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Where to go for Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

The best Thanksgiving dinners in NYC cater to families, Friendsgiving and even solo diners

By Bao Ong and Christina Izzo

Thanksgiving is going to look different for a lot of us this year, whether you’re cooking at home for your lockdown pod, ordering takeout and delivery to help keep your favorite neighborhood spots afloat, or opting to safely celebrate in a socially distanced dining room. If the latter strikes your festive fancy, the best restaurants in NYC are here to help, from seafood to soul food, from pasta to, yes, pumpkin pie. Because even with 2020 being so, well, 2020, there are still many things to be thankful for, and New York restaurants are definitely one.

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Best Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

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1. The NoMad

Restaurants French Flatiron

A three-course prix fixe—featuring a choice of roasted turkey, broiled snapper, or grilled rib-eye—will be served in the Atrium, Parlor, and Fireplace spaces of this Michelin-starred dining room inside the NoMad Hotel

Price: $170

Something to be thankful for: White truffles shaved over tagliatelle in both “reasonable” (four grams) or “ridiculous” portions (eight grams).

Photograph: Abigail Sergent

2. Il Fiorista

5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Flatiron

This charming restaurant extends its floral touches to Thanksgiving, from the main dishes to sides in a three-course meal that won’t leave you in a tryptophan-induced food coma. 

Price: $68 per person

Something to be thankful for: Roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing roulade

Le Crocodile, NYC, brunch
Photograph: Courtesy Le Crocodile/Liz Clayman

3. Le Crocodile

Restaurants French Williamsburg

For the holiday, chefs Jake Leiber and Aidan O’Neal are whipping up classics like carved-to-order turkey, sage sourdough stuffing, a Waldorf salad, and good ol’ green bean casserole.

Price: $110 per person

Something to be thankful for: For forty dollars more, you can have the same menu as a private dinner in a converted hotel room upstairs

Copyright Caroline Voagen Nelson, Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

4. Barbounia

Restaurants Mediterranean Flatiron

Give the all-American repast a Mediterranean refresh at this Flatiron spot, which rounds out traditional offerings with taboon-roasted whole fish and lamb siniya casserole.

Price: $79 per person

Something to be thankful for: Wild mushroom khachapuri with black truffles

Photograph: Francesco Tonelli

5. Porter House Bar and Grill

Restaurants Steakhouse Upper West Side

Chef Michael Lomonaco and his team know a thing or two when it comes to meat. The steakhouse’s expertise means you can expect a perfectly-cooked bird or steak with side dishes that are just as nourishing.

Price: $115 per person ($46 for children under 10)

Something to be thankful for: Black angus filet mignon

Photograph: Cayla Zahoran

6. Cote

Restaurants Korean Flatiron

At Cote—a sleek Flatiron District effort from Simon Kim of the Michelin-starred Piora—the prized bird is swapped out for prime Wagyu beef. A chef's selection of four fab cuts are padded out with a parade of traditional Korean side dishes. 

Price: $85

Something to be thankful for: Kimchi stew to spice up the festivities

Photography: Kathryn Sheldon

7. Rezdôra

Restaurants Italian Flatiron

Like any Italian feast worth its weight in pasta, expect this Thanksgiving menu to feed the whole familia. The six-course menu includes a choice of antipasto, pasta, meat, and dessert.

Price: $125 per person

Something to be thankful for: Handmade pasta like nonna used to make

Photograph: Courtesy of Emmy Squared

8. Emmy Squared

Restaurants Pizza East Village

It’s like Thanksgiving in one bite. The festive burger features double-stacked turkey patties with some of our favorite holiday flavors (think Brussels sprouts and caramelized onions) covered in American cheese and hot honey mustard on a pretzel bun. Available Wednesday, November 24th.

Price: $15

Something to be thankful for: Gobble Double Double burger

Photograph: Steve Freihon

9. Dante

Bars Cocktail bars Greenwich Village

The beloved MacDougal Street café turned small plates restaurant and cocktail bar is offering an Italian-accented spread for Thanksgiving—yes, there will be lasagna, and yes, there will be booze.

Price: $95 per person

Something to be thankful for: Putting the cheers in holiday cheer with a "Cosmotini Royale"

E. Laignel

10. Bar Boulud

Restaurants French Upper West Side

Available from noon to 8pm on November 26th, this Francophilic feast includes Daniel Boulud classics like pâté en croûte and salmon en papillote, as well as the usual Thanksgiving suspects.

Price: $85 per person

Something to be thankful for: The starring bird in three sumptuous ways: Roasted breast, glazed leg, sauced in turkey gravy

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