From overcooked turkey to backhanded compliments and over-the-top toasts, Thanksgiving is always a production. And for so many reasons, you might not want to deal with it this year, at least not all on your own. But that doesn’t mean you need to order a pizza, draw the blinds, and put your avatar in Black Friday cyber queues. Whether you want some help with a meal at home, or you’re looking for a great spot to go out for Thanksgiving dinner, restaurants all over NYC are offering takeout and on-site specials on wines, desserts, and everything in between.
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Where To Pick Up Dinner
Short of an antacid and a reminder not to fill up on shrimp scampi, Charlie Bird has all of your Thanksgiving needs covered. Their $300 meal kit for four includes a few different vegetable sides, which are a highlight of any meal at this Soho American/Italian spot, as well as turkey breast roulade, and baked lasagna with turkey bolognese. They also offer an elaborate charcuterie board to get festivities started the right way, and various pies and gelato to finish things off. And to make sure you’re not stuck drinking spiked apple cider all night, opt to add on their wine pack, which includes three wines that pair ideally with dishes in the meal kit.
Thanksgiving dinner is nice and all, and when it’s from one of our favorite restaurants in NYC, it’s bound to be very nice. But even with large-format pull-apart bread service of their fantastic olive bread, Crown Shy knows that next-day leftovers are as enjoyable as anything you have the night before. That’s why this FiDi American spot includes a “next day sandwich kit” to make sure you take full advantage of the roast and confit turkey, and mass of fixings. The meal kit for four or eight people, as well as the optional black truffle, dessert, and two wine packages, are available for delivery on Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week.
When you think of situations that make sense for pizza night, Thanksgiving is probably pretty far down the list. But if the pizza is from Public Display Of Affection, which serves some of our favorite new pies in Brooklyn, then Thanksgiving starts to move up the charts like “That Thing You Do” after Tom Hanks took the reigns as manager. And when the Neapolitan-style sausage and mushroom pizza is accompanied by chicken confit pie, sides, dessert and a bottle of wine, it’s as appealing as just about any turkey-focused Thanksgiving special out there. Order the $150 meal kit for 4-6 people by the 23rd, and pick it up on Wednesday the 25th anytime before 9pm.
Rezdora tends to be about as close to Emilia-Romagna as you can get in NYC. And while they’ll almost certainly be playing a different type of football in Bologna than you will be on the street out front, you can still get a sense for this Italian region by ordering a meal kit or making a Thanksgiving day reservation. The takeout option includes lasagna modenese and braised turkey legs osso buco, while if you get a table inside or on their heated outdoor patio during one of the day’s four afternoon seatings, your $125 prix-fixe will include plenty of prosciutto, pastas, and entrees, as well as an optional wine pairing from their all-Italian wine list.
With a menu made up of Jamaican, West Indian, and Bahamian dishes served in steamed baos and massive roti, The Bun Hut serving roast turkey breast and mashed potatoes isn’t in the cards. Instead, the 13-dish Thanksgiving meal kits at this new LES spot include lobster empanadas, jerk turkey, and spiced pumpkin rolls filled with rum-infused cream mousse. Order the $40 per person prix-fixe for one, five, or ten people, and pick it up on the 25th between 12-8pm.
We’d never discourage you from ordering an entire meal from an ice cream shop, but generally, Thanksgiving doesn’t sound like the ideal time. That is, unless you order from La Newyorkina. This Mexican dessert shop in Greenwich Village is offering Thanksgiving specials prepared by chef Fany Gerson, with dishes like turkey tamales with mole sauce, macaroni with queso Chihuahua, and roasted acorn squash with cilantro pesto. Those, as well as the shop’s fantastic pies and desserts, can be ordered a la carte, and picked up from the 25th to the 28th.
Like the home safe in every ’90s suspense movie, Frevo is located behind a painting hanging on the wall. But rather than bearer bonds or classified documents, you’ll find a high-end French restaurant, which is offering a $380 Thanksgiving takeout menu for four people. Along with a 10-pound turkey roulade, and bread with housemade applewood smoked butter, there are optional add-ons like foie gras torchon, sea urchin toast, and a three-bottle wine pairing.
