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Nov 18, 2011 07:05 AM

NY thanksgiving Dinner

Hi Listeners,

I am going to be in NY for thanksgiving day and day before thanksgiving with my kids.
I wanted to enjoy nice thanksgiving dinner with my family. Can you provide list of restaurant that I should try? I am going to be in time square around junction of 8th and 50th

Pls also any other recommendation of restaurant and activity for wed evening too.

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  1. I would suggest going to and looking at the "Thanksgiving Reservations", that will give you a complete listing of T-Day restaurants that use Opentable.

    1. What's your budget per person on food only (pre-tax, tip)? How many of you are there?

      For Thanksgiving, see these links:

      8 Replies
      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        Thanks for your response. We are family of four.(2 adult, 2 kids) Buget around $30-40 per person

        1. re: lakhes

          $40pp is unfortunately on the lower end for Thanksgiving in Manhattan. You may have better luck looking in Brooklyn.

          From the links Cheeryvisage provided, I personally would book Frankie's 570 ASAP. A lot of these restaurants will be fully committed already.

          Frankies 570 Spuntino
          570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

          1. re: lakhes

            Toloache, serving very nice Mexican food, is right next to or across the street from you.

            If you like hot and spicy Chinese food, Szechuan Gourmet on 56th Street is excellent. Try to order only from the "Gourmet Gourmet" section for your main course, or there's a high chance of you getting American Chinese dishes.

            Shimizu, a sushi place, does excellent dinner prix fixe and sushi sets ranging from $25-$35 or something like that.

            PizzArte serves Neapolitan pizza. I haven't been personally yet, but it seems to be getting good reviews.

            Yakitori Totto is a fun place and does Japanese grilled meat on skewers. In addition to the skewers, you'll probably need to order maybe 2-3 rice bowls for your party too to fill up.

            This might be a bit over your budget, The Modern Bar Room is one of my favorite restaurants in the city serving fantastic French-Alsatian cusine. A meal there is closer to $50 though, unless you skip dessert (but that'd be a shame, because the desserts here are amazing).

            By the way, are you willing to venture beyond the 50th and 8th area? And let us know if you have particular cuisine preferences too.

            Yakitori Totto
            251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

            318 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

            251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

            The Modern
            9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

            Szechuan Gourmet
            244 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

            69 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: Cheeryvisage

              Thank you so much. This is awsome. I will definetly try Pizzarte/Toloache on Tue/Wed.
              "The Modern" i checked the availiblity it is booked for Thrusday. Yes, I can venture beyond 50th and 