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20 New York City Restaurants Where You Can Celebrate the Holidays

Why fuss when you can let top chefs like Daniel Boulud and Tom Colicchio handle the pressure of holiday cooking?
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Whether you're looking to get pampered at the city's fanciest restaurant or you want to get your perfectly cooked turkey and sides via take-away, New York City's dining scene will ensure that you have a holiday that's truly something to be thankful for. To make things even easier, we've rounded up the top New York City restaurants where you can forget about cooking on the holidays and just focus on enjoying your holiday feast.

Daniel


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At Daniel Boulud's two -Michelin-starred flagship, Executive Chef Jean-François Bruel's three-course menu ($205 per person with $95 optional wine pairing) includes highlights like Maine lobster salad with hearts of palm, pepper-crusted Elysian Farm lamb chops, heritage turkey with all of the trimmings, steamed wild turbot, and honeycrisp apple confit. The feast also includes an optional Alba white truffle pasta course for $110 as an appetizer or $165 as a main course.

60 East 65th Street, 212-288-0033

More: The History of the Macy's NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade in Photos

The Breslin


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This Michelin-starred restaurant from chef April Bloomfield will serve a four-course dinner for $95 per person, with an optional wine pairing offered for an additional $55. The meal includes an amuse bouche of candied sweet potato soup; an apple and walnut salad, a choice of turkey breast with confit turkey leg, sausage stuffing, and brussels sprouts, or curry braised monkfish stew; and pumpkin and apple galette or chocolate brioche bread pudding for dessert.

16 West 29th Street, 212-679-1939 

Le Coq Rico


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The "bistro of beautiful birds" will be taking reservations for a three-course prix fixe menu. Just for Thanksgiving, Chef Guillaume Ginther will serve menu offerings including their lauded foie gras terrine en croute, heritage roasted turkey, and pecan pie with butterscotch caramel sauce as well as a la carte sides like roasted brussels sprouts and cranberry compote. The three course adult menu will be available for $90, while a special menu for kids under 10 offers butternut squash soup with smoked duck breast, turkey, and a scoop of ice cream will come at $45 per person. 

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30 East 20th Street, 212-267-7426

Hearth


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Thanksgiving at James Beard Award-winning chef Marco Canora’s East Village restaurant will spotlight the menu’s fresh, seasonal philosophy. From 2pm-8:30 p.m., Hearth is serving a three-course prix fixe for $98 per person with an optional wine pairing. Guests can start with savory fall flavors like autumn squash soup with citrus yogurt and pear and pecorino salad with chicories, red onion, and walnuts. Traditional Thanksgiving fare will follow, with poached turkey, mushroom-leek stuffing, mashed potatoes, and roasted autumn vegetables plus an optional vegetarian pasta and fish entree for those with dietary restrictions. Top it off with delicious apple crumble with oat streusel or pumpkin mousse with cranberry compote & spiced pecans.

403 East 12th Street, (646) 602-1300

Union Square Cafe


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This Flatiron staple's Thanksgiving offerings ($145 per person) will include favorites like beef carpaccio with crispy artichokes, heritage turkey with pan gravy, herb rubbed pork rack, and New York strip steak as well as apple-cranberry mostarda, roasted delicata squash, braised greens with prosciutto and cherry peppers as well as an optional pasta course including ricotta gnocchi and butternut squash tortelli.

101 East 19th Street, 212-243-4020

Aretsky's Patroon


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The Thanksgiving menu at this Midtown East mainstay will include porcini chestnut soup with pancetta to start, traditional roast turkey, carved tableside, with cranberry kumquat sauce or roasted halibut with a lobster-yuzu sauce as well as sides like sausage herb stuffing and anise roasted squash for $95 for adults and $45 for children under 12. After dinner, head up to the heated rooftop bar and take in the big game over a glass of housemade mulled apple cider.

