Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings—and to spend hours in the kitchen, right? Eh, we New Yorkers of small-space fame and rapid-fire takeout options often prefer to let someone else handle our annual turkey fest. Of course, in New York City we can choose from many award-winning restaurants for that amazing dinner. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a number of options in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens to make this November 23, 2017 as easy and delicious as possible.
Now, instead of deep-cleaning your apartment to host those far-flung relatives (and their expectations), you can spend the night before Thanksgiving in a more festive way—say watching the inflation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons, sightseeing, or even volunteering. After all, what could be more of a New York City Thanksgiving experience 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 top family-friendly NYC hotels, or these Midtown gems offer views of the Macy's parade.
Carmine's —Theater District/Upper West Side
200 West 44th Street, 212-221-3800
2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200
Can’t fit visiting family members at your dining table or you just don't understand the joy some experience from cooking for hours? Carmine’s offers a family-style Thanksgiving menu with a 20-pound turkey and all the traditional fixings and sides. The a la carte menu, which feeds six to eight people, is $249.95. Call soon to make a reservation as the restaurant was almost fully booked as of writing.
Families with older children can delight in an upscale meal at DB Bistro. Photo by Evan Sung.
DB Bistro Moderne — Midtown
55 West 44th Street, 212-391-2400
For a slightly more glamorous take on Thanksgiving, award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud whips up a three-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner at his Midtown bistro. You can go traditional with turkey with chestnut and apple stuffing, or get more unconventional with lemon sole Veronique. Other temptations include squash soup, seared scallops, citrus cured salmon, and to finish, pumpkin profiterole or molten chocolate fondant. Cost is $75 per person. Children 12 and younger can order a two-course meal for $35. Call or visit the website for reservations.
Hearth — East Village
403 East 12th Street, 646-602-1300
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 my home. Start with autumn squash soup with citrus yogurt or pear and pecorino salad, then move on to poached turkey with mushroom leek stuffing, cranberry and turkey gravy, and traditional sides, and finish with maple-bourbon pumpkin pie or honeycrisp apple pie with oatmeal-rye streusel and whipped cream. Dinner is $98 per adult and half price for children under 12 years. An optional wine pairing is also available. Visit the site for reservations.
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Hill Country Barbeque puts on an impressive turkey day meal.
Hill Country Barbeque — Flatiron/Downtown Brooklyn
30 West 26th Street, Manhattan, 212-255-4544
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn, 718-885-4608
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 Thanksgiving menu showcases pit-smoked turkey, signature barbecue, and all the traditional sides and desserts. The prix fixe menu is a reasonable $52 for adults and $25 for children, or you can order The Ranchers Feast, which is $225, serves eight to 10 guests, and includes turkey, gravy, cornbread, your choice of four sides, and a pie. Dinner is served from 11:30am to 7pm in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. A takeout menu is available; call for reservations.
Jones Wood Foundry — Upper East Side
401 East 76th Street, 212-249-2700
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. The prix fixe dinner is $65 per person, and kids under 8 can order from the children's Thanksgiving menu for $35.
Rock Center Cafe — Midtown
20 West 50th Street, 212-332-7620
Is there a more classic New York Thanksgiving than dinner overlooking the famed Rockefeller Center ice skating rink? Indulge with a three-course, prix fixe menu that starts with a choice of kale salad, crispy pork belly, and roasted beet salad and stars roasted Vermont turkey, short ribs, salmon, and duck breast. Finish with your choice of pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, or spiced apple pie—then work off the calories by lacing up some ice skates. Dinner costs $79 for adults and $25 for the children's menu. (Note: This dinner is not for the strict vegetarian or vegan; almost all dishes have some meat.) Visit the website for reservations.
The Capital Grille — Downtown and Midtown
locations vary (see website)
The three Capital Grille locations in NYC dish up a scrumptious family-friendly Thanksgiving meal with a three-course prix fixe for grown-ups and a children's plate for tykes that comes loaded with all the fixings (roasted turkey, brioche stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and gravy, plus homemade ice cream). This year's Thanksgiving menu will be available in late October. Call or make a reservation online.
