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Where to Eat on Thanksgiving in New York City

The Grill’s multi-course feast. Photo: Photo: Noah Fecks

So, you’ve decided to stay in town for Thanksgiving. First of all, congratulations. You’ve made an incredibly wise choice, because this city’s restaurants, butcher shops, and bakeries go all-out for our best food holiday. We’ve broken this year’s list down into a few key categories, including restaurants where you can enjoy a traditional meal, Thanksgiving meals that will defy convention, dinners overflowing with that classic New York feel and, of course, the best spots to preorder sides, pies, and turkeys (or other meats) if you’re a real-deal delegator. Here’s how to celebrate Thanksgiving in New York City in 2018.

If you want a super traditional Thanksgiving.

The Grill
How Much: $195/person for a five-course prix fixe
If you’d rather do your splurging on Thanksgiving than on Black Friday, the Grill is the place to do it. For a little under $200, the Major Food Group restaurant is serving a very classic meal, including pumpkin soup, endive and apple salad, goose terrine with figs and olives, buttered dumplings with brussels sprouts, and roasted turkey in a bourbon gravy flambé. For an extra $79, you can add the restaurant’s famous prime rib to your meal, and top it off with a slice of pecan pie from the dessert cart.

Simon and the Whale
How Much: $100/person or $150/person with beverage pairing for a five-course prix fixe
The good thing about hotel restaurants? They’re always open on major holidays. That’s exactly the case with Gabriel Stulman’s Simon and the Whale, where guests will enjoy fall chicories with apple, pistachio, and duck prosciutto, turkey breast and confit-ed legs (with brussels sprouts, sweet potato gratin, cranberry sauce, and giblet gravy on the side), and a pumpkin roll or some warm apple pie to end the evening.

Vinegar Hill House
How Much: $85/person for a three-course prix fixe
Near DUMBO, the folks at Vinegar Hill House will serve up a pretty classic meal with buttery pull-apart rolls, turkey breast with garlic and thyme, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and cranberry chutney and pumpkin or pecan pie to finish.

How Much: $95/person for a three-course prix fixe
Starting at noon on Thanksgiving day, chef Christina Lecki will serve a lunch and dinner that could only be described as fire-kissed. Wood-roasted cauliflower with smoked brook trout will be one of the apps, while entrées include a “wood-kissed” turkey, coal-roasted honey nut squash, and a grilled beef rib. Afterwards, enjoy a hearth-roasted apple with caramel and ice cream, or the more classic chocolate pecan pie.

The Dutch
How Much: $130/adult and $60/child for a three-course prix fixe
While the appetizers will run the gamut at this Andrew Carmellini restaurant (read: Wagyu steak tartare, spinach gnocchi, pork ribs), the family-style main course is totally classic and includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, brussels sprouts, spoon bread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry-orange chutney.

If you want a Thanksgiving with a twist.

Indian Accent
How Much: $95/adult and $49/child (12 and up) for a three-course prix fixe
If you’d like to avoid bland mashed potatoes and canned cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving, Indian Accent is your best bet. The restaurant will serve sesame chili sweet potatoes, roast turkey pinwheels with sage, paneer, and a chili tomato glaze, cumin-maple brussels sprouts, and pumpkin and cranberry flatbread with sage butter, just to name a few standouts.

How Much: $118/person for a three-course prix fixe
At this Jean-Georges Vongerichten spot, guests will be spoiled for choice. Though there’s only three courses, both the appetizer and entrée courses offer five selections, including peekytoe crab dumplings, butternut squash minestrone, Maine lobster in herb butter, Wagyu beef tenderloin, and more.

How Much: $70/person for a family-style dinner or à la carte
Three of this popular Spanish restaurant chain’s five locations will be open on Turkey Day (the one in Soho and those on the Upper East Side and West 40th Street, to be exact). Options include skate wing grilled on the plancha and served with fingerling potatoes, a platter of Iberico ham and Spanish cheese, squid ink noodle paella, churros with apple pie filling, and if you’re too chicken to stray from turkey, a roasted bird stuffed with mushrooms.

How Much: $68/person for a three-course prix fixe, plus $36 for wine pairings
Imagine your nonna went to culinary school and then made you an elaborate Italian feast. That’s pretty much the idea at L’Amico, where the menu will feature parmesan sformato (a type of soufflé), gnocchi parisienne with a poached egg yolk and white truffles, heritage turkey with a cranberry-orange mostarda, pumpkin ravioli, and pecan pie — with bourbon-date gelato.