After the incident with the meat thermometer last year, let Dinosaur BBQ do the heavy lifting this time around. Place your order by Friday the 20th, and they’ll set you up with a fully smoked turkey and housemade gravy, along with heating instructions to make sure it turns out as well as the cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pies that come on the side. Call 212-694-1777 or email email@example.com to place an order, which you can schedule for pick-up on 11/24 or 11/25.
We’re not going to say that preparing Thanksgiving dinner for one would be depressing - we’ll simply say that it’d be logistically challenging. Fortunately, Houseman makes it easy by offering individually-portioned Thanksgiving meals for pick-up on Wednesday, November 25th. The $60 kit comes with eight different dishes, including stuffing and turkey two ways.
Despite a set menu that ranges from turkey with oyster mushrooms, to bread stuffing with andouille, and apple pie with cinnamon ice cream, there are no requirements for the number of people you place an order for. Get enough food just for yourself, or you and five friends, and pick up the $85 per person meal on Thanksgiving in oven-ready trays starting at noon.
Whether you think reserving turkey for one meal a year is as wrong as forcing a leap year baby to only celebrate on February 29th, or you smile and nod at the meat before beelining for the sides station, you’ll be happy ordering Thanksgiving dinner from Blue Smoke. The $120 four-person meal kit from this Flatiron BBQ spot includes two-pounds of house-smoked turkey breast with a pint of gravy and cranberry sauce, as well as two pounds each of biscuit stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole. No matter where you land on the primacy of turkey versus sides, make sure to add some pies and large format mezcal Old Fashioneds to your order, which can be picked up or delivered between 11/24-11/26.
If you don’t want to worry about finding fridge space for 20 plates of food, or reheating said food when you could be consuming wine and another Cowboys loss, order from Bubby’s in Tribeca. It’s one of the few spots in the city where you can pick up a fully prepared meal on Thanksgiving day itself. Place an order for two, four, or six people by Thursday, November 19th, and pick up dishes ranging from roasted turkey with giblet gravy to cornbread sausage stuffing and pumpkin praline pie between anytime after 8am on the 26th.
Being vegan on Thanksgiving doesn’t mean creating a deconstructed green bean casserole in the middle of dinner. Order from Fat Choy, a new Chinese spot on the LES, and your dinner will include dishes like cabbage e pepe with thin rice noodles, spicy fried cauliflower over rice, and fried apple wontons for dessert. Order the $50 per person meal kit, and optional drink add-ons (like a sake juice box), by 8pm on the 24th, and pick it up on Thanksgiving day between 10am-4pm.
This tasting menu spot in Nolita lets you do Thanksgiving relatively casually, extremely fancily, or anything in between. Order a wild boar or guinea hen a la carte for $20 per person, or opt for the $85 per person package that includes things like foie gras bread stuffing and black truffle gravy. Or if you really want to go above and beyond, scope out their add-ons menu, and throw in chips with kaluga caviar, or black truffle with an acacia wood shaver.
This high-end Lebanese spot is hosting a four-course Thanksgiving prix-fixe in their high-ceilinged dining room in Nomad, and offering a $375 to-go package for eight. If you go with the latter, you’ll be able to pick up your order - which comes with a whole turkey broken down into breasts, thighs, and wings - on Thanksgiving or the day before.
It may not be as traditional as turkey or stuffing, but housemade pasta needs to be part of any meal at Scarpetta. That’s why even on Thanksgiving, you’ll be happy the $325 meal kit from this Nomad Italian spot includes enough baked manicotti with truffle fontina fonduta sauce for four people. And don’t worry, it includes turkey and stuffing as well.
Milu is a new counter-service Chinese spot that should be at the top of your list for lunch options the next time you’re around Gramercy. And if you’re looking for a casual meal on Turkey Day, and don’t mind an absence of turkey, then you should know about Milu’s Thanksgiving specials as well. For $65 for two people, or $125 for four, each one comes with crispy-skinned Mandarin duck, Sichuan-spiced kabocha squash, shaved brussels sprouts salad, and pineapple buns with pumpkin pie filling.
