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Where to go for Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

The best Thanksgiving dinners in NYC are ideal for huge family dinners or last-minute Friendsgivings

By Alyson Penn and Time Out New York contributors |
The Grill
Photograph: Courtesy The Grill

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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Best Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

Photograph: Gabi Porter
Restaurants, Contemporary American


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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.

Price: $120

Something to be thankful for: Sunchoke and chestnut soup with black truffles

Eleven Madison Park
Photograph: Courtesy Gary He
Restaurants, American creative

Eleven Madison Park

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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.

Price: $255 

Something to be thankful for: Roasted turkey with caramelized apple and chestnut stuffing

Photograph: Michael Alexander
Restaurants, British

The Breslin

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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

The Grill
Photograph: Teddy Wolff
Restaurants, American

The Grill

icon-location-pin Midtown East

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.

Price: $195

Something to be thankful for: The optional prime rib you can tack on for $79

Beef Tendon Puffs
Photograph: Courtesy The Eddy
Restaurants, Contemporary American

The Eddy

icon-location-pin East Village

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. 

Price: $95

Something to be thankful for: Cranberry and black pepper gelee

Marlow & Sons
Restaurants, Steakhouse

Quality Eats

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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. 

Price: $24 

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

Restaurants, French

The NoMad

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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

Root & Bone
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Root & Bone

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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

Holy Ground
Photograph: Matt Taylor-Gross
Restaurants, Barbecue

Holy Ground

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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.

Price: $100

Something to be thankful for: Smoked turkey with cornbread and hotlink stuffing

Donuts at Red Rooster Harlem
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Red Rooster Harlem

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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. 

Price: $55

Something to be thankful for: Cornbread with pumpkin butter

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