The 14 Best NYC Restaurants To Celebrate Thanksgiving

Where do you go for Thanksgiving if you can't go see the folks? A lot of people will host Friendsgivings, but that's not always an option in tiny NYC apartments which may have limited dining space and even less for cooking. The joke of Manhattan efficiency, sadly, stopped being funny a long time ago. The bright news for you is you live in the greatest city in America, so the incredible restaurants you savor are staying open to feed you and your loved ones.

While this is far from an exhaustive list of places that are open on Thanksgiving, we're looking at venues that are doing something special for the day. It doesn't have to be turkey, but it sure ought to evoke ideas of what Thanksgiving is all about: family, friends, food, and, as we discovered in our research, lots of butternut squash soup. Just... wow, gallons of the stuff, so you'd better bring your squash appetite if you dine at any of these restaurants.

To keep things fair, we're listing them in alphabetical order rather than ranking them. Who can put an objective assessment of the joy of gathering in gratitude? The important thing is you're here and the food's hot, so let's eat.


Chef/entrepreneur Laurent Tourondel's Instagram will convince you it's a good idea to visit any one of his baker's dozen restaurants, but on Turkey Day, a smart bet is L'Amico at the Eventi Hotel, where American meets Italian by way of a French chef. A three-course prix fixe at $84 per person is a good deal for food of this quality, and you can add a wine pairing for $38.

Traditionalists can go with the butternut squash, turkey, and your choice of three classic Thanksgiving pie flavors: pumpkin, apple, or pecan. But you'd be smart to mix it up a little with pasta or crispy parmesan because there are as many traditional Thanksgiving dishes in this country as there are immigration waves. In L'Amico's case, the French native Tourondel is paying homage to his Italian grandma's Sunday dinners, and a meal at the elders' places is a pretty good basis for a happy Thanksgiving if you ask us.

Amy Ruth's

Carl Redding grew up cooking alongside his grandmother, Amy Ruth Moore Bass while visiting her every summer in Alabama. When he opened a Southern restaurant to feature all she'd taught him, naturally he named it Amy Ruth's in homage to her. And while he might have absorbed all these cooking lessons in the hotter months, we can't thank of anything that says autumn holidays like a place that's modeled after a visit to Grandma's. When you can't be with your family for Thanksgiving, you can spend it with the Bass family's testament to a beloved matriarch and the life she led.

Approaching its 25th year of business, Amy Ruth's walls also document centuries of Black achievement, from Frederick Douglass to Muhammad Ali to Barack Obama, which may prompt some thankful discussions and reflections.

Amy Ruth's $40 prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu offers you a choice of turkey with cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce or honey-glazed ham, along with two sides, a soft drink, and a peach cobbler or banana pudding dessert. The Harlem institution also offers meal platters for anyone who wants to entertain at home but doesn't want to cook... or just recognizes Amy Ruth's can do it much better.

Fine & Rare

Couples visiting NYC, here's your swanky spot to do something special this Thanksgiving. At $130 per head and $75 for a child, Fine & Rare's Thanksgiving prix-fixe price might prohibit everyone in a larger gathering from saying yes, but for a small group or a solo diner, here's an escalated experience. Why not splurge on a special occasion if you're thankful you're not buried in family obligations? Similar to L'Amico's, above, you'll find a mixture of classic Thanksgiving staples (in new twists, like a butternut squash risotto or smoked maple syrup in a honey nut squash soup) and showy Italian innovations — one offering brings the mountains to the sea by flavoring an octopus carpaccio with 'nduja aioli. Not something you'd get at home, even if your nonna goes all out.

The midtown luxe venue is hosting live music all day, with two sets by the Swan Band and one by the Kelly Green Trio, so this might be more a place for a lively vibe than conversation and catch-up. For all the enticements on the menu and entertainment on the stage, the dessert options might be the real draw. Four impossible-to-choose options will make this the perfect spot to take a date with a sweet tooth.

