New York City is jam-packed with restaurants—some immensely lavish, others delightfully laidback and quirky—and a great variety of them are located in the borough of Queens, just a short ride on the 7 or F train from Manhattan. Home to bustling neighborhoods like Astoria, Queens has many restaurants that will remain open over the Thanksgiving 2020 holiday, offering special, prix-fixe menus of traditional turkey and unique takes on festive staples. Some will provide to-go Thanksgiving meals only, and the ones whose dining rooms are open have limited space, so it's best to book your feast as early as possible—preferably in early November.
Bubba's Bistro is a laidback bar and restaurant in Astoria that serves some of New York City's most traditional down-home, Southern cooking. On Thanksgiving, that means apple chutney and biscuits on the side of your usual green beans, mashed potatoes, and roast turkey. Bubba's is a great bargain (ideal for big families) if you don't mind the casual atmosphere. In 2020, the restaurant is offering a catering menu only. It features buttermilk mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, "Grandma's Thanksgiving Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Stuffing," creamed spinach, and more. The Family Feast costs $29 per person, or you can order a $150 dinner for six or a $220 dinner that feeds up to 10. Orders should be placed in early November.
Victory Garden Cafe
A Greek restaurant wouldn't normally be the first place to go looking for a traditional turkey dinner, but Victory Garden Cafe puts an irresistible spin on the classic Thanksgiving spread, including: Greek-style turkey with stuffing, paidakia (lamb chops), and shrimp scampi, plus appetizers like Keftedes (Greek meatballs), tirokeftedes (Mediterranean cheese balls), and tiromanitaria (cheese-stuffed mushrooms). The restaurant calls its take "the Big Fat Greek Thanksgiving" and it costs $25 per adult or $15 per person. You can enjoy the meal in the charming, glass-enclosed, heated garden, but seating is limited in 2020, so book early.
Marbella in Bayside is an elegant Spanish restaurant that puts its own unique twist on Thanksgiving. Its three-course prix-fixe dinner includes a choice of caldo (Galician soup), squash bisque, baked clams, fried calamari, chorizos, and other starter options, followed by roast Vermont turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and sweet potatoes, finished with pumpkin pie, apple pie, or ice cream. The prix-fixe menu costs $38 per person ($22 per child), but the restaurant will be serving its usual a la carte tapas and meals, too. It is also offering a Thanksgiving to-go option that feeds four for $120.
Casa del Chef Bistro
For something slightly more upscale, try this cozy, family-owned haunt in Woodside. Casa del Chef Bistro is a New American restaurant serving a $55 prix-fixe feast of butternut squash soup and ham prosciutto followed by roast turkey with Worcestershire and mushroom gravy, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes and lima beans, and topped off with apple bread pudding and cheesy Ecuadorian chocolate. A vegetarian option with seared savoy cabbage, chestnuts, celery-root puree, and mushrooms with sunflower seeds is available for $45. In 2020, Thanksgiving from Casa del Chef Bistro is available for carryout only.
The Rockaway Hotel
The Rockaway Hotel has perhaps the most elegant offering of "beach food" you'll ever see. Its normal fare includes mezze platters, tuna tacos, poke bowls, lobster rolls, and other dishes of the sort. On Thanksgiving, however, its beach vibe gets a lot more autumnal as turkey feasts are served in the hotel's foliage-flanked "fall harvest room." Dinner starts with either black kale salad, roasted squash, or quinoa salad, followed by a choice of cider-brined turkey breast, wild salmon, or pumpkin agnolotti, all with a healthy portion of sides. Dessert is spiced pumpkin pie or baked cheesecake. The three-course menu costs $55 per person, but you can add on wine pairings for an additional fee.