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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

The Dutch
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

11. The Dutch

Restaurants Contemporary American Soho

At Andrew Carmellini’s worldly Soho brasserie, you can sit down for a family-style three-course prix fixe from 1–8pm on Thanksgiving Day. 

Price: $130 per person ($50 for children under 10)

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

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

12. Bubby’s

Restaurants American Tribeca

Through November 25th, the homestyle hot spot will offer a holiday plate including turkey with giblet gravy, traditional Thanksgiving sides, and your choice of pie.

Price: $40

Something to be thankful for: The phrase “your choice of pie.”

Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

13. Portale

Restaurants Italian Chelsea

Seafood is the name of the game at Alfred Portale's Thanksgiving celebration: On the three-course prix fixe, find fresh catch like frutti di mare, stuffed clams, and seared halibut with braised artichoke.

Price: $90 per person

Something to be thankful for: Maine lobster dressed with lemon-basil butter

Photograph: Molly Tavoletti

14. Boqueria

Restaurants Spanish Flatiron

Three locations of Boqueria—SoHo, the Upper East Side and Midtown—will offer a Spanish-themed menu that’s meant to be shared. The spread features Barcelona-inspired dishes, like crispy sweet potatoes with mojo verde, to a more traditional turkey dish.

Price: $75 per person

Something to be thankful for: Spiced pumpkin custard

Photograph: Karston Tanis / Cecconi's Dumbo

15. Cecconi’s Dumbo

Restaurants Italian DUMBO

We’d recommend our Time Out Market New York if it were open but just next door, you’ll find this Italian spot with sweeping views for the East River as you share a family-style meal of turkey with classic side dishes.

Price: $85

Something to be thankful for: Burrata with roasted beets and aged balsamic

Photograph: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group

16. CUT

Restaurants Steakhouse Financial District

This Wolfgang Puck restaurant at the Four Seasons New York Downtown imparts an elegant touch to your Thanksgiving feast that you’d expect from a restaurant inside a luxury hotel.

Price: $105 per person

Something to be thankful for: A traditional Thanksgiving meal conceived by one of the most popular celebrity chefs in the world.

Photograph: Sylvia Paret

17. Morandi

Restaurants Italian West Village

We often seek out Italian food when we’re craving comfort food. For this holiday, Keith McNally’s popular Italian trattoria gives the same treatment to some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes with a touch of la dolce vita.

Price: $75 per person

Something to be thankful for: Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, sage and Parmesan cheese

Photograph: Pierre Monetta

18. Benoit

Restaurants French Midtown West

Say au revoir to all your cooking responsibilites when you book a reservation at this contemporary French Bistro. Chef Laetitia Rouabah’s menu transports you to a Parisian restaurant with its Gallic touches. 

Price: $85 per person

Something to be thankful for: Butternut squash and ginger soup

Photograph: Prive Group

19. Le Privé

Restaurants French Hell's Kitchen

There’s still a dearth of quality restaurants in the Hell’s Kitchen area, especially the further west you go. Le Privé’s Thanksgiving menu is a reprieve from overpriced menus with few choices. 

Price: $60

Something to be thankful for: French onion soup

Photograph: Matthew Gunther

20. The Elgin

Restaurants Gastropubs Midtown West

Escape the Rockefeller Center crowds with hearty versions of the must-eat poultry of the day, including a ginger-scallion turkey burger and an herb-rubbed bird with mushroom gravy.

Price: A la carte

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

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