Where To Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast In NYC

Spending Thanksgiving in a New York restaurant isn’t necessarily a lonely affair. Sure, it’s not a house full of boisterous, drunk relatives, but for some, that’s exactly the motivation behind dining out. Furthermore, for those not blessed with the patience or wherewithal to prepare a feast, it’s the perfect alternative for enjoying the day without having to lift a finger. And in New York, some of the best restaurants keep their doors open over the holiday to cater to just the reluctant cook or holiday orphan. Here we curate some of our favorite restaurants where you can celebrate Thanksgiving Day in New York City style.

Blue Smoke

One of the best things about Blue Smoke, besides their reliably tasty fare, is they have multiple locations around the city and will be serving Thanksgiving to-go packages from November 15 through November 23 until noon. Like the restaurant’s general leanings, their Thanksgiving menu has a definitively southern slant. Think smoked turkey, cornbread stuffing, classic southern sides, biscuits, and pies; $100 for four people;  $175 for six people, and $225 for 10 people.

255 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282; T. 212.289.2005

Daily Provisions 

Consider take-out for Thanksgiving dinner and desserts from the cooks at Daily Provisions, who will be working away in their kitchen this holiday so you don’t have to. Their pick-up packages this year are complete with a rotisserie turkey and gravy, kale and marinated broccoli salad, turkey giblet mushroom stuffing, mashed potatoes, and roasted autumn vegetables. They offer the following options for your holiday feast: four people $168; eight people $330; and 12 people $485. Apple or chocolate bourbon pecan pies are an extra $42.

103 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003; T. 212.243.4020

Balthazar

For years, Balthazar has opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day to single parties, regulars and New Yorkers that just can’t be bothered cooking another holiday meal.  Their prix fixe menu ($72 per person), has plates like roasted kabocha squash soup, free range roasted turkey with all the trimmings, or alternatives such as pan-roasted Atlantic salmon with pomegranate and mint tabbouleh. Their pie list is expectedly extensive. Go for their earthy maple pecan and sweet potato pie.

80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012; T.212.965.1414

North End Grill

The chefs at this beloved Manhattan restaurant turn their attention toward all things Thanksgiving on the big day. The all day menu is packed with intriguing appetizers, like gravlax carpaccio with capers and dill, or country pate with mustard, pickles, and miche. Then of course there are the holiday classics (roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet and sour rutabaga); as well as thoughtful seasonal dishes like sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi with oyster mushrooms, brown butter and sage.

104 North End Ave, New York, NY 10282; T. 646.747.1600

The Roxy

Each year, Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel puts out a Thanksgiving spread that highlights the seasonal flavors and some of the best local produce and meats for guests and New Yorkers alike. This year, The Roxy will serve Thanksgiving dinner ($55 for adults and $25 per child), on Thursday, Nov. 23rd from 12pm-8pm. Turkey confit with wild mushroom gravy and butternut squash with gruyere and sage flatbreads are on the menu, but make sure to leave room for the sweet end of the meal for malted chocolate pecan pie and pumpkin pie with maple whipped cream. For those looking to escape the dining room, head downstairs to the cinema where there will be holiday programming from noon to 9pm.

2 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013; T.212.519.6600

Words by Rocky Casale