Flatiron Room

At first, The Flatiron Room is remarkably similar to what's been seen in founder Tommy Tardie's other holding, Fine & Rare: live jazz, a traditional Thanksgiving prix-fixe (here the soup's kabocha) mixed with Italian options, and a riveting dessert list. It's not like you'll be disappointed with turkey brined in apple cider, but if you're trying to make your decision, here's what sets Flatiron Room apart as a different destination: whiskey pairings. You might balk at $45 for a 1-ounce pour (really, gang? Not even a shot, for the price of a double?) but it's difficult to deny that the options for a robustly boozy dinner are strong here.

While Four Roses Small Batch is often touted as an underpriced find that you might be better off buying by the bottle at that price, Garrison Brothers is a pricey whiskey in regular circumstances, let alone that label's small batch, and worth it in either expression. The real get, if your sommelier recommends the pairing, is probably Milam & Greene, however. The label makes a strong showing throughout The Flatiron Room's mixtures and tastings and isn't ubiquitous around this city, so go for the new experience. But beware that Texas whiskeys (even those with master distillers by way of Kentucky, such as Milam & Greene) tend to punch hard, and there's no shame in savoring that frequently recommended Four Roses.

Fresco by Scotto

If nothing will do but a full Italian meal with an all-consuming family vibe, let Marion Scotto welcome you to the family-run restaurant she's helmed since the early '90s. And you will feel the familial atmosphere, both in the warm welcome you receive and when her daughters and grandchildren pass through in their respective roles, including "President of Schmoozing," daughter Rosanna Scotto, familiar to most New Yorkers as the co-anchor on Fox 5's "Good Day New York." Despite her longstanding career at Fox 5, The Scotto Sisters' home base is also known as the NBC Commissary.

Now about that menu: Fresco by Scotto is high-end Italian despite its convivial atmosphere, and the choices are so extensive it feels almost wrong to call it prix-fixe. The turkey distinguishes itself from surrounding restaurants with rice-mozzarella stuffing, as do the brown-sugar mashed potatoes. Yes, $160 a head isn't cheap (kids are $60 each), but it's truly alluring food in midtown Manhattan, and it comes with a warm welcome from grandma that most restaurants just can't offer. It's not about how much you pay, it's about getting what you pay for, and as the Instagram outtakes from the Thanksgiving menu announcement show, you're getting a good time with stand-ins for your own wacky relatives. Besides, the always-in-demand potato and zucchini chips with gorgonzola cheese are on Thursday's offerings, so you're guaranteed to enjoy your meal.

The Fulton

Continuing with our theme of stuffings that make you say "Wowwww," like Owen Wilson, here comes The Fulton with a sourdough mushroom variation. The rest of the menu tilts towards the ocean, as you would expect from not only a seafood restaurant, but one located on South Street, just steps from the old Fulton Fish Market — which is itself recently selling fresh seafood again, among many other foods, under the banner of the Tin Building food emporium, and sister business to the Fulton.

Whether you like your maritime meal to taste Mediterranean or South Asian, The Fulton has you covered. In fact, the dishes on offer here are so light and zesty, you may just want to reserve a table for lunch before the main feast... or a late dinner following a midday family meal. Prices are $158 for an adult and $79 for a child, so only bring the family members you actually want to talk to this Thanksgiving.

The Grill

Alright, we've talked turkey. Now let's go ham. Specifically, the tasting of American hams (yes, plural) that comes with your ticket to the excesses of The Grill, a chophouse so iconic it's simply called The Grill. Don your dandiest duds and prepare to sup on wild pheasant terrine, oysters, a mushroom casserole, regular and sweet potatoes plus wild rice to max out your carbohydrate macros over 9,000, and not one, but three desserts. And no, that's not all you'll get to eat. There's more to this menu, and if you're  (impossibly) still hungry, you can ask The Grill to slap on an order of its famous (no, seriously, famous) prime rib before you walk into the sea, knowing that you'll never again enjoy food this incredible in such quantities. Too bad for you that you are now buoyant with the bulk of a satisfying Thanksgiving.

