Where to Eat in NYC on Thanksgiving

Staff Writer
Because you only have one pan in your kitchen and your roommate hasn’t washed it
Cantina Rooftop

Cantina Rooftop

You're not cooking, so why pretend to be traditional? Go for tacos.

Apartment not big enough for your guests and a turkey? Make a reservation at one of these New York City restaurants serving up their versions of Thanksgiving eats. From traditional to skipping the turkey altogether, there’s a menu for everyone.


Atlantic Grill

Both locations of this seafood-focused mini chain will be offering a three-course prix-fixe menu centered around its butter-based turkey. (Did you hear that butter is good for you again?) Start with a shrimp or salmon appetizer and finish with one of the more traditional desserts at this $52 per person meal.

Burke & Wills
Enjoy an Australian twist on Thanksgiving dinner at Burke & Wills on the Upper West Side. The prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving will be served from noon to 9 p.m. for $60 per person ($90 with wine pairings). Expect traditional dishes like butternut squash soup with candied chestnuts and roasted turkey with a twist: foie gras, pork, and chestnut stuffing. Guests can also enjoy all-Australian wine pairings and a one-night-only fall cocktail: "It's a Long Way to the Top," made with Crop organic spiced pumpkin vodka, garam masala, lime, and Brooklyn seltzer.

Cantina Rooftop
Skip the traditional turkey and stuffing and instead enjoy a selection of ceviche, guacamole, and tacos. Feast on house specials including Barbacoa de Cordero (maguey-braised lamb shank with Guajillo sauce, sautéed kale and Comal corn tortillas) and Pollo Campestre (free-range chicken served with mole negro, epazote rice, and grilled cornlettes). For dessert, enjoy the Pastel de Chocolate (a chocolate mousse cake with pumpkin frosting) or churros.
Reservations: OpenTable


Chef Julian Medina is preparing a Peruvian feast this Thanksgiving. Expect Peruvian roast turkey, whipped sweet potatoes, salsa criollo and chicharron stuffing for $24. Also on offer is ensalada fresca, a crudité platter of jicama, radish, kohlrabi, apple, pomegranate, Mexican creamy dressing for $13. The restaurant is open 24/7, but turkey will start at 11 a.m.

Reservations: Not accepted, walk-in only

Gaby Brasserie Française

This Theater District staple will be offering a special Thanksgiving Menu from noon to 10 p.m. The prix fixe ($52) includes choice of slow-roasted sweet-and-sour Lancaster turkey breast with pickled pineapples, crushed Jerusalem artichokes, vegetable gratin, porcini sauce, soft truffle polenta and root vegetables, or grass-fed roasted lamb shoulder rolled with a crabmeat and corn stuffing, served with root vegetables, soft truffle polenta and Provençal jus; choice of French potato gratin and Brussels sprouts or Delmarva stuffing with Delaware corn, Maryland crab, and Virginia sausage. As if that wasn’t enough, there is a dessert trio of pecan pie, pumpkin crème brûlée, and lemon meringue pie.

Reservations: (212) 782-3040


Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

The sister restaurant to the original Il Buco on Bond will be serving a holiday menu from Garrison Price, their newly appointed executive chef who most recently cooked at Asiate and with Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The five-course family-style dinner ($85 per adult, $45 per child 12 and under) is filled with indulgent Italian options like orzotto con zucca (fairytale pumpkin, black truffle, and Parmigiano Reggiano) and racchino (Goffle Road Farm turkey with cranberry mostarda & sage gravy), and amazing desserts like gingerbread apple cake from pastry chef Robert Bryant.

Reservations: (212) 837-2622


The Lamb’s Club

Geoffrey Zakarian's modern American restaurant in the heart of Manhattan has created an exquisite prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day menu ($85 for adults, $35 for kids) showcasing the holiday's best dishes with a refined twist — sure to impress even the most nostalgic guests! A fire will be lit in the dining room’s eighteenth-century marble fireplace while guests dine on a menu including roasted chestnut veloute, burrata with green lentils, and butternut squash, with heritage turkey breast, Berkshire pork tenderloin or striped sea bass and family-style sides of Brussels sprouts with anchovies, Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresno chile, potato mousseline served with Burgundy truffles and a stuffing made with duck sausage. After dessert, guests will leave with complimentary caramel pecan popcorn.

