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24 E. 81st St., nr. Madison Ave.; 646-559-4880
Three courses, $95

John Delucie’s Upper East Side spot is serving up a refined holiday dinner this season that will appeal to traditionalists. There is, of course, turkey, plus root vegetables, golden raisins, and chestnut stuffing. Racks of lamb (with creamy polenta) and salmon with braised wild mushrooms will also be available. The three-course meal concludes with vanilla-gelato-topped tarts.

The East Pole
133 E. 65th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-249-2222
Prix-Fixe, $80

This uptown newcomer from the Fat Radish team will dish out elegant takes on family-style holiday favorites. Try the beetroot walnut hummus, roasted heritage turkey, roasted cauliflower with almonds and capers, and the market pecan pie.

Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Ave., nr. 125th St., 212-792-9001
Three courses, $55

Marcus Samuelsson’s acclaimed Harlem boite has a menu brimming with traditional favorites. Guests can give thanks over turkey, truffled butternut squash soup, mac and cheese, and collard greens. Seatings from 11 a.m – 9 p.m.


21 Club
21 W. 52nd St. nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-582-7200
3 courses, $105; children 10 and under, $55

Thanksgiving dinner at this 84-year-old New York institution is a good pick for those craving a classic meal. The three-course feast will include a heritage turkey, cornbread and apple sausage stuffing, and giblet and thyme gravy with apple, pecan, and pumpkin pie options for dessert. For vegetarians, there’s an entree composed of golden cauliflower, squash, wild mushrooms, and parmesan crisp. Reservations are available between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

31 W. 17th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-675-7223
Three courses, $85; children 12 and under, $50

George Mendes will offer a Portuguese-inspired, three-course dinner. Guests will begin with a seasonal Iberian favorites like foie gras terrine with charred-pickled quince before moving on to turkey with white button mushroom stew or the signature arroz de pato (duck rice). Cap off the meal on a sweet-and-savory note with cider-poached apples with tahini cake and green apple sorbet.

The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
16 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway; 212-679-1939
Four courses, $75

Head into the Ace Hotel for a feast a la April Bloomfield. The four-course dinner will feature apple soup, pan-roasted game bird with confit potato, and Brussels sprouts. While wine pairings are optional, skipping over dessert (pie!) is discouraged.

Clement at The Peninsula Hotel
700 Fifth Ave., at 55th St.; 212-956-2888
Four courses, $115; Children, $55

Chef de cuisine Brandon Kida will serve a four-course contemporary American menu overflowing with local ingredients while live jazz music plays. Some highlights: haricot vert with white truffle, scallops with a mushroom veloute, heritage turkey, mashed potatoes, and shiitake mushroom gravy. Those not partial to poultry can pick a prime rib, lobster, or winter squash entrée instead. The dessert menu includes traditional pumpkin pie, as well as chocolate bread pudding.

47 E. 19th St., nr. Park Ave. South, 212-780-0880
Four courses, $125

Expect plenty of decadent choices at Craft this season, like Wagyu carpaccio with pickled quail egg and crispy shallots, or a more classic plate like roasted free-range turkey and autumn vegetables. Sugar pumpkin pie will provide a sweet ending to the meal either way.

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., nr. 24th St., 212-889-0905

Daniel Humm’s extravagant menu features dishes bursting with creative touches. Diners can expect plates of foie gras with maple and wood sorrel, heirloom beets with horseradish and rye crumble, and organic turkey with butternut squash and chestnut stuffing. Red wine braised cabbage, potato mousseline, and parsnip ecrase will make an appearance on the sides menu, plus they promise a unique take on apples for dessert. Seatings will be available between 12 p.m until 8:30 p.m.

2 Lexington Ave. at 21st St.; 212-777-2410
$92; Children, $55

For those who can’t settle on one type of menu, Danny Meyer’s famed Roman trattoria is offering two—one featuring classic dishes from the restaurant, and the other loaded with Thanksgiving favorites with an Italian twist. (Don’t worry: Both will feature the housemade pastas.) Seatings are available between noon and 6 p.m.

132 W. 58th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-957-5550
Three courses, $65

Chefs Eduard Frauender and Wolfgang Ban are adding a Thanksgiving touch to their Michelin-starred contemporary Austrian menu with dishes like roasted duck confit served with apples and chestnuts, butternut squash soup, and an autumn spaetzle laced with Brussels sprouts and wild mushrooms.


30 Hudson St. at Duane St.; 212-791-3771
Seven courses, $180

For something a bit exotic, David Bouley’s Brushstroke is serving a seven-course menu laced with Asian flavors. Highlights include lobster tail with sea urchin sauce and caviar, baked and steamed turkey with Japanese green rice, and a Canadian Fuji pork berry confit with apples. Seating runs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Colicchio & Sons
85 Tenth Ave., at 15th St., 212-400-6699
Four courses, $125

The namesake restaurant of Tom Colicchio’s group will serve a four-course menu of traditional Thanksgiving dishes. There are multiple options for each course, including rabbit terrine with smoked apple mustard, bucatini with white truffle, organic smoked turkey, and doughnuts with huckleberry jam and espresso ice cream for desser. Available from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m.

