Thanksgiving might not look the same for some families this year, but these New York City restaurants still aim to make the holiday special.
Loulou176 Eighth Avenue (between West 18th and 19th Streets), Chelsea5–10 p.m.; $70 per person
Gather around Loulou's table for a prix fixe dinner like no other. The traditional turkey is elevated with black truffles, cognac gravy, and lingonberry compote, but the sides are the real stars of the night—savory butternut squash gratin topped with Gruyère and nutmeg, and jalapeño-spiced brussels sprouts sprinkled with smoked bacon bits and an apple vinaigrette.
Nerai55 East 54th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues), Midtown East1–9 p.m.; $75 per person
What does a Greek Thanksgiving dinner translate to? Something along the lines of sweet potato risotto, turkey moussaka—accompanied by tsoureki stuffing and cranberry sauce, of course—and hand-rolled baklava with pistachio gelato. Just add a table in the outdoor garden and your holiday celebration will be complete.
Photo courtesy of Nerai
Ten Hope10 Hope Street (between Roebling and Havemeyer Streets), Williamsburg
Before the big day to give thanks, make sure to fit in an epic Friendsgiving with your besties! Ten Hope is closing its doors this Thanksgiving, but the heated outdoor garden will welcome guests from November 17 to 25 to enjoy spiced honey cornbread, mashed yams with a pecan brûlée, and sweet pumpkin praline cheesecake.
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Festivál Café1155 Second Avenue (between East 60th and 61st Streets), Upper East Side
Family-style Thanksgiving menu. Open farm-to-bar with seasonal cocktails. Whiskey and wine pairings. Once you celebrate a holiday at Festivál, you'll never want to go back to overcooking turkeys and dealing with family drama again.
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Dante79-81 MacDougal Street (between West Houston and Bleecker Streets), Greenwich Village551 Hudson Street (between Perry and West 11th Streets), West Village$95 per person
What can put you in the holiday mood better than a warm mug of pumpkin eggnog? Just be sure to save some room after indulging in Dante's take on Thanksgiving dinner. Start with a refreshing plate of figs and prosciutto, followed by a seafood trio platter (clams, oysters, and shrimp cocktail). Then complete the meal with an apple mustard agave–glazed ham paired with roasted squash and buttery mashed potatoes.
Photo by Steve Freihon/Courtesy of Dante
The Rockaway Hotel108-10 Rockaway Beach Drive (between Beach 108th and Beach 109th Streets), Rockaway BeachNoon–9 p.m.; $25–$55 per person
Still having a hard time letting go of summer? Spend Thanksgiving by the water, where the ocean view is just as incredible as the featured harvest menu, from cider-brined turkey breast with bread and sausage stuffing to a sage and brown butter pumpkin agnolotti.
Nice Matin201 West 79th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), Upper West SideNoon–8:30 p.m.; $52 per person
Why cook on Turkey Day when this French-Mediterranean bistro is offering a tasty three-course dinner to enjoy instead? You will fall in love with the spiced parsnip soup, potato gnocchi, and duck leg confit…and you'll have warm memories of the apple streusel pie until Christmas.
Not cooking or leaving the house? Pick up one of Nice Matin's Carve Your Own Turkey Dinner packages that feed 8 to 10 people! (Order before November 18.)
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Socarrat Paella Bar259 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Chelsea284 Mulberry Street (near East Houston Street), Nolita953 Second Avenue (between East 50th and 51st Streets), Midtown East1–9 p.m. plus takeout; $55 per person
This isn't your typical Thanksgiving feast. Socarrat puts a Spanish twist on dinner this year, serving up family-style tapas and a turkey paella to replace your usual bird. Bring the meal full circle with chestnut and cranberry bread stuffing, fried artichokes, and cinnamon sugar churros for dessert. Don't forget the catering packages so you can celebrate at home!