By: Stefanie DiMartino
Can you believe it’s already the holiday season? Thanksgiving is right around the corner! The holidays tend to bring out not only the best in people, but also the best of New York City. And what are the holidays without food? Food should definitely be the sixth love language as it’s one of those things that helps bring people together. Thanksgiving is the official kick off for the holiday season. And, undoubtedly is definitely the best holiday for ALL DAY feasting! NYC has countless dining options, with any one sure to leave you with a full belly and a memorable culinary experience. Below are my top picks of the top 27 best restaurants in NYC for Thanksgiving dinner.
And, here are all the best things to do this November.
Top 27 Best Restaurants in NYC for Thanksgiving Dinner
THE LOEB BOATHOUSE CENTRAL PARK
East 72nd Street & Park Drive North, New York, NY 10021 | (212) 517-2233 | $89+
What’s better than good food and amazing views? Dine right in Central Park and at The Loeb Boathouse. The special Thanksgiving Day menu is expansive with many options available. Some delicious appetizer options include Butternut Squash Bisque, Local Burrata, and Boathouse Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Selections for main courses include Roasted Turkey with sausage stuffing, cranberry citrus relish, baby root vegetables, and giblet gravy, Classic Prime Rib of Beef, and Bacon Wrapped Monkfish. Lastly, the dessert options include Pumpkin Pie, Apple Crisp, Pecan Tart, Butterscotch Bread Pudding, and more.
29 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065 | (212) 988-8169 | $86+
Located on the Upper East Side, La Goulue is a beloved French bistro. They are offering a special 3-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu with a choice of a first course, entrée, and dessert. Pricing is $86 and $43 for children under the age of 12. First course selections include Butternut Squash Soup Veloué with crème fraiche, Ravioli de Homard, Le Tartare de Thon Japonais (Ahi tuna, wasabi miso dressing, and fresh coriander), and Salade Folle. Main entrées feature Roasted Organic Turkey with white and dark meat along with mashed potatoes, Steak Au Poivre, and Pavé de Saumon, Vinaigre Doux (pan seared organic salmon filet with mustard greens, artichoke purée, and charred tomato beurre blanc). Certainly you can’t go wrong with desserts that include Pecan Mascarpone Napoleons, Pumpkin Tarts with cinnamon cream, or Profiterolles Croquantes. La Goulue is the perfect spot for a Thanksgiving experience with friends and/or family!
142 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012 | (212) 431-7676 | $42+
Lure Fishbar will be serving a special Turkey Plate on Thanksgiving Day in addition to their regular menu. Seating will take place on Thanksgiving, November 25, from 2:30 PM-8:30 PM. The Thanksgiving Turkey Plate is priced at $42 and comes with a confit turkey leg, oyster stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry compote, and pan gravy.
“Located in the heart of Soho, the restaurant and bar offers the freshest selection of fish, oysters, and sushi. The restaurant’s executive chef, Preston Clark, is known for providing a consistent, high-quality experience with bold flavors, beautiful presentation, and fresh ingredients. Lure Fishbar has remained a downtown classic for over 17 years and is beloved by a diverse crowd of locals, tourists, and celebrities.” – Lure Fishbar
155 W 43rd Street, NY, NY 10036 | 212 W 57th Street, NY, NY 10019 | $40+
Brooklyn Diner is offering a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. The main course is free-range herb-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, noodle kugel, haricot vert almondine, cranberry chutney, and giblet gravy. Following all that, dessert is traditional pecan pie! You can dine-in or take it to go!
Note: Orders must be placed by Friday, November 19 at 12pm! Call 212-977-1957 to reserve. Order pickup will be on Thanksgiving, November 25 between 10:30am and 12pm.
54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004 | (212) 968-1776 | $85+
Fraunces Tavern is New York’s oldest and most historic bar and restaurant. It is a landmarked building that once served as a watering hole for many of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.
