It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is in full swing, and with Halloween finished, the next stop is one of our favorite days of all: Thanksgiving! Here in NYC, Thanksgiving is kind of a big deal, and you better know the best places to eat if you won’t be cooking this year. Need some help? That’s what we’re here for! Welcome to your personal Guide to the Best Thanksgiving Restaurants in New York City.
1. Louro (142 W 10th St.) - Chef David Santos’ Thanksgiving Prix Fixe will feature three seasonal, autumn dishes for the VERY affordable price of $55. The turkey will be brined, confited, and rested in a warm butter bath for a delectable addition to everyone’s favorite holiday bird. In addition, the menu will include options such as Chestnut Soup, Venison, Pumpkin Pie, and Santos’ famous Octopus Bolognese. The best part? Any dish can be topped with savory truffles for just $45 extra. Now that’s luxury!
2. 212 Steakhouse (316 E 53rd St.) - So what happens when you don’t exactly like turkey? You dine at 212 Steakhouse! The turkey-free prix fixe ($75) includes a land-and-sea pairing which features Kobe beef, half dozen oysters, foie gras, and sweet potato tart with red wine glaze. For vegetarians, the pumpkin risotto is the way to go, and the one-pound grilled sea bass is the best option if you don’t mind a little bit of meat mixed in. No one ever said that Thanksgiving required a massive bird on the table.
3. Barbounia (250 Park Ave. S) - Drawing inspiration from the Middle East, this restaurant’s twist on Thanksgiving dinner will offer an experience like no other. With turkey prepared Shawarma-style or stuffed into sausage and placed onto autumn pizza, the meals are certainly one-of-a-kind. And, of course, challah stuffing will be paired on the side. The a la carte menu will feature ten other dishes, including Duck Falafel, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Warm Baby Doughnuts with Cranberry Coulis.
4. Jacob’s Pickles (509 Amsterdam Ave.) - Don’t worry, you won’t be seeing any pickled turkey on the menu, here. The six-course prix fixe ($45) will feature classic pickles and biscuits, deviled eggs, harvest salad, and an option of Heritage Farm Turkey Leg, Apple Cider Glazed Salmon, or Crispy Flat-Iron Pork Steak. Finally finish out your meal with pumpkin cream laid over a baked braeburn apple tart. If you’re looking to be stuffed full this holiday, this is the place to be.
5. Burke & Wills (226 W 79th St.) - Thanksgiving from down under! The Australian-inspired menu will offer 3 courses for $35/person, highlighting dishes such as foie torchon with cranberry chutney; Turkey with foie, pork and chestnut stuffing, and sweet potato puree; and classic pumpkin pie. Alternatively, dig into whole barramundi with green bean salad and lemon butter, or try the roasted beet salad for a lighter option this holiday.
6. Desi Galli (101 Lexington Ave.) - Thanksgiving dinner for under $20? Impossible? Not anymore! Two Indian-style turkey dishes have made their way to the menu this year: Turkey Biryani, cooked with basmati rice and dredged in curry sauce, and the Turkey Kathi Roll, which is filled with rich turkey korma and served with cranberry-mint-cilantro chutney. The best part? If don’t want to go out during the busy holiday evening, both dishes will be available for delivery.
7. Telepan Local (329 Greenwich St.) - Happy hour? Yes, please! From 9:30pm-12:30am on Thanksgiving Eve, this hot spot will be offering $5 draft beer, $6 select wine, and $10 cocktails. On Thanksgiving day, the three-course prix fixe ($65) will feature classic dishes and small bites, including traditional Snowdance Farms Turkey with stuffing, Squash Spaetzle, Pork Sliders, and even Grilled Cheese. What’s a better way to dine and drink out this year?
8. Clement (700 Fifth Ave.)-- Chef de Cuisine Brandon Kida’s all-American Brobdingnagian buffet with more than 60 dish choices based on ingredients sourced throughout the Northeast for $155 ($75 for those 12 and under) would make the austere Pilgrims blush with its lavish luxury. Raw bar laden with glistening Caviar, Lobster, Crab Claws, Oysters, Shrimp, Gravlax, Tuna Sashimi and Scallop Ceviche and the three carving stations – Heritage Turkey with shiitake gravy, Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb – plus four more entrée options, Turkey Wings, Whole Salmon, citrus, fennel; Honey Baked Ham; and Whole Roasted Cauliflower Heads.
9. Bistango at the Kimberly (145 E 50th St.)-- Enjoy a delicious pre-fixe holiday menu at this newly opened Bistango location on Thanksgiving Day. Dishes include Bell and Evan’s Red Bourbon Turkey, Kale Salad, Tart Cherries, Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Lemon Herb Cranberry Relish,Squash and Cauliflower Gratin,Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts Pancetta Vinaigrette, and Choice of Seasonal Pie – Gluten Free Available.
10. Bacchanal on the Bowery (146 Bowery)-- Enjoy a delectable Thanksgiving Day dinner at this Bowery hot-spot at a value of $55 per person for 3 courses. Traditional Thanksgiving menu highlights include a hearty Chestnut Pappardelle with duck and chanterelles ragout, Carnival Squash with buckwheat and apple cider miso broth, and Foie Gras Huckleberry Stuffing as a side.
Ready for the holiday? Just think about the delicious dinner you’ll eat without having to do any work at all! Well, you do need to make the reservation. Does that count as work? Better do it now before these hot-spots get too busy!