taking my first trip to New York thanksgiving week. Where should I eat my thanksgiving dinner?! Doesn't have to be traditional, just a place to kick back after an early morning watching the parade!
I went to NYC for the Thanksgiving Parade a few years ago in college and I stumbled upon a restaurant that I quite enjoyed afterward -- Astro. Since it was Thanksgiving day, I didn't search too hard for a restaurant and just wandered in there by luck. It's centrally-located, has an old-school NYC vibe to it and is low-key and friendly. It's a diner, so nothing fancy at all, but it did the trick giving me a tasty warm meal on a cold, rainy Thanksgiving day! They have great NYC deli sandwiches and your typical diner fare. Bonus points that it didn't break the bank considering everything else in the city is so pricey (though this may have mattered more to me then because I was in college :P).
Hope you enjoy the parade and your trip to NYC!
Blue Fin will be open Thanksgiving Day serving breakfast from 7am-12pm and dinner from 12pm-10pm. They will be offering a $45 Classic Turkey Dinner Prix Fixe menu, along with seasonal a la carte options. Kids dinner is $22.50. (212-918-1400)
Maialino (2 Lexington Ave. btwn 21st & 22nd Street) offers three different Thanksgiving menus from noon until 6pm; two Italian-American menus for adults ($92) and one for children ($49) including turkey potpie. (212-777-2410)
Try "Turkey Five Ways" at Triomphe Restaurant (49 W. 44th St. btwn 5th & 6th Ave), which is contributing 5% of the $75 set menu price to City Harvest. That means turkey and foie gras dumplings, turkey livers, a leg confit, plus roasted breast and leg. (212-453-4233)
Sarabeth's Restaurant (Central Park South btwn 5th & 6th) has an incredible looking menu for $60 (adults) and $40 (children under 12) including roasted pumpkin soup, free range turkey with whipped sweet potatoes and sausage stuffing, and your choice of seasonal pies. (212-826-5959)
Garage Restaurant & Cafe (99 7th Ave South at Christopher Street) also has a traditional pre fix menu for $60 that includes live jazz performances from 1:30pm-5:30pm and 6pm-10pm (212-645-0600)
230 FIFTH (230 5th Avenue btwn 26th & 27th Street) has a buffet style Thanksgiving dinner from 1pm-9pm for $42 (adults) or $25 (children) in addition to its incredible views of NYC. (212-725-4300)
Sons of Essex (Essex btwn Rivington & Stanton Street) has a $65/per person 4 course menu that includespumpkin bisque and classic herb rubbed turkey, as well as UNLIMITED PUMPKIN GINGER MIMOSAS!!! (212-674-7100)
Ted's Montana Grill (110 W. 51st Street at 6th Ave) is open from 11am – 8pm and is offering a three course menu, priced depending on which main course you order. Traditional Turkey ($45), Salmon ($45) or Ted’s Filet (Beef $48, Bison $50). Don’t forget to also try their Bison Nachos! (212-245-5220)
In a large group? Try Carmine's (44th street btwn 7th & 8th Ave) Thanksgiving Dinner for 8 for $225 that you can either enjoy at the restaurant or have delivered to your home! Dinner includes an 18 lb. roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and plenty of veggies! (212-221-3800)
If you are looking for a locally sourced, free-range Thanksgiving dinner in the Times Square area, Bond 45 (45th btwn 6th & 7TH Ave, 212-869-4545), Trattoria Dell'Arte (7th Ave btwn 56th & 57th Street, 212-245-9800), and Redeye Grill(7th Ave @ 56th St, 212-541-9000) will all be serving their a la carte menu along with a $60 traditional Thanksgiving Feast. In addition, Redeye Grill will feature live Jazz from 2pm-7pm.
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We've spent the last three Thanksgivings at Kings' Carriage House. Definitely not a cheap option, but one of the most congenial spaces in the city, and they do an outstanding turkey or duck.