Eating + Drinking

Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC

Thanksgiving dinner is the mother of all meals. Thankfully, these five NYC restaurants are up to the job.

Spending Thanksgiving in New York this year? The holiday feasts and delicious prix fixes at these amazing restaurants will have you feeling right at home. Whether you’re opting for a traditional turkey or mouthwatering sides with a creative touch, we have some suggestions guaranteed to beat any home-cooked meal. (Don’t tell your mom we said that.)

La Pecora Bianca
$75 per person
The stylish, bright new locale of this seasonal Italian destination is now offering a four-course Thanksgiving dining experience. The meal kicks off with a crisp and hearty root vegetable salad, followed by a fall-inspired butternut gramigna (think: seasonal squash and chestnuts). For the main course, expect a traditional holiday feast of slow-roasted turkey and mushroom stuffing topped with cranberry salsa. The dinner also includes kale, sweet potato puree, and gravy for the table; and nothing says Thanksgiving like a homey pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

Le Coq Rico
$90 per person
Chef Antoine Westermann lets his fowl and poultry fly to whole new levels, so it’s no surprise that his Thanksgiving menu is simply no exception. The French import begins its prix fixe with a duck foie gras terrine, doused with a hearty cranberry chutney. The meal continues with a turkey and black truffle ravioli, followed by a one-of-a-kind heritage turkey stuffed with warm butternut puree–soaked bread crumbs. And since a proper feast always ends with dessert, diners enjoy Westermann’s specialty gingerbread and caramelized apple tart, topped with cottage cheese ice cream. Have an extra $50 to spend? A three-glass Parisian wine pairing is worth whetting your whistle.

Celestine
$75 per person; $45 for children 12 and under
Thanksgiving dinner with a view is hard to resist, and neither is a soulful three-courser from Executive Chef Garrett McMahan. One of Dumbo’s hottest new establishments is also pulling out the stops for the fourth Thursday of the year, with Mediterranean-inspired classics and outright elegant newcomers to your usual holiday table. Start off on an opulent note with foie gras paired with pear or a fluke crudo with sprinklings of pomegranate and crones; or keep it standard with brown butter sweet potato soup or lacinato kale salad tossed with spiced pecans, clementines, and caraway dill dressing. The main course will most certainly include the roasted bird with all its typical fixings, but this choose-your-own-Thanksgiving meal also has short rib, grilled swordfish, acorn squash, roasted halibut, or a duo of lamb for the nonconforming diners in your party. Your regular players will also be available, albeit with a few of McMahan’s signature touches (hints of grapefruit inside the bruleed marshmallow-topped yam casserole, apple crisp laced with saffron).

French Louie
$80 per person; $50 for children 10 and under
Known for its bright and happy spirit, French Louie spreads holiday cheer through its deliciously festive feast. Besides the prix fixe itself, diners have the option to start with a selection of oysters and cocktail pairings with a champagne-laced mignonette. For the first course, the eatery offers a variety of seasonally inspired dishes, ranging from a colorful autumnal salad with persimmons and radicchio to a Cabot Cheddar cauliflower soup to pâté adorned with fruity flavors. The main course continues to impress with a classic roast turkey, garlic-roasted cod with squash confit, or rich short ribs with pork belly. Dessert options include pumpkin pie, bananas Foster profiteroles, and a savory apple and Cheddar tart. The dishes aren’t the only thing guaranteed to warm your soul: Fifteen percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to Neighbors Together, a Brooklyn-based organization that combats local hunger and poverty.

Quality Eats UES
The newest outpost of this casual steakhouse offers an extensive Thanksgiving menu that includes a smattering of both holiday classics and inspired small plates. Starter options range from various salads (house Caesar, green goddess, beet tabbouleh) to shiitake soup infused with thyme to hearty grilled bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly. Don’t fill up on appetizers alone, as classic steak cuts and other specialty mains such as buttery lamb, grilled octopus, and branzino frites will be readily available. Diners craving their Thanksgiving turkey can opt for the roasted turkey sandwich served on scrumptious monkey bread; the fried turkey bucket for two, complete with roast veggies, biscuits, and gravy ($65 per person); or the turkey and turf for four ($75 per person). House favorites like corn elote, curly fries, creamed spinach hush puppies, and chickpea-skillet rice can also be ordered for the whole table to celebrate with!

Metta
$55 per person; $25 for children
Only in Fort Greene could you find a South Argentinian-meets-Cali cool neighborhood gem serving a holiday spread unlike anything you’d find at Aunt Wendy’s. The locavore-forward menu from chef Negro Piattoni reconfigures some of the unsung heroes of the annual foodie free-for-all; roasted pumpkin soup topped with sour squash, Brussels sprouts cooked two ways tossed together, and root veggies complementing a fresh freekeh salad will be ready to sing. And have you heard the word? The word is the bird…the bird skewered and cooked over hot flames, that is. Top it off with an autumnal-colored orange wine and you have yourself a Kings County feast truly made for royalty.

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