Turkey, stuffing and hot apple pie are among the fan favourites served for a traditional Thanksgiving Day banquet. If you’re looking for a truly American holiday experience then check out some of these top dining picks to celebrate Thanksgiving in New York.
Most venues offer a fixed price menu of typical Thanksgiving Day options while others mix it up a bit by adding their own gourmet twist to the traditions.
NYC Iconic Restaurants
For Thanksgiving in New York, many of the city’s most famous eating establishments will be open to offer guests their take on this holiday tradition. Check these landmarks off your travel bucket list while enjoying an expertly prepared meal of roasted turkey and all the fixings.
67th Street & Central Park West, New York, NY
Central Park’s Tavern on the Green has long symbolized the best in elegant dining. You’ll recognize it from many of your favourite Hollywood films and its frequented by celebrities as well as a number of prominent political figures.
Its history dates back to the 1880s as the original building once provided housing for the abundance of sheep found grazing the park during that time.
Executive Chef Bill Peet has put together a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu for visitors as well as native New Yorkers to enjoy
Start off with a leafy salad or Foie Gras before choosing between Roasted Turkey, Chateaubriand or Scottish Salmon. There are plenty of sides and indulgent desserts to add to your pickings.
$125 per person
$65 children 12 and under
An antique revolving door welcomes guests into this well-known New York landmark. Be seated in one of the red leather booths amid the gold-framed artwork as you decide between traditional and somewhat non-traditional Thanksgiving Day feast options.
Choose from the Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings or a Russian Tea Room signature dish like Chicken Kiev, a herbed butter stuffed breaded chicken breast. Another well-known favourite is Kuleblaka, a salmon dish with onions, mushrooms, and vegetables all wrapped up in a fluffy pastry. Traditional Turkey Day side dishes are served along with some of the most decadent desserts.
$125 per person
Folks familiar with Carmine’s know to bring their appetite as Carmine’s has a reputation for generous portion servings. This family-style restaurant serves up the best in Southern Italian cuisine. Guests are welcome to order from their regular menu items or choose a family styled Thanksgiving Day banquet complete with your own 18 lb turkey, a host of traditional sides and the best in holiday desserts. Bring the whole family as the serving size suits 6-8 people. Carmine’s has two convenient New York City locations both serving up a memorable holiday dinner.
Times Square • 200 W 44th St, New York, NY
$274.95 per dinner
Upper West Side • 2450 Broadway, New York, NY
$264.95 per dinner
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving in New York, why not do so right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at Rock Center Cafe? This American grille is located within Rockefeller Center and guests can marvel at the skaters whizzing around The Rink. Maybe you’d like to lace up yourself after dinner? What better way to work off that extra slice of Apple Pie.
The Cafe offers the typical Thanksgiving Day Roasted Turkey but other entree choices are also available. Choose from fresh seafood dishes to top cuts of meat. The menu includes seasonal starters and ends with all your favourite holiday dessert choices.
$79 per person
$25 under 9
If you like to “live like a local” on your get-aways then maybe you’d prefer one of these neighbourhood delights where the locals who choose not to cook are dining this Thanksgiving Day.
508 Greenwich St, New York, NY
The name is derived from the Norwegian word for “everyday food” known as “husmanskost.” Famed Chef Ned Baldwin is serving up some expected Thanksgiving Day items sprinkled in with some more eclectic dishes.
The restaurant is located on the tree-lined residential area of Hudson Square in Lower Manhattan. A trendy atmosphere is created with tables from reclaimed bowling alley maple, old school house chairs, and a zinc bar as a focal point.
Houseman offers a 4-course prix fixe menu with an optional wine pairing. The usual holiday starters to desserts are offered but with their own gourmet flair.
100 John St, Brooklyn, NY
Check out one of New York’s most exciting neighbourhoods, DUMBO and enjoy a Thanksgiving in New York on the waterfront just under the Manhattan Bridge.
The cuisine takes its inspiration from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean coastline and the Middle East.
Celestine’s captures the true meaning of the holiday in an effort to give back to the community. A portion of the Thanksgiving Day proceeds will go to benefit the Safe Passage Project.
Guests are offered a 3-course gourmet meal with starters like Honeynut Squash Soup and Calamari Salad. The holiday entrée menu includes Slow Cooked Halibut, Grilled American Sirloin, and Swordfish along with a traditional Roasted Turkey. There are plenty of side dishes and of course a variety of holiday desserts.
$90 per person
$50 children under 12
Vegetarian and Organic
If you’re on the hunt for good vegetarian options or keep to an organic diet then these sustainable venue options might be just the thing this Thanksgiving Day.
85 W Broadway, New York, NY
This seasonal restaurant focuses on sustainability. Its creators have cultivated a relationship with the best in local farmers, anglers, and ranchers. The menu always reflects organic vegetables, free range poultry and grass fed meats.
Little Park is offering its guests a Thanksgiving Day menu featuring Slow Roasted Turkey, crispy Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Gratin among other culinary delights. Be sure to leave room for dessert.
$50 children under 12
$45 additional for an optional wine pairing
The Standard, 25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY
Located in The Standard, East Village of Cooper Square, Narcissa’s offers a rotating menu featuring the best in-seasonal produce sourced from farms located right in the Hudson Valley.
Their prix fixe Thanksgiving Day treats include seasonal starters, Roasted Turkey and all the trimmings. Other entrée choices include Pan Seared Lamb, Grilled Steak and Red Snapper.
A variety of only the freshest side dishes and most decadent desserts are also on tap.
$79 per person