You’ve planned your Thanksgiving dinner, you’ve ordered one of the best pies in NYC and now for the most important part of your holiday—what bars open on Thanksgiving are you going to frequentto combat the frustrations of an entire day spent with your family. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options, from Irish pubs to football-loving sports bars. Here’s where to drink during Thanksgiving in NYC.
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The highly-anticipated restaurant, The Regency Bar & Grill at Loews Regency Hotel in Midtown Manhattan is the pinnacle of New York’s power dining scene, the modern American grill menu offers updated classics that combine local New York produce with international flavors in a contemporary fine-dining setting.
As at many dives in Brooklyn, the older working-class patrons have been mostly replaced by young neighborhood newcomers. Sports trophies still line the wall and a game is usually on the tube, but the punk-heavy jukebox and central location fuel a certain diversity. Certainly, everyone can appreciate the mellow, unobtrusive service that has kept Smith’s open since 1931.
This Greenwich Village craft-beer bar offers 20-plus draft brews, including Bronx Bog Smash, Olde Saratoga Pilsner and Ten Barrels Apocalypse IPA. Offset the hops with pub grub like Philly cheesesteak spring rolls, a bone-marrow burger with sautéed shallots, and a lobster roll with lemon mayonnaise.
Sophisticated pub grub in an Old World atmosphere is the hallmark of the Shakespeare, a British-style tavern tucked inside the William hotel. Accented by weathered wood-beam ceilings and dim, moody lighting, this cozy bar delivers unexpectedly elevated English fare in a refreshingly friendly, laid-back atmosphere.
This comfortable corner dive attracts a comfortable mix of locals: those who wear trucker hats because they’re truckers, and those who wear them backward and ride bicycles. When they’re not flinging coasters at one another, patrons sing along to jukebox oldies such as the Earls and Jimmy Roselli. Every four minutes, the Quick Draw keno machine kicks out winners, but according to owner Steve Ehresman, it produces many more whiners.