How Much: À la carte
Rather than prepare an entirely new Thanksgiving menu, the folks at Ferris will be serving their usual menu (hello, aged duck and katsu sandos) alongside a few specials, including a braised and fried turkey leg, cranberry kosho, and green beans with garlic and crispy onions.

Quality Eats
How Much: À la carte or $24/person
If all the options so far seem prohibitively expensive, Quality Eats is offering one of the best deals out there. For $24, guests can cop the restaurant chain’s Franksgiving offering, featuring two turkey dogs topped to overflowing with turkey chili, gravy, autumn slaw, stuffing fries, cranberry ketchup, apple mustard, green bean relish, and crispy onions. Or you could just eat a regular dinner, but where’s the fun in that?

Delaware & Hudson
How Much: $85/person
This spot’s Thanksgiving dinner is ideally suited for large groups in the market for a family-style meal. Among the shared plates are pretzel rolls, chopped chicken liver, house-smoked bluefish pâté, bourbon sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and a selection of traditional pies.

How Much: $68/person for a three-course prix fixe
At this French-leaning Greenpoint spot, the kitchen will turn out acorn soup with Jonah crab meat, pâté de campagne, classic heritage turkey with chestnut stuffing, brook trout almondine, beef short rib, and chocolate mousse or pumpkin pie to share.

How Much: $90/person for a three-course prix fixe.
This Prospect Heights restaurant is serving one of the fancier meals on this list, with roasted baby beets with smoked ricotta, seared scallops and house-made pancetta, kabocha squash risotto, braised short rib, focaccia stuffing, and a galette made with pink lady apples on the menu.

If you want Thanksgiving with a side of classic New York.

Katz’s Delicatessen
How Much: $90/adult and $50/child for a prix-fixe dinner
There’s nothing like spending the holidays at a New York institution. This year, Katz’s will host a two-and-a-half hour dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring all the usual staples of Thanksgiving alongside Jewish deli favorites, including pastrami, latkes, tzimmes, pickles, matzo ball soup, corned beef, and babka.

Victor’s Café
How Much: À la carte
This year marks this Cuban cafe’s 55th year in business and the staff still knows how to bring the party. On Thanksgiving, Victor’s will serve a few Thanksgiving staples alongside its own Cuban menu and some live music. Get the ropa vieja and a mojito and you’ll be set.

Russian Tea Room
How Much: $125/adult and $85/child for a three-course prix fixe
For those who prefer a gaudy Thanksgiving feast with high tea, there’s the Russian Tea Room. For Thanksgiving, they’ll serve Eastern European staples like red borscht, duck blinchiki, stroganoff, chicken Kiev, and kulebyaka — as well as turkey, pumpkin tart, and a market salad, if you want something more traditional.

Bryant Park Grill
How Much: $95/adult and $42.50/child for a three-course prix fixe
While the 23-year-old Bryant Park Grill doesn’t have as much history as the restaurants above, it does have an unrivaled view of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks: The New York Public Library. On Thanksgiving Day, head to 42nd Street and 6th Avenue for a meal featuring roasted honey pumpkin soup, turkey breast and pork tenderloin, chocolate fudge cake, and more.

How Much: $198/person for a four-course prix fixe
If you want to take in Central Park’s turning leaves one last time over a gorgeous dinner, then you’ll want to fork over the big bucks for Thanksgiving dinner at Jean-Georges. Among the menu items are sautéed foie gras with avocado and radish in a ginger marinade, black sea bass crusted with spices, and roasted turkey filled with foie gras and chestnut stuffing (or caramelized beef tenderloin, if you’re all turkeyed out).

If you want a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

How Much: $98/person for a four-course prix fixe
If you don’t even want to see meat on Thanksgiving, abcV is your best bet. For Thanksgiving, the vegetarian restaurant will serve everything from honey nut squash with tahini and whole roasted black maitake mushrooms to wood-grilled baby artichokes and apple pie with cinnamon ice cream.

Little Park
How Much: $95/adult and $50/child, with optional $45 wine pairing
Andrew Carmellini’s Tribeca restaurant remains as vegetable-leaning as ever, and for Thanksgiving diners can look forward to autumn squash soup, sunchoke risotto, roasted carrots, braised swiss chard, and, because it’s Thanksgiving, after all, a slow-roasted turkey with sweet sausage and wild mushroom stuffing.

