Most New York apartments aren’t made for hosting Thanksgiving but luckily, plenty of restaurants are more than happy to welcome you in for dinner (who wants to do the dishes, anyhow?). So forget about dry turkey, overwhipped potatoes and gelatinous gravy. We found leaving the job to some of the best restaurants in NYC is the way to go. The holidays are crazy as is and you can take it easy whether you’re looking for the city’s best pies or one of the top Brooklyn restaurants to feed you during the most food-centric holiday of the year.
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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. You can also order a vegetarian menu or a la carte at the bar.
Price: $85 per person ($40 for children)
Something to be thankful for: Chamomile-roasted turkey
The next best thing to a Thanksgiving meal are the leftovers the following day. But when it’s Chef Greg Baxtrom, it’s better than anything we could ever concoct from cold turkey and leftover stuffing. Sweet potatoes and bacon find their way into egg rolls, Brussels sprouts get fried and other seasonal menu items have us wish this was our actual Thanksgiving Day feast.
Price: $75 per person for four courses at brunch and $125 per person for four courses at dinner (all served family style)
Something to be thankful for: Caramel apple waffles, green bean shakshuka and pumpkin-chestnut bread
This vibrant French bistro by Major Food Group adds a dash of Lower East Side hipness. The menu feels decidedly French yet modern, so Thanksgiving is full of decadent dishes with modern touches (try the mushroom millefeuille with butternut squash and red curry).
Price: $98 per person
Something to be thankful for: Cote de boeuf in brown butter bearnaise
Venue says An NY bistro created by MFG’s Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. Timeless dishes and preparations of the classic French bistro.
Thanksgiving favorites receive some French flair: turkey is served with a brioche stuffing which complements a rich roasted cauliflower gratin in this three-course prix fixe.
Price: $105 per person
Something to be thankful for: Tarte tatin with crème fraîche
One of the best parts about a Thanksgiving meal is you end up composing your own meal with your favorite bites. You can graze all day and that’s no different at Lamalo, where you can kick off the celebrations with a mezze spread.
Price: $55 per person
Something to be thankful for: Homemade sage laffa bread
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: $110 per person
Something to be thankful for: Black angus filet mignon
While there’s a to-go menu available, we’d prefer to dine in the stylish Ken Fulk-designed dining room with its emerald tones and Art Deco-like touches. The family-style meal here includes a seeded-pumpkin bread, a pasta course, turkey (but you can’t go wrong with the honey-lacquered duck) and pecan pie as well as pumpkin spice gelato.
Price: $98 per person with an optional $75 wine pairing
Something to be thankful for: Honey-lacquered duck
The roaring fireplace in the main dining room at the Lambs Club is tailor-made for a celebratory three-course prix fixe with American classics.
Price: $95 for adults, $50 for children (12 and under)
Something to be thankful for: Farro risotto with kabocha squash, Parmesan, sage
Executive chef Sujan Sarkar’s innovative take on Thanksgiving turns to India for a menu with flavors as lively as this exciting East Village restaurant.
Price: A la carte
Something to be thankful for: Pumpkin mulligatawany with sour cream mousse and curry leaf oil
For a no-frills Thanksgiving experience that doesn’t feel boring. You’ll find seasonal ingredients at the table from beginning to end, from kohlrabi (served with figs, roasted garlic and hazelnuts) to a chocolate peanut bar.
Price: $95 per person, $50 for children 12 and under
Something to be thankful for: BAked oysters with carrot and bone marrow