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I am going to be in Manhattan Thanksgiving weekend this year, and was wondering what the restaurant situation would be like (i.e, will many be closed, are there some that are busy?). I have never eaten anywhere but home on Thanksgiving so I am pretty clueless as to how eating outthat day goes. I have been to New York quite a few times, so I am pretty familiar with the dining scene. Does anybody have any specific Thanksgiving recommendations that they have had experience with? Any bad experiences? Am I just out of luck?

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  1. You can check Opentable.com for restaurant availability. I have had wonderful Thanksgiving dinners at Bouley for the past few years. I think this year I'm going to try Aureole (if they're open). Many restaurants have special dinners; others have their regular menu (usually with a turkey option).

    1. The Thanksgiving dinner at Chubo on the Lower East Side is amazing. Have been three years in a row and we're going back this year. I dream of their turkey three ways. Not sure if they're taking reservations yet.

      1. The restaurants I know for certain are always closed on Thanksgiving Day are those owned by Danny Meyer: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern, Tabla, and Blue Smoke.

        One place that is always open is Cibo, a very nice neighborhood restaurant, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St. They offer a special menu and, as the holiday approaches, will post it on their website: http://cibonyc.com

        1. Thanks for the feedback everyone, I don't know if we will go for the traditional turkey or maybe buck tradition all the way, we'll see!

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          1. re: notgreg

            Do most of these restaurants serve a "traditional" Thanksgiving menu or their regular menus?

            1. re: notgreg

              When we dined at David Burke & Donatella's a few months ago, we asked if they would be open on Thanksgiving and they said yes they would have a special menu for that date.
              We were very pleased with our meal.

              1. re: notgreg

                Some restaurants serve a special Thanksgiving Day menu. Others may offer their regular menu + an option for a turkey plate with the traditional trimmings.

                OpenTable has started posting a list of restaurants that are serving onT-Day with some info.

                http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m...

            2. Savoy in Soho celebrates regional, locally-sourced products and has a traditional menu. Very cozy as well.