By Jenni Giglio
Staying in the city this Thanksgiving? Why not check out these fabulous choices for a great not-so-home-cooked Thanksgiving meal? Let’s face it, dry turkey and soggy stuffing is not really all it’s cracked up to be. As New Yorkers, we are all thankful for the abundance of amazing food options; enjoy the list below for a fabulously flavor-filled Thanksgiving weekend!
34 East 61st St
Photo by Eric Laignel
Described on its website as a “Classic New York” venue, this chic Upper East Side restaurant offers a three course Thanksgiving Menu available for brunch for $250 or dinner, $115.
Bistro Les Amis
180 Spring Street
This SoHo French bistro will be serving a $42 dinner on Thanksgiving. There is also an a la carte menu available.
767 2nd Ave
Try a Tuscan inspired feast at this midtown location; their three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu is offered for $55 (children $25)
Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W. 57th St
Great for foodies, this spot has a ton of options featuring a three course menu with many choices for each course. The fare includes traditional Thanksgiving dinner choices, as well as more modern options. $49 per person, half price for children under 12.
100 E. 53rd St.
A three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu includes choice of appetizer, entree (turkey, prime rib, salmon or risotto) and dessert for $46. Children under 12 are half price, and they will also be serving brunch on Thanksgiving until 2:30 with an a la carte menu.
Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia St.
With a rich history and plenty of imagination, this hip West Village restaurant offers an outside of the norm experience and a solid menu with a $65 Thanksgiving dinner from 2-8 p.m.
19 W. 49th St.
Try battling the tourists in Rockefeller Center and get a table at this stunning rink-side spot. The opulent three-course Thanksgiving dinner menu features extensive fish options, as well as traditional Thanksgiving dinner choices for $79 per person. A three course children's menu is available for $35 per person.
72 W. 36th St.
Try this four-course Thanksgiving dinner being served at Keen's Steakhouse for $89 per person, $46 for children under 12. Labeled a “steadfast institution for urban carnivores” by New York Magazine, the menu includes Lobster and Prime Rib, as well as more traditional Thanksgiving choices.
89 Greenwich Ave.
This West Village restaurant offers a $68 four-course prix-fixe menu. A two-course children's menu is available for $29. Good is an intimate restaurant that serves high quality food. There will be four seatings for Thanksgiving dinner from 1p.m.-7:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
The Red Cat
227 Tenth Ave.
Looking for a major departure from turkey and ham? Try the thanksgiving dinner prix-fixe for $65 at this Mediterranean dig. Seatings from 3-9 p.m. Children under 12 are $45.
If you’d rather take part in a tradition other than expanding your waistline, here are the details of our magnificent parade!
85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Balloon Set Up
November 23rd 3-10pm
For a real New York experience go check out the gargantuan balloons as they are inflated. It’s best to arrive no later than 7am to avoid the crowded rush to pack it in. The set up takes place on either side of the American Museum of Natural History, on 77th and 81st Streets between CPW and Columbus from 3-10 pm on Wednesday, November 24th.
Thursday, November 24, 2011 9am-12pm
Route and Where to Stand: The parade starts on Central Park West and 77th Street, however, it’s best to watch further down 7th Avenue away from Columbus Circle. Pick a sunny spot down on 7th Avenue between Times Square and Macy's on 34th Street.