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Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to visit New York City. It’s not too cold yet, autumn is in full bloom, and there’s a great parade to watch. But tourists in town for the holiday have to miss out on one crucial part of Thanksgiving: a home-cooked meal. It’s not too early to start planning your Thanksgiving trip to New York, and we’d recommend the following restaurants to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at:
The Sea Grill
Located right in the heart of Rockefeller Center (you can actually look out onto the ice-skating rink from your table), The Sea Grill serves a quality meal. For $89 (as of last year), you can go for the turkey with stuffing and a cranberry-kumquat relish, or take your pick from a wide variety of seafood.
In Columbus Circle just steps from the parade route, chef Terrance Brennan pulls out all the stops at his flagship restaurant. As of last year, the restaurant’s $115 prix fixe menu offered four courses, including Amish farm turkey, beef, salmon, sole, or wild mushroom risotto, as well as pumpkin bisque with black truffle foam, a lobster and sweet potato appetizer, and cheeses. A children's three-course menu was also available for $65 per person.
Head up to Harlem for a soul food-inspired Thanksgiving with all the fixins. Roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, macaroni, collard greens, and candied yams were on the menu last year, all for $24.95 per person ($14.95 for kids 10 and under) if it’s a group of five or more. They start serving at 11 a.m.
This traditional French bistro also happens to be one of the city’s best restaurants. On Thanksgiving last year they served their traditional Saturday brunch menu in the morning and afternoon, then for dinner they served light and dark meat turkey, baked sweet potato purée, cranberry sauce, and Brussels sprouts, for $39.
Bobby Flay’s cavernous Midtown restaurant served an $80 prix fixe menu last year, and it sounds like it was pretty outrageous. Onion soup, Gulf shrimp, roasted turkey with all the fixins, lamb chops, and prime rib were all on the menu.