A mini version of the Thanksgiving prix fixe at American Cut Midtown is available for kids (at a mini price).
American Cut Midtown— Midtown East
109 East 56th Street, 212-388-5277
This year this family-friendly steakhouse is offering a special menu by Iron Chef Marc Forgione. Highlights include lobster bisque, turkey with chestnut and sausage stuffing, venison chop, Catskill trout, and a range of sides. For dessert, there's a chocolate flourless s'mores cake, a pumpkin cheesecake, and various ice cream and sorbet options. The prix fixe menu is $75, with the option to order off the regular dinner menu instead, and there's also a mini-version of the fixed menu for children for $35.
Fine and Rare — Midtown East
9 East 37th Street, 212-725-3866
For a fancier Thanksgiving experience, you can listen to live jazz while enjoying a four-course dinner for $80 at this upscale establishment. This year's Thanksgiving menu includes pumpkin soup, gnocchi, braised turkey with caramelized onions, sage, and sweet potato puree, and pumpkin crème brûlée for dessert.
The Eddy — East Village
342 East 6th Street, 646-895-9884
Hot brown butter cider, pumpkin soup, and roast turkey with sage are just a few of the delights on the menu for Thanksgiving 2017 at this friendly East Village restaurant. The prix fixe menu is $85 per person, and reservations are available on OpenTable and by phone after 4pm.
Bubby's — Tribeca and Meatpacking District
120 Hudson Street, 212-219-0666
73 Gansevoort Street, 212-206-6200
Go family style at one of Bubby's two locations, both offering a Thanksgiving menu that includes deviled eggs, 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 $75, not including beverages; children under 10 eat for $50.
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Enjoy heritage turkey with stuffing or whole grilled trout at Freemans' four-course meal.
Freemans Restaurant — Lower East Side
End of Freeman Alley, off Rivington Street between Crystie and the Bowery, 212-420-0012
Hidden at the end of a Lower East Side alley, this hip spot is serving a four-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $90 per person and $50 for kids ages 11 and under. Highlights from this year's menu include hot artichoke dip, butternut squash soup, and a choice of roasted heritage turkey with sourdough stuffing and giblet gravy, or whole grilled Edenbrook trout. Dessert options include sticky toffee pudding as well as the classic pumpkin pie.
Riverpark — Kips Bay
450 East 29th Street, 212-729-9790
Another upscale option, this farm-to-table restaurant with views of the East River is serving a three-course, family style Thanksgiving dinner for $135 per person; kids up to 12 eat for $65. Start with baby kale and chicory salad or beet cured salmon, then move on to roasted branzino, free-range heritage turkey, wild mushroom stuffing, Brussels sprout and apple hash, and more. Dessert options include pumpkin pie and pecan apple pie. Make reservations online or by calling.
The Dutch — Soho
131 Sullivan Street, 212-677-6200
This modern American joint in Soho is serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner with an array of options, starting with Blue Point oysters, Wagyu steak tartare, and truffle gnocchi, and moving on to a family-style main course of organic roast turkey with oyster mushroom and maple chestnut, plus all the trimmings. Dessert choices include pumpkin cream puff, apple pie, pecan pie, and chocolate ice box. Prix fixe menu is $125 per person, $55 for children 10 and under.
Root & Bone — East Village
200 East 3rd Street, 646-682-7080
Run by a husband and wife team, this Southern food restaurant begins taking reservations for Thanksgiving on October 23. This year's Thanksgiving "family supper" menu is $75 per person, $45 for children under 12, and includes Grandma Daisy's angel biscuits and drunken deviled eggs for starters, followed by a main course of fried turkey breast, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, roasted butternut squash, and homemade cranberry sauce. For dessert, try the pecan pie with chocolate crust or go for the traditional pumpkin pie.
Tavern on the Green — Central Park
67th Street and Central Park West, 212-877-8684
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 is served from 11am to 11pm and costs $125 per adult, $65 for children 12 and younger. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-877-8684 to book.
This modern steakhouse serves a rich and delicious turkey meal with traditional and new twists.
