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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The convivial vibes of the Thanksgiving table don’t take a backseat when you’re feasting on chef Brad Farmerie’s menu. You choose your own appetizer and main dishes with less traditional items like ricotta gnudi and a whole grilled branzino to share.
Price: $95 three-course, prix fixe ($45 for children)
Something to be thankful for: A pie bar for dessert
It’s like Thanksgiving in one bite. The special holiday sandwich features turkey confit with some of our favorite sides (think shredded sprouts and apples) slathered in a cranberry aioli between a pretzel bun.
Something to be thankful for: Turbo Turkey sandwich
This modern French bistro specializes in serving heritage breed whole birds, so it’s no surprise the turkey (stuffed with sauerkraut, crushed sweet potatoes and homemade corn bread) is not to be missed. Desserts like a warm apple-and-huckleberry crumble and the pumpkin cheesecake are seasonal hits to round out your meal.
Price: $95 per person
Something to be thankful for: Heritage stuffed turkey
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 simple pan con tomate to a more traditional turkey dish.
Price: $70 per person
Something to be thankful for: Churros con chocolate
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.
Something to be thankful for: Burrata with roasted beets and aged balsamic
The Tuscan-inspired affair puts an Italian twist on our favorites: a turkey breast is thinly pounded before being filled with a meaty ragu and herbs, which you can pair with a butternut squash pureé topped with amaretti cookies. Or you can simply go with the comforting Italian fare.
Price: Varies (a la carte)
Something to be thankful for: Tortelli mugellani (a ravioli filled with potatoes, Parmesan and Italian sausage)
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.
For Bubby’s, which recently reopened its Tribeca flagship location, it all started 29 years ago with a one-day pie pop-up. Now this New York staple offers more than just homemade pies with a spread of your holiday favorites.
Price: $75 for adults, $50 for children under 10
Something to be thankful for: A Thanksgiving meal where a part of the proceeds will be donated to New York City Rescue Mission
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
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