Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC

These 7 Manhattan Eateries Propose a Tasty, Effortless Turkey Day in 2016

Don't be a turkey this Thanksgiving: Admit to yourself that preparing a Thanksgiving meal at home (especially with a closet-sized NYC kitchen!) is simply for the birds. Instead, leave the cooking and cleaning to the pros helming the kitchens at some of Manhattan's best restaurants. These 7 eateries are each serving up Thanksgiving feasts to remember, complete with all of the traditional trimmings (and then some).  

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    Seafood mecca Oceana—set just steps from the Thanksgiving Day parade route, and primed for a post-parade feast— is offering a special three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu with classics like roasted organic turkey with all the trimmings, and alternatives like venison or seared halibut for mains. The raw bar will also be available, à la carte. 120 W. 49th St. (btwn 6th & 7th aves.), in Midtown; 212/759-5941;

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    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. 80 Columbus Circle at 60th St.; 212/805-8800;

  • 03 of 08

    Del Frisco’s Steak House New York

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    This classic NYC steakhouse's Thanksgiving menu doles out traditional favorites with seasonal twists: previous years have featured butternut squash, slow-roasted turkey breast with sweet onion apple-sage stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake. Or, skip the bird entirely, and tuck into a succulent steak.1221 Ave. of the Americas (at 49th St), in Midtown; 212/575-5129;

  • 04 of 08

    Le Cirque

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    This 40-year-old-plus mainstay serves up French-inspired dishes in an elegant setting—on Thanksgiving, the three-course prix-fixe menuincludes classic options like roasted turkey with sweet potato puree. Finish it off with pumpkin pie, complete with maple syrup Chantilly and crème anglaise. 151 E. 58th St. (btwn. Lexington & 3rd aves.), in Midtown; 212/644-0202;

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  • 05 of 08

    Spirit of New York

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    Sail into new horizons this Thanksgiving, courtesy of Spirit of New York cruises along the Hudson River, touting dining, musical entertainment, and skyline views. Choose from lunch and dinner sailings featuring Thanksgiving classics such as roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, rustic herb stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61 (at 20th St. & 11th Ave.), in Chelsea; 866/483-3866;

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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 favorite dishes from Maialino like pasta dish Tonnarelli a Cacio e Pepe and Maialino al Forno (roasted suckling pig and potatoes). 2 Lexington Ave. at E. 21st St., in Gramercy Park; 212/777-2410;

  • 07 of 08

    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 pumpkin parfait)! 11 Madison Ave. at 24th St., in the Flatiron District; 212/889-0905;

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    A gluten-free diet needn't 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. 417 Lafayette St. (btwn Astor Place & E. 4th St.), in the East Village; 212/777-8443;