Thanksgiving travel to Hong Kong may have you missing the epic American dinner. Luckily, 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're willing to look a little deeper into the city's offerings, a few local restaurants hold a dedicated Thanksgiving Day meal at a fairer price. Pull up a chair to a table filled with American transplants 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.
The Main Street Deli, located inside the posh Langham Hotel is one of the only restaurants in Hong Kong where you'll find a real Reuben sandwich, a traditional New York bagel, and Matzoh balls soup. Added bonus—they also do Thanksgiving, offering a three-course meal that includes turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pecan or pumpkin pie. While the atmosphere may seem clinical, you can dine there or order a Turkey-To-Go Combo that serves six to ten people. Hightail it back to the room for a private dinner, then hit the pool or hot tub to work off the feed.
Psst ... both the pecan pie and New York cheesecake are among the best you'll find in Asia.
Private clubs remain popular in Hong Kong. And the American Club is one of the best places in town for Thanksgiving dinner—however, you'll need to swing an invite. The American Club's "stars and stripes" Thanksgiving is, arguably, one of the most authentic in town, consisting of a four-course meal that includes turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy, and biscuits. After your meal is over, belly up to Billy's Bar (also inside the club) for American craft beers and bourbons. But do note the dress code of "smart casual" and make sure to leave the kids at home.
Hong Kong’s most authentic American restaurant, Dan Ryan’s serves up uncomplicated U.S.-born classics in their grill-by-day, bar-by-night atmosphere. It's kid-friendly, too—with staff capable of serving from their menu of smaller plates while youngsters scamper underfoot. For Thanksgiving, order up a three-course meal that includes pumpkin soup, roasted turkey with all the trimmings, and apple or pumpkin pie for dessert.
Perched atop Victoria Peak and regarded as a "gastronome's paradise," this Hong Kong institution has been serving fine food for over fifty years. At the Peak Lookout, you'll dine among the grand families of Hong Kong (with American connections, of course) while they chow down on a traditional American spread. Expect first-class food and refined service for a four-course Thanksgiving meal, complete with a view of Aberdeen, Hong Kong.
Acclaimed chef Jaime Oliver values both healthy and traditional meals. So for a Thanksgiving feast that's gentle on the waistline, hit up the Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui location in Hong Kong. Enjoy free-range, organic turkey, bacon and walnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts with garlic and sage, spicy roasted squash, and glazed carrots for a gourmet treat you can eat in or take out. Then, come back on Christmas Day and do it all again. Reservations are a must.