Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while some people are lucky enough to have family nearby to celebrate, many of us are left with just a few close friends to collectively decide how (and where) to feast. The City That Never Sleeps is made for folks like the latter, with a plethora of places to get your grub on with your closest comrades. Whether you’re ringing in Friendsgiving, or perhaps just wanting to take a break from cooking for 15 people, here are a few places in NYC for a chic Thanksgiving dinner.
Sitting amidst Central Park, this iconic locale is hard not to like. The location itself is worth every penny. For Thanksgiving, guests are invited to enjoy a four-course menu consisting of roasted free-range turkey, sage and sausage stuffing, sun-dried cranberry conserves, glazed carrots with shaved green onions, and whipped sweet potato purée. Come for the food, and stay for the views.
James Beard Award-winning chef Marco Canora is serving up a hearty, wholesome meal at this East Village favorite. Start with seasonal fare like autumn squash soup with citrus yogurt and pear, and continue on with updated classics like poached turkey breast with mushroom-leek stuffing, mashed potatoes, and braised greens. For dessert, there’s a warm apple crumble with oat streusel.
For health-nuts, we’ve found a holiday feast that is guaranteed to not make you feel guilty. Celebrity chef Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant is serving a plant-based meal to die for. Cuisine includes celery root bisque with porcini, honeynut squash with chestnut and hominy stuffing, root vegetable lasagna with sunchoke puree, and pumpkin pie with whipped maple.
3 Michelin Star and James Beard Award-Winning chef Thomas Keller (of Per Se, Bouchon, and The French Laundry) takes to TAK Room to provide guests with holiday meal to remember. Expect family-style servings of parsnip velouté and marinated beets with kale, a choice of smoked, slow-roasted turkey or honeynut squash, cranberry and blood orange marmalade, roasted carrots, truffled macaroni and cheese, whipped potatoes, and buttermilk biscuits.
From the people behind Carbone and The Grill, Dirty French is taking a French twist on our beloved Thanksgiving dinner. Their three-course pre-fixe menu includes delectable eats such as house-made pate, trumpet royale mushroom millefeuille with butternut squash and red curry, roasted turkey breast with braised turkey leg blanquette, dirty stuffing, cranberry sauce, pommes puree, and so much more.
Whether you’re celebrating with friends, or simply wishing to take a different (less laborious) approach to Thanksgiving dinner, any of the above NYC restaurants will ensure that you’re toasting to the holiday in style.