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8 best New York restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner

8 best New York restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner

by Amelia N. Collins 23 days ago
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  • 1. Katz’s Delicatessen
  • 2. Restaurant Daniel
  • 3. Locanda Verde
  • 4. Aquavit
  • 5. Carmine’s Italian restaurant
  • 6. The Smith in Lincoln Square
  • 7. Gramercy Tavern
  • 8. Cote Korean Steakhouse
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New York is a city where the most exciting worldwide-known landmarks are concentrated. The Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, Wall Street and Broadway shows must be seen at least once in life. Thanksgiving is a popular time for travel, so if you find yourself in New York, we have prepared a list of popular restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621. Today, it is considered a family holiday, and a traditional dinner menu includes turkey, stuffing, mashed or sweet potatoes, vegetable side dishes, and pie. Whether you are looking for an upscale or casual experience, want a traditional American meal or want to try the world cuisines this day, you will surely find a perfect spot on our list.

1. Katz’s Delicatessen
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Katz's Delicatessen
#22 of 52102 restaurants in New York City, USA
205 E Houston St, New York City, New York, USA
Open now 8AM - 11PM

The oldest deli in New York, Katz’s was established in 1888 and has earned the reputation of a must-visit hotspot among deli lovers. With kosher pastrami, pastrami sandwiches, beef rolls and Jewish specialties on the menu, they offer a great meaty experience.

To enjoy a high-calorie delicious Thanksgiving meal, make a reservation in advance as this place has an incredible reputation both among the locals and tourists. An oven-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce is definitely worth trying here. Order a meat sandwich, soup, and a traditional New York cheesecake for dessert. It is possible to get a Katz experience even if you are not located in New York, as they ship Thanksgiving turkey with cooking instructions nationwide at $130.

2. Restaurant Daniel
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Daniel
#2 of 7184 restaurants in West New York, USA
60 E 65th St, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Open now 5PM - 10PM

Restaurant Daniel is an essential hotspot for those looking for an upscale dining experience. The chef Daniel Boulud is a recipient of multiple awards, and the restaurant has two Michelin stars, so every guest can expect a great execution of dishes.

On Thanksgiving, this restaurant offers a festive three-course meal with high-end interpretations of the traditional holiday dishes. Treat yourself with farm organic turkey, champagne-braised golden tilefish or Ora King salmon plus a pair vacherin or apple tatin for dessert. A three-course meal goes at a fixed price of $295. An elegant, contemporary interior and excellent service will further contribute to a great holiday experience.

3. Locanda Verde
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Locanda Verde
#26 of 52102 restaurants in New York City, USA
377 Greenwich St, New York City, New York, USA
Open now 5PM - 11PM
Tartare
Tartare

Meat tartare - a delicious dish for lovers of exclusive food with the addition of raw meat. Despite the fact that the main component of the dish is raw coarse beef, the tartare is truly delicious. This dish is prepared surprisingly fairly quickly but served as a gourmet dish along with dry red wine and fresh vegetable salad.

If you visit SoHo for shopping and sightseeing, then you will probably want to choose Locanda Verde for a Thanksgiving dinner. This neighborhood taverna serves an urban Italian menu in a comfortable atmosphere, and ricotta, tartare, roasted chicken and lamb taste just delicious here.

On Thanksgiving, you can have a fine dining experience with an Italian spirit. A special Thanksgiving menu offers wood-fired heritage turkey with stuffing and Brussels sprout, or you can opt for an olive oil poached halibut. The first course selections include sheep’s milk ricotta and heirloom golden beets. Order a traditional pumpkin tart or apple pie for dessert.

4. Aquavit
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Aquavit
#5 of 7184 restaurants in West New York, USA
65 E 55th St, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Open now 5:30PM - 9:30PM
Swedish pancakes
Swedish pancakes

Along with the usual thin crepes, called 'pannkakor', which resemble French pancakes and are often served with whipped cream and jam, on Thursdays, Swedish pancakes are eaten for lunch with pea soup; in the Swedish kitchen there is also plättar, which resemble tiny English pancakes, they are fried several pieces at the same time in a special frying pan.

Located in Park Avenue Tower, Aquavit is a high-end Swedish and Scandinavian cuisine restaurant. They transform traditional Nordic cuisines using new techniques and ingredients selected with care. Guests come here to enjoy seafood, amuse bouches, halibut and such desserts as meringues, Swedish pancakes, and parfait.

