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Budget dining on Thanksgiving, somewhere/anywhere!?

A last minute change of plans have us in NYC on Thanksgiving. I have been searching about what "Thanksgiving esk" specials in the $20-35 and under price range meals are available to make a reservation for 5 on Thanksgiving day. (we have some budget constraints but still want to go where the food is what it is all about)

Came up with these:
Kefi
Ponty Bistro
The Smith

After reading about these on this site they don't sound like solid options.

I have been on several sites to see Thanksgiving specials and checked opentable. All these restaurants are just names to me and getting restaurant rec's on an everyday basis doesn't help because they may not be open or no reservations left. I would prefer to have a reservation set up before the trip. Any neighborhood in Manhattan is fine.

Any help is appreciated! Open to ideas that might be unusual/untraditional.

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Kefi
505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Ponty Bistro
218 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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  1. You want to spend max of $35 per person...does that include tax, tip, and wine/drinks?

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      When we lived in New York our fall back was always Chinatown. You can probably find someplace lively and festive, order as many courses as you like and totally over do it (that's the Thanksgiving-esque part), then walk it off. Have a happy holiday!

    2. I would think outside the box and eat in Chinatown

      1. Hmmm I was thinking that if it were a prix fix meal/and or all food together would be $35 max per person so tax/tip wasn't included. We might just skip drinks to save.

        Chinatown could work, what is your favorite in this price range and do they take take/honor reservations at any of these restaurants? (It would have to be authentic, clean and not all szechuan/spicy - we have one pregnant and two chinese people attending.)

        1. Anything here jump out? The Bubby's one looked good to me.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/745700

          Also if you are willing to go to Brooklyn, Prime Meats is having a deal but I don't know if they have space left.
          http://frankspm.com/thanksgiving.html

          1. Cafe Espanol on Carmine is doing a $24.95 dinner and The Black duck has a $45.00 dinner.
            Both good places.
            Rae305

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            Cafe Espanol
            78 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014