Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC

Leave the Cooking to 8 Manhattan Kitchens

For some, preparing a grand Thanksgiving meal at home especially if you have a smaller, closet-sized kitchen, is for the birds. Instead, you can leave the cooking and cleaning to the pros helming the kitchens at some of Manhattan's best restaurants. 

These eight eateries each serve up Thanksgiving feasts to remember, complete with all of the traditional trimmings (and then some).

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    Oceana restaurant patio
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    Seafood mecca Oceana—set just steps from the Thanksgiving Day parade route is primed for a post-parade feast. Oceana offers a special three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu. The popular eatery usually features classics like roasted organic turkey with all the trimmings and alternatives like Maine pollock or pork chops for mains. The raw bar will also be available à la carte.​

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    ••• Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental, New York

    With an atmospheric setting overlooking Central Park and Columbus Circle, tuck into equally transporting dishes from the three- or four-course menus, like Smoked Nantucket Bay Scallops with cauliflower chawanmushi, capers, and soy; Braised Wagyu Short Rib with celery root, pomegranate, and collard greens; or Heritage Turkey with foie gras stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato puree. On Thanksgiving, there are three menus to choose from: breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

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    ••• Photo credit: Del Frisco’s Steak House New York

    This classic New York City steakhouse's Thanksgiving menu doles out traditional favorites with seasonal twists. Examples from the menu feature appetizers of butternut squash soup and harvest salad, slow-roasted turkey breast with the trimmings (including apple-sausage stuffing), and desserts like pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie. Or, skip the bird entirely, and tuck into their specialty, a succulent steak.

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    This Manhattan mainstay serves up French-inspired dishes in an elegant setting. On Thanksgiving, the three-course prix-fixe menu typically includes classic options like roasted turkey with sweet potato puree. Finish it off with pumpkin pie, complete with maple syrup, Chantilly, and crème anglaise.​

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    ••• Spirit of New York

    Sail around the city on Thanksgiving, courtesy of Spirit of New York cruises along the Hudson River, touring dining, musical entertainment, and skyline views. Choose from a 1:30 p.m. or a 3:00 p.m. lunch sailing featuring Thanksgiving classics such as roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, rustic herb stuffing, and pumpkin pie, served buffet-style.

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    This Roman-inspired, NYC-style trattoria will dish out two tasting menus for Thanksgiving: an "Italian-American Thanksgiving," featuring Roman twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes, and the "Maialino Classics" menu, with dishes like turkey soup and egg, braised pork and watercress, and braised lamb. The Thanksgiving menus are served during lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving.

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    The dining room at Eleven Madison Park
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    Set in a landmark art-deco building overlooking Madison Square Park, diners on Thanksgiving Day can indulge in a decadent four-course prix-fixe menu; entrée options from previous years included organic turkey, Black Angus beef, or butter-poached lobster, each served with all the fixings. Leave room for their perfect desserts like a pumpkin parfait.

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    ••• Photo credit: Colors

    A gluten-free diet does not need to come between you and your holiday feasting, thanks to Colors, a 100-percent gluten-free restaurant in the East Village. Their Thanksgiving menu includes items such as brussels sprouts salad, traditional turkey dinner, and a chocolate ganache cake for dessert.