If you are looking to give your Thanksgiving celebration a Nordic touch, then opt for a fixed-price to-go menu at $175. Smoked turkey leg and spiced turkey breasts are offered as main courses, with a selection of side dishes including creamy green bean salad and kale and orange salad. Or, make a reservation and enjoy Swedish cuisine and curated wine selection in the restaurant.

5. Carmine’s Italian restaurant
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Carmine's Italian Restaurant - Times Square
#104 of 7184 restaurants in West New York, USA
200 W 44th St, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Open now 11:30AM - 11PM
Lasagna
Lasagna

This traditional Italian dish comes from Bologna and it seems the oldest type of pasta. Lasagna is stacked layers of wide and flat pasta and a variety of other ingredients, including sauce, vegetables, cheese, meat, etc. The word 'lasagna' refers to a pot where this dish was cooked.

If you are a picky eater, Carmine’s is the best choice among the restaurants open on Thanksgiving. They offer Italian cuisine plus vegetarian options, and Caesar salad, chicken parmesan, penne pasta and lasagna are favorites on the menu.

This Thanksgiving, they offer a special menu available for take-out or dine-in. The feast menu includes an 18 lb. roasted turkey with Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and other traditional side dishes. Add a traditional pumpkin or apple pie of their own making. The menu feeds six to eight guests and is perfect for a family dinner or a celebration with friends.

6. The Smith in Lincoln Square
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The Smith
#286 of 3055 seafood restaurants in West New York, USA
1900 Broadway, West New York, New Jersey, USA
Open now 8AM - 11PM
Mac-n-cheese
Mac-n-cheese

In form, this must necessarily be horns (elbows), at least in the classical version. The thick, glutinous sauce in this dish is, strictly speaking, bechamel with cheese. Macaroni can be simply boiled and mixed with this sauce, and can be baked in this sauce. In the US, it is absolutely cult, loved by almost all the dish, which is associated primarily with children.

The Smith in Lincoln Square offers its guests new American cuisine and specialty cocktails. Lobster rolls, mac-n-cheese and draft beer are worth trying here. Located near Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Central Park, it makes a convenient choice for lunch after sightseeing.

Here, you can have a Thanksgiving dinner in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. A special three-course Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $75 including a starter, a main course and a dessert, with fixings included. The main courses include natural heritage turkey, salmon or red wine braised ribs. Seafood and snacks can be added at an additional price.

7. Gramercy Tavern
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Gramercy Tavern
#7 of 52102 restaurants in New York City, USA
42 E 20th St, New York City, New York, USA
Open now 11:30AM - 10:30PM
Ribs
Ribs

Ribs are served as a rack of beef, veal or pork, which diners customarily tear apart by hand, then eat the meat from the bone.

Gramercy Tavern offers dishes of contemporary and traditional American cuisine, as well as a constantly changing seasonal menu from the chef Michael Anthony. Delicious oysters, lobster salad, ribs, and beef tartare are offered along with specialty cocktails and an extensive wine program.

A special Thanksgiving menu is offered at a set price. Choose a lobster tartelette or a chicory salad as an appetizer. Main dishes include roast turkey, halibut or braised beef short rib, and you can select among the four dessert options as well. This restaurant is a good choice for a family celebration or dinner for two, as it is known for unparalleled service and has earned nine James Beard Awards.

8. Cote Korean Steakhouse
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COTE Korean Steakhouse
#33 of 5021 steak restaurants in New York City, USA
16 W 22nd St, New York City, New York, USA
Open now 5PM - 11PM
Stew
Stew

A stew is a slowly cooked dish made from different types of meat and vegetables. The dish can include such ingredients as gelatinous, sinewy cuts, onions, carrots, celery, etc. It was originally a common food for poorer people because its ingredients were cheap.

This Korean steakhouse is a must-visit hotspot, as it is rightfully considered one of the best steakhouses in New York. Ribeye, BBQ beef and stew are the absolute favorites in this Michelin-starred restaurant, and the service is exceptional. If you are looking for an enhanced culinary experience this Thanksgiving, give this place a try.

Cote offers its guests classic American dishes with traditional Korean accoutrements. A special Thanksgiving menu includes turkey, braised short ribs and beef with savory accompaniments at a fixed price of $85, and if you want to celebrate in the comfort of your home, a go-to menu is available. Do not forget to choose a good wine from a 1200+ label list.

New York fascinates people with its vibrant atmosphere, a unique blend of cultures and, of course, delicious cuisines from all around the globe. Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, try new interpretations of traditional dishes and keep exploring what the city has to during the holiday season!

Have you already chosen a restaurant for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dining experience with your loved ones? Let us know in the comments below.

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