Reservations: (212) 997-5262 / reservations@thelambsclub.com

Landmarc Time Warner Center

Marc Murphy's American restaurant will be hosting a Thanksgiving brunch ($225 per adult, $150 per child under 12), complete with unparalleled views of the Macy's 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade. Landmarc's Thanksgiving brunch will feature activities for the whole family, such as a holiday-themed photo booth, crafting for children, and gingerbread-house decorating. A Thanksgiving table includes a carving station, Landmarc’s famous Orecchiette Alla Norcina, made-to-order omelettes and seasonal desserts. Marc Murphy's Landmarc at Time Warner Center and Landmarc Tribeca will be open for dinner on Thanksgiving for à la carte dining, complete with Thanksgiving Day specials.

Reservations: (212) 823-6300

Le Coq Rico

Chef Antoine Westermann and his team at Le Coq Rico will serve heritage turkeys raised by the inimitable Frank Reese of Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch at their Thanksgiving table ($85). On the side, indulge in red cabbage and chestnut fricassée, celery confit, and a butternut squash and citrus purée.

Reservations: (212) 267-7426


Chef Dale Talde’s new Massoni will be open for the holiday. In addition to the à la carte menu, this restaurant in the Arlo Nomad Hotel will be offering a Thanksgiving plate for $30 per person. Be prepared for stuffing crepinette, mashed potatoes, house-made cranberry sauce, homemade turkey gravy, and a brined and butter-roasted turkey breast.

Reservations: (212) 951-1141

Miss Lily’s
Both locations of this much-loved Caribbean oasis are going tropical for Thanksgiving. Executive chef Adam Schop has curated a prix-fixe menu for $48 per person, putting an island twist on the traditional Thanksgiving spread. Think jerk turkey with mac and cheese pie and sweet potato pudding.
Reservations: (646) 588-5375

Mundo Kitchen & Bar

Mundo Kitchen & Bar, located in Long Island City’s Paper Factory Hotel, is serving traditional Thanksgiving dishes. A four-course meal and a complimentary glass of wine is $58 and included grilled Thanksgiving turkey with sweet and tangy citrus cranberry jam, rosemary gravy, charred yam, sautéed kale, and – of course – a slice of pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream.

Reservations: OpenTable

Park Avenue Autumn

This high-end seasonal spot will be offering a prix-fixe menu on Thursday. Carnival squash and ricotta salad with pears, pancetta, and burnt honey; a shellfish cassoulet; and traditional turkey are all on the menu.

Root & Bone
It’s a family-style Thanksgiving at this Lower East Side Southern joint. The $65 per person menu — with a $35 wine pairing available — includes Grandma Daisy’s angel biscuits, drunken deviled eggs, deep-fried turkey, and whipped sweet potatoes. There are five seating times beginning at noon.
Reservations: (646) 682-7080


Tikka Indian Grill

If it’s turkey, it’s the perfect meal for Thanksgiving. Dine on tandoori-grilled turkey skewers as part of the three-course prix-fixe at both locations of this Indian restaurant. Round out the meal with samosas, sautéed pumpkin, and a sweet saffron rice dessert. And, for just $17, it’s cheaper than a ride home on Metro North to deal with your family.


Treadwell Park
It’s all about brews and delectable eats on the Upper East Side. The rustic, large-scale beer hall will feature a prix-fixe holiday meal alongside its signature dishes, like the Smoked Brisket Ruben and The TWP Burger with Pat La Freida's blend. Pair your turkey day feast with one of the 20 extensive rotating craft beers and ciders on draught or sip on a hand-crafted artisanal cocktail.

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Reservations: (212) 832-1551