by Jeremy Lindy
One of the most anticipated parts of Thanksgiving, besides the turkey, is the Macy’s Day Parade that starts on 34th St and ends on Central Park West 77th St. This gives us the excuse to go out and see our favorite fictional characters as blown up balloons, and let’s face it: the Christmas parade is way too crowded. Besides seeing a giant Pikachu float across the city this gives us the perfect excuse to pre-game during the parade so you won’t have to be completely sober during a family Thanksgiving.
Head to the Upper West Side and visit The Ribbon (20 West 72nd Street). Thanksgiving specials include a Rotisserie Turkey that is served with Roasted Yams, Brussels Sprouts, Traditional Stuffing, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes and Cranberries. Pair your meal with their Spiced Apple cocktail with Owney's Rum, Rittenhouse Rye, Fresh Pressed Apple Juice, Clove Syrup, Lime Juice garnished with nut allspice—a creation of Beverage Director Jason Jeffords III. This spot is right towards the end of the parade so come here early and drink while you can.
For those who need to do a little walking around head over to Columbus Circle where you can go from spot to spot to drink and shop. While you’re in between drinks you can shop the stores or get your makeup done at Sephora before Thanksgiving Dinner. In this location you can go from Center Bar drinking their champagne cocktails to Porter House where they will be offering a 3 course menu ($92) and a drink menu offering fan favorites like the Millennial and Money Penny. By the time you’re through these bars you may not be able to make it to your family dinner. Sorry, Nana.
If you plan to do some shopping after you drink head over to Bar Sixty-five at The Rainbow Room. This rooftop bar will give you all the views of the city while being able to not get stuck in the parade. Known as the highest outdoor terrace in the city, customers can enjoy a festive cocktail or a classic Manhattan. If you need a small bite before the big meal, there is no more appropriate place to order the Crispy “Rockefeller” Oysters.
For those who don’t go above 14th st, you can find solace drinking and eating in Meatpacking’s Bagatelle. If you plan to eat out for the holiday, Chef Nicolas Frezal will serve up Turkey Breast stuffed with Chestnuts for $35, with specialty sides that include Sweet Potato Gratin, Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Butternut Squash with Creamed Ricotta. Finish your meal with a fresh apple bake smothered in brown sugar accompanied by a crunchy caramelized pate. While eating you’ll be able to listen to music by DJ Stan Courtios and wash away that turkey leg with your favorite champagne.