Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC

Above view of passing food during Thanksgiving dinner.
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For many, cooking up a grand Thanksgiving is more nerve-racking than fun, especially if you happen to be attempting the feat in one of New York City's notoriously small apartments. Luckily, the Big Apple has countless options for dining out on the food-centric holiday, from upscale eateries to cozy steakhouses and Italian trattorias. Just be sure to book early as folks tend to bombard the restaurant scene post-Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you don't enjoy a crowd, stay away from Fifth Avenue, where the action takes place.

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Oceana restaurant patio

Oceana Restaurant

120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020, USA
Phone +1 212-759-5941

The seafood mecca Oceana—set just steps from the famous Thanksgiving Day parade route—is primed for a post-procession feast, offering a special three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu for $95 per adult and $60 per child. In 2020, the fare will include roast turkey (two ways), sausage stuffing, rutabaga, potato puree, Brussels sprouts, and several pies. Wine is also available at $25 or $50 a bottle. The restaurant will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving and you can reserve a table online.

Alternatively, Oceana introduced its first-ever Thanksgiving takeout package in 2020. The $275 small package feeds up to six people and the $475 large package feeds up to 10. Meals must be ordered by November 16 and can be picked up starting November 25.

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Eleven Madison Park

The dining room at Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
Phone +1 212-889-0905

editor note: closed for the season

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 for $255 in 2019 with turkey and other entrees, each served with all the fixings. Leave room for their great holiday desserts.

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