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Where to go for Thanksgiving dinner 2021 in NYC

For families, Friendsgiving or those dining solo, here are the best options for indulging in the foods of the beloved American holiday.

Edited by
Will Gleason
Written by
Time Out contributors
&
Victoria Marin
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Thanksgiving in the time of COVID looks different for most of us—whether we live here in New York already, or are visiting for the holiday. We already have a spectrum of worldly and unique choices to make when it comes to dining out. So when tasked with putting a Thanksgiving spin on a menu, some restaurants go above and beyond in their interpretation of the holiday’s foundational element: the food. Here are some of the best restaurants in NYC to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year, across a spectrum from traditional to non, high end to more casual.

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Best Thanksgiving dinner in NYC

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Tribeca
  • price 3 of 4

If you’re hosting a crew but feeling nervous about cooking yourself (or you just really want to impress them), grab a Thanksgiving Box from Frenchette. Included is a feast prepared for six people covering every base imaginable in the more than a dozen menu items, from heritage turkey to chestnut stuffing to pumpkin pie, to name just a few.

Price: $600 for 6 people.

Something to be thankful for: Pull-apart Parker House rolls with rosemary and sea salt

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Flatiron

Opt to dine in – and opt out of doing dishes – or order a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to go at this Flatiron favorite, where you can alternatively pick up a lovely gift box for your host if you’re a guest at someone else’s place this holiday (a pie, a candle and a flower bouquet for $130).

Price: 4 courses; $89 pp.

Something to be thankful for: They have all your floral needs covered by their in-house florist.

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  • Restaurants
  • Prospect Heights

The Thanksgiving-inspired Cranbirdy—a breakfast taco filled with DiPaola's turkey breakfast sausage, roasted sweet potatoes, Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs, a blend of white cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and a side of cranberry salsa—will satiate those cravings for the holiday’s flavors that spring up in the days leading up the main event. It’s available from November 15-26 at KDT’s Prospect Heights location (though it’s closed on the actual holiday) as well as at their carts (Madison Sq Park, Prospect Park, Seaport).

Price: $5.50 each.

Something to be thankful for: Actually good NYC breakfast tacos

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Central Park
  • price 2 of 4

If you’re keen to eat an early lunch or late dinner holiday meal in one of NYC’s most historic restaurants, Tavern on the Green may be just the ticket, with dining hours from 11am to 11pm Expect a traditional Thanksgiving spread including free-range turkey, sage and sausage stuffing and pumpkin maple pie.

Price: $125 pp.

Something to be thankful for: an unforgettable holiday meal in the middle of Central Park.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Williamsburg

If you’re looking to indulge in the spirit of Thanksgiving with your nearest and dearest on a day sometime around the fourth Thursday in November, but not actually on that day, Le Crocodile is a great option. While their prix fixe menu isn’t quite a traditional American Thanksgiving standard, the rich French influence and autumnal produce combines to make it feel on-point for the holiday season.

Price: $85 pp for groups of 8-12.

Something to be thankful for: For just $25 more per person, you can add a fruits de mer (seafood) supplement.

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Flatiron
  • price 2 of 4

Give the all-American repast a Mediterranean refresh at this Flatiron spot, which rounds out traditional offerings with housemade mezzes and baked branzino. And for only $71, it is likely the best holiday meal deal on the entire island of Manhattan.

Price: 3 courses; $71 pp.

Something to be thankful for: your meal starts with the time-honored Thanksgiving favorite, homemade cornbread.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Upper West Side
  • price 4 of 4

If you want red meat done right on Thanksgiving, a steakhouse’s expertise means you can expect a perfectly-cooked bird or steak with side dishes that are just as nourishing, and Columbus Circle’s Porter House is no exception.

Price: 3 courses; $125 pp.

Something to be thankful for: Roasted marrow bone.

  • Restaurants
  • Korean
  • Flatiron
  • price 3 of 4

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. Note that while they are fully booked for Thanksgiving Day, you can enjoy their holiday menu on other days that week.

Price: $85.

Something to be thankful for: four selected cuts of USDA Prime & American Wagyu Beef.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Flatiron

Like any Italian feast worth its weight in pasta, expect this Thanksgiving menu to feed the whole familia. While you won’t find the expected traditional American trimmings on this five-course menu, you will get your choice of authentic Italian antipasto, pasta, meat, and dessert, all served with a touch of American holiday inspiration.

Price: 5 courses; $180 pp.

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

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

This Francophilic feast includes Daniel Boulud classics like pâté en croûte, as well as more typical Thanksgiving suspects. Bonus: their wine list is divine.

Price: 3 courses; $105 for adults, $45 for children under 12.

Something to be thankful for: Beef bourguignon: it will become a Thanksgiving staple in your household from here on out if it isn’t already.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Soho
  • price 3 of 4

The Dutch’s Thanksgiving prix fixe menu, there’s a little something for everyone—each person gets to choose their appetizer and dessert, and there are vegetarian and vegan options, while still being a shared experience—the entrees are served family-style.

Price: 3 courses; $135 for adults, $50 for children under 10.

Something to be thankful for: Pecan pie with a pretzel crust and chocolate-bourbon sauce

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Chelsea

Seafood is the name of the game at Alfred Portale's Thanksgiving celebration, where you’ll find fresh catch like scallops, yellowfin tuna and halibut (prepared with truffles!) But worry not if you’re looking for something more classic American—the tacchino (turkey) is roasted with duck confit and served with a sour cherry stuffing, Brussels sprouts and rainbow carrots.

Price: 3 courses; $115 pp.

Something to be thankful for: Maine lobster dressed with Calabrian chile and lemon-basil butter.

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Hell's Kitchen

Le Privé’s Thanksgiving menu is a reprieve from the typically overpriced offerings in the Hell’s Kitchen area. For a truly indulgent French-American Thanksgiving feast, go for the escargots to start, followed by the slow roasted pork with the sweet potatoes and green beans, and finish with the creme au chocolat.

Price: 3 courses; $69 pp.

Something to be thankful for: a bottle of wine for every two prix fixe orders.

  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs
  • Midtown West

When you want all the elements of Thanksgiving food without having to use a fork and knife, go for The Elgin’s “legendary” ginger-scallion turkey burger dressed with stuffing, cranberry-apple relish and pickled mustard seed. And if you like some tipples with your bites, all the better: their cocktails are simple, strong and sumptuous (further: their whiskey list is epic and they also have several thoughtfully curated non-alcoholic cocktails).

Price: A la carte.

Something to be thankful for: Three words: duck fat fries.

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