St), 10011
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