Even before the food coma sets in, Thanksgiving dinner can be blurry: the same mix of turkey, potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and gravy. This year, we scoured the city's Thanksgiving feasts for signature offerings to shake up your traditions, whether they're in a restaurant or a family kitchen. We found a few at the best restaurants in NYC; including some delicious new dishes. After a headache-free holiday at one of these spots, give your Thanksgiving all the trimmings with a night of drinks at some of the best bars open on Thanksgiving or the city's best pies.
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As if we didn’t put Danny Meyer on a pedestal enough, the successful restaurateur’s latest venture is perched up on the 60th floor of a building in Fidi, overlooking all of southern Manhattan and its waterways. The menu in the dining room is made up of a three-course new American prix fixe.
Something to be thankful for: Sunchoke and chestnut soup with black truffles
Chef Daniel Humm and partner Will Guidara serve stylish, constantly reinvented New American fare at this much-decorated Flatiron dining room that semi-recently re-opened.
Something to be thankful for: Roasted turkey with caramelized apple and chestnut stuffing
April Bloomfield’s quintessential gastropub is a temple to indulgently rich steaks, roasts, and terrines, so it’s no surprise that its holiday menu reflects its grandeur.
Price: $95; $55 for children
Something to be thankful for: Candied sweet potato soup
Major Food Group has dazzled in its remake of the famed Grill Room. It’s not just the deference for the landmark interior, though the familiar glass walls, metallic blinds and Richard Lippold–designed brass fixture over the bar should pacify the worried old guard. It’s also the midcentury menu, inspired by Delmonico’s and 21 Club, where chef Carbone reconstructs continental classics.
Something to be thankful for: The optional prime rib you can tack on for $79
That a tiny, humble little nook of a restaurant can create food this sophisticated, imaginative and compelling is nothing short of astounding. Chef Brendan McHale's food brandishes dazzle that its modest surroundings might belie, and it is fancy enough to offer a tasting menu but so cozy that servers seem like friends.
Something to be thankful for: Cranberry and black pepper gelee
If it looks like a steakhouse and walks like a steakhouse and talks like a steakhouse, is it a steakhouse? By definition alone, Quality Eats is a steakhouse in that it specializes in beefy butcher cuts, but it delights in subverting the classic totems of the chophouse.
Something to be thankful for: Turkey frank on a housemade sweet potato bun with stuffing fries, coleslaw, green bean relish, cranberry ketchup and apple mustard
The recent return of the all-day hotel clubhouse began with hip reinventions of the form at the Standard, Ace and Gramercy Park Hotels. But the NoMad, with its rich mahogany bar and dining rooms shrouded in red velvet curtains, is our first truly opulent throwback.
Price: $165; $65 for children 12 and under
Something to be thankful for: Bone marrow-crusted beef with salsify, pear and juniper
Australia native Janine Booth from Top Chef joins fellow TV toque Jeff McInnis (Miami's Yardbird) to retool Deep South standbys.
Price: $75 per person; $45 for children 12 and under
Something to be thankful for: Fried turkey
After walking down the dark, wood-paneled stairway, you emerge into a space straight from the 1920s—except no flappers. Stools line up on the tile floor in front of the bar, where suspenders-sporting mixologists shake up libations. The retro-steakhouse aesthetic culminates in a red-leather banquette that divides the glossy, dark-wood tables from the eclectic old paintings, photos and needlepoints on the walls.
Something to be thankful for: Smoked turkey with cornbread and hotlink stuffing
At Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem bistro, global soul food takes center stage, artfully mixing Southern-fried, East African, Scandinavian and French flavors. While the former Aquavit chef, now culinary TV star, can sacrifice elegance in favor of mass appeal, you'll still find the occasional haute cuisine flourish.
Something to be thankful for: Cornbread with pumpkin butter