156 Tenth Ave., at 20th St.; 212-924-4440
Three courses, $65

The table at Cookshop will be filled with family-style favorites like Parker House rolls and candied pecans as the kitchen churns out chestnut soup with a bitter chocolate-cinnamon-almond toast and free-range turkey with cornbread stuffing. There will also be plenty of seasonal sides like baby carrots and cranberry and orange relish at this rustic Chelsea favorite. The meal is available from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E. 13th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 646-873-6071

The Union Square wine studio will host a feast that combines traditional favorites with modern American classics. And of course, there will be wine pairings from master sommelier Laura Maniec to compliment plates like herb-roasted turkey and maple-glazed squash. Seatings will be at 1 and 4pm.

DBGB Kitchen & Bar
299 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 212-933-5300
$55; children 12 and under $ 26

Start your dinner off with a bowl of autumn squash soup with preserved gooseberries at Daniel Boulud’s East Village restaurant. Continue the feast with a traditional roasted turkey, rye-and-chestnut stuffing, root vegetables, and a cranberry compote. Top the meal off with a slice of pumpkin pie. The menu is available between 12 p.m and 9 p.m.

Edi & the Wolf
102 Ave. C, at 7th St.; 212-598-1040
Four courses, $55

Alphabet City’s Austrian tavern will offer a four-course prix fixe of their rustic cuisine. Try the roasted duck with sweet potato gratin or the Long Island Mussels with miso and country sausage, and finish with a pumpkin parfait layered with Meyer lemon custard.

403 E. 12th St., at First Ave.; 646-602-1300
Three courses, $84

This East Village Italian comfort food spot will serve a three-course holiday meal will featuring chicken soup, roasted and braised turkey, plenty of trimmings, and pumpkin pie topped off with whipped cream and pumpkin seed brittle.

380 Lafayette St., at Great Jones St.; 212-533-3000
Three courses, $90

Andrew Carmellini’s upscale French café is offering a prix-fixe menu rife with elegant takes on Thanksgiving-inspired dishes. Indulge in a choice of seven hors d’oeuvres like smoked bone marrow with escargot, or oxtail and foie gras terrine with red cabbage and lady apples. Entrée choices include a dry-aged steak frites with béarnaise butter and organic rotisserie turkey with stuffing and a cranberry sauce. The dessert course will offer refined takes on classic pies such as an apple frangipane tart topped with vanilla ice cream.

The Lion
62 W. 9th St., nr. 6th Ave.; 212-353-8400
Three courses, $85

Those tired of turkey will be happy to find a spiced duck breast with black rice and white wine poached quince on the menu at The Lion, alongside entrée options such as a Berkshire pork chop or scallops served atop sunchoke puree. The dessert list is short and sweet forgoing pies in favor of pumpkin and bourbon-pecan tarts. Both are served with vanilla ice cream.

Lure Fishbar
142 Mercer St., at Prince St.; 212-431-7676
Three courses, $58

For the first time ever, the restaurant will open its doors for Thanksgiving with a special three-course menu. In addition to their popular seafood fare, there will be roasted organic turkey, pumpkin ravioli, and a warm maple nut tart for dessert. The menu will be available from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Market Table
54 Carmine St., at Bedford St.; 212-255-2100
$85; children, $25

The West Village restaurant will be serving Applejack-braised pork shoulder (with antebellum grits, watermelon radish, and apple mostarda), acorn squash with pecans and bourbon maple syrup, roasted turkey, and a warm sweet potato salad with hazelnut brown butter. For dessert, try the banana chip gelato with pistachio cheesecake or the flourless chocolate cake. The menu is available from 2 p.m until 10 p.m.

North End Grill
104 North End Ave., nr. Vesey St.; 646-747-1600
Three courses, $85; children, $50

Chef Floyd Cardoz (a Top Chef Masters alum) and team will be serving a multi-course menu including pumpkin soup with crab meat, heritage turkey with corn bread stuffing, and quinoa pilaf with chestnuts and mushrooms. End the meal with one of four dessert options, including chestnut doughnuts with a chocolate dipping sauce. Reservations are offered 11:30 a.m until 7 p.m.

Pearl and Ash
220 Bowery, nr. Prince St.; 212-837-2370
$68 per person

While this Bowery hot spot is known for its globally-inspired small plates like tea-cured salmon with goat cheese and pork meatballs with shiitake mushrooms, chef Richard Kuo is also serving up a chicken for two with stuffing, squash, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and two kinds of pie for dessert.