This Midtown Scandanavian spot is a special occasion restaurant, and takeout on Thanksgiving is no exception. The $175 meal kit for two - which you can preorder for pickup on Wednesday, November 25th - comes with turkey prepared two ways, various sides, and optional supplements like Grand Cru Champagne and Osetra caviar.
Whether you dine-in or opt for takeout from this British restaurant in the Ace Hotel, your Thanksgiving will include pie from Bourke Street Bakery. While that guarantees your meal a fair degree of success, it’s not the only reason to go with this $240 meal for four. Others include roast and smoked turkey with sage stuffing and green bean casserole.
The Spaniard has more than 100 types of whiskeys, and they use those whiskeys to make cocktails that you’ll want to have in front of you when someone brings up the framers’ views on the electoral college at the dinner table. You’ll also want to have some of their chicken wings and pecan-studded chopped broccoli salad, which you can order with your large-format cocktails for takeout or delivery through their website.
Considering Catch Steak offers a $100 sole and a 24-ounce porterhouse for considerably more, it may come as a bit of a surprise that it has $30 bottles of cab and $35 bottles of bubbly on its delivery menu. Consider adding those to your food order, which should be heavy on starters like duck fat waffle fries and blue cheese creamed spinach, and even heavier on Snickers baked Alaska for dessert.
Where To Dine In
People doctor up their turkeys in lots of different ways, and the same can be said of chicken, but few examples of either flightless bird receive as much indulgent attention as the whole chicken at The Nomad. Between the exceptionally tender meat and crispy skin, it’s stuffed with incredibly rich foie gras and black truffles. It’s one of the very best birds (of any kind) in the city, and it comes as part of a $250 per person prix-fixe that’s served in one of the hotel’s luxury suites for up to eight people. If you’d rather stick to turkey, then opt for the $170 prix-fixe in the dining room downstairs.
Expose kids to books, and they’ll do well on their SATs. Give them rubik’s cubes, and they’ll be reassembling your computer by middle school. And give them butternut squash velouté, or ravioli de homard with Perigord black truffles at Thanksgiving dinner, and they’ll end up - French? We’re not sure about that last bit, but you can find out for yourself at this high-end French spot on the UES, which is offering an $82 prix-fixe for adults that’s half-priced for kids under 12.
There are few places in Greenwich Village, let alone NYC, that we’d rather spend a couple hours having cocktails and share plates than Dante. And when you think about it, Thanksgiving is really just drinks and share plates (and reminders why you only see your cousins once-a-year). In between a toffee apple Manhattan when you walk in, and some pumpkin eggnog before you head out, your $95 prix-fixe will include a seafood platter, turkey with apricot and sage stuffing, and, of course, a bunch of share plates for the table.
Martha May Whovier loves Christmas, Hallmark loves Valentine’s Day, and you love Thanksgiving. So you don’t just want to celebrate it once, and start the countdown again on Friday morning. Instead, keep Hearth in mind. This East Village spot is offering a $98 Thanksgiving prix-fixe on Thursday as well as Friday that includes traditional autumn appetizers and sides, turkey and stuffing, and pies.
In your family’s holiday award show, one person brings home “Best Performance In A Complaining Role” just about every year. If you want to put an end to that this Thanksgiving, go to Union Square Cafe. The big, high-ceilinged space is never too loud, the staff is helpful and attentive, and (most importantly) the food is excellent. On Thanksgiving, that food includes a four-course, $140 per person prix-fixe with dishes like beef carpaccio with sunchokes, pasta with sausage and black truffle, and turkey with pan gravy. Reservations are available for up to 10 people from 1-7pm.
Less than a block from Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, which is from the same restaurant group, is hosting a very similar Thanksgiving prix-fixe. The $140 per person menu includes traditional Thanksgiving dishes like butternut squash soup and turkey with cranberry sauce, as well as items you’d find on their normal dinner menu, like roasted oysters with swiss chard or pasta bolognese. Reservations for up to eight people are available from 1pm-7pm.
