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we will be staying in times square over Thanksgiving. Can anyone give me some recommendations for a moderately priced family dinner.

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  1. Could you be more specific about what you consider to be "moderately priced"--e.g, what you would want to pay per person before tax, tip and any alcohol? Also, are you willing to travel outside of Times Square, and what time of day are you looking for (afternoon vs. evening)? Keep in mind that getting out of/around the Times Square area will be madness early in the day because of the Macy's parade. For me, this would make me want to get as far away from Times Square and the parade route area as possible for eating, but being "near the action" may be the point for you.

    A substantial number of the restaurants in the city that are open for Thanksgiving do prix fixe menus for that day, so it will be pretty easy to know in advance whether something will come in at your price point (and if you don't get answers right away, you might want to bump this post in a few weeks--restaurants will start posting their Thanksgiving menus/pricing in early-mid October).

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    1. re: planetjess

      We went to Artisanal last Thanksgiving and had a fabulous meal. They offered traditional Thanksgiving menu and other choices.

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      Artisanal
      2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

      1. re: Motosport

        Do you happen to recall how the dark meat was (if anyone at your table had any)? I'm a devoted repeat Perilla customer for Thanksgiving (having posted about this before--Thanksgiving is a hallowed culinary thing for me), but the one problem we keep running into is that my husband, who only eats dark meat (he doesn't make himself a pest about it--if the restaurant doesn't do single-type orders, he's fine with getting both light and dark and then just eating what he wants), thinks theirs is insufficiently moist. At some point, I might just consider giving another place a try (places like EMP, etc., that I might choose to try just for myself are out of the question given who I eat with).

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        Perilla
        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

        1. re: planetjess

          We only ordered non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner, no turkey. I vaguely remember them carving orders off of some substantial roasted turkeys. I am pretty sure they posted a menu on their web site.

          1. re: Motosport

            Thanks--I'll take a look when it comes out. It's not so much what's on the menu that I'd be paying attention to (most places will do some version of traditional turkey dinner), but to move from Perilla, which I love, I'd need to be absolutely sure it would be for the sake of my husband being thrilled with the specific dark meat turkey aspect of the meal. I don't know that I can take that conversation one more time on top of the in-laws.

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            Perilla
            9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

      2. re: planetjess

        Honestly I am not sure what a moderately priced meal would cost in New York? In my town $20/ea without drinks would be expensive, not sure about NYC any direction you might offer?

        1. re: txfamilyguy

          $20pp before tax, tip, drinks/wine is more like inexpensive/cheap eats in NYC

          My definition of moderate is more like $35-50 before tax, tip, drinks/wine.

          Since you'll be here for Thanksgiving, prices will be higher, and most places will be doing a prix fixe menu (no a la carte ordering). And if you stay in Times Square, you'll find a lot of higher end places that are meant for entertaining business clients.

          Here's a page w/ some sample menus & prices from last year's Thanksgiving:
          http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/1...

          1. re: kathryn

            Thank you!!!

            That is very helpful.