117 2nd Ave., at 7th St.; 212-777-3600

This recently-opened East Village spot is offering Midwestern-inspired Thanksgiving eats. Chow down on elk sausage stuffing, turkey leg confit braised in bacon fat, and a sweet potato casserole with a pecan and sage crust. The meal will end right with a bourbon-whipped-cream-topped pumpkin mousse. The menu will be served between 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

177 E. Houston St. at Allen St.; 646-837-6100
$35; children 12 and under, $18

This new Lower East Side art exhibit-cum-restaurant will be hosting a more casual (and affordable) version of Thanksgiving dinner with a buffet-style meal. There will be a carving station featuring organic turkey and honey-cured maple ham, as well as seafood options like oysters on the half shell and classic sides such as marshmallow yams and sweet sausage stuffing. Diners can choose between 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. seatings.

18 Greenwich Ave., nr. W. 10th St.; 212-647-1818
Three courses, $55

The stunning West Village restaurant will offer a three-course Thanksgiving meal with an Italian spin alongside their a la carte menu. Think cavatelli with butternut squash and brown butter, confit turkey leg with crispy stuffing, and Tuscan style gravy. Plus those with a sweet tooth can cap of the meal with pumpkin tiramisu.

The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-995-0099
LES standby the Stanton Social is deviating from the tradition with creative dishes like soup dumplings made with pumpkin soup, alongside more classic plates like spiced pecan and sage cornbread stuffing. Serving from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m.

1 E. 15th St. at Fifth Ave.; 212-647-1515
Three courses, $95; children 10 and under, $48

The three-course menu here will include luxurious appetizer choices like the housemade potato gnocchi with white truffle. For the main course there’s turkey served with sweet potato-maple mousseline, chestnut sage stuffing, and glazed carrots. Finish the meal off with not one, but three types of pie.


Atrium Dumbo
15 Main St., nr. Water St.; 718-858-1095
Brooklyn’s newest market-driven restaurant will have a Thanksgiving menu inspired by the South of France: sunchoke soup with truffle Chantilly cream, roasted turkey breast with caramelized apples, and stuffing with mushrooms and foie gras. Seatings are available between 12 p.m until 10 p.m.

The Elm
160 N. 12th St., nr. Bedford Ave.; 718-218-1088
Three courses, $75; children 12 and under, $37

Williamsburg’s high end option will serve a whimsical Thanksgiving dinner, the way only Paul Liebrandt can. Starters include pumpkin soup with parmesan cream to be followed by turkey with all the trimmings. There will be a skate or short rib option for those not interested in the traditional bird. Sweet tooths will be satisfied with a choice of classic pies or the rich black forest cake.

95 Commerical St., nr. Manhattan Ave.; 718-389-0640
Four courses, $50

Housed in a former glass factory, this new and acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant will whip up a feast perfect for those looking to take a break from the traditional Thanksgiving line-up. Guests can treat their taste buds to grilled quail with quince and crispy rice, spiced legumes, and kabocha squash in grape leaves amongst other dishes. Even dessert—a grapefruit and pine nut pie—is a little out of the box. Reservations are available between 4 p.m and 9:30 p.m.

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Ave., nr. Grand St.; 347-335-0446
Three courses, $65

Start the meal off with a pumpkin veloute with peekytoe crab or duck mousse with sweet potato and figs from this New Orleans-meets-Paris-meets-Thanksgiving menu. Entrée options include turkey of course, as well as sea scallops with foie gras and remoulade or a cod option. Finish with a panna cota or pumpkin crumble served the way it should be—a la mode. The menu is available from 1 p.m until 9 p.m. while the cocktail bar will be open until 4 a.m. for those who want to do a little after-dinner celebration.

Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave., nr. Water St.; 718-522-1018
Prix-Fixe, $75

Seasonal American cooking meets Thanksgiving dinner in this prix-fixe, which includes all the usual suspects: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Dessert is pecan and pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream. Reservations are available from 2:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m.

Multiple Locations

The Smith
55 3rd Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-420-9800
956 2nd Ave., at 51st St.; 212-644-2700
1900 Broadway, nr. 63rd St.; 212-496-5700
Three courses, $55

The classic American restaurant will be serving comforting and nostalgic dishes at all three locations: roasted turkey with apple sage stuffing, orange cranberry compote, and Brussels sprouts with a white pepper gravy. For those tired of tradition, there also will be steak, salmon, and pork chop options available. Either way, don’t skip over the pumpkin pie in a jar. The menu will be available from 1 p.m until 10 p.m.

Rosa Mexicana
61 Columbus Ave., at 62nd St.; 212-977-7700
9 E. 18th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-533-3350
1063 1st Ave., at 58th St.; 212-753-7407

Celebrate the holiday with south-of-the-border takes on Thanksgiving. The menu will include turkey drenched in mole served with a huitlacoche stuffing and chorizo potatoes ($24), and a sticky pumpkin cake ($9) topped with cranberry salsa for dessert. Their regular menu will be of offer, too, which means you can have your turkey with a side of nachos.

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