If you travel to Hong Kong at Thanksgiving, you may be missing the epic American holiday dinner. The good news is most major four- and five-star hotels serve grand feasts (at a considerable price) that replicate the spread you traditionally eat back home. However, if you want to spend less, a few local restaurants hold a dedicated Thanksgiving Day meal. Pull up a chair to a table filled with transplants from the United States seeking a taste of home and American-born Chinese looking for comfort food. The meal will always be filling and the conversation good—but make sure to book in advance.
Main Street Deli, located inside The Langham, a posh hotel in the heart of the Tsimshatsui district, is one of the only restaurants in Hong Kong where you'll find a real Reuben sandwich, a traditional New York bagel, and Matzoh ball soup, among other comfort foods from home. Also, the deli offers a three-course Thanksgiving meal that includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin soup, and various holiday desserts. Dine there or order a Turkey-to-go Combo; hightail it to your room for a private dinner, then hit the pool or jacuzzi to work off the food.
Private clubs remain popular in this city, and the American Club Hong Kong, established in 1925 and located in Central, is one of the best places in town for Thanksgiving dinner. However, you'll need to swing an invite. Their "stars and stripes" Thanksgiving is likely one of the most authentic in town—a four-course meal that includes turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, and biscuits. After your meal, belly up to Billy's Bar (also inside the club) for craft beers and bourbons like you'd find in the U.S. But do contact the club for details, note the dress code of "smart casual," and make sure to leave the kids at home.
Perched atop Victoria Peak, this institution in a heritage house has been serving fine Asian and Western food since 2001. At the Peak Lookout, you'll dine among the grand families of Hong Kong (with connections to the U.S.) all enjoying a traditional spread from North America. Expect first-class food and refined service for a four-course Thanksgiving meal, and a large outdoor terrace with a view of the South China Sea.
Acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver values both healthy and traditional meals. So for a three-course Thanksgiving feast that's gentle on the waistline, hit up the Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui locations in Hong Kong. Enjoy the Turkey Plate there or for takeout: You'll enjoy hormone-free organic American turkey, glazed carrots, potato gratin, stuffing and gravy, topped off with a pumpkin and pecan crumble. The restaurant also offers fall specials with an Italian flair, like tomato bruschetta and a roasted pumpkin dish.
For something different, try Hunter & The Chase on Queen's Road Central, which specializes in wild ingredients like North American and Australian game, free-range products, and wild-caught seafood. Their grilled whole turkey for Thanksgiving comes with signature wild boar stuffing and cranberry sauce, plus sides like smashed potatoes with rosemary salt. Desserts include classic pumpkin pie with whipped cream and lemon meringue pie.