Thanksgiving Day in New York City is the next best thing to Christmas, maybe even bigger. It’s our traditional day to give thanks for our bounty and a great way to spend it is feasting on the bounty of Manhattan’s top restaurants.
Perhaps, surprising to many, Manhattan restaurants go out of their way to offer prix fixe dinners for couples and families who would rather spend the day doing anything but cooking.
Between the shopping, cooking and clean up, it’s just too much to deal with for many.
In fact, millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are more likely to dine out for special occasions than any other demographic, according to a study by Restaurant Marketing Labs.
They not only spend more dining out than non-millennials, but more than 87 percent of those surveyed by the marketing company said they will “splurge on a nice meal, even when money is tight.”
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Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro Taps New Chef John Creger for Special Dinner
Newly appointed Executive Chef John Creger will be overseeing Thanksgiving Day dinner at Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro in Murray Hill. Known for its wine and cheese, the restaurant will offer a five-course tasting menu for $85 per person.
The restaurant will also offer a special two-course Kids menu for $65 per child.
The menu’s first course will offer a choice of pumpkin velouté or acorn squash ravioli followed by either a foie gras torchon or smoked trout salad. The fish course offers a choice between Halibut or Salmon.
For the main entree, Artisanal will offer a traditional dish, Amish roasted turkey served with chorizo cornbread stuffing, autumn vegetables and a cranberry ginger coulis. For those looking to break with tradition, Creger is also preparing a decadent filet mignon with sweet potato puree, charred Brussel sprouts and black truffle butter.
To cap off the tasting menu, Artisanal will offer a pumpkin praline cheesecake that’s a unique take on classic peanut butter and jelly, or an autumn ice cream selection of Vanilla Pumpkin, Maple Bacon or Chai iced cream.
Guests will also receive a complimentary wine and cheese basket.
Open: 10:00 AM- 1:00 AM
Location: 2 Park Avenue New York, NY
Good Enough to Eat Serves Its Specialty, Roast Turkey, for Thanksgiving Feast
Good Enough to Eat, a celeb favorite, knows how to throw a Thanksgiving Day feast. It has served fresh roasted turkey every day for the past 34 years. It’s prix-fixe dinner costs $59 per person; children eat for half-price.
The menu is traditional, including mashed potatoes, herb bread & apple Stuffing, roasted Brussel sprouts and roasted string beans with fennel seeds. The main course will include Schatzie’s herb roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry relish.
Pastry Chef Michele Weber is baking signature scratch-made pies including pumpkin, pecan chocolate, pecan pie or an apple cranberry crisp.
Good Enough to Eat will be seating guests at 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:00 pm. If you can’t make it in, you can order out. Thanksgiving meals to go must be ordered by 4 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 24 and picked up Wednesday, Nov. 25th by 5 pm.
Location: 520 Columbus Ave. at 85th St.
Reservations: 212-496-0163 ext. 0
Takeout, Bakery orders call 212-496-0163, ext. 5; ask for Chef Michele
Il Valentino Osteria Serving a Tuscan-Style Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Il Valentino Osteria, a Tuscan-style Italian restaurant that recently opened on the Upper East Side, will be serving a special a la carte menu that includes both a traditional turkey entree and an Italian-American alternative.
The menu starts with corn chowder soup, or antipasti, a tuna roll made with yellow fin tuna and served with an eggplant compote. Known for its hand-made pastas, the restaurant will serve either a pumpkin ravioli, gnocchi with walnuts and gorgonzola cheese, or risotto with wild mushrooms.
It’s traditional entree will be whole roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing. It’s Italian- American alternative will be a lamb shank osso buco with mashed potatoes or branzino with artichokes, sun-dried tomato capers in a white wine sauce and cuscus.
To cap off the meal, diners have the option of enjoying either banana pie or fresh berries.
Open: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Location: 1078 1st Ave. at 59th St.
Edi & the Wolf Offering an Austrian Spin on Thanksgiving Dinner
Edi & the Wolf is offering an Austrian spin on Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s prix-fixe features its contemporary take on Bavarian fare with a turkey-day twist. Dinner will be served from 1 pm. to 9 pm for $63 per person.
