Thanksgiving in NYC is an unusually high-spirited time of the year. You’ve got the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Friendsgiving festivities and eating lots and lots of the best pies. Even though your tiny apartment alone is a good enough excuse to not host a big dinner, what makes dining out even better is that some of the city’s best restaurants in NYC are open on Thanksgiving (some serving turkey, others not so much). See a list of our favorites below.
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Best restaurants open on Thanksgiving
This new hot spot, from the same team behind the Michelin-starred Nix, offers elevated tavern favorites like a burger with duck-fat tots, poached halibut and shrimp scampi with buttered noodles.
Even in a city smitten with large-format feasts—whole hogs, huge steaks, heaps of fried chicken—the Breslin breaks new gluttonous ground. The third project from chef April Bloomfield offers the most opulently fatty food in New York—served in medieval portions in a raucous rock & roll setting.
At this New York City neighborhood restaurant where family-style dining is encouraged, chefs Ned Baldwin and Adam Baumgart meticulously source vibrant ingredients to create unfussy, crowd-pleasing dishes that range from the familiar to the unexpected, in a welcoming dining room that is both elegant and relaxed.
Step into this all-day Italian restaurant from the folks behind the city’s poshest restaurant chain. Ensconced inside Cipriani’s new Seaport District boutique hotel, the eatery offers can’t-miss faves: pasta, panini, seafood and tiramisu.
With a long list of dishes like crispy chicken biscuits, bacon mac n’ cheese and Bubby’s burger and two locations in Tribeca and by the High Line, it’s easy to see why this eatery is a favorite among families. Just note: no meal here is complete without a slice of pie. Local Apple, Michigan Sour Cherry, Key Lime and Chocolate Pudding are just a few on the menu.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime...or at least a night. Zauo, the Japanese restaurant chain, is now offering New Yorkers the chance to actually catch their own fish. At the Flatiron version, there will two floors with a large floating boat and pools of fish ripe for the catching.
Ousia, a Greek-focused Mediterranean concept, brings Mediterranean cuisine in the form of shareable plates and Grecian entrees in a modern, sea-tinged space with cypress wood walls and coral-shaped chandeliers.
John Fraser—chef-owner of Michelin-starred, now shuttered Dovetail—is the latest adopter of the vegetable high altar. It used to be that chefs wanted to let the vegetables speak for themselves, turning out rabbit food incapable of stirring diners less than militant in locavorism. John Fraser smartly whispers through them instead, and it’s worth hanging onto everything he has to say.
If you squint, you can almost see the bones of 7A, the round-the-clock canteen that doled out comfort eats on Avenue A and East 7th Street for 30 years. The wraparound bar and raised seating is still there, but the old digs have been reborn as a reggaeton fun house, a jumble of pink-leopard tabletops, sea-foam checkered floors, and West Indian glamazons bedecked with big hair and tiny shorts.
Dan Kluger's solo debut is his first restaurant gig since shedding the security blanket of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC restaurant empire back in 2014. His vibrant Greenmarket riffs not only earned ABC Kitchen a James Beard Award in 2011 but also a legion of locavore followers who have seemingly tailed the chef the 10 blocks downtown to his new dining room, a split-level, ABC-lite expanse of whitewashed walls and sleek neutrals.