Thanksgiving In NYC: The Best Places To Eat
It's that time of year again, when you have to make a decision. Do you want to host a Thanksgiving feast, with friends, family, loved ones, or some combination therein? Sounds nice, right? But also lots of work. Or maybe you and a significant other have been invited somewhere that, frankly, you'd really rather not go? Not for five hours or however long the chit chat and drinking and eating and football will last. Ah, but remember, there's always that third option, getting served Thanksgiving dinner in any number of NYC's great restaurants. Here's a quick look at few that sound most appealing…
Bubby's in Tribeca and the High Line
The hugely popular Americana-centric Bubby's is once again throwing an all-day Thanksgiving party at both their locations and if you're interested, get your reservations now. We haven't seen the menu yet but they're only doing family-style this year (no buffet), and you will likely be eating all of the classics, from turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes to pumpkin and pecan pies. (Top photo by Yumi Kimura.) The meal is being served from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.; to reserve a table you must email firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
North End Grill in Battery Park City
For a more refined (but still fun!) downtown Thanksgiving dinner, it looks like Danny Meyer's great North End Grill will doing their thing again this year. The menu's not yet available, but expect Chef Eric Korsh to put his usual rustic-French spin on what has in the past been a four-course prix-fixe feast.
Red Rooster in Harlem
Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem mega-hit is likely hosting several Thanksgiving Day options, from a prix-fixe at Red Rooster proper to a grand buffet in the clubbish space downstairs, Ginny's Supper Club. Last year access to the buffet table cost $55 per person ($27 for kids 12 and under), and it groaned with three mains (turkey, pochetta, catfish) a half dozen sides (from Mac and Greens to Smoked Cheddar Potatoes), and an insane array of desserts like Pumpkin Bread Pudding and Chocolate Pretzel Sweet Potato Pie. Plan on doing a lot of not much after this one!
Dovetail on the Upper West Side
Chef John Fraser and his Michelin-starred Dovetail, handily located right across from the Museum of Natural History, is serving a three-course prix-fixe dinner this year (for $125), and man does it look good. If you're treating, I'll take the Truffled Pappardelle to start, the Pork Chop with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms as my main (with plenty of sides for the table), and the Impossible Cake–chocolate, flan, red currants–for dessert.
Felidia on the Upper East Side
Lidia Bastianich has been operating her beloved Felidia since 1981, and this Thanksgiving Chef Fortunato Nicotra has an outstanding-looking menu ready to serve you and yours. All dishes are served family style, it'll set up back $105 per person, and highlights will likely include Pumpkin Ravioli with butter and sage, Strip Loin "Roast Beef" with black truffle, and Pecan Crostata.
Hill Country Barbecue in Downtown Brooklyn
Finally, if you have a big crew or are looking for something super-casual (and likely pretty rowdy), the excellent Hill Country is putting out a major spread of all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving treats at their Brooklyn location. For $45 for adults, $20 for kids 10 and under, you can feast on Pit-Smoked Turkey, Pork Spare Ribs, Smoked Sausage, Corn Pudding, Cheddar Mac and Cheese, Texas Toast Stuffing, Bourbon Pecan Pie, PB&J Cupcake, on and on and on.