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
All meals will be served on Nov 22. Reservations are required. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included.
Chef Justin Smillie turns out superlative Italian fare at this retail-restaurant spin-off of Il Buco.
Price: $85, children 9 and under $55
On the menu: Dig into a refined family-style meal, featuring dishes like oysters mignonette, heritage turkey served two ways (mushroom-stuffed breast and leg confit), roasted suckling pig, cranberry conserva, and desserts, including a roasted quince crostata. • 212-837-2622, ilbucovineria.com. 1–6pm.
- 53 Great Jones St, (between Bowery and Lafayette St), 10012
Chef-owner Andrew Carmellini’s boisterous downtown bistro provides a throwback setting for the all-American holiday.
On the menu: For your three-course meal, choose from selections like seared bay scallops with yuzu and shiso, or a fall salad with country ham and Island Creek oysters with trout roe; roasted heritage turkey wrapped in bacon with mashed potatoes, horseradish-roasted brussels sprouts and honey glazed squash; and pumpkin pie with ginger ice cream or apple-cranberry pie with maple ice cream. • 212-677-6200), thedutchnyc.com. 3–9pm.
- 131 Sullivan St, (at Prince St), 10012
Check into Andrew Carmellini’s Tribeca hot spot for a rustic Italian meal and a hobnobbing atmosphere.
On the menu: The rustic, Italian-inflected feast includes: bitter-greens salad with pear and hazelnuts; wild-mushroom soup with celery root; wood-fired turkey with fig-and-chestnut stuffing; and maple pumpkin pie with bourbon crema as well as an apple pie with vanilla gelato. • 212-925-3797, locandaverdenyc.com. 3–9pm.
- 377 Greenwich St, (between Franklin and North Moore Sts)
Bankers and FiDi locals gather at Danny Meyer’s latest project—a contemporary New American grill with a seafood-focused menu and impressive stock of Scotches.
On the menu: The meal includes options like duck liver crostini; heritage turkey with corn-bread stuffing, or halibut with roasted celery puree and quinoa; and chestnut doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce. • 646-747-1600, northendgrillnyc.com. 11:30am–6pm.
- 104 North End Ave, (at Murray St)
The dark, wood-paneled dining room and Art Deco grandeur set the stage for a Gatsby-esque mood and Geoffrey Zakarian’s clubby throwback fare.
On the menu: The three-course meal includes options such as heirloom apple salad with licorice herbs; heritage turkey leg confit or red-wine-glazed beef short rib with polenta and egg, and barley porridge; and a selection of Thanksgiving pastries. • 212-997-5262, thelambsclub.com. Noon–8pm.
- 132 W 44th St, (between Sixth and Seventh Aves)
Chef Jesse Schenker crafts French-inflected American plates at this simple West Village spot.
On the menu: The four-course feast features pumpkin espuma with bay scallops and pear; roasted sablefish with chicken dumplings; turkey roulade with chestnut and cranberries; and pumpkin custard with candied pecans. • 212-414-3000, recettenyc.com. 3:30–10:30pm.
- 328 W 12th St, (at Greenwich St)
Locavores can tuck into a farm-to-table spread at this polished hotel restaurant, from Williamsburg impresario Andrew Tarlow (Diner).
On the menu: The four-course prix fixe features sophisticated seasonal plates, such as a fritto misto of autumn squashes; a turkey, pheasant or fish main with whipped potatoes, brussels sprouts and glazed cipollini onions; and sweets, like pumpkin pie and honey ice cream. • 718-460-8004, reynardsnyc.com. 11am–8pm.
- Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, (at North 11th St)
John Fraser’s ambitious Upper West Side restaurant showcases sophisticated American food.
On the menu: For your three-course meal, choose from a variety of selections, including a Maine lobster with cabbage and chestnuts; slow-roasted turkey with leg confit, Swiss chard, sweet potato and walnuts; and a crispy apple galette with rosemary caramel and sour-cream ice cream. • 212-362-3800, dovetailnyc.com. 2–9:15pm.
- 103 W 77th St, (at Columbus Ave)
Danny Meyer’s airy trattoria—done up with wainscotting, wood floors and wide windows—spotlights top-notch Roman eats from chef Nick Anderer.
Price: $92, children 14 and under $49
On the menu: Choose between two menus. First: chestnut soup and roasted brussels sprouts, pumpkin-sage tortelli, heritage turkey with polenta and kale, apple cake with zabaglione. Second: turkey-and-egg soup, cacio e pepe, roasted suckling pig with potatoes, pine-nut tart. Children’s menu: tomato risotto croquettes, turkey potpie, ricotta ravioli with butter and lemon, gelato, and biscotti. • 212-777-2410, maialinonyc.com. Noon–6pm.
- 2 Lexington Avenue, 10010
Call early to reserve a table at Gabrielle Hamilton’s überpopular 30-seat East Village gem.
Price: $95, children $47
On the menu: The family-style meal highlights include: an oyster pan roast; roasted capon; corn-bread stuffing with celery and sweet Italian sausage; cauliflower and baby white turnips; and pear-and-dried cranberry crisp. • 212-677-6221, prunerestaurant.com. 1–6pm.
- 54 E 1st St, (between First and Second Aves), 10003
James Beard Award winner Gavin Kaysen offers an exquisite French-accented repast at Daniel Boulud’s well-heeled Upper East Side gem.
Price: $125, children 11 and under $55
On the menu: The haute three-course meal includes options such as squash soup with Gorgonzola croquettes, Heritage Farm turkey with trimmings or roasted beef tenderloin, and warm apple tarte Tatin. • 212-772-2600, danielnyc.com. 11:30am–3pm, 5–8pm.
- 20 E 76th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves), 10021