Where to get Thanksgiving dinner with the family in NYC
A New York family guide to where to get Thanksgiving dinner at kid-friendly restaurants in New York City
Wed Nov 14 2012
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Thanksgiving at Cookshop
Sometimes the best way to celebrate the November holiday is to take in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or another Thanksgiving Day event, then treat the family to a meal out—after you've figured out where to eat Thanksgiving dinner, that is. Contrary to popular opinion, there are plenty of excellent places open in the city on Thanksgiving Day, and most require a reservation. To make it all easier, we've put together a small list of family-friendly restaurants across the city from which to choose where to eat Thanksgiving dinner this year. If you want to cozy up at home afterward, why not pick up a kid-favorite pie to enjoy once all the festivities are over?
RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving with kids in NYC
2 Park Ave South at 32nd St (212-725-8585, artisanalbistro.com). Subway: 6 to 33rd St. Meal served noon–9pm. $68, children 12 and under $32. Reservations recommended. 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 kabocha squash gnocchi, grown-ups can dine on roast turkey, duck Bourguignon, filet mignon, sea scallops or wild-mushroom risotto. Kids, meanwhile, busy themselves with the choice of tempura carrots or mac and cheese for a starter; roast turkey or glazed ham; and, to top off a meal to be really thankful for, cheese or an ice-cream trio for dessert.
Cheryl's Global Soul
236 Underhill Ave at Lincoln Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-529-2855, cherylsglobalsoul.com). Subway: 2, 3, 4 to Brooklyn Pkwy--Brooklyn Museum. Meal served 3–9pm. $50, children under 13 $15.50. Reservations recommended. Wood-clad, intimate Cheryl's, just off Grand Army Plaza, is an ideal place for a Thanksgiving dinner. Its prix fixe—your choice of turkey, roast pork or salmon, plus appetizers like pumpkin soup, four sides and a dessert—bursts with chef-owner Cheryl Smith's signature flavor twists, like those found in the accompanying braised-fennel stuffing and spiced apple chutney.
156 Tenth Ave at 20th St (212-924-4440, cookshopny.com). Subway: C, E to 23rd St. Meal served 2–8pm. $65, children under 13 $32.50. Reservations recommended. For the eighth year running, the rustic-leaning locavore eatery is offering a blowout Thanksgiving Day menu with the choice of five appetizers (past menus have included crispy pork belly and a roasted lobster salad), five entrées—including turkey, fish and vegetarian options, all of which arrive with sides like Brussels sprouts and acorn squash—and dessert. Family-style dishes for the table (think corn-bread pudding and mashed potatoes) are included in the price.
519 Hudson St at 10th St (212-633-1133, cowgirlnyc.com). Subway: 1 to Christopher St--Sheridan Sq. Meal served 1–7:30pm. $48, children ages 9--12 $16, children under 9 $16. Reservations recommended. 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 salmon, a stuffed pork chop or artichoke-fennel 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 fried green beans and carrots, cream of tomato soup, mac and cheese, sweet potato fries and steamed kale, with an ice-cream sandwich for dessert.
89 Greenwich Ave between Bank and W 12th Sts (212-691-8080, goodrestaurantnyc.com). Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 14th St. $78, children under 10 $48. Meal served 1–10pm; seatings at 1, 3, 5:15 and 7:45pm. Reservations recommended. 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 crip; a midcourse palate cleanser; the choice of roasted turkey, braised pork shoulder or king salmon, with various accompaniments; and dessert. The kids’ version is the same, just a smaller portion, sans midcourse.
Rock Center Café
20 W 50th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-332-7620, rockefellercenter.com). Subway: B, D, F, M to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr. $65, children under 11 order from à la carte menu. Meal served 11am–10pm. Reservations recommended. It’s hard to think of a better way to get your gang in the mood to embrace winter’s charms than having a Thanksgiving feast looking out on the skaters circling the iconic Rockefeller Center rink. The clean-lined spot is offering adults a three-course meal with six options; last year's included braised short ribs with pumpkin polenta, calamaretti pasta with seafood in a white-wine sauce, slow-roasted Atlantic salmon and a traditional turkey dinner. Kids (under 11) can choose from turkey, chicken tenders, shrimp tempura and grilled cheese, each served with fries ($13–$17), to celebrate their thankfulness.
247 South 1st St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-8047, ryerestaurant.com). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Meal served 6–11pm. Prix fixe $75; kids' options and prices were not available at press time. Reservations recommended. 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 evening three-course prix fixe for Thanksgiving with the entrée choice of lobster bouillabaisse, black truffle lasagna, heritage turkey, and a "beef duo" of braised short ribs and grass-fed ribeye.
Hours, prices and other details are subject to change, so we recommend calling ahead.
Restaurants near the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route
- Price band: 4/4
- Critics choice
- 10 Columbus Circle, (at Broadway, third floor)