When you’re the one in charge of pleasing a full apartment with an eight-course feast on the fourth Thursday of the month, things can get a little stressful. Our solution? Take the party elsewhere and have some of the best restaurants in the city whip up Thanksgiving dinner—or lunch!—instead. Even the typically least-inspired part of the meal, the signature turkey, is dressed to the nines for the occasion at these spots. All you have to do is figure out your ideal price point, make a reservation (stat!), and…Put. The baster. Down.
The Fulton at South Street Seaport
For those who want: A whale of a dinner tale, courtesy of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
What you’re eating: Salty shaved fish roe snowed over lightly fried shrimp; a raw bar “plateau” towering over the table; grilled sirloin covered in rich sriracha butter; luscious lobster tossed with gingery stir-fried longevity noodles; and a cranberry pavlova both delicate and lip puckering.
What it’ll cost you: $128 per person; $64 for children 12 and under
Dante in Greenwich Village
For those who want: Modern Italian fare at the world’s best bar.
What you’re eating (and drinking!): Libations scented with maple, allspice, and pear brandy; creamy Lioni burrata surrounded by roasted beets and fennel pollen; truffle mac and cheese and handkerchief pasta ribbons coated with pesto; cinnamon crème fraîche dolloped atop roasted squash and sweet potatoes; and pumpkin eggnog.
What it’ll cost you: $90 per person
Vesta in Astoria
For those who want: Green market–inspired trattoria staples, both contemporary and comforting.
What you’re eating: Poppables like spicy braised meatballs and fresh ricotta arancini; red wine–braised short ribs with creamy polenta and miniature roasted onions; stuffing made with torn focaccia; and plenty of peak-season vegetables, from crispy brussels sprouts to a cranberry-loaded kale salad.
What it’ll cost you: À la carte
Faun in Prospect Heights
For those who want: Playful farm-to-table fare in one of Prospect Heights’s most charming settings.
What you’re eating: Celery root soup kissed with Calabrian chili oil; primi dishes like brisket-stuffed ravioli and lasagna layered with kabocha squash, kale, and smoked ricotta; duck eggs sitting pretty over black lentils and cippolini puree; and classic apple pie slices with a Calvados-spiked custard.
What it’ll cost you: $95 per person
Mountain Bird in East Harlem
For those who want: A whimsical ode to autumnal flavors and our feathered friends.
What you’re eating: Grilled cheese–and–caviar canapés; piping vegetable roulade dressed with porcini sauce; ostrich tartare and foie gras terrine, paired in harmony; a dramatically presented roasted turkey duo (leg and breast); and a dessert bird’s nest occupied by chocolate mousse and brandied cherries.
What it’ll cost you: $78 per person; $168 at the door
Roey’s in Greenwich Village
For those who want: A laid-back gathering in an ultracharming setting.
What you’re eating: Smoky Cheddar polenta covered with fried onions and cranberries; stuffing loaded with ’nduja and roasted pears; turkey served two ways (roasted breasts and confitted thighs); pizza knots coated in black garlic butter; and smooth chocolate malted budino topped with burnt marshmallow.
What it’ll cost you: $50 per person; $25 for an additional wine pairing
Meadowsweet in Williamsburg
For those who want: Feel-good, Mediterranean–meets–New American cooking.
What you’re eating: Spiced duck breast sitting atop parsnips, wild rice, and Seckel pears; supercrisp baby artichokes; roasted cauliflower punched up with miso and fresh herbs; an earthy mushroom pasta with shaved black truffles; toasty pecan bars (perfect for a post-feast snack); and dramatic dessert soufflés.
What it’ll cost you: $95 per person; $45 for children under 12
Evelina in Fort Greene
For those who want: Beautiful bistro bites near BAM.
What you’re eating: Earthy pappardelle covered with foraged mushrooms and shaved black truffles; charcoal-roasted yam dolloped with whipped goat cheese; crudo scallops paired with Fuyu persimmons and yuzu juice; broth-y tortellini stuffed with braised meat; and a subtly sweet pumpkin panna cotta.
What it’ll cost you: À la carte
The Marshal in Hell’s Kitchen
For those who want: Locavore, wood-fired Americana on the far West Side.
What you’re eating: Bacon and Cheddar oysters Rockefeller sourced from Long Island’s South Shore; free-range turkey served two ways (light and dark meats) with a side of giblet gravy; sweet potatoes presented in mashed and gratinéed forms; a rich quadruple mushroom risotto; and a reimagined brussels sprouts Caesar salad.
What it’ll cost you: $65 per person; $35 for children 13 and under (second and third courses only)
Henry’s End in Brooklyn Heights
For those who want: A super-seasonal family affair at a local Brooklyn institution.
What you’re eating: Elk chops dressed with a sour cherry juniper sauce; chicken crusted with walnuts and goat cheese crusted with pistachios; hearty butternut bisque and corn chowder; rustic cornbread stuffing; supersweet pumpkin cheesecake and tiramisu; and four types of bread for the table.
What it’ll cost you: $80 per person; $50 for children under 12
L’Appart in Battery Park City
For those who want: An intimate lunchtime feast inside a Parisian-style apartment.
What you’re eating: Stuffed turkey legs; a polished king salmon and caviar amuse-bouche; butternut squash paired with foie gras; and a buffet of side dishes such as baked parsnips, French bean salad with confitted shallots, cranberry chutney, and herbed mashed potatoes.
What it’ll cost you: $135 per person