Make Your Thanksgiving Festive This Year In NYC

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Thanksgiving is almost here, and while the holiday is all about being thankful for what you have, let’s be real… most of our focus is on all of that delicious food! This year, don’t worry about hunting down recipes on Pinterest, food shopping for organic root-veggies, or making your tiny NYC apartment look like the front page of a Country Living magazine.

Instead, enjoy a hassle-free Turkey Day by reserving a spot at one of these delicious NYC restaurants that will be open, serving either serving specialty options and/or their regular menus. This isn’t a Thanksgiving cop-out — We’re just saving you some time and delaying a few gray hairs caused by the typical Thanksgiving stress. And yes, it also means no cleanup for you!

Irvington at W Union Square

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Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal in the heart of Union Square, at Irvington at W Union Square. The $65 pre-fixe menu features holiday favorites with a culinary twist, including dishes such as Roasted Hubbard Squash Soup, Rotisserie Turkey, and Pecan Pie.

LAVO

Chef John DeLoach

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Revel in the delicious flavors from TAO Group’s LAVO this Thanksgiving. The three-course $65 pre-fixe menu includes delectable holiday dishes from Local Organic Turkey to Apple Crostata. Sommelier wine pairings will also be available at $30 for 3 glasses of wine.

Viceroy Central Park

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Viceroy Central Park will offer a luxurious Thanksgiving Package starting from $395, complete with one night’s accommodation, a bucket of beer to enjoy the game with before heading down to dinner for two at Kingside. Oh, and did we mention the proximity of the hotel to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Perfect for a Thanksgiving staycation or for those looking for an elegant, uptown way to kickoff the holiday season.

Kingside at Viceroy Central Park

Chef Fernando Navas

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Thoughtfully crafted by Chef Fernando Navas, Kingside inside Viceroy Central Park is offering up a spectacular Thanksgiving meal for New York’s city dwellers. Take a look at the $70 pre-fixe menu HERE to see a variety of yummy dishes ranging from Spiced Acorn Squash Soup to Housemade Pumpkin Ravioli and Roasted Heritage Turkey.

Legasea

Executive Chef Jason Hall

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For those who are looking for a twist on classical dishes, Legasea makes for an interesting Thanksgiving dinner for your group of friends or family.

MENU: A la carte

  • Appetizer/Soup — Nantucket Bay Scallops, Autumn Squash Soup ($18.00 / $9.00)
  • Entree — Ricotta Cheese Ravioli, Heritage Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing ($21.00 / $36.00)
  • Sides — Chestnut Stuffing, Whipped Potatoes and Turkey Gravy, Roasted Root Vegetables, Sweet Potato Puree ($10.00 each)
  • Desert — Maple Pecan Pie, Apple Crumb Pie, Pumpkin Pie ($10.00 each)
  • Ice Cream — Brown Butter Pecan, Smoked Cinnamon, Concord Grape Sherbet ($10.00 for 3 scoops)

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

Chef Timon Balloo

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Experience a globally inspired twist on Thanksgiving dinner at SUGARCANE raw bar grill in DUMBO. Guests can enjoy an a la carte menu, featuring dishes such as Slow Cooked Red Bourbon Turkey, Pumpkin Bisque, and Foie Gras Brulee, in addition to their signature all day menu.

Altamarea Group

Chef Michael White

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Chef Michael White’s Altamarea Group will offer unique Thanksgiving menus across his collection of classic New York restaurants. Ranging from Michelin Starred menus at Ai Fiori and Marea, to a “Thanksgiving to-go” menu at Ristorante Morini, Altamarea Group will offer exceptional holiday experiences at Vaucluse and Osteria Morini, as well.

Rose Hill at HGU New York Hotel

Executive Chef, Keith Geter

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For those couples who are looking for an intimate time where you can turn off the cell phones and gaze into each other’s eyes, check out the Thankgiving menu at Rose Hill at HGU New York Hotel.

ADULTS MENU: $55/p + $14 cocktails

  • Appetizer — Butternut Squash Soup, Fiji Apple Salad, Beet Salad
  • Entree — Roasted Free Range Turkey, 28 Day Dry Aged Bone-in Rib-Eye for two, Bourbon Glazed Kentucky Smoked Ham or Pumpkin Risotto *choice of one
  • SidesBrussels sprouts, Kale, Sweet Potato with Black Pepper Vermont syrup, topped with toasted marshmallow
  • Dessert — pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Caramel Pie

KIDS MENU: $25/p

  • Entree — Turkey plate with cornbread stuffing, Brussel sprouts, whipped sweet potato and giblet gravy *choice of one
  • Dessert — Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple Pie

Hudson’s at Pier 81

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Spend Thanksgiving aboard Hudson’s at Pier 81, a relaxing cruise down to the Statue of Liberty, and enjoy enchanting views of the brisk New York City skyline. Guests may choose from either a Thanksgiving lunch buffet, or 3-course menu offered on Hudson’s Thanksgiving dinner sail, featuring dishes including Roasted Turkey, Truffle Burrata and Chestnut Stuffing.

Buca di Beppo

We can’t forget the traditional family style meal, those looking to have a nice family outing you can visit Buca di Beppo.

MENU: Individual $20, Small $60 — Serves 3, Large $120 — Serves 6

  • Appetizer — Green Beans
  • Entree — Sliced White Meat Turkey, Home-style Gravy, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing with Cranberry Sauce
  • Dessert — Pumpkin Pie

T-Bar Steak & Lounge

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T-Bar Steak & Lounge is as much an Upper East Side mainstay as Saks Fifth Avenue or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The restaurant is famous for always having something to satisfy even the pickiest of diners, as exemplified by its robust prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu ($78pp).

The meal begins with appetizers including pumpkin soup served with croutons; a chopped salad with hearts of palm, beans, tomato, and cucumber; yellowfin tuna tartare with soy, ginger, and sesame seeds; a foie gras and chicken parfait with cherry compote served on toasted baguette; and cheese and pear strudel with honey vinaigrette and mache.

The robust selection of entrees includes Amish roasted turkey with sage gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry; Chilean sea bass served with snowpeas, shitake, and ginger soy glaze; grilled Irish salmon with zucchini and honey mustard; a lobster risotto with Parmesan and parsley; and braised short ribs served with fall vegetables and smashed potatoes.

For dessert, guests have the option of pumpkin cheesecake with cranberry compote; warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream; a strawberry sundae served on shortcake with meringue and cream; and Payard chocolate mousse.

MAMO

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Sister restaurant to French Riviera favorite Le Michelangelo, MAMO’s trendy environs and prime SoHo location have made the Mediterranean restaurant a choice eatery for New Yorkers in the know. New Executive Chef Salvatore Marcello is putting a stateside spin on the restaurant’s signature French and Italian fare for an $88pp prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu.

The meal begins with a beet salad consisting of mixed greens, hazelnuts, truffle dressing, and pecorino, followed by homemade butternut squash ravioli with butter and parmesan sauce. The entrée consists of stuffed turkey breast and braised leg, sweet potatoes puree, roasted root vegetables, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, the restaurant will be serving pumpkin pie with toasted marshmallows and vanilla ice cream. Side dishes of creamed spinach and corn pudding (not included in prix-fixe) will be available, and the restaurant will also be serving its regular dinner menu.

La Pulperia

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La Pulperia offers a modern, trendy spin on Latin American food at its three locations in the Upper East Side, Hell’s Kitchen, and Midtown. This Thanksgiving, the Hell’s Kitchen and Upper East Side locations will bring the restaurant’s uniquely modern take on cuisine to the traditional dinner.

La Pulperia will offer a special prix-fixe menu along with a la carte offerings. The $49pp Thanksgiving menu features three courses: Appetizers include pumpkin empanadas (roasted pumpkin, hutlacoche mushrooms, cream cheese, cilantro, and truffle oil); cauliflower-fennel soup with ginger-cranberry confit, sweet potato croutons, and sage; and chipotle turkey chili made with Mexican chorizo and ground turkey, with avocado, crema, cilantro, and crispy tortilla.

For main courses, the offerings are roasted turkey breast, whole roast suckling pig, and whole bronzino (deboned). Each main course is accompanied by a variety of five different cazuelitas: Chorizo-apple-cranberry stuffing, grilled broccoli rabe, caramelized Brussels sprouts, sweet potato puree, and chimichurri sauce. Pumpkin cheesecake and sweet potato apple crumb round out the menu as dessert offerings.

Haven Rooftop

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Haven Rooftop is having a $65 Prix Fixe mouthwatering Thanksgiving menu on your radar for any roundups you may be working on now or in the future.

Set atop the renowned Sanctuary Hotel in the heart of Times Square, Haven’s guests can enjoy delectable appetizers like Butternut Squash Soup and Polenta Lasagna and delicious entrées including the traditional Turkey with all the fixings including sweet potato mash, homemade stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry sauce, and Branzino with roasted acorn squash, pumpkin and butternut squash purée. For dessert indulge in options such as Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake and Dulce De Leche Rice Pudding.

While dinner is the main event, Haven also provides the ultimate location to party with friends the night before Turkey day — one of the biggest party nights of the year. The expansive rooftop has tantalizing cocktail choices with selections including the spicy Cielo (Luna Azul tequila, jalapeno, cucumber and cilantro), Safe Haven (Pisco Gobernador, St. Germain, Strawberry, Aztec Bitters) and Up in The Sky (Dewars White Label, Orange Juice, Cinnamon Syrup and Orange Redbull) — just to name a few.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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