Dine Out on Thanksgiving in New York City – We Have Your Spot

It’s the holiday we’ve all been looking forward to. What could be better than enjoying menus created by some of the top chefs in the city. From traditional to global dishes, you can just relax and experience an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast. Gather your group, choose your cuisine, and secure your reservation. Some of the restaurants we are featuring also have take-out menus to enjoy!

Sweetbriar is the lively modern American restaurant located on East 27th Street in the Park South Hotel. Executive Chef Bryce Shuman harnesses live-fire cooking and the bounty of New York to create fresh seasonal dishes with impeccable, yet simple presentations. For Thanksgiving, he has curated a generous, three-course prix fixe menu priced at $85 per person, including side dishes available for the table. Highlights include appetizers such as a butternut squash velouté with crème fraiche and aleppo pepper; a fall radish carpaccio with marinated trout roe; mains including a hickory smoked organic turkey, light and dark meat, with mashed potatoes, and gravy; a grilled hen of the woods mushroom with beluga lentils and a mushroom broth; and a variety of sides for the table such as: cornbread stuffing and maple glazed sweet potato with candied pecan, among others. For desserts, there is a pie station with an assortment of pies on display for guests to choose from. Reservations can be made between the hours of 12 p.m. and 9 p.m. for Thanksgiving Day. 

Chef Guo, the Manhattan debut of Chinese Master Chef Guo Wenjun, will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The restaurant, located on East 50th Street, showcases his proprietary culinary system and his unique brand of cuisine, combining Chinese Imperial cooking and Classic Western cuisine to create his Healthy Royal CuisineCulinary System. The dishes are made with healthy, organic, and green ingredients, emphasizing nutritional value and a balanced meal. The food is prepared to allow the flavors of the high-quality ingredients to speak for themselves. His cuisine is served in the form of a nineteen-course tasting menu that includes 15 savory coursesthree tea courses, and a dessert.

Nerai in Midtown East, ranked one of the top 75 restaurants in New York City by Trip Advisor, is opening its doors to family and friends this Thanksgiving. The stunning Greek restaurant offers indoor dining on two floors in addition to having a spacious, heated garden patio and spectacular sidewalk seating. For $95 per person and special $45 pricing for kids, Nerai will be serving a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menu that includes appetizers like butternut squash soup, entrées like turkey moussaka, and desserts like pumpkin cheesecake. 

The Noortwyck is the recently opened neighborhood restaurant in Greenwich Village from chef-sommelier duo Andrew Quinn and Cedric Nicaise. Alongside signature dishes, the special Thanksgiving menu items include caviar with white fish salad and buckwheat stroopwafel; roasted honeynut squash soup with sage and brown butter; foie gras torchon with grilled brioche and black truffle; agnolotti with chestnut, cauliflower and white truffle; roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings; sides: mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, charred green beans and whipped sweet potatoes. For dessert, pastry chef Ileen Cho will be making Thanksgiving pies to order by the slice or as a whole pie. The pies will also be available for retail via pre-order, and can be picked up from the restaurant on Wednesday 11/23 or Thursday 11/24. The pies retail for $65 and include pumpkin pie with whipped cream and cinnamon; maple streusel apple pie; and pecan pie with bourbon brown butter. 

Restaurant Marc Forgione, Marc’s eponymous Michelin starred Tribeca restaurant will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving menu ($135/person) featuring choice of roast organic turkey breast with a dark meat turkey roulade and smokey gravy, venison with smoked pumpkin, red wine braised short ribs, and halibut en croute. Starters include baked potato ravioli, greenmarket squash salad, and lobster and delicata soup. Desserts include classic apple pie with fior di latte gelato, and pumpkin pie with spiced whipped cream. 