160 East 46th Street, (212) 973-1023

Casa Lever


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This midtown staple will be open from 12 to 9 p.m. with a special Thanksgiving menu including a squash velouté with chanterelle mushrooms and chestnuts, slow roasted turkey breast with tuna-caper sauce, lamb-filled ravioli, stuffed turkey breast with sweet potatoes and cranberries, and apple tart with candied apple and apple sorbet. A la carte options will also be available.

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390 Park Avenue

Scarpetta


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The NoMad outpost of the Scarpetta empire is offering a special four-course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving for $85 per person, including options such as butternut squash soup with pumpkin seeds or creamy polenta with truffled mushrooms; short rib & bone marrow agnolotti with garlic chip and horseradish; roasted turkey with cranberry agro dolce, sweet potato purée, and root vegetables; as well as dessert choices like a thin apple tart with cookie crumble, caramel sauce and dulce de leche gelato.

88 Madison Avenue, 212-691-0555

Dirty French


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This buzzy French bistro from Major Food Group is serving a $98 per person three-course prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day, featuring tuna tartare with harissa, trumpet royale mushroom millefeuille with butternut squash and red curry, roasted turkey breast with braised turkey leg blanquette, dirty stuffing, cranberry sauce, a pommes puree and more. A choice of pecan pie and apple tarte complete the meal.

180 Ludlow Street, 212-254-3000

David Burke Tavern


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David Burke's Upper East Side outpost will help guests give thanks with a three-course prix-fixe menu at $80 per person ($40 for children under 12.) Options will include appetizers like lobster and bay scallop chowder, ditalani mac & cheese with mushroom and olive crumble, and oysters “rock shrimp Louie" style as well as mains like classic turkey and stuffing, fall squash lasagna, and pork chops "clams casino" style will be on offer along with a selection of Burke's signature desserts.

135 East 62nd Street, (212) 988-9021

Tavern on the Green


The Central Park icon, which reopened in 2014 with a redesigned space and menu, will feature a four-course menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., including roasted free-range turkey with trimmings like sage & sausage stuffing, sun-dried cranberry conserves, glazed carrots with shaved green onions, and whipped sweet potato purée. The menu also includes celebratory dishes like roasted chateaubriand, organic Scottish salmon fillet, and vegetarian options so no one gets left out. The meal is available for $125 per adult and $65 for children 12 and under ($175 per adult for parties over 13, with an extra course included).

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Reservations for Thanksgiving Day can be made by contacting 212-877-8684.

Central Park West & 67th Street

Riverpark


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Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark, in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood, is offering a three-course, family-style meal at $135 per person ($65 for kids 12 and under) from 2 to 8 p.m. The first course options include baby kale and chicory salad, farrotto with delicata squash, pumpkin pesto, brown butter, and ricotta or beet cured salmon with crème fraîche on everything sourdough. For the main course, each table can share dishes such as roasted branzino with parsnips and pomegranate and heritage turkey with garlic and herbs accompanied by sides like brussels sprouts and apple hash, roasted cauliflower, and wild mushroom stuffing. Dessert includes pumpkin pie, pecan-apple pie, and cinnamon-sugar doghnuts as well as vanilla ice cream & pear sorbet. The full menu is available here.

450 East 29th Street (between First Ave. and the East River), 212-729-9790

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The Grill


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Major Food Group's modern revamp of the iconic restaurant will be offering an appropriately over the top five-course prix fixe menu ($195 per person) for America's number one food holiday. The meal starts with a pumpkin soup and endive and apple salad, followed by goose terrine and buttered dumplings with brussels sprouts. Next comes roasted turkey with bourbon gravy flambé (you can add some prime rib to the mix for a $79 supplement) with sides like smoked turkey leg stuffing, broccoli casserole, whipped potatoes, wild rice, and cranberry sauce. Pecan pie, pumpkin tart, or an apple stack finishes things off.