They are offering a special three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner with seasonal favorites. Appetizers include Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with marshmallow brûlée, Shrimp & Lobster Cake with celeriac & chestnut purée, dried cranberries, frisée, and cream cheese blend, and a Beet & Burrata Salad with roasted black mission figs and candied walnuts. Mains include Filet Mignon with mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and cranberry butter, Branzino & Pistachio Risotto with butternut squash risotto and toasted pistachios, Pumpkin & Wild Mushroom Pappardelle with garlic & olive oil. The main dish star is definitely the Roasted Turkey with leek & date stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, candied carrots, roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy. Undoubtedly, you must finish off a delicious meal with dessert. The choices include an Apple Sticky Toffee Pudding with dulce de leche ice cream or Pumpkin Pie with vanilla whipped cream.
IL BUCO ALIMENTARI E VINERIA
53 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012 | (212) 837-2622 | $105+
Il Buco Alimentari serves Mediterranean-Italian fare, and is known for their house-cured meats & homemade bread. Special for Thanksgiving, there is a fantastic 4-course Family Style Thanksgiving Menu.
For the table, dinner includes Pane, Sale, Olio; Selezione di Salumi; Assaggio di Formaggi. Antipasti are Zuppa cranberry beans, roast of pumpkin, smoked cabbage & leeks
Roasted Beets Fuyu persimmon, spigarello & hazelnuts. The first dish is Crispy Sprouted Brown Rice forest mushroom which you can add crab to for an extra $15. The main dish is Hudson Fishery Trout fennel marmalade and Heritage Turkey cranberry mostarda & gravy. The sides, which are served family style, include Timilia Stuffing housemade sausage & herbs, Crispy German Butterball Potatoes roasted garlic, Roasted Brussels Sprouts spicy maple & roasted buckwheat, and Olive Oil Smashed Pumpkin. There is a selection of Thanksgiving treats offered for dessert.
LA BONNE SOUPE
48 W 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 586-7650 | $50+
If you’re looking for a French flair, then enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at La Bonne Soupe. This French bistro with a menu spearheaded by chef Nicolas Frezal has French classics, as well as Thanksgiving specials available for lunch and dinner. These specialties include Butternut Squash Soup with Foie Gras and Chestnuts for an appetizer ($15), Roasted Quail Breast and Quail Leg Confit marinated in whiskey, served with Mashed Potatoes and potato chips for an entrée ($36), and Bourbon Apple Pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert ($12).
250 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003 | (212) 995-0242 | $71+
Barbounia offers modern Mediterranean cuisine, influenced by the food and cultures of Greece, Southern France, Morocco and Southern Italy. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming ambiance and is a great choice for a special prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. Delicious homemade Corn Bread with whipped maple butter and sea salt is the starter for the table. Choices for appetizer include Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Crispy Baby Artichokes, homemade Falafel, and more. Main courses include free-range Pennsylvania Turkey with sourdough stuffing, baby brussels, sweet potatoes, wild mushrooms & turkey jus; Slow Cooked Short Rib Tagine, Taboon Roasted Red Snapper, plus more. One can never leave out dessert and options are Deconstructed Pumpkin Pie, homemade Pecan Tart, Silan, Rosewater Panacotta, and housemade Ice Creams and Sorbets. Yum!
17 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010 | (646) 490-8240 | $89+
Celebrate and have an Il Fiorista Thanksgiving! Enjoy a three-course dinner from 3-7pm for $89 per person. Start off with an Amuse-Bouche Stuffed Pepper with lemon verbena, eggplant, anchovy toast. First course menu options include Seeded Cracker with sunchoke, basil, and elecampane or a Fennel Salad with celeriac, preserved lemon, walnut, pecorino, and chamomile. Main course options include Turkey Roulade with chestnut, date, fennel pollen, Gravy & Cranberry Sauce, Wildcraft Farm Polenta with maitake mushroom, cultured butter, and marigold, or Heirloom Winter Squash with lemon verbena chermoula. Dessert options are Apple Pie with anise hyssop ice cream or Chocolate Torte with saffron caramel.
