25 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in NYC

Hearth's traditional Thanksgiving feast is built with ingredients from the Union Square Greenmarket and local farms.
Hearth's traditional Thanksgiving feast is built with ingredients from the Union Square Greenmarket and local farms.
10/27/23 - By Diana Kim

These restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC let New Yorkers of small-space kitchens who prefer rapid-fire takeout options let someone else handle cooking our Thanksgiving feast. Our picks for restaurants open on Thanksgiving include family-friendly spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island sure to make this Thanksgiving—which falls on Thursday, November 23, 2023—as easy and delicious as possible. Be sure to book your reservations soon.

Now, instead of deep-cleaning your apartment to host those far-flung relatives (and their expectations), you can spend Thanksgiving morning at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. What's more NYC than that?

Be sure to bookmark our Guide to Thanksgiving in NYC for more family-friendly holiday happenings. If you're visiting NYC this Thanksgiving and still looking for a place to stay, check out these family-friendly NYC hotels, or these Midtown hotels with views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: Arte Cafe
Enjoy unlimited organic roasted turkey as part of the prix fixe Thanksgiving meal at Arte Cafe.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Manhattan

1. Arte Cafe – Upper West Side

This upscale Italian eatery offers a three-course Thanksgiving dinner that includes butternut squash soup, pumpkin ravioli with porcini mushrooms, roasted organic turkey with all the fixings, and dessert. The cost is $65 per person, and an a la carte menu is also available. Make reservations online.

2. Hearth – East Village

Hearth is the perfect home away from home for Thanksgiving. With a cozy atmosphere, Italian-influenced “healthy fine dining,” and a James Beard Award nomination, it’s probably a better place to celebrate the holiday than home. Start with autumn squash soup with citrus yogurt or a pear and Pecorino salad, then move on to roasted turkey breast with mushroom leak stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and traditional sides. Finish with pumpkin panna cotta or apple crisp. A three-course dinner is $128 per adult and half-price for children under 12 years. An optional wine pairing is also available for $42. Visit the site for reservations.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC Carmine's
Eat to your heart's content at Carmine's, which serves a generous family-style Thanksgiving meal.

3. Carmine's – Times Square and the Upper West Side

Can’t fit visiting family members at your dining table, or just can't understand the joy of cooking for hours on end? Carmine’s offers a family-style Thanksgiving menu with an 18-pound turkey and all the traditional fixings, sides, and pies. The dinner package feeds six to eight people, for $395. It's available for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. Call or pre-order online. If you prefer pasta to potatoes, the restaurant's regular menu is also available for dine-in clients.

4. Fraunces Tavern – Financial District

For something a little different and so uniquely New York, head to this historic tavern for a traditional holiday feast. This year's menu consists of your choice of turkey, steak, branzino, or pesto pappardelle. Close out the meal with date and sticky toffee pudding or harvest pumpkin pie. The meal is $95 per person; book in advance.

5. Bubby's – Tribeca

Enjoy a family-style meal at Bubby's, which offers a Thanksgiving menu that includes deviled eggs, a market salad, pickled market vegetables, and buttermilk biscuits for starters, followed by a choice of roasted turkey and old-fashioned ham with pineapples and cherries, plus all the sides: cornbread sausage stuffing, green bean casserole, candied sweet potatoes, and roasted seasonal veggies. The prix fixe menu is $125 for adults and $70 for kids under 10, not including beverages. A Thanksgiving take-out menu is also available.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: Hill Country Barbecue
Hill Country Barbecue puts on an impressive turkey day meal.

6. Hill Country Barbecue – Flatiron

Want a little sweet tea with your turkey? For Southerners who miss home cooking or native New Yorkers who want something out of the ordinary, Hill Country pays tribute to the Lone Star State by smoking its barbecue low and slow over Texas post oak. This year's Texas-style Thanksgiving menu showcases pit-smoked turkey, signature barbecue, and all the traditional sides and desserts. The meal runs $95 per adult and $45 for kids ages 5-12. Bonus: Kids under 5 eat for FREE! Reserve your feast online for takeout or make reservations to dine-in.

