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Neely's Barbecue Parlor
1125 First Ave., nr. 62nd St.; 212-832-1551
Three courses, $29.95
Head to the Food Network star's eponymous restaurant from noon to 9 p.m. for some Southern Thanksgiving favorites, including a slow-smoked tom turkey, corn-bread dressing, cranberry relish, glazed yams, green beans, and pumpkin pie.

Oceana
120 W. 49th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-759-5941
Three courses, $75; children 12 and under $37.50
The menu includes six different appetizers (including conch chowder and fried calamari) and main courses to choose from, plus à la carte sides and oysters from the raw bar. The not-so-fish-inclined members of the family will be happy to find classic Thanksgiving items on the menu, like the roast heritage turkey served with corn-bread stuffing, roast carrots, turkey gravy, and cranberry sauce. A special dessert menu features sweets like pumpkin-pie sundae, peanut-butter-mousse cheesecake, and warm chocolate sticky-toffee pudding.

Ofrenda
113 Seventh Ave. South, nr. Christopher St., 212-924-2305
Four courses, $40
Ofrenda is offering a spicier take on your standard Thanksgiving with mole-sauced turkey, chorizo tortilla stuffing, and a choice of seafood pozole or poblano, chestnut, and corn soup. Each guest will also receive hot atole, a corn-masa drink with a splash of mezcal.

Park Avenue Tavern
99 Park Ave., at 39th St.; 212-867-4484
Three courses, $35; children 12 and under $15

With all of the great restaurants in New York, it's easy to forget how satisfying a simple, traditional Thanksgiving dinner can be—and you can get just that at Park Avenue Tavern this year. Warm up with a first course of roast butternut squash or tomato bisque soup, then enjoy an entrée of roast turkey, with classic pairings like stuffing and cranberries, and finish the meal with apple or pecan pie for dessert.

Peels
325 Bowery, nr. Bond St.; 646-602-7015
Three courses, $55
You can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal at lunch or dinner—whatever your fancy—at Peels this year. The restaurant will be whipping up housemade duck sausage with sweet potato spaetzle, roasted field mushrooms with grits, smoked heritage turkey with corn-bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, Parker House rolls with cranberry sauce, and one of Shuna Lydon's Thanksgiving pies (three-in-one cream, Greenmarket apple, pecan, or sweet potato).

Perilla
9 Jones St., nr. W. 4th St., 212-929-6868
Three courses, $70
Chef Harold Dieterle is marrying some holiday classics with Perilla favorites for the three-course (plus a side dish) meal, so you can dig into his popular spicy duck meatballs before gorging yourself on turkey. Seatings from 2–9 p.m.

Prime Meats
465 Court St., at Luquer St.; 718-254-0327
Three courses, $40
Cozy up at Prime Meats, where you'll feel at home enjoying a meal made from locally sourced ingredients. Start off with a bowl of apple-chestnut soup or fall fennel salad with juniper vinaigrette, followed by a roast turkey breast, confit turkey leg, and pretzel-dumpling stuffing. Other highlights include candied sweet potatoes, roasted turnips, and brussels sprouts topped with cranberry sauce. Finally, enjoy a slice of apple-pie strudel or pumpkin pie with a mug of spiked cider or hot buttered rum.

Recette
328 W. 12th St., at Ninth Ave., 212-414-3000
5 courses, $79
You certainly don’t get a tasting menu when you drive to your great aunt’s house in Oklahoma. Nor does she serve onion espuma, roasted halibut with caviar beurre blanc, or turkey and chicken roulade (turchicken?). Seatings from 3:30 p.m.–midnight.

Rosa Mexicano
9 E. 18th St, nr. Fifth Ave., 212-533, 3350; 61 Columbus Ave., nr. 62nd St., 212-977-7700
The Rosa Mexicano restaurants are putting a south-of-the-border touch on Thanksgiving standards, offering chile de arbol roast turkey, huitlacoche-sweet-plantain stuffing, and sticky pumpkin cake with pumpkin-mole ice cream, in addition to their à la carte menu.

The Russian Tea Room
150 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 212-581-7100
Three courses, $95; Children, $50
Kick-back in old-world style at The Russian Tea Room, where the three-course prix fixe promises the signature borscht and pelmeni, as well as turkey with apple-chestnut stuffing. Wine or vodka pairings will cost a few extra dollars; $45 and $22 respectively.

The Smith
55 Third Ave., nr. 11th St., 212-420-9800; 956 Second Ave., nr. 51st St., 212-644-2700
Three courses, $45
From 4 p.m. on, both locations of The Smith will be serving a three-course menu of holiday-inspired dishes. Or, if you’re looking to get the holiday over with early, there’s a Thanksgiving brunch commencing at 10 a.m.

Socarrat Paella Bar
259 W. 19th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-462-1000
Three courses, $35
Socarrat Paella Bar is sticking to what they do best when it comes to their special Thanksgiving menu, which means they'll be mixing up a special paella for the occasion, of course. The dish will incorporate Thanksgiving staples like turkey and cranberries, plus wild mushrooms and apple soffrito, cauliflower, and your choice of wild or Spanish rice. A first course of butternut squash soup with roasted Marcona almonds, ensalada, sides of cranberry sauce and gravy, and tarta de queso y calabaza (pumpkin-manchego cheesecake) for dessert will round out the meal.

South Gate
154 Central Park South, nr. Seventh Ave., 212-484-5120
Three courses, $79; Children 12 and under, $45
Kerry Heffernan’s three course modern American menu features dishes like glazed pork belly and sage-dusted turkey right at the foot of Central Park.


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