2 NYC Locations | $59+
Midtown: 1114 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 | (646) 624-2455
Downtown: 26 Little West 12th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10014 | (646) 624-2441
STK is a modern steakhouse with a chic lounge vibes. STK Steakhouse is having Thanksgiving specials all weekend, from November 25-November 28. For $59, the special includes Roasted Free Range Turkey with Cornbread & Sage Stuffing, Shallot & Thyme Confit Thighs, Sautéed Green Beans with Crispy Shallots, Maple Baked Sweet Potato, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Classic Gravy, and Cranberry Orange Chutney. For an additional $12, enjoy a slice of Spiced Pumpkin Pie with Candied Ginger Cream & Crunchy Caramel Honeycomb.
If you want to take the feast home to you, then order STK’s Takeout Package for pickup. Pre-order for the Midtown and Downtown locations. Dinner for 2 is $119 and includes Spiced Pumpkin Pie. Add $59 for each additional serving.
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017 | (212) 922-9999 | $75+
Ammos Estiatorio has a warm and inviting atmosphere with Greek seafood and an extensive wine list being the stars at this beautiful, open, and airy spot with gorgeous sandstone pillars.
For Thanksgiving, Ammos is offering a special 4-course prix fixe menu. The first course is a smooth and silky Butternut Squash soup. The second courses include a choice of Salata Kipou, Pikilia (choice of one spread), Octapodi (plus $9), Keftedes, Spanakopita, or Kalamairi. Main course choices include Traditional Turkey with carrots, celery, onions, chestnuts & cranberry stuffing & garlic butter mashed potatoes, Makaronia Tou Kipou, Lavraki (plus $9), Solomos, Mousakas, and Brizola (plus $14). Following your meal, the dessert choices are Pumpkin Yogurt Flan, Baklava, or Pagoto (Chef’s daily specialty choice of ice cream or sorbet).
THE BAR ROOM AT TEMPLE COURT
The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY 10038 | (212) 658-1848 | $135+
For an specialty Thanksgiving menu from Tom Colicchio, in the most elegant and beautiful space, be sure to dine at The Bar Room at The Beekman for a 3-course Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy menu options such as Honeynut Squash Soup, Narragansett Free-Range Turkey, and Pumpkin Pie. Reservations are available inside The Bar Room beginning at 2pm through the evening, with the last seating at 8pm. You can view the full Thanksgiving menu here.
403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009 | (646) 602-1300 | $120+
From 1-8pm on Thanksgiving Day, Hearth is offering a special prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. For $120 per guest, you can begin your meal with Autumn Squash Soup or a Pear and Pecorino salad. Your main entrée will be Roasted Turkey Breast, Braised Leg and Thigh, with sourdough Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Turkey Gravy. The side dishes include Butterball Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Greenmarket Vegetables with honey and thyme. Finally, for dessert, choose Pumpkin Pie or Apple Crisp! For an additional $40 per guest, you can add a wine and beverage pairing.
70 South Street, NY, NY | (212) 487-9600 | $40+
Located in the South Street seaport waterfront area, Industry Kitchen is offering a special Thanksgiving menu in addition to their daily menu offerings. The main courses include Grilled Bronzino and a Thanksgiving Flatbread with mozzarella, pulled turkey, stuffing, shaved pecorino, cranberry sauce and walnuts! And, what is Thanksgiving without dessert? Industry Kitchen offers a Pumpkin Cheese Cake!
ROUTE 66 SMOKEHOUSE
46 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004 | (212) 943-1602 | $25+
Route 66 is a lively and casual spot downtown. Stop in for a special Thanksgiving menu for dine-in and catering! The Thanksgiving specials include butternut squash soup, a Thanksgiving platter (with turkey breast and leg confit, cranberry sauce, stuffing, bourbon sweeties, truffled brussels sprouts, and gravy), Prime Rib. Finally, for dessert, you can have either Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake (or both)! In addition to their Thanksgiving offerings, their full menu and kids menu will also be available all day on Thanksgiving. You can enjoy unique twists on classic BBQ food, plus enjoy craft beer and great cocktails! For a unique experience, book a bubble tent!
BENOIT NEW YORK
60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 | (646) 943-7373 | $90+
Benoit New York is a contemporary French bistro by Alain Ducasse. From 12-9pm on Thanksgiving Day, you can enjoy a carefully curated 3-course meal. Some delicious menu options include Butternut Squash and Ginger soup, Maine Lobster salad, Vermont farm turkey, and Beef Filet Mignon. Especially delicious are the desserts. Featured are a Pumpkin tart, Pear & Apple Cheesecake, and a Pecan & Chocolate brownie! View the full menu here.