How Much: $79/person for a four-course prix fixe
At this East Village-adjacent restaurant in the Standard, lunch and dinner will be available starting at noon. Among the healthier options are a Narcissa salad with apples, figs, toasted hazelnuts, and parmesan; smokey Japanese sweet potato with preserved chilis; a grilled carrots entrée alongside candied walnuts and labne; and a whole roasted red snapper. And among the desserts you’ll find vegan affogati made with almond milk ice cream.

If you want to order pies, sides, or even a turkey to go.

Petee’s Pie
How Much: $35-$40
Order by: November 18
Not only can you choose to pick up your order from either this shop’s LES or its Brooklyn location, but there are 18 different pies to choose from, including classics like pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato alongside the more outré coconut custard, pear streusel, New York sour cherry, and a vegan and gluten-free option.

Daily Provisions
How Much: $40-$45
Order by: November 20
If you work or live in Flatiron (or are just very committed to all things Daily Prov), Danny Meyer’s all-day cafe will have a chocolate bourbon pecan pie covered in waves of ganache and a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt as well as a pumpkin pie with whipped cheesecake on top. Throw in an order of ten caramel chocolate chunk cookies and you’ll be the life of the party. Pickup is available on November 20 and 21 as well as on Thanksgiving day from 8 a.m. to noon.

How Much: $42-$44.50
Order by: November 19
In addition to its bottomless list of ice cream flavors, the new Morgenstern’s flagship on Houston will be selling whole pies, including a bourbon pecan pie with a sweet dough crust, salted caramel custard with a pretzel crust, and a cinnamon apple pie with a pork lard crust. Orders must be made at least 48 hours before pickup.

How Much: $40
Order by: November 16
In addition to a multi-course Thanksgiving dinner, the pastry team at Reynard will also be selling three pies: apple crumble, chocolate pecan, and pumpkin. Pickups are scheduled for November 20 and 21.

Brooklyn Larder
How Much: À la carte
Order by: November 14
Brooklyn Larder has prepared a menu with so many choices that you can basically design your whole Thanksgiving dinner. Highlights include a whole roasted turkey, giblet turkey gravy, four different caviars, hominy cauliflower gratin, and pumpkin babka along with artisan breads, beer, and cider. Order by Friday, November 9 and get 5 percent off your bill plus free Parker House rolls.

Fleishers Craft Butchery
How Much: À la carte
Order by: November 21
Both locations of Fleishers (Upper East Side and Park Slope) are accepting orders for uncooked turkeys, from a Traditional American turkey “raised to superior standards” to a more pricey heritage bird that spent its life eating berries and nettles. The turkeys are fresh and never frozen and will be available for pickup starting on Monday, November 19.

Marlow & Daughters
How Much: À la carte
Order by: November 21
If you only want to cook the turkey and let someone else take care of the rest, Marlow & Daughters in Williamsburg is the place to go. Customers can choose between a fresh, uncooked organic or pastured turkey and then add a brining kit, roasted brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing, sausage stuffing, pumpkin pie, nine different loaves of bread, or a Thanksgiving meal for the family dog. All you have to do is pop the bird in the oven when you get home.

Foster Sundry
How Much: À la carte
Order by: November 14
While whole turkeys are on the menu at this Bushwick butcher and general store (they’ll even spatchcock and prepare the bird for you!), the real draw is that you can also get a whole roast ham, whole local duck, capons, guinea fowl, cornish hens, crown pork roast, prime rib, and more if turkey isn’t your thing.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar
How Much: $375
Order by: November 19
Grab ten of your closest friends, ask them all to front you $40 each and head to Momofuku Ssäm Bar to pick up your Thanksgiving dinner, featuring honey-glazed pork shoulder, scalloped potatoes with cheddar and gruyere, iceberg salad with Italian dressing, green bean casserole, and a sweet potato tres leches cake. 48 hour notice is required and the very narrow pickup window is between noon and 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The Gumbo Bros.
How Much: À la carte
Order by: November 16
This well-received Atlantic Avenue gumbo spot is accepting Thanksgiving orders for Cajun spiced turkey, cornbread stuffing, holiday gumbos, sides, pies, and more. On top of that, there will be two new themed specials: Roasted pepper and turkey gumbo and a Thanksgiving po’boy.

Where to Eat on Thanksgiving in New York City