There’s something for everyone this Thanksgiving, whether you’re looking for strikingly innovative holiday specials or a traditional Turkey Day meal with all the trimmings when dining out. Make your reservations ASAP to enjoy Thanksgiving offerings at these New York City restaurants with your loved ones. By Sarah Shaker.
Supper, Frank and Lil' Frankies
Delivery, pick-up or dine in at Supper, Frank or Lil’ Frankies in the East Village this Thanksgiving. These sister restaurants are all offering a pre-fixe dinner menu to celebrate the holiday with an Italian influence. Start with Cappuccino Di Zucca or Handmade Celery Root Tortellon, then enjoy Turkey Oklahoma with porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, herbs and pan jus, and a long list of sides, including Mashed Brown Butter Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Kale and Homemade Sage Sausage Stuffing, before digging into Pumpkin Pie. These neighborhood favorites will bring you right back to your younger years in Nonna’s kitchen.
They may not celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris, but if they did, we imagine it would feel like the holiday dinner Milliesime. If you’re not a turkey fan, the elegant venue will be serving a “Thanksgiving Plateau” at $44 for two people, which will include 1/2 dozen oysters, 4 jumbo shrimp and their popular Tuna Tartare. If you’re a traditionalist, opt for their three-course prix fixe, including chestnut soup, sea bass, turkey and dessert.
A favorite for birthdays and bachelorettes, the always-trendy Spice Market will be serving a prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day for $36.00 per person. Dishes include roasted turkey breast with confit turkey leg, white truffle gravy, green apple and sausage stuffing with caramelized chestnuts, sweet and sour cranberry sauce and a warm ginger bread pear and kumquat compote.
Delight in a Farm-to-Table Czech-style Thanksgiving dinner at $49 per guest at Hopsoda. Chef Katie Busch will start your meal with Butternut Squash Soup with cinnamon crème fraîche, and for the main course serve Maple Glazed Turkey with spicy sausage brioche stuffing, potato puree, and caramelized Brussels sprouts. For dessert, she’ll craft Pumpkin Tart with bacon and chestnuts.
The Latin American-inspired French restaurant a few blocks from the Barclays Center, will offer innovative takes on Turkey Day dishes. Executive Chef Patrick Allouache will serve Braised Turkey and Buckwheat Flour Tacos topped with pickled butternut squash and jalapenos and Butternut Squash and Red Curry Soup with foie gras croutons.
David Bouley’s lauded restaurant Brushstroke will offer an eight-course Thanksgiving tasting menu ($135). Expect once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences rooted in Japanese tradition, with a progressive sensibility. The menu will feature ingredients like fresh fish and seasonal vegetables. This is one impressive way to spend Turkey Day.
MexiBBQ in Astoria is taking a hiatus from Mexican-meets-Southern barbecue fare on Thanksgiving to offer a traditional three-course menu for $25 with beer or wine included for a special holiday deal! Executive Chef Jonathan VanSleet will serve Pumpkin Bisque, a traditional Turkey Plate and an Apple Crisp for dessert. As an added bonus, each diner gets to choose one of the 48 craft beers that MexiBBQ has on tap to complement their meal, or opt for a glass of wine.
This tourist favorite in Midtown is a great choice for locals to enjoy a family Thanksgiving, whether you are dining in or taking out. The restaurant is temporarily forgoing its Southern Italian roots in favor of a menu that focuses on iconic American dishes like Sweet Potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup. And it’s the more the merrier at Carmine’s, as the Family-Style Feast for $225 can feed up to eight people and stars an 18-pound Roasted Turkey with giblet gravy and sausage-sage stuffing. Takeout orders must be placed by Tuesday and dinners may be picked up as late as Wednesday, November 21st at 8 pm.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue
Dig into a Thanksgiving feast for $225 at Virgil’s. This family affair is available for both dine-in and take-out, with barbecue and Southern comfort food taking center stage. A family of eight can dig into appetizers and sides like Bayou-inspired Crawfish and Duck Gumbo and a rich Spinach and Gruyere Pie, both of which go great with the main event: the 18-pound Smoked Turkey with Giblet Gravy. Orders must be placed by Tuesday and dinners may be picked up as late as Wednesday, November 21st at 8 pm.
Chef Chris D’Amico is preparing a special three-course menu available for $65 per person or $89 per person with wine pairings at this popular Italian restaurant inside the Bowery Hotel. The traditional meal includes a first course of butternut squash soup; the second, roasted Amish turkey with all the trimmings; and for dessert, a chestnut bread pudding.
The Russian Tea Room
For a luxurious Thanksgiving in a New York institution, head to for an elaborate three-course Thanksgiving Menu ($95 per person, children’s offering $50 per person) at The Russian Tea Room. The restaurant’s signature Red Borscht, made with pickled red beets, seasonal vegetables and dill in an aromatic short rib broth delivers the old county flavors. For a traditional Thanksgiving entrée with all the trimmings, opt for the Roasted Turkey Breast with chestnut apple stuffing, whipped Yukon gold potatoes, orange cranberry chutney and natural jus. There’s also Butternut Squash Risotto with braised leeks and desserts such as Blintzes with vanilla ice cream and a Chocolate Pyramid.
Share a holiday meal of American classics in Chelsea by Culinary Creative Director Susie Singh and Executive Chef Andrew Riccatelli at Highpoint Bistro. This special three-course Thanksgiving meal is offered for $39 per person, including Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Turkey Roulade, Salmon Filet and Homemade Pumpkin Pie with spiced whipped cream. This home-style meal is also available for takeout to enjoy in your cozy apartment.
Hornblower Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
Hornblower Cruises and Events is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise at 4PM for $99. Impress your guests this holiday with the sites of NYC from the Hudson. Step onto the Hornblower to enjoy a boarding glass of sparkling wine to kick off the 3 hour cruise and traditional buffet dinner. Menu items include maple glazed turkey breast, roasted pork loin, pumpkin ravioli, chestnut stuffing, pumpkin cheesecake and apple caramel bread pudding with bourbon creme anglaise.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.