88 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 | (212) 691-0555 | $155+
Scarpetta is an upscale, warm Italian restaurant offering a $155/person prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving. Starters include Butternut Squash Soup, Creamy Polenta, Seared Diver Scallops, and more. Pasta choices include Tomato and Basil Spaghetti and Short Rib and Bone Marrow Agnolotti. Main courses include Roasted Turkey, Branzino, and Akaushi Wagyu. To top it all off with something sweet, dessert options include Apple Pudding, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Valrhona Chocolate Cake.
If you don’t want to do the holiday cooking, let Scarpetta do it for you! Pickup a Thanksgiving Meal Kit for $425 that serves 4. The meal kit comes with simple reheat instructions so that you can have an effortless experience at home. For appetizers, enjoy Rosemary Focaccia, Truffled Mushroom Creamy Polenta, Beet Salad and Chicory Salad. The pasta dish is Ricotta and Spinach baked Manicotti in a truffle fontina fonduta sauce. The highlight and main entrée is a 35 oz Turkey Breast with gravy. What’s Thanksgiving without sides? Scarpetta’s sides are Brussels Sprouts, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Stuffing. And finally, for dessert, homemade apple pie! Dining in or having your meal at home are both excellent options sure to make your Thanksgiving special and savory!
BISTANGO AT THE KIMBERLY HOTEL
145 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022 | (212) 888-4121 | $76+
On Thanksgiving Day, Bistango is offering a special dinner from 2pm-8:30pm. Some Thanksgiving menu items include Bell and Evan’s Red Bourbon Free Range Organic Turkey, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Brown Butter, Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Carrots, Root Vegetable Gratin, and your choice of seasonal dessert. There are also wine pairings and specialty cocktails being offered.
871 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 582-7500 | $59+
Molyvos is one of New York’s most beloved Greek restaurants. They are offering a 3-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu available from 12pm-8pm on Thanksgiving Day. For an appetizer, enjoy Butternut Squash Soup, and for your entrée, Roasted Organic Turkey with Chestnuts, Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins & Rice Stuffing, Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Fall Fruit Spoon Sweet. And, for dessert, enjoy Milopita with Caramelized Apples, Golden Raisins, and Walnuts wrapped in Phyllo, Cinnamon Ice Cream, and Samos Caramel. The regular a la carte menu will also be available on Thanksgiving Day.
363 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013 | (212) 226-4736 | $125+
American Cut is offering a prix fixe Thanksgiving Day menu, from 1-8pm. Appetizer offerings include a choice of Butternut Squash Soup, a Harvest Salad, or Grilled Bacon. For your entrée, your choices are between Roasted Turkey with Ginger Cranberry Sauce and Gravy, Prime Rib, Seared Salmon, Filet Mignon, Roasted Cauliflower, and a NY Strip Steak. Sides include Thanksgiving Stuffing, Sweet Potato Purée, and Brussels Sprouts for the table. And finally, for dessert, choose either an Apple Crostata or Pumpkin Cheesecake.
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 299-7730 | $120
Robert sits atop The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle, and is a modern American restaurant with stunning views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. On Thanksgiving Day, Robert has a special prix fixe menu being offered from 2pm-8pm. For an amuse bouche, enjoy Butternut Squash Soup and Apple Chestnut Crostini. Appetizer choices include Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Soufflé and Wild Mushroom Strudel. For the main course, choose from Turkey Roulade, Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, Sea Scallops, Four Grain Risotto, or Wild Alaskan Halibut. Lastly, for dessert, you can enjoy a duo of Pumpkin Cheesecake and a Glazed Chocolate Cake.
