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I'm looking for a moderately priced spot that would be festive for Thanksgiving Eve for a group of friends - somewhere along the Eastside, lower or upper. I know that several places have Thanksgiving menus, but not so sure about Xgiving Eve. Suggestions appreciated.

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  1. If you want moderate & festive, I suggest going to the Westside, grabbing a bite at Shake Shack & walking over to the AMNH, & watching them blow up the Thangsgiving Parade balloons. It doesn't get much more festive than that.

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    1. re: Rmis32

      Festive, yes, also extremely crowded. Be prepared for lots of one way traffic, slow moving crowds, police officers directing you down detours in the opposite direction of your destination, and every restaurant to be absolutely slammed by 6-7pm.

      1. re: kathryn

        that is putting it mildly

        1. re: rkaene

          I definitely want to avoid the parade. By festive I meant a place with seasonal decoration - even if it's minimal - and seasonal drinks and food, e.g. turkey and pumpkin pie.

          1. re: StuartMac

            Square Meal, perhaps?

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            Square Meal
            30 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

          2. re: rkaene

            I used to live right there, and it was always a nightmare being able to walk back to my own home after work.

      2. The restaurants which have T'day special menus will also be open T'day eve with their regular menus. That said, their T'day decorations will already be in place. You asked for Lower or Upper East Side - I'm in the middle. I would check the menu at Cibo. La Mangeoire can be pricey a la carte, but good on the prix fixe.

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        Cibo
        767 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017

        La Mangeoire
        1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022