Some people like to experiment on Thanksgiving by putting turkey bacon in their sweet potatoes, while others change it up with a linzer tart . And then there’s Soogil, which is offering a four-course $65 prix-fixe that includes dishes like honeynut squash soup with duck prosciutto, scallop and poached leek skewers with pickled persimmon, and turkey roulade stuffed with foie gras. As should be the case with any meal at this East Village Korean spot, things end with a Jenga tower of Korean rice sticks that taste like gelato-covered churros.
Turkey isn’t part of the Thanksgiving experience at this Korean spot in Flatiron. If you’re still reading, then you’ll be pleased to find out that the $70 tasting menu includes a seafood platter with chilled lobster, and truffle noodles with mushrooms. And that’s before you even get to your choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, which you can choose to combine with an optional $40 wine pairing.
All of Jean-Georges’ restaurants around NYC are open on Thanksgiving. If you’re counting, that’s 11 spots in the city, plus one at JFK and another in The Hamptons where you can order from a French-influenced prix-fixe menu on-site or for takeout on Turkey Day. At The Fulton, which is on the water at The Seaport overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge, you can order turkey with sourdough mushroom stuffing, or you can stick to their specialty, seafood, like a plateau from the raw bar followed by longevity noodles with giant chunks of tender lobster.
If your standard Thanksgiving meal spent the last year galavanting around the south of France, it’d come back as the Thanksgiving prix-fixe at Danel. Mixed greens will have turned into poached lobster salad with black truffle remoulade, turkey is now served two ways with pommes Saint Florentin, and pumpkin pie has been replaced by pumpkin custard with cassis gelée and vanilla chantilly. You can enjoy all of it indoors for $245 per person, or outside for $195, with an optional $115 wine pairing.
Daniel’s more casual sibling restaurant on the other side of the park is also offering a prix-fixe inside and on its outdoor patio. The $85 version here includes three dishes of your choice, which could look like duck and foie gras wrapped in a puff pastry, followed by turkey with chestnut stuffing, and spiced pumpkin custard cake with poached cranberries and whipped cream.
From partitions to individual bubble domes over tables, spots are going to varying lengths to create personal space for diners. Perhaps no place more so than Le Crocodile. Beyond indoor and outdoor seating with lots of distance between tables, they’ve also converted 13 hotel rooms on the second floor of the Wythe Hotel into private dining areas for groups of 4-10 people. Like the heated outdoor garden and high-ceilinged dining room downstairs, these private rooms are available by reservation on Thanksgiving, when you can order the $110 per person prix-fixe ($150 upstairs) that includes dishes like sourdough stuffing with pork sausage and a carved-to-order turkey with cranberry sauce.
For anyone who’s spent too many Thanksgiving dinners sitting in a plastic chair at the kids’ table, Lafayette will be a welcome relief. The big, high-ceilinged dining room at this French spot in Noho has a ton of very comfortable booths, where you can order the $110 Thanksgiving set menu, and choose between hors d’oeuvres like beef tartare or foie gras torchon before convincing someone at your table to go halfsies with you on the roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, and dry-aged aged duck with black truffle jus.
Brooklyn Chop House
To be perfectly honest, we’ve never had Peking turkey, so we can’t say definitively what it’s like. We can, however, tell you that we’re confident it’s delicious, and when it’s from Brooklyn Chop House, our confidence rises considerably. Try it out for yourself on Thanksgiving at this FiDi steakhouse, which is offering a 14-pound Peking turkey with cranberry plum sauce and hot pancakes to-go for $195, or with enough sides and fixings for 6-8 people at a table inside or outside starting at 4pm for $295.
If you didn’t make it Quality Bistro in the six or so weeks that it was open before the shutdown, you’d be wise to get to this Midtown French spot as soon as possible. Or since Thanksgiving is around the corner, and you’re already reading this guide, just go then. From 1-8pm, you can sit on the covered and heated outdoor patio, or inside the gold-clad dining room, and debate between escargots and dry-aged cote de beouf, or roasted turkey with all the fixings while you peruse the 400-bottle French wine list.
