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10 Great Spots for Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Try one of NYC's cozy, classic and creative restaurants for special seasonal delights or international twists on traditional favorites this Thanksgiving.

Visiting New York City can feel like home at this time of the year in one of these cozy, classic and creative restaurants—many of which will serve special seasonal delights on November 27, as well as a few international twists on traditional favorites.

BLT Steak New York—The famed Midtown East restaurant, where Certified Black Angus and USDA Prime steak have a prominent place on the menu, will feature roasted turkey, striped bass, and, of course, prime rib on its Thanksgiving menu. Not one to forget decadent sides, Thanksgiving dinner comes complete with all the fixins, including Brussels sprouts with Cippolini, bacon and honey; creamed spinach; mashed potatoes; and sweet potato gratin. Check out the complete menu here.

Boulud Sud
Boulud Sud (Courtesy Boulud Sud)

Boulud Sud—Arguably the fanciest of Chef Daniel Boulud’s NYC outposts, this Mediterranean eatery’s Thanksgiving goods will include elegant items like Tuscan Kale Salad to start, red wine braised short rib as an entrée option, as well as hand-carved traditional turkey, and a slew of mouthwatering desserts—naturally. Added bonus? With a prime location near Lincoln Center, patrons can check out the famed complex’s holiday decorations before or after their meal. View the complete menu here.

Cafe el Presidente
Cafe el Presidente (Courtesy Cafe el Presidente)

Cafe el Presidente—A budget-friendly Thanksgiving menu, chalk full of Mexican staples—including Turkey Cazuela (served with fresh-made tortillas), rice and heirloom beans, pumpkin soup, Corn Esquites, salsas, and pickled veggies, and pumpkin tres leches cake, plus a special Thanksgiving cocktail—will be served at this casual Flatiron District restaurant.

Chez Josephine
Chez Josephine (Courtesy Chez Josephine)

Chez Josephine—To continue the tour of global cuisine, foodies can add a touch of French flare to their holiday plans at this romantic Midtown West destination—a hop, skip and a jump from the Theater District. Diners can nosh on delectable bites from the restaurant’s four-course menu of fancy French fare, like terrine de foie gras, alongside traditional favorites such as free-range Vermont turkey, while surrounded by images of the restaurant’s namesake, famed performer Josephine Baker. Tres magnifique! View the complete menu here.

Dopo East Ristorante
Dopo East Ristorante (Courtesy Dopo East Ristorante)

Dopo East Ristorante—Housed in a brownstone on the chic Upper East Side, those that have a hankering for Italian delights on November 27 can get their fix at this intimate eatery, where regional Italian fare—like pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter sauce, toasted walnuts and crispy sage—gets equal billing with traditional festive favorites on the special Thanksgiving menu. Want to know more? Click here.

Heartland Brewery
Heartland Brewery (Courtesy Heartland Brewery)

Heartland Brewery—Nothing beats tossing back a cold one on Turkey Day, and this American-style brewpub, with locations throughout Manhattan, will serve a four-course, traditional Thanksgiving meal. Wash it all down with the Smiling Pumpkin Ale on tap. Want to know more? Click here.

The Marshal
The Marshal (Courtesy The Marshal)

The Marshal—Boasting a farm-to-table dining experience, this Hell’s Kitchen restaurant will offer a three-course prix fixe menu of holiday favorites and some creative originals—including wood oven-roasted DiPaola Farm turkey and everyone’s much-loved side dishes. View the complete menu here

Philip Marie—This West Village eatery (perfect for wine-lovers, as it boasts a list of more than 50 wines from around the globe, as well as fans of New American fare) will delight patrons on November 27 with an extensive menu of holiday offerings, including baked brie, Philip’s “All-Time Favorite” roasted butternut squash soup, roasted & studded pineapple ham, and braised Buffalo ragout with wild mushrooms. Best part? The menu includes a package of leftovers—just like dinner at Mom’s! Check out the complete menu here.

Tavern on the Green (Courtesy Tavern on the Green)
Tavern on the Green

Tavern on the Green—After a nearly five-year hiatus, this Big Apple institution is back on the NYC dining scene. Located in Central Park, the building—which dates back to 1870—first housed the sheep that grazed in the park’s Sheep Meadow. From noon to 10 pm, guests can experience traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, plus soup, salad, dessert and a glass of champagne.

Virgil's Real Barbecue
Virgil's Real Barbecue (Courtesy Virgil's Real Barbecue)

Virgil’s Real Barbecue—Who says summer is the best time to enjoy barbecue? At this Midtown West outpost, visitors can sample a finger-lickin-good family style feast of smoked turkey with giblet gravy; cornbread, sausage and pecan stuffing; buttermilk biscuits and more. Check out the full menu (also available to-go) here.