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Food and Bars for New York at Thanksgiving Time (have done some research)

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Going to take my lovely Mother to New York for Thanksgiving. We will be there Wedneseday night through Sunday afternoon. She and I eat about anything. We are from DC area so we have great Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Ethiopian. We are used to city prices, moderate means entrees in the 20-30 range.

She wants Peking Duck for Thanksgiving. I was looking at the Peking Duck House, thoughts? We don't care about a fancy place or ambiance, we just want good Peking Duck (with pancakes and scallion) that will be open on Thanksgiving. Do you think we would need a res at Peking Duck House on T-day??? I thought about wandering and trying some dumplings in Chinatown too since we have nothing better to do.

Also thoughts on any place that would be open for brunch anywhere near Battery Park, we are staying at the Millennium Hilton, or even lunch (but not Thanksgiving food). I doubt we are going to the parade, been there done that. This might actually be a good day for the high line since not too much will be open I assume.

Friday is pretty open, we will probably shop and may go to the Hayden Planetarium, may go look at windows on 5th Ave that evening so pretty open to different ideas for food and can plan activities accordingly. We are looking for casual, good food. I have seen some recommendations for some different farm to table places: Hundred Acres and Market Table that aren't too far from the hotel (Millenium Hilton). Also thought about checking out Locanda Verde some time that day.

Saturday we are going to see Wicked that evening and need a pre-theater rec. Again trying to be somewhat casual, just want good food. We like farm to table we also like seafood, or just interesting food, we eat most ethnic, we eat interesting parts of animals. Although the one thing Mom isn't to keen on is sushi. Dunno what we will do that day, thought about hitting the Chelsea Market. We will probably sleep in but would love a breakfast or brunch rec- something more than just pastries and coffee.

Sunday I thought about going to the High Line and Eataly before we leave. They keep thinking about putting one in DC and I would like to see what the fuss is about. We leave around 2ish.

If I should switch up our itinerary for some reason we can... I get a little overwhelmed by all the options. We are looking for moderate priced places, something less than moderate is fine too, we don't mind holes in the wall for good food, don't mind sandwich shops, we could splurge if something really hit us, but we are not looking for a really pricey dinner or something stuffy. We are mainly taking this trip to chill and spend some quality time together. If you have any thoughts about activities that should be on our list, as you can see we are fairly plans-less. We don't mind traveling within reason for good stuff.

Also would love some recs for some great wine bars or cocktail spots where we could chill.

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Market Table
54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

Peking Duck House
236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

Hundred Acres
38 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Eataly
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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  1. > Do you think we would need a res at Peking Duck House on T-day?

    Make one just in case; you never know.

    > Also thoughts on any place that would be open for brunch anywhere near Battery Park, we are staying at the Millennium Hilton, or even lunch (but not Thanksgiving food). I doubt we are going to the parade, been there done that. This might actually be a good day for the high line since not too much will be open I assume.

    Sarabeth's Tribeca says they will be serving regular breakfast from 8 to 11:30am on Thanksgiving Day.

    Pastis' web site says they are open from 9am on Thanksgiving Day, and they are very close to the High Line. They have excellent French toast. Not a whole lot will be open on Thanksgiving Day for proper brunch.

    > We like farm to table we also like seafood, or just interesting food, we eat most ethnic, we eat interesting parts of animals.

    See this thread:
    2 Day NYC Tour focusing on eating, please help with suggestions...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809852

    Restaurant Advice for 2 day trip to NYC
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8050...

    > We will probably sleep in but would love a breakfast or brunch rec- something more than just pastries and coffee.

    Try Locanda Verde, Minetta Tavern, Public, Prune. Locanda Verde and Minetta Tavern take reservations for brunch. Public doesn't but usually doesn't have a huge wait. Prune usually has a long wait.

    One thing to note: Chelsea Market is very close to the High Line. You may want to combine these activities.

    See also:

    Best pizza
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766359

    Don't leave NY without eating these foods
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610739

    I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles and note that Economy Candy's address is incorrect:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/493333

    Best mixology / bespoke cocktails:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609073
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/709227

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    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Pastis
    9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

    Peking Duck House
    236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

    Public
    210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

    Prune
    54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

    Economy Candy
    108 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    Locanda Verde
    377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

    Sarabeth's
    339 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013