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Nov 9, 2009 05:12 AM

A modest Thanksgiving out for two

Anyone have any ideas for a nice place to go for Thanksgiving? There will just be two of us, and we don't need lots of fanfare or an elaborate meal. Just a pleasant environment with some good food. Not too expensive... we won't be drinking, so maybe $30 per person. Downtown is preferable... but we're willing to travel for the right place. Thanks for any thoughts you have.

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  1. I'm sure other folks will be able to give you more specific recs, but OpenTable has a nice list of restaurants that are even open on Thanksgiving 2009.

    I've only ever gone to Craftsteak for Thanksgiving, which was very good but also very pricey.

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    1. re: NYAngeleno

      Thanks. I did take a look at Open Table, but for the most part it was a bit pricey. Might just be the only game in town on Thanksgiving.

      1. re: hellomarisa

        Marseille has a 3-course prix fixe for $36.50. I had TG dinner there a few years back and while it was not remarkable, it was good and the atmosphere was nice. Service was good, too.

        1. re: visciole

          Thanks, I'll check out Marseille. I'm also thinking that doing a non traditional "ethnic" meal might be a good option.

    2. According to Serious Eats, Casimir would hit your price point (most other places don't), but I've never eaten then so I can't comment on the food itself.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks for the recommendation. Casimir looks a little uninspiring, but I guess at that price point we aren't going to be wowed. I've posted on the Outer Borough board looking for something that might be a bit more fun and non-traditional, as I don't think we'll get much in the way of a traditional meal for that price. Who needs turkey anyway!

      2. I was just over on the west side and noticed that Josephina (on B'way across from Lincoln Center has a T'day Prix Fixe at $39, excluding tax and tip. While over you original requested price point, it's one of the more reasonable offerings I've seen for a well located resto on T'day.

        1. I just looked at Open Table and there seem to be 2 main price points, $39.95 and $70ish.

          So 30 would be hard but there is a lot at $39 before tax and tip... so $50 all in

          1. Amy Ruth's in Harlem has what looks to be a very nice meal for less than 30 bucks, and everyone I talked to there was so friendly - no reservations...

            unfortunately my MOTHER-IN-LAW DOES have reservations...about Amy Ruths! which has me in a non-holiday mood, so I'm off to inquire about other choices.

            she has it in her head that we should go to EJ's Luncheonette, which is 16 bucks. But when I was arguing against it (b/c I wanted to go to Amy Ruths) she suddenly attached to Nick's, a Greek Place which will cost double. Oh my.

            Maybe I need some outer borough suggestions too....

            Amy Ruth's
            113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

            EJ's Luncheonette
            1271 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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            1. re: Ayun

              Ayun, EJ's and Amy Ruth's are open for Thanksgiving?

              Amy Ruth's
              113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

              1. re: funniduck

                yes, funniduck, they're both open - neither take reservations, though. I think I may try to see if the lady would be amenable to being hauled down to casimir on ave B, also open, and w/in my purse at 19.95 a person.