David Burke Tavern located on East 62nd Street on the Upper East Side is presenting a bountiful Thanksgiving feast from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $105 adults, $45 children 12 and under. Enjoy delectable dishes that include autumn harvest salad with baby kale, apples, candied pecans, acorn squash, cider vinaigrette; tuna crudo with cucumber, ponzu vinaigrette; pastrami salmon; kale and romaine caesar; New England clam chowder; pomegranate BBQ Quail with apple, celery root, pomegranate and, brussel sprout leaves; lobster dumplings with spicy tomato, lemon, and basil; and clothesline bacon. Indulge in turkey with sausage cornbread dressing, citrus cranberry sauce, autumn hash, bourbon giblet gravy; fire roasted filet mignon; pork chop, clams casino style; grilled salmon; scallop and pork belly with brussels sprouts, delicata squash, apple cider gastrique; roasted branzino with an artichoke puree, vegetable vinaigrette; and pumpkin lasagna.  Add sides to share at the table for $12 each or three for $29 such as parsnips and grapes, cornbread stuffing, brussels sprouts, braised greens. Top off your meal with luscious desserts that include pumpkin brulee, apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie. The cheesecake lollipop tree has an add-on fee of $10.

David Burke Tavern also has “Grab‘n’Gobble” with meals to-go that can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on November 24. Serve eight to ten people for $350 with whole turkey or serve four people for $200 with a half turkey. The menu includes turkey, carved off the bone; gravy; sausage stuffing; maple whipped sweet potatoes; cranberry orange ginger relish; roasted autumn vegetables; and holiday pies from David Burke’s Dixie Lee Bakery with whipped cream and berry sauce on the side.

Dizzy’s Club on the Upper West Side offers Dinner and a Show at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving for $200 per person that includes the food, show and gratuity. For The Table indulge in smoked trout dip crispy baguette, spiced pecans spiced pork cracklins, black eyed pea dip. Continue your meal with shrimp bisque with a bell pepper chutney and trinity salad with French Quarter dressing, and sweet potato beignets with a spicy remoulade. For mains, relish smoked turkey breast, braised leg and thigh, or blackened prime rib. For the table Dizzy’s is serving sweet potato pie, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, Cajun gravy, and rosemary cranberry sauce. Dessert is a choice of pumpkin pie or pecan pie whipped cream. The Thanksgiving show features trombone master Wycliffe Gordon a former star of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet. He brings a deep, energetic pocket to every bandstand. Gordon’s command of big bands and small ensembles radiates from his mind and body through the bell of his horn. “Just his presence is a creative experience,” said Marsalis.

Comodo, the Latin American-inspired restaurant from husband-wife team Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe, the executive chef and wine director, respectively is located in the Flatiron, housed in Freehand NY. On Thanksgiving, Comodo offers a menu that pulls from chef Donnelly’s childhood throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Brazil and beyond with dishes such as trout ceviche tostada with leche de tigre, habanero aioli, and masa tuile; baby eggplant and mole with mole veracruzano, feta, cilantro, and sesame; shrimp al ajillo with pan seared shrimp, garlic oil, paprika, and toasted sourdough; pork belly arepa with chipotle-hoisin glaze; Pão De Queijo lamb sliders with chipotle crema; achiote chicken with green calasparra rice; picañha with top sirloin, creamed spinach, and farfoa; and  Desserts like yerba mate panna cotta with apricot marmalade, compressed apricot and cashew crumble; spiced brownie with amarena cherry, cacao nib crumble, crema azteca, and cherry gastrique. Complementing the menu, Comodo’s beverage menu highlights natural wines, curated by Rofe, and signature cocktails that pay homage to the lively social moments experienced throughout the hotel. 