SOCARRAT PAELLA BAR
3 NYC Locations | $68+
Midtown East: 953 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10022 | (212) 759-0101
Chelsea: 259 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 | (212) 462-1000
Nolita: 284 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012 | (212) 219-0101
While dining at Socarrat Paella Bar, you can celebrate Thanksgiving the Spanish way! Feast on a 3-course prix fixe menu, with a Thanksgiving Paella that’s sure to be a culinary treat! Enjoy this specially crafted Thanksgiving menu with a selection of family style salad and tapas and turkey paella, with traditional Thanksgiving sides for the table. Desserts for the table include Pumpkin Cheesecake as well as Cinnamon Sugar Churros.
If you don’t feel like cooking and want to enjoy Socarrat’s delicious food from the comfort of your home, you can order the special 3-course dinner for pickup or delivery!
UNION SQUARE CAFE
101 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003 | (212) 243-4020 | $150+
Union Square Cafe is a top rated NYC restaurant with a warm atmosphere. You can enjoy a special prix fixe Thanksgiving menu, from 1pm-7pm on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving classics being offered include Celery Root Soup, Norcia, Green Circle Turkey with Stuffing, Cranberry, and Pan Gravy. Sides are served family style for the table and include Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Delicata Squash, and Polenta with Gorgonzola and Balsamic. Indeed, for dessert, you can’t go wrong with classic Pumpkin Pie.
3 NYC Locations | $65+
Third Ave: 915 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (12-8pm)
Lincoln Square: 44 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023 (11am-7pm)
On the Hudson: 250 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281 (12-8pm)
Enjoy Thanksgiving at any one of PJ Clarke’s 3 NYC locations. Special Thanksgiving prix fixe menu includes a choice of Creamy Pumpkin Soup, an Arugula Walnut Salad, or Plymouth Rock Oysters Rockefeller. Entrée choices include Cedar Plank Salmon, Queen Cut Prime Rib (for an additional $10), or Roast Heritage Turkey with Old School Pan Gravy, Potted Cranberry Relish, Sweet Potato Gratin, and Roast Autumn Vegetables with a choice of Cornbread Stuffing or Traditional Sweet Fennel Sausage Stuffing And, for dessert, Apple Cobbler or Pumpkin Pie!
245 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017 | (212) 986-2800 | $200+
Michelin-recognized progressive and innovative Japanese restaurant Mifune is offering a special 8-course Omakase tasting menu, for $200 per person. You can also add an optional $30 white truffle upgrade.
The menu spotlights their annual Thanksgiving signature organic Turkey Truffle Foie Gras Pie with Foie Gras Gravy. This special treat is only available once a year, on Thanksgiving! So don’t miss out!
CARMINE’S UPPER WEST SIDE
2450 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 | (212) 362-2200 | $295+
Known for their huge portions, Carmine’s Italian Restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving feast for both dine-in, delivery, and take-out. This feast feeds 6-8 people. Carmine’s traditional feast includes an 18 pound Roasted Turkey with Sausage and Sage Stuffing served with homemade Cranberry Sauce, Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sautéed String Beans with julienned Red Peppers and Toasted Hazelnuts, Baby Carrots with fresh dill, Sweet Potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup, and Mashed Potatoes with giblet gravy. This amazing meal is offered for $295 and is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and catering. And, you can’t forget dessert. Choose homemade Pumpkin or Apple Pie for an additional $24.99 each.
160 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10065 | (212) 223-5656 | $148+
JoJo is offering a 3-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu from 12-8pm. Some delicious menu items include appetizers such as Butternut Squash Soup with Parmesan and Croutons, Warms Grains, Roasted Mushrooms and Delicate Squash with Lemon Dressing, and Spicy Yellowfin Tuna Tartare Lettuce Cups (and more). The entrées include your choice of Roasted Organic Turkey, Chestnut and Foie Gras with Stuffing, Blood Orange-Cranberry Condiment and Jus, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Spaghetti Squash and Passionfruit, Roasted Duck Breast and Hibiscus-Honey Glazed Pumpkin with Turnips and Wild Rice, and more options. And, for dessert, your choices are Chocolate Pecan Pie, Caramelized Apple Pie, or Spiced Pumpkin Pie. Can’t go wrong with any of those!
In conclusion, these are the Top 27 Best NYC Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Above all, stay safe, stay thankful, and Bon Appetit!