L’Amico isn’t serving their wood-fired pizzas on Thanksgiving, but that’s OK for a couple reasons. First, it’s Thanksgiving - eat pizza any other day. And second, the main draw at this Nomad Italian spot in the Eventi Hotel is its space, which you can enjoy inside the spacious dining room, or in a curtained cabana out front. The $72 prix-fixe, which is accompanied by an optional $36 wine pairing, includes appetizers and family-style sides, as well as a wood-fired turkey with stuffing and gravy, and your choice of pie.
Whether you have a family member who tends to be one with the couch by 3pm, or you need a place for a second dinner after a botched attempt at frying a whole turkey, you should know about Loulou in Chelsea. It’s open from 9am-10pm on Thanksgiving, with a $70 per person prix-fixe that includes turkey with cognac gravy and brioche stuffing.
This Williamsburg Mediterranean spot is offering an “Everything But the Turkey” special every day but Thanksgiving from November 17 through the 29th. Make a reservation for a table in the massive, gorgeous, heated outdoor courtyard, and share dishes like spiced honey cornbread with apple butter and sweet mashed yam with pecan brûlée.
Haven at the Sanctuary Hotel
The heated, tent-covered, twinkling light-filled rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel is a good option for a Thanksgiving meal-with-a-view in Midtown. The $69 per person prix-fixe ($29 for kids) starts with your choice of appetizers, like polenta lasagna or a tuna tower, followed by turkey and sides, before finishing up with pumpkin cheesecake or dulce de leche bread pudding.
Where To Pick Up Wine
Four Horsemen is one of the best places to drink natural wine in NYC. The apartment of a friend who giggles whenever you swirl your glass is a big step down. But you can take a small step to bridging the gap by making sure you’re swirling something from Four Horsemen’s excellent wine list, which is available for takeout or local delivery every day. If you don’t feel like researching obscure Beaujolias producers on your own, opt for the “dealer’s choice” package, which comes with three or six bottles, and allows you to give notes (like telling them it’s for Thanksgiving dinner).
Parcelle already has categories for “vacation wines” and “wines to show you know what’s up.” So if you walk into this Midtown wine shop, and ask what you should bring to Thanksgiving, you can expect to hear context that’s more useful than how the meatiness of Rhone blends makes them logical pairs for gravy.
People are particular about turkey. Some like it roasted, others enjoy it fried, and plenty more prefer it replaced by just about any other land-bound animal. Whatever your preference, Ruffian is happy to play a supporting role, with an “everything-but-the-bird” meal kit that includes all of the sides you’ll need for groups of three or six, while leaving the protein up to you. Something you should leave up to our favorite wine bar in Manhattan is, well, wine, which they’ve taken care of with Thanksgiving packages of 3, 6, or 12 bottles.
Carving the turkey tableside while wearing a “today is leg day” apron is one way to make Thanksgiving feel festive. But if you really want to take things up a notch, pull out a jeroboam of wine. The corgi-sized bottle holds the equivalent to six standard ones, and as long as it doesn’t collapse your kitchen table, it’s an entertaining way of saving yourself multiple trips to the kitchen. Frenchette offers jeroboams of Beaujolais and Chablis (as well as plenty of regular-sized bottles) as part of their Thanksgiving takeout options, which also include fresh-baked pies, and a $600 meal kit for six that comes with a 14-pound pasture-raised turkey.
You may not have a visiting sommelier walking you through each wine like you would during dinner at Niche Niche, but at least you can still drink like you would at this Soho spot. That’s because their very extensive wine list, including bottles brought by rotating sommeliers in the past, is available for takeout and delivery through their website.
Loring Place is offering Thanksgiving meal kits for takeout, but whether or not you end up eating roast turkey with cider gravy from this Greenwich Village American spot, you should consider picking up one of their wine packages. All three packages - which range from a turkey-friendly red and white from their cellar for $50, to three bottles from phenomenal French producers for $240 - are available for pick-up on the 25th or 26th starting at 10am.
Look, we’re not saying you shouldn’t bring a liter of Barrio Chino’s spicy mezcal margaritas to your Thanksgiving dinner. We’re simply you should also bring a couple bottles of wine. From rosé Cava to Oregon pinot and Mexican Nebbiolo, all of the wines here are available for pick-up and delivery, and they’re all $34.