Where To Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC
With Thanksgiving Day just a few weeks away, it’s time to start polishing the silver, sorting through all those fancy dishes you earmarked in magazines over the past few months, mailing out invites to family and friends…whew! Anyone else exhausted yet? If the thought of prepping a multi-course meal from scratch in your (dare I assume?) smallish NYC kitchen sends your anxiety levels through the roof, fear not. NYC restaurants truly step up their game for the holiday, and many prepare a specialized Thanksgiving supper that will end up costing you less per head than cooking at home will (or at least be a more pleasant experience.) Here are 5 of our favorites.
For A Classic Americana Meal, Head to Harding’s
With a dining room boasting a giant American flag, rustic tables, and plenty of candlelight, Harding’s is an ideal setting for your Thanksgiving meal in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan. Going along with the classic Americana theme, a few of the dishes you can expect to see for their 2016 Thanksgiving Dinner lineup are Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberry Relish to start, Slow Roasted Turkey with sweet potato puree, wild rice, cherry-apricot stuffing, and house-made cranberry sauce and gravy as an entree, and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream to finish. They are offering vegan options, as well.
Cost: $59 for adults, $29 for children
Reservations: To reserve a table, call 212.600.2105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Thanksgiving on a Boat, Jump on the Duchess
While the rest of America is slaving away in the kitchen, you could be cruising down the Hudson River with the very best view of NYC and Ms. Lady Liberty herself. Have I piqued your interest? If so, head to North River Landing at Pier 81 and board the World Yacht Duchess for a lunchtime Thanksgiving meal. You’ll enjoy a Thanksgiving themed lunch buffet, filled with all the classics (think cranberry sauce and turkey and greens). The cruise begins boarding at 1pm and departs promptly at 1:30pm, returning at 3:30pm…leaving you plenty of time to get home and veg on the couch, sans a sink of dirty dishes.
Cost: $75 per person
Reservations: To reserve a table, head to their website to book.
For Budget Friendly, Head to Marbella
If your Thanksgiving table includes a lot of people, head to Marbella where the bill won’t be more than your entire month’s grocery budget. A neighborhood favorite in Bayside, Queens, your options will include Caldo Galacian Soup, Roasted Vermont Turkey, Chestnut Stuffing, and Hot Apple Pie, to name a few. Along with delicious dishes with Spanish influence, the warm and relaxed European atmosphere lends itself to being particularly child friendly, something all NYC parents can be thankful for this time of year.
Cost: $30.95 for adults, $18.95 for children
Reservations: Call 718.423.0100
For The Fanciest Thanksgiving of Your Live, Head To 21 Club
On the other end of the spectrum, if you really want to do it up this year and have a Thanksgiving to remember, don your finest cocktail dresses and jackets (don’t forget the tie), and head to the 21 Club in Midtown Manhattan. The 21 Club is a NYC institution with a very old-school American vibe, including plenty of antiqued decor to keep your eyes wandering. Set in a Prohibition-era speakeasy, you can expect dishes like mustard crusted rack of lamb, homemade ricotta cavatelli, roasted turkey, and creamsicle crème brûlée. The price tag is a bit steep, but trust us here, you’re paying for the experience as much as you are the food.
Cost: $145 for adults, $55 for children
Reservations: Call 212.582.7200
For Farm-to-Table, Head To Monument Lane
This adorable West Village bistro just feels like Thanksgiving at home to us. And because it boasts only farm-to-table, seasonal American food, you can rest assured that you’ll get a similar experience to eating at home (well, assuming you do your own rooftop gardening and all.) Monument Lane Thanksgiving meal includes some non-traditional dishes such as seared diver scallops, lamb tartare, guanciale garganelli…and then a few of the usual suspects, too, such as roasted beets and turkey.
Cost: $72 for adults, $36 for kids