99 E 52nd Street, 212-375-9001

The Polo Bar


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If you're craving something less traditional but still cozy this Thanksgiving, head to Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar, where the regular menu of the fashion icon's favorites will be on offer including dover sole with meyer lemon butter sauce, prime filet mignon, and their legendary corned beef sandwich.

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1 East 55th Street, (212) 207-8562

Rotisserie Georgette


It only makes sense that a restaurant based on roasting fabulous fowl would be a hub for Thanksgiving deliciousness. Look to Rotisserie Georgette's three-course holiday menu ($90 per person, $45 for children ten and under) from noon to 9 p.m. for traditional favorites with elegant French accents. The meal starts with a selection of caviar or warm autumn salad followed by roasted heritage turkey with turkey sausage and sage complemented by a sweet onion and celery root stuffing, pomme purée, and cranberry orange compote. Feeling less traditional? Opt for the Double R Ranch roasted prime rib of beef with sauce béarnaise or horseradish cream and pomme purée, or whole black truffle roasted Zimmerman Farm chicken and pomme purée with black truffle.

Reservations for Thanksgiving are required and may be made by calling 212-390-8060.

14 E 60th Street

American Cut


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Iron Chef Marc Forgione's Midtown and Tribeca steakhouses are offering a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu for $85 per person. The meal will include options such as Hubbard squash ravioli with pumpkin seed gremolata and sage, Misty Knoll Farms turkeywith chestnut and sausage stuffing and gravy, twice-baked sweet potato with spiced marshmallow as well as pumpkin pie with white chocolate-cranberry ice cream.

363 Greenwich Street and 109 E 56th Street

Oceana


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This classic seafood restaurant in Midtown, just steps from the parade route, will be serving Thanksgiving dinner this year from 12 to 9 p.m. They will offer a three-course prix fixe menu ($85 for adults; $45 for children under 12) with options including shrimp bisque; autumn squash pierogi with walnuts, apple, balsamic, and sheep's milk cheese; traditional roasted organic turkey with all the trimmings; seared halibut with sunchoke, wild mushrooms, and spinach; red snapper with farro, cauliflower, and garlic herb oil,; lobster fried rice; and gnocchi with wild mushrooms. Desserts will include pumpkin cheesecake with spiced ginger almond crust and bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

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120 West 49th Street, 212-759-5941

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Carmine's


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Whether you want to eat out or cater in your "home-cooked" meal, Carmine's has it covered. This Thanksgiving, they will be serving roasted turkey with sausage and sage stuffing served with cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, sauteéd string beans with red peppers and toasted hazelnuts, baby carrots, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, and a pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. The full feast serves 6-8 people and is offered at both the Carmine's Times Square location for $274.95, the Upper West Side location for $264.95 or as take-out for $259.95

200 West 44th Street, 212-221-3800 or 2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200

Irvington


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Irvington restaurant in the W Union Square hotel will feature a special menu of holiday favorites with a culinary twist this Thanksgiving. Dishes will include a sweet potato soup with brown butter labne and cardamom, acorn squash lasagnette with ricotta, kale, sage brown butter, and hazelnuts, rotisserie turkey with whipped parsnip potatoes, cornbread and apple stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, jus, and citrus cranberry sauce and a pumpkin cheesecake mousse.

201 Park Avenue South, 212-677-0425

Café Boulud


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From 11 am to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Chef Daniel Boulud's namesake café will offer a three-course holiday prix fixe for $165 per person. Options will include delicacies like hamachi crudo, foie gras terrine, potato gnocchi, beef striploin, and free range turkey with sides such as pommes pureé, haricot vert almondine, and brussels sprouts with parsnip and whole grain mustard. Dessert options include seasonal flavors like butternut squash pie, pecan galette, and molten chocolate cake. If you crave even more decadent, a shaved truffle supplement is available for $80 for appetizers and $160 for main courses.

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20 E 76th Street, 212-772-2600

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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