Where to eat Thanksgiving dinner in New York City
Skip the hassle of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner at home. Use our New York City dining guide to decide where to eat on Turkey Day.
Mon Nov 5 2012
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Your Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be a domestic affair. Hit the town on November 22 for the classic American holiday. From the Jones Wood Foundry on the UES to Reynard in Williamsburg, these are the 22 best restaurants in NYC for the annual autumnal feast.
All meals will be served on Nov 22. Reservations are required. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included.
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Claim one of the picnic tables for a Southern-style turkey throwdown at Elizabeth Karmel’s popular meat-by-the-pound honky-tonk.
Price: $35, children 10 and under $15
On the menu: Chow down on pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy, Texas-toast stuffing and sweet-potato casserole, plus pies, like pumpkin-ginger streusel. • 212-255-4544, hillcountryny.com. Noon–8pm, last seating 6pm.
- 30 West 26th Street, 10010
The classic American holiday gets an English accent at this TONY-approved gastropub.
On the menu: The sophisticated bill of fare includes butternut-squash ravioli, split pea and smoked ham hock broth, roasted turkey, chestnut-and-sage stuffing, and pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream. • 212- 249-2700, joneswoodfoundry.com. Noon–8pm.
- 401 E 76th St, (between First and York Aves), 10021
Chef Michael Psilakis’s neighborhood haunt features a Mediterranean-inspired, budget-friendly throwdown for the gut-busting meal.
Price: $40, with wine or beer pairing $62
On the menu: Gorge on creative fall dishes, including delicata squash and Cape May blue cheese, grilled prawns bruschetta with feta, smoked-turkey tortellini in turkey broth, turducken with kabocha squash puree, and a caramelized apple tart with walnut gelato. • 212-362-7470, fishtagrestaurant.com. noon–8:30pm.
- 222 W 79th St, (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway), 10024
Midtowners can settle into Geoffrey Zakarian’s swank American bistro for an elegant Thanksgiving meal.
On the menu: The upmarket multicourse meal includes carrot-ginger soup with cumin cream and curried apple; roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing; farro risotta with butternut squash, rapini and currants; and desserts, such as a butternut squash crumble cake. • 212-715-2400, thenationalnyc.com. 2–10:30pm.
- The Benjamin, 557 Lexington Ave, (at 50th St), 10022
Restaurateur Ken Friedman and chef April Bloomfield’s buzzy gastropub offers stellar Anglophile fare for the autumnal repast.
Price: $70, with wine pairing $120; parties of eight or more only
On the menu: For the three-course meal, choose from selections like chopped-liver toast with pumpkin fondue, roasted turkey with gravy and chestnut stuffing, and cabbage salad with pecorino, plus assorted house-made pies. • 212-679-1939, thebreslin.com. Noon–10pm.
- Ace Hotel, 16 W 29th St, (at Broadway)
Still popular among the art glitterati and fashionistas, this lodgelike standby guarantees solid American fare and sylvan, if hipster, surroundings.
On the menu: The rustic four-course meal includes potato-leek soup with fried onions and parsley; heritage turkey with cranberry sauce or striped bass with celery root puree; broccoli casserol and mashed potatoes; and apple or pumpkin pie. • 212-420-0012, freemansrestaurant.com. 3–9pm.
- Freeman Alley off Rivington St, (between Bowery and Chrystie St)
Top Chef groupies can reserve a table at Harold Dieterle’s popular New American spot.
On the menu: The three-course prix fixe offers items like crispy pig trotter with persimmons and butternut squash, brown-butter sweet-potato soup, roasted local turkey with chestnut stuffing, braised ginger-sassafras short ribs, apple-butter tart and carrot-walnut cake. • 212-929-6868, perillanyc.com. 2–9pm.
- 9 Jones St, (between Bleecker and W 4th Sts)
Equestrian touches (minimalist horse paintings, tufted black-leather banquettes) at AvroKO’s rollicking downtown joint provide a genteel setting for your turkey feast.
On the menu: Chef Brad Farmerie offers four different entreé choices: slow-roasted turkey with charred lemon-fennel, sweet-potato ravioli, a New York strip steak or a roasted snapper–tomato stew. For sides, heap your plate with crispy brussels sprouts with chili caramel and chorizo–corn bread stuffing. Dessert showcases a “tower of treats,” featuring bananas Foster tarts, mini pumpkin cheesecakes, cinnamon marshmallows and more. • 212- 254-0350, saxonandparole.com. 3–10pm.
- 316 Bowery, (at Bleecker St)
Chef Marco Canora puts a Tuscan touch on the autumnal holiday at his cozy East Village tavern.
On the menu: The soul-warming autumnal spread includes chicken soup with farro and escarole; braised turkey with sage stuffing and cranberry sauce (vegetarian option available); roasted autumn vegetables with buckwheat honey; and pecan tart with sweet-potato ice cream. • 646-602-1300, restauranthearth.com. 2–7:30pm.
- 403 E 12th St, (at First Ave), 10009-40
Chef Joey Campanaro dishes out a Mediterranean-inflected feast at this pint-size West Village gem.
Price: $85, children 11 and under $42.50
On the menu: Campanaro’s Italian-accented bill of fare features gravy meatball sliders, riesling roasted turkey with fig-and-root-vegetable dressing, pork chop with Parmesan butter beans and pumpkin panna cotta. • 212-741-4695, thelittleowlnyc.com. 1–10pm.
- 90 Bedford St, (at Grove St)
Locavores can find a sophisticated farm-to-table spread at Bill Telepan’s Upper West Side favorite.
Price: $85, children 12 and under $40
On the menu: Options for the three-course repast include burrata mezzaluna with meatballs and mushrooms; roasted organic turkey with traditional Thanksgiving trimmings, heritage pork with lentils and fingerling potatoes, or roasted trout with fennel-and-potato salad; and hot apple pie with cinnamon-caramel ice cream. • 212-580-4300, telepan-ny.com. 1–8:30pm.
- 72 W 69th St, (at Columbus Ave)