If you can't do a keg stand on an actual cornucopia, this is the next best thing. It's the kind of experience people move to NYC just to have access to. Hurry, though. Tickets are going fast to this feast even at $195.

Oh, and don't worry, the turkey's there too, in a bourbon gravy, no less.

Jacob's Pickles

Do you want to get stuffed to the gills like those fancy pants at The Grill without paying carefree prices? Do you not own a tuxedo that you can spare to spill nine kinds of ham on? Then gather at the perfect midrange joy of Jacob's Pickles. Better than fast casual, and more relaxed than almost all of its UWS kin, Jacob's Pickles will pack you full of square biscuits and Southern hospitality for $75 per person, or $40 if that person is between the ages of six to 12. (If you want to go a little higher up the formality ladder without sacrificing the sense of humor in this joint's happy vibe, the sister restaurant Maison Pickle is doing its own Thanksgiving special just around the corner.)

Normally, you'd queue up outside for a half hour on a weekend brunch to visit either place, but here's the chance to stroll straight on up and get to the important business of stuffing your gob full of good food.

Hot and spicy tip: The pickles really are an attraction here, so don't get so lost in your rustic gravy and whipped taters that you fail to leave room for tasting your way through the included pickle flight. Don't be surprised if you start stuffing them into your purse for midnight noshing. Oh no, look what has become of you. The pickle's allure has claimed another victim.


For when you want to dine at Jean-Georges but you can't afford to have Thanksgiving at Jean-Georges, there's Nougatine & the Terrace at Jean-Georges. You could show up Nougatine for breakfast before the big meal, and a very good breakfast it would be, but a Thanksgiving-themed meal it would not. And it's $178 per person for breakfast items which might be far from mundane, but are nevertheless an everyday selection, so you'd be lacking the Thanksgiving theme. (If that's what you're after for your first meal of the day, a little birdie told us The Landing is offering a gobbler sandwich all through November... just not Thanksgiving itself, when it's closed.)

Rather than trying to convince yourself that the best eggs and a bagel with lox on the East Coast could, perfection notwithstanding, be worth three figures, opt-in for lunch. At that meal, you'll delight your senses with some higher-end ingredients like foie gras, Maine lobster, and maitake mushrooms, none of which you don't trust yourself to make properly at home. (Though if you do think your cooking can compete with the chefs worthy of working under legend Jean-Georges Vongerichten, please invite the Tasting Table family over to your house for a Friendsgiving.) And, of course, there's the ubiquitous squash soup. This one's secret ingredient is shiitake mushrooms, which you have to admit is something different.

Parker and Quinn

If Nougatine gives you sticker shock, well, your first step is to get okay with splurging sometimes on an experience by a generational talent. The next step is to acclimate to that with a more manageable $65 a head. Parker and Quinn has a classy and classic décor that somehow manages to be cozy despite lots of tile and wall décor that wouldn't be out of place in a jazz-age parlor.

Kids are the best deal yet at $25 each, but the real reason to bring them here might be that Parker and Quinn are very friendly to those with food allergies, making its menu pretty forthright about its ingredients and offering vegetarian and gluten-free choices that won't disappoint, as you'll see from the Thanksgiving menu.

Something else you'll see: The coconut milk and wild mushroom soup on offer might not be a true tom Kha, but hey, at least we've finally found a prix-fixe soup that isn't squash! Don't worry, the menu includes a cider-brined turkey breast, and one of your two dessert options is pumpkin pie, so we're still on-brand.

The Standard, East Village

What The Standard's East Village location offers, you're just not going to find anywhere else in this list. For starters, it's outdoor dining in the hotel's Winter Garden, but you'll be dining in heated yurts so the New York November night doesn't freeze you to the bone.

