RECOMMENDED: Thanksgiving for kids in New York City
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!
Family restaurants open on Thanksgiving
Unsurprisingly, the folks at this swank Art Deco palace really know their cheese—just check out the cave in back. Artisanal mac & cheese elevates the humble dish to an art form. The spot's Thanksgiving menu offers tasty kids' options like honey-glazed ham with mashed sweet potatoes and steak with brussel sprouts, plus pumpkin cheesecake or chocolate cake for dessert ($60 a head). Mom and Dad can dig into a five-course meal with refined options like acorn squash ravioli, halibut, salmon, and filet mignon (in addition to turkey with chorizo cornbread stuffing), then finish with pumpkin praline cheesecake, an autumn ice cream trio and more ($85 a head).
Even on Turkey Day, this spot highlights seasonal ingredients while adding an interesting twist to familiar dishes. Reserve a spot for your family to chow down on a four-course feast featuring turkey, of course, as well as three other dishes. Options include potato and sage gnocchi, duck-fat potatoes and heritage turkey (breast and dark meat) and heirloom apple pie with caramel sauce for dessert. $75, children $50.
On weekend mornings, a “We love kids!” attitude and a no-reservations policy add up to pleasant, barely controlled chaos. Families embrace the mayhem and flock to this eatery’s two NYC locations for the gourmet brunch spread, which includes eggs benedict ($22), sourdough pancakes ($15) and more, crafted from scratch using Grandma-approved family recipes. The kids menu features comforting classics like matzo ball soup ($6) and mac and cheese ($5). Be sure to leave room for a piece of Bubby’s’ famous pie—the restaurant got its start as a pie baking company back in 1990. Today, the options include local apple, peanut butter chocolate and Toigo Farm peach & vanilla bean crumble pie ($8 a slice; ask about whole pies available for purchase). Thanksgiving Day seatings between 12–8pm.
This rustic-leaning locavore eatery is offering a Thanksgiving Day menu with the choice of tasty appetizers (past menus have included crispy pork belly and a roasted lobster salad), 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. $65, children $34.50.
Reserve a spot at this family-friendly Southwestern spot for a reasonably-priced and delectable Thanksgiving meal, complete with a starter, choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert. Outside of the regular holiday fare, try 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. Picky eaters, never fear—they'll have the option of veggies and dip or tomato soup with chicken fingers or mac & cheese and an ice-cream sandwich for dessert. Adults $58, children ages 9–15 $32 (half portions), under 8 $16 (special kids' menu), 20% gratuity added to all checks. Accepting reservations beginning in mid-October.
Expand your little one's palate with an unorthodox prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner at this trendy restaurant. The menu includes butternut squash soup, a smoked-turkey dinner, "The Gobbler"—a turkey burger topped with brussels-sprout slaw and cranberry compote—plus ice cream sundaes , apple crisp tart and baked Alaska for two for dessert. $60, two-course children's menu $25.
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 a three-course meal, including traditional Thanksgiving plates, and kids get a tailored version of the classics. Adults $55, children $25. Reservations strongly recommended for parties of 5 or more.
“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 sweet potato apple bisque, slow-braised beef brisket, mashed sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallow and truffled mac & cheese. $68 per person with optional wine pairings for $36 more. Four seating times available, call now to make a reservation.
Get a taste of Texas at this spacious and casual BBQ joint. On Turkey Day, order from a special menu that takes the cooking off your hands. Choose from the good ol' bird or chow down on beef or pork for a southern twist. Even picky eaters can find something to their liking with side options like Texas toast stuffing, Longhorn cheddar mac & cheese and German mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving dinner served 12–8pm; adults $45, children under 10 $20.
Little ones with a penchant for mouth-puckering flavors have lots to choose from at this craft eatery, including pickled beets, carrots and green beans in addition to the standard cukes ($4–$16). Kids will also enjoy digging into the southern-style biscuit sandwiches, served with cheese grits ($14–16). For a sweet starter that’s perfectly sized for little appetites, go for the Biscuits & Fixins with honey, maple butter and housemade fruit preserves ($8).
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.
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.
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 seven entrée options; last year's included dishes like braised short rib, pappardelle pasta with lamb ragu, Atlantic salmon and a traditional roasted turkey dinner. Kids (under 11) can choose from turkey, chicken tenders, penne pasta, grilled cheese and more to celebrate their thankfulness. Kiddie desserts include an ice-cream pop or brownie sundae. $75, children under 11 $25. Reservations recommended.
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 family-style apps like prosciutto, fresh cheeses and fig mostarda, butternut squash cavatelli and pumpkin tiramisu to complement the turkey main-course at your family's feast. Adults $70, children $35.
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: Maple creme brulée and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. $85 per person.