7. Oceana – Rockefeller Center

Oceana, one of New York's top seafood restaurants, offers a three-course, prix fixe meal from 11:30am-8pm. The cost is $125 for adults and $55 for kids 12 and under. A mouth-watering menu includes traditional favorites, plus seafood specialties, including clam risotto, crab cakes, grilled swordfish, seared branzino, and more. An Orange Dreamsicle Parfait sounds like the perfect sweet ending to this meal.

8. Miss Lily's – East Village

Enjoy the flavors of island life at this Caribbean eatery, which serves a flavor-packed Thanksgiving menu. Slow-roasted jerk turkey takes center stage, and sides include mac-and-cheese pie and Jamaican greens. Enjoy elevated treats like pumpkin pie with pimento whipped cream or banana cream pudding. This year's pricing will be released soon; in previous years, the price point has been particularly family-friendly. Book reservations online in advance.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: Cote
Cote offers a Korean-inspired take on the holiday meal.

9. Cote – Flatiron District

If you're thinking a little outside the box for Thanksgiving dinner, how about ordering some Korean barbecue? Billed as NYC's first Korean steakhouse, Cote is offering a Thanksgiving feast featuring four different cuts of USDA prime and American Wagyu beef. The meal also includes Korean side dishes and accompaniments like noodles, stews, and an assortment of lettuce leaves to wrap your meat. Cost is $155 per person.

10. Orsay – Midtown East

This modern French restaurant offers a three-course prix fixe menu that includes harvest salad, a choice of turkey with all the trimmings, sirloin steak, or salmon, and dessert. It's $82 per adult and $35 for kids 10 and under. Dinner is served from 12pm-8pm.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: The Regency Bar and Grill
The stately dining room at The Regency Bar & Grill makes for a lovely Thanksgiving backdrop.

11. The Regency Bar & Grill – Upper East Side

For an indulgent Thanksgiving dinner experience, consider booking at the Upper East Side's Loews Regency New York Hotel, where the menu kicks off with lobster bisque and a foie gras torchon. Main courses include traditional turkey and fixings or options like herb-crusted lamb and butter-poached halibut. Finish off with a traditional pie or a decadent three-layer chocolate cake. Book your reservation in advance for this sit-down affair, which runs $175 for adults; $65 for children under 12.

12. Friend of a Farmer's – Upper West Side and Gramercy Park

Since opening its doors in 1986, this rustic spot has been instrumental in promoting the farm-to-table movement in NYC. Its Thanksgiving menu features its usual seasonally fresh and local ingredients and includes oven-roasted turkey with all the traditional fixings: gravy, cornbread stuffing, cranberries, creamy mashed potatoes, and maple sweet potatoes. The feast runs $100 per person and should be booked in advance online.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: Freemans
Enjoy heritage turkey with stuffing or whole grilled brook trout during Freemans' four-course meal.

13. Freemans Restaurant – Lower East Side

Hidden at the end of a Lower East Side alley, this hip spot serves a four-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $110 per person. Highlights from this year's menu include hot artichoke dip, spiced carrot soup, and a choice of roasted turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy or grilled brook trout. Dessert options include pumpkin pie as well as caramel apple crumble pie. Make reservations online.

14. Tavern on the Green – Central Park

Celebrate a classic New York Thanksgiving in Central Park and enjoy executive chef Bill Peet's traditional five-course Thanksgiving menu with turkey and all the trimmings. Dinner costs $135 per adult and $75 for children 12 and younger. Email reservations@tavernonthegreen.com or call 212-877-8684 to book.

15. The Fulton by Jean-Georges – South Street Seaport

The Fulton spices up its three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe menu with festive treats like the pumpkin cheesecake sundae with custard, cream cheese ice cream, coffee caramel, and pepita streusel. While you can enjoy a traditional turkey and all the fixings, other options include black sea bass or longevity noodles. The meal is $168 per person and $84 for children under the age of 10. Guarantee a spot by making a reservation.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: Charlie Palmer Steak New York
The modern Charlie Palmer Steak New York serves a rich, delicious turkey dinner with traditional sides and new twists.

16. Charlie Palmer Steak New York – Midtown

Thanksgiving dinner at this modern American steakhouse is $95 per person and $55 for children 12 and under. The family-style menu includes Caesar salad and deviled eggs, roasted heritage turkey, classic stuffing, traditional sides, and a choice of pumpkin pie or cheesecake for dessert. Book your reservations online.