Menu highlights include scallop crudo, with black scallops, garlic, potato dill toast; beef tartare with charred cucumber, dill and fennel; spaetzle
a dish that includes Brussel sprouts, butternut squash and poached egg.
Turkey for two includes white sweet potatoes, celery and lingonberry. Turkeys are locally raised from Hemlock Hill Farm in Cortlandt, Hudson Valley in upstate New York.
The menu also offers a seafood alternative, poached cod with sun-choke puree, citrus beurre blanc and celtuce.
Pumpkin pie cheesecake rounds out the menu with whipped cream and pumpkin seed praline.
Location: 102 Avenue C in Manhattan
Reservations: email email@example.com, or visit OpenTable online.
Call: 212 598 1040
Juniper Bar Offering a Four-Course Prix Fixe Dinner in Midtown West
Juniper Bar in Midtown West will offer a four-course prix fixe dinner for $45 per person, featuring a selection of soups and salads to start. The course includes cream of mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, a baby arugula salad with sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, roasted walnuts and sherry vinaigrette, or a roasted beet tartare.
Appetizers include a choice of croque monsieur spring rolls, or French onion fondue.
The sophisticated, multi-leveled restaurant and bar’s entrée course offers herb-roasted turkey, red wine braised short ribs, or sweet potato gnocchi. Desserts include a pumpkin cheesecake, or a warm pecan pie a la mode.
Open: 11:30 AM–4:00 PM
Location: 237 West 35th St., btwn 7th & 8th Aves.
T-Bar Steak & Lounge Serving Classically Chic Thanksgiving Day Dinner
T-Bar Steak & Lounge, a classically chic Upper East Side restaurant, is offering a special Thanksgiving Day prix fixe dinner for $78 per person.
The three course menu features a choice of pumpkin soup, T-Bar’s signature chopped salad, yellow fin tuna tartare, grilled tiger prawns, beet and endive salad, or a cheese and pear strudel.
The main course offers a choice of Amish roasted turkey, ricotta cavatelli, grilled Irish salmon, crispy Long Island duck or a 10-ounce grilled filet mignon.
T-Bar’s dessert bar includes its specialty, banana parfaix mille feuilles, alongside pumpkin pie, strawberry sundae, “Soltmers” chocolate mousse, or warm apple crisp.
Open: 1:30 PM-7:30 PM
Location: 1278 Third Ave. Btwn 73rd St & 74th Sts.
Villagio on the Park Offers Refined Cuisine, Central Park Views on Thanksgiving
Villagio on the Park, known for its refined cuisine and Central Park views, is serving a Thanksgiving Day dinner from a special four course prix fixe menu for $80 per person.
The restaurant, which fuses traditional Italian with American nouveau cuisine, will serve grilled octopus or mozzarella burrata with Norwegian smoked salmon for Antipasti.
Primi options include homemade Maine lobster ravioli or risotto frutti di Mare made up of bay scallops, Manilla clams and Alaskan wild salmon. The main course includes a choice of traditional Thanksgiving roasted turkey, prime NY sirloin, Chilean sea bass or lamb chops.
For dessert, Villagio will offer diners a choice of apple pie, grand marnier chocolate ganache cake and pumpkin pie among others.
Open: 11:30 AM-11:30 PM
Location: 40 Central Park South, btwn 5th & 6th Aves.
China Fun Opens Thanksgiving Day for Far-East Alternative
Looking for an alternative to Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing? The Upper East Side’s China Fun will be open all-day serving customers from its wide ranging menu of delicacies from various regions of China.
The eclectic menu, created by the Wu family and executed by Executive Chef Wing Fong Chen, is highlighted by dim sum, soup dumplings, Cantonese BBQ, noodles, wok dishes and other options. The landmark restaurant has been operated under the direction of the Wu family and Chef Wing Fong Chen since it opened.
Open: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Location: 1221 Second Avenue at 64th St.