Food-wise, you're eating family style rather than pick-one-and-done. And, yeah, you can get your roast turkey, a staple we've made a great deal of in this list. But if you struck that from The Standard, East Village's Thanksgiving menu, we would still recommend it because of how many autumnal and indigenous ingredients really make this shared meal authentic. For every pistachio or pomegranate from abroad, there are two pumpkin seeds, cranberries, delicata squash, maple vinaigrette, or the often overlooked lobster and the corn that dominated northeastern cuisine before one got expensive and the other got supplanted by flour.

Vegetarians in particular, take note, there's a vegeducken comprised of butternut squash, eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms with gravy in a ballotine that the menu takes a moment to reassure, "Don't worry, I've made this before and it's great." Dine without fear, you noble herbivores.

Pretty great eating for $75, we'd say, but drinks are separate. Ah, well. If that's how they get you, the getting is good.

Sushi Lab

Let's blow it up. Where would you go if turkey weren't a must-have? Some people can't be bothered with the stuff, others are pescatarians, and a few people just like what they like. Well, since all of those people like sushi and sushi is delicious, let's turn our eyes over to The Standard's nearby neighbor Sushi Lab East Village. The newly opened outpost of Sushi Lab is about six months old, and already beloved for its omakase options of 12 courses for $65 or 15 for $100. That puts this $100 Thanksgiving meal exactly in line with the location's everyday offering for greater indulgence.

No word on what the exact menu will be, which isn't surprising at a place that's shopping for fish as fresh as possible, but the Sushi Lab reservation page does promise this omakase experience is a special one. Book it and take the chance. What's the worst that happens, you enjoy a delicious, non-squash-themed Thanksgiving dinner? You're eating decadent, roundly praised omakase in N.Y.C. on a holiday, so you've already got plenty to be thankful for.


What's left to be said about Sylvia's? The Harlem landmark's name embodies a neighborhood and launched its own national grocery line conjures up a flight of images and other sensations simply by saying its name. The Queen of Soul Food's family and staff carry on her legacy, greeting customers in conversation book-ended by a warm welcome and a genuine goodbye. All of this is a daily feature of the 60-year-old Lenox Ave mainstay, but on Thanksgiving, it can be the final touch that's needed to make the holiday feel like we're all connected and obligated to one another. We can't lie; the '20s are a rough decade all around, so the community and connection that Sylvia's provides through its regular neighborhood celebrations and scholarship program are all things to be grateful for.

Okay, but let's not forget the food. You don't stay the number-one name in the game by serving up any old stuff. Sylvia's Thanksgiving menu gives guests a chance to try two items, not on the usual slate: roast turkey with cornbread stuffing, and glazed ham with pineapple sauce. Both go for $45, while several items familiar from the daily menu are at $35 tiers, some with a price bump you won't grumble about paying, because people had to work on a holiday to make it. Kids are an absolute steal at $18. Of course, you could also do a family-style gathering for $50 a head ($20 for kids) and sample everything. And you should!


Vestry is a Michelin-starred SoHo spot with an elegance far beyond the cobblestones, dingy alleys, and whatever slick consumerist walking mall has replaced boho chic. Put simply: SoHo has been a destination for quite some time, yet Vestry is one of its few restaurants that looks like you had better don those couture designer clothes you bought around the corner if you want entry.

Once you're dressed for access, as well as anxiety that you're going to spill butternut squash soup — this one employs buckwheat — on your designer outfit, settle in for a meal that will out-luxe your tux. Vestry's Turkey Day dining goes classic with chestnut stuffing, but there are three entrancing seafood options as well. Still, you don't ever see beef cheeks on a menu, so we say go for the novelty. If you're going to eat offal, eat it somewhere that ensures it won't be awful. We're willing to bet chef Shaun Hergatt's able skills will serve you something tender with a rich, beefiness that does wonderful dance steps cheek-to-cheek with the honshimeji mushrooms included.

Because if there's one thing every New Yorker is thankful for, it's the chance to try it all here.