25 Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in NYC
Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings—and to spend hours in the kitchen, right? Eh...we New Yorkers of small-space kitchens and rapid-fire takeout options often prefer to let someone else handle our annual Thanksgiving feast. Of course, in New York City we can choose from many award-winning restaurants for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 25 restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island to make this Thanksgiving—which falls on Thursday, November 25, 2021—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 parade. What's more NYC than that?
Find even more family-friendly NYC eateries in our local restaurant guide. Visiting and still looking for a place to stay? Check out these family-friendly NYC hotels, or these Midtown gems offering views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Manhattan
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 pear and pecorino salad, then move on to roast turkey with sourdough bread stuffing, cranberry and turkey gravy, and traditional sides. Finish with pumpkin custard or apple crisp. A three-course dinner is $120 per adult and half price for children under 12 years. An optional wine pairing is also available for $40. Visit the site for reservations.
Jones Wood Foundry – Upper East Side
Jones Wood Foundry, a “food-driven pub,” uses locally sourced ingredients to put an updated twist on British culinary tradition. On Thanksgiving, the chefs prepare a turkey dinner with trimmings, including chestnut, apple, and sage stuffing, glazed carrots, caramelized Brussels sprouts, sweet potato puree, roasted potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Visit the website for updated pricing and to book your reservations.
Eat to your heart's content at Carmine's, which serves a generous family-style Thanksgiving meal.
Carmine's – Theater District 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 $295. It's available for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. Call or pre-order online starting Friday, November 19.
Bubby's – Tribeca
Enjoy a family-style meal at Bubby's, a family favorite. It offers a Thanksgiving menu that includes deviled eggs, a market salad, and pickled market vegetables 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 $80 for adults and $50 for kids under 10, not including beverages. A Thanksgiving take-out menu is also available.
Hill Country Barbecue puts on an impressive turkey day meal.
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. Reserve your feast online for take-out or make reservations for dine-in.
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. It's $85 per person.
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Enjoy heritage turkey with stuffing or whole grilled trout during Freemans four-course meal.
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 $95 per person. Highlights from this year's menu include hot artichoke dip, candied delicata squash soup, and a choice of roasted heritage turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, or whole grilled branzino. Dessert options include pumpkin flan as well as apple pie. Make reservations online; booking is limited to two hours.
Oceana – Rockefeller Center
Oceana, one of New York's top seafood restaurants, is offering a three-course, prix fixe meal served from 12-8pm. The cost is $115 for adults and $48 for kids. A mouth-watering menu includes traditional favorites, plus seafood specialties.
Tavern on the Green – Central Park
Celebrate a classic New York Thanksgiving in Central Park and enjoy executive chef Bill Peet's traditional four-course Thanksgiving menu, with turkey and all the trimmings. Dinner costs $125 per adult, $65 for children 12 and younger. Email email@example.com or call 212-877-8684 to book.
The modern Charlie Palmer Steak New York serves a rich, delicious turkey dinner with traditional offerings and new twists.
Charlie Palmer Steak New York– Midtown
Served from 12-8pm, Thanksgiving dinner at this modern American steakhouse is $95 per person and $55 for children under 12. The family-style menu includes chicory salad and deviled eggs, roasted McEnroe Farms turkey, sourdough stuffing, traditional sides, and several pies. Make reservations online.
Arte Cafe – Upper West Side
This upscale Italian eatery in the Upper West Side offers a four-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 $62 per person, and an a la carte menu is also available. Make reservations online.
Que Chevere – Lower East Side
A great, budget-friendly take-out option is Que Chevere. You can opt to make its popular Puerto Rican rotisserie chicken the centerpiece of your holiday meal. If you choose to go traditional, $45 gets a 10-12 pound turkey cooked along with a quart of its Puerto Rican gravy. You can order sides a la carte, such as arroz con gandules, plus the delicious tembleque, a coconut dessert pudding, to finish off your meal.