Charlie Palmer Steak New York — Midtown
47 West 38th Street, 212-302-3838
Served from 11:30am to 9pm, Thanksgiving dinner at this modern American steakhouse is $75 per person and $35 for children under 10. The three-course prix fixe menu includes pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, turkey with white and dark meat, traditional stuffing, family style sides, and pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream.
Buttermilk Channel — Carroll Gardens
524 Court Street, 718-852-8490
This quaint and cozy restaurant has a reputation for welcoming children, which is definitely something for which to be thankful. As of writing, this year's Thanksgiving menu hadn't been finalized. In previous years, 15 percent of food sales were donated to Neighbors Together, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty in Brooklyn. Call for reservations.
Neighborhood hot spot The Farm on Adderley is known for its farm-to-table ethos and lively atmosphere year round.
The Farm on Adderley — Ditmas Park
1108 Cortelyou Rd., 718-287-3101
This neighborhood in Brooklyn, known for its traditional Victorian-style homes, actually subbed for Iowa in the TV show Girls, so this charming and kid-friendly restaurant fits right in. The three-course, prix fixe menu is $65 per adult, with a kids' Thanksgiving plate available for $25, including dessert. Some of the delights on this year's menu include apple cider glazed salmon and house cured ham, while the kids' menu includes the staple mac and cheese. Email email@example.com to book.
Prime Meats — Carroll Gardens
465 Court Street, 718-254-0327
Prime Meats is an interesting combination of old and new. The owners decided to pay tribute to both old-school Germanic alpine cuisine and the American artisanal farm-to-table movement. The restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving dinner this year, but the menu was not yet available at the time of writing. However, check back soon because Prime Meats begins taking reservations for Thanksgiving on Monday October 23.
Reynard — Williamsburg
80 Wythe Avenue, 718-460-8004
Are you thankful you made it out of (insert hometown here)? Celebrate by having a Very Brooklyn Thanksgiving at Reynard, a stunning space in the Wythe Hotel, a former factory. Reynard offers a three-course meal from 12 to 8pm. Highlights include apple and sunchoke salad, whole wood roasted cauliflower, and a choice of wood-kissed turkey, rib of beef, or coal-roasted honeynut squash, along with plentiful sides. Finish with chocolate budino or apple pie. Cost is $95 per person and children 12 and under are $52. As a note, service is included in the price. Call for reservations.
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Grab an early Thanksgiving Day seat at the rustic but upscale Vinegar Hill House.
Vinegar Hill House — Vinegar Hill
72 Hudson Avenue, 718-522-1018
This tiny neighborhood is sandwiched between Dumbo and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Vinegar Hill House, an acclaimed restaurant in a historic building in one of the borough's oldest areas, offers a three-course prix fixe menu of traditional turkey with all the trimmings: stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, cranberry chutney, and choice of pecan or pumpkin pie. Cost is $95 per person and $50 for kids ages 8 and under. Note that there are two seatings, early (2:30, 2:45, and 3) and late (5:15, 5:30, and 5:45), and each party will have two and a half hours only for their reservation. Reservations can be made by calling or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riverview — Long Island City
2-01 50th Avenue, 718-392-5000
This aptly named restaurant has a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and the Long Island City waterfront, which has made it a staple for events and weddings. While the restaurant confirmed it is serving Thanksgiving dinner this year, the menu and pricing hadn't been confirmed at the time of writing. Call for reservations or visit the website.
Marbella Restaurant — Bayside
220-33 Northern Boulevard, 718-423-0100
This Spanish-inspired restaurant is also known for French and Italian offerings. For Thanksgiving, Marbella offers a three-course prix fixe dinner featuring a choice of 12 appetizers plus turkey and traditional trimmings. Dessert offerings include apple pie, pumpkin pie, and ice cream. This is one of the more moderately priced restaurants at $31.95 per adult and $19.95 per child. Let's hear it for Queens! Call for reservations.
Bubba's Bistro — Astoria
31-13A Ditmars Blvd., 718-728-2227
This relaxed and kid-friendly Astoria spot serves a bargain-priced Thanksgiving dinner for $18.95 per person, including turkey breast, apple chutney, biscuits, and a choice of two sides. Call for reservations.
Top image: Farm on Adderley. All photos courtesy of the restaurants