For some, preparing a grand Thanksgiving meal at home is for the birds—especially if you have a smaller, closet-sized kitchen. If you're visiting New York City this holiday, you can leave the cooking and cleaning to the professionals helming the kitchens at some of Manhattan's best restaurants instead of fussing over the stove in a tiny space.
If this is your first time visiting New York City this time of year, be sure to pack for colder weather, as winter comes early to the Northeastern U.S. You also might enjoy stopping by the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade down Fifth Avenue in the morning and early afternoon before you head out for your meal.
From traditional favorites to new adaptions of standard holiday treats, these great restaurants are sure to put a smile on your face this Thanksgiving—book your reservation in advance, as you certainly won't be the only one in the city who has the idea to eat out for the holiday.
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 $88 Thanksgiving menu in 2019 with all the staples of a traditional meal. This posh and popular eatery features classics like roasted organic turkey with all the trimmings, and alternatives like pork chops for entrees; you will also have access to the raw bar as well.
Overlooking Central Park and Columbus Circle, Asiate offers a breathtaking view alongside a stunning three-course 2019 holiday menu for $138 per person. Expect items like heritage turkey, or wild mushroom pasta for the vegetarians. On Thanksgiving, there is also a breakfast menu for $105, which includes various main options and pastries, plus juices, coffee, and tea.
If you're looking for a venue for your Thanksgiving meal that's as big as your appetite, the three-story Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is a great choice in Manhattan. This classic New York City steakhouse's Thanksgiving menu doles out traditional favorites with seasonal twists for $95 in 2019. The menu includes appetizers like butternut squash soup, mains like slow-roasted turkey breast with the trimmings, and holiday desserts. Alternatively, you can skip the turkey entirely and go for their specialty, a succulent steak.
Sail around the city on Thanksgiving of 2019, courtesy of Spirit of New York cruises along the Hudson and East Rivers, while you enjoy dining, musical entertainment, and skyline views. The two-hour Thanksgiving Day Afternoon Lunch Cruise includes a three-course meal and a live piano concert. Another option is The Thanksgiving Day Sunset Dinner Cruise, lasting 2.5 hours and featuring a buffet with holiday classics, games, dancing, and DJs. The Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise provides three hours and three courses of dining, plus an acoustic musical group with a grand piano.
This Roman-inspired, NYC-style trattoria Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel dishes out both Italian-inspired and American-style menus for Thanksgiving. Visitors may choose either menu for $115 in 2019. The Thanksgiving menus are served during lunch and dinner, both of which require reservations as far in advance as possible.
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.