17. Noho Hospitality Group – Manhattan

Multiple locations
Several Manhattan restaurants are part of the Noho Hospitality Group and offer decadent Thanksgiving dinners for both dine-in and take out, including The Dutch where guests can dine on a family-style main course that includes organic roast turkey, mashed potatoes, rich turkey gravy, and spoon bread stuffing for $165 per guest and $68 for children 12 and under.

The nearby Lafayette restaurant is also serving tasty fare. For $140 per person ($68 for children 12 and under), you can feast on entrees like grilled arctic char, duck leg confit, or heritage turkey served with traditional accompaniments and gravy.

18. Bateaux New York – Chelsea

Hop aboard the glass-enclosed Bateaux New York on this luxurious Thanksgiving Day cruise. Enjoy a chef-prepared, three-course, plated, holiday menu while taking in spectacular views of the Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey skylines. The cruise comes in at $110.46 for adults and $89.46 for children ages 4-12. It's FREE for ages 3 and under.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: BKLYN Larder
BKLYN Larder is known for its farm-to-table ethos and lively atmosphere year-round.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Brooklyn

19. BKLYN Larder – Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

If you want to enjoy Thanksgiving at home without the work, reserve your meal from BKLYN Larder, a local establishment that's been supplying Park Slope and Prospect Heights with hand-crafted cheeses, homemade prepared foods, and hard-to-find grocery items. For Thanksgiving, choose either a whole turkey or a turkey roll—a de-boned turkey with pork stuffing—and a variety of side dishes and sweets. Order online or email catering@bklynlarder.com.

20. As You Are – Boerum Hill

This cozy spot in the Ace Hotel offers a cornucopia of flavors curated by Chef Camille Becerra, including a hearty turkey dinner or a vegan shepherd's pie stuffed squash, each accompanied by your choice of delectable sides. A kid's turkey dinner is also available. Make reservations online.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: Palo Santo
Enjoy a Latin-inspired Thanksgiving dinner at the local fave, Palo Santo.

21. Palo Santo – Park Slope

Palo Santo, a neighborhood favorite, peppers its Thanksgiving menu with the Latin-inspired flavors it's known for. There's turkey, of course, but also fish, meat, and vegetarian options. The three-course meal runs $75 for adults; $45 for children with an optional $25 wine pairing for grown-ups. Seatings begin at 2pm. Reserve online.

22. Leuca – Williamsburg

Located in The William Vale, this restaurant serves Southern Italian cuisine such as handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza, and rustic dishes. For Thanksgiving, enjoy an Italian-inspired prix fixe menu featuring a variety of antipasti, turkey with pecorino and fennel sausage stuffing, and Sicilian pistachio cake. The menu is $125 per person and $58 for kids under 12. Make reservations online.

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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in NYC: The Queensboro
The Queensboro serves a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day.

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23. The Queensboro – Jackson Heights, Queens

This festive meal starts with a Thanksgiving salad with pears, walnuts, blue cheese, pomegranates, mixed greens, and mustard vinaigrette. Entrees include a choice of roasted turkey, whole stuffed trout, petite filet of beef, or spice-roasted cauliflower. Round out the feast with a selection of sweet pies.

24. Victory Garden Cafe – Astoria, Queens

Try a Mediterranean-inspired feast for Thanksgiving from this family-owned bistro. The holiday menu offers a choice of one main course—turkey, lamb chops, or shrimp scampi—plus a variety of appetizers and Greek side dishes. Make reservations online or call.

25. Bario's – Heartland Village, Staten Island

This Staten Island restaurant has an extensive catering menu for every major holiday. Its Thanksgiving feast serves six to eight and includes a 10-12 pound turkey, all the fixings, veggies, appetizers, bread, salads, pasta, and dessert for $249. For an extra-large group of up to 15, you can feast on a 20-pound turkey with all the fixings for $349. Call or order online.

Unless noted, photos courtesy of the restaurants. A version of this story was published in 2017; it is updated annually.

Places featured in this article:

Carmines - Theater District

Carmines - Upper West Side

Hill Country Barbecue - Flatiron

Charlie Palmer Steak New York