Orsay – Midtown East
This modern French restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe menu that includes harvest salad, barley risotto, choice of turkey with all the trimmings, sirloin steak or salmon, and dessert. It's $79 per person and served from served 11am-8pm.
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Sestina's plant-based Italian flair adds a new twist to your Thanksgiving dinner plans.
Sestina – East Village
For vegetarians and vegans, Sestina offers plant-based alternatives to Italian favorites. Feast on sweet corn ravioli, spaghetti vongole with shitake "clams," and truffle tagliatelle. For Thanksgiving, it serves its regular menu in addition to some specials. It is taking reservations through its website and Thanksgiving dinner is served beginning at 2pm.
Noho Hospitality Group – Manhattan
Several Manhattan restaurants are part of the Noho Hospitality Group and offer decadent Thanksgiving dinner for both dine-in and take ou, including Bar Primi, The Dutch, Locanda Verde, and Lafayette. As of this writing, this year's Thanksgiving menu hasn't been finalized.
Palo Santo serves a Latin-inspired Thanksgiving meal.
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Palo Santo – Park Slope
Palo Santo, a neighborhood favorite in Park Slope, 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 $65 for adults; $35 for children with an optional $25 wine pairing for grown-ups.
Estuary at ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina – Brooklyn Heights
This Brooklyn restaurant, perched on the waterfront, serves globally inspired dishes featuring fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables. For Thanksgiving, diners can enjoy a traditional turkey meal, but also choose fish or meat options. At the time of this writing, Estuary is finalizing the details of its 2021 menu but is currently taking reservations by phone.
The Farm on Adderley is known for its farm-to-table ethos and lively atmosphere year-round.
The Farm on Adderley – Ditmas Park
The Ditmas Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, known for its traditional Victorian-style homes, actually subbed for Iowa in the TV show Girls, so this charming, kid-friendly restaurant fits right in. The three-course, prix fixe menu is $75 per adult. It also offers a kids' Thanksgiving plate for $35, including dessert. Some of the delights on this year's menu include candied apple wobbler and roasted turkey breast, while the kids' menu includes the staple mac and cheese. Submit reservation form online to book.
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 its Thanksgiving menu, choose either a whole turkey or a turkey roll—a de-boned turkey stuffed with pork stuffing and a variety of side dishes and sweets. To reserve your meal, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call. The final day to place Thanksgiving catering orders is Monday, November 15.
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 chestnut and fennel stuffing, and Sicilian pistachio cake. The menu is $95 for adults and $40 for children ages 12 and under. Make reservations online.
The Thirsty Koala serves a unique Australian-inspired menu in Astoria.
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Thirsty Koala – Astoria, Queens
The chef at the Thirsty Koala incorporates indigenous Australian ingredients such as lemon myrtle, wattleseed, and desert oak into its dishes. For Thanksgiving, you can choose from a two- or three-course prix fixe meal for $29 or $32. The first course is a choice between soup or a kale salad and the main course is roasted turkey breast with stuffing, charred Brussel sprouts, and cranberry compote. Don't forget dessert! Reservations are highly recommended.
Bubba's Bistro – Astoria
This relaxed and kid-friendly Astoria spot specializing in Southern-style comfort classics serves a bargain-priced Thanksgiving dinner for $34.95 per person, including turkey breast, apple salad, biscuits, and a choice of two sides. Call for reservations. There's also a catering menu for larger groups.
Casa del Chef – Woodside, Queens
This cozy, family-owned bistro uses locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create dishes that reflect its chef's Ecuadorian roots. It's offering an affordable prix fixe menu for dine-in on Thanksgiving Day. As of this writing, the menu is still being finalized. Check its website for updates.
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—plus a variety of appetizers and Greek side dishes. Make reservations online or call.
Bario's – Heartland Village, Staten Island
This Staten Island establishment 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, all for $169. For an extra-large group of up to 15, you can feast on a 20-pound turkey with all the fixings for $299. Call or order online.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the restaurants. A version of this story was published in 2017; it is updated annually.