Chez Nick, the seasonally-driven neighborhood restaurant located on the Upper East Side, is from chef-partners Bobby Little and Chad Urban. This Thanksgiving from 2 p.m; to 8 p.m., Chez Nick will be offering a specialty three-course Thanksgiving pre-fixe ($99). The menu features a choice of starter from escarole salad, butternut squash agnolotti or potato leek soup. Entrees include a choice of roasted turkey, pan roasted steelhead trout or wild mushroom Bourguignon. Family style sides include homemade stuffing, crispy brussel sprouts, green bean casserole, pomme puree, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. Rounding out the meal is a choice of apple pie or pumpkin pie for dessert. Additionally, Chez Nick will offer to-go packages for guests to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at home. Available for purchase on their website until 10PM on 11/20, offerings include a menu for two for $160 or a menu for four for $320. Each to-go menu comes with heating instructions and is available for pickup at Chez Nick on 11/22 & 11/23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Chez Nick will also be offering Homemade Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie for $50 each via purchase on their website. 

Estuary and Ebb & Flow are providing take-out meals. The Brooklyn Bridge Restaurant is serving up take-home Thanksgiving, so you can be the MVP of a family meal or friends gathering. Prepared by Executive Chef Dennis Hatzinger with its Thanksgiving turkey offering ($220), which includes whole turkey, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy and cornbread stuffing. To feed your family, its Thanksgiving dinner package ($320) includes turkey, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, cornbread stuffing, roasted rosemary potatoes, baby brussel sprouts and choice of brown butter pumpkin, pecan and deep dish apple 10” pie for dessert. For a larger gathering or party ($400), the package includes everything in the dinner package plus sweet potato puree and macaroni and cheese. All orders must be placed by November 18.  

UN Plaza Grill in the Midtown East neighborhood has an Orthodox Union Certified Offering from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Indulge in choices that include creamy pumpkin soup; mini turkey sliders; chicken lollipops that are pan-fried with sweet Thai chili and hot sauce, and sesame seeds. The restaurant’s Sushi tower has salmon, tuna, avocado, spicy mayo, and chef’s special sauce. There’s also caesar salad with a homemade dressing. Mains include maple glazed turkey free range turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, carrots and green beans, and sweet potato puree; center cut rib eye with hand-cut fries; pan sautéed chicken scaloppini with a lemon-caper sauce and herbed mashed potatoes; pan roasted salmon with an Asian glaze, jasmine rice, stir-fried vegetables; and potato gnocchi with basil pesto, blistered tomatoes, toasted pine nuts. Desserts top off you meal such as pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream, seasonal fruit, and chocolate molten cake with vanilla Iie cream.

Haven Rooftop above the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown is ready for diners to escape to on Thanksgiving. Haven offers delicious food and craft cocktails steps away from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. They have a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner on the menu with a three-course offering including appetizers like butternut squash soup with roasted butternut squash, toasted pumpkin seeds, and olive oil, entrées like turkey served with mashed sweet potatoes, homemade stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce and desserts like pumpkin cheesecake for $79 per person, with open seating between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Michelin-recognized MIFUNE New York in Midtown East will be hosting a ten-course Thanksgiving tasting menu from Executive Chef Tomohiro Urata. The experience will showcase Chef Tomo’s signature style of creatively blending French and Japanese cuisine that encompasses influences from his work in Japan and at some of the top restaurants in France. Priced at $200 per person, the featured entrée is an organic turkey pie made with truffle, foie gras, and porcini mushroom, and highlighting chestnut flan for dessert. MIFUNE New York will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Parma Nuova, the new casual fine dining Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side from Owner-Manager Giorgio Manzio, and La Masseria Group, will offer a set menu for Thanksgiving Day priced at $75 per person. Diners may choose one appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. Selections from the Thanksgiving menu include butternut squash soup, baked clams, roasted turkey served with a puree of sweet potatoes, corn pudding, and stuffing, and for dessert a homemade pumpkin cheesecake, among other options. Those who do not want to partake in the set menu have the option of ordering a la carte from the Thanksgiving Day menu or Parma Nuova’s dinner menu. The Thanksgiving menu will be available at Parma Nuova for lunch and dinner from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery and takeout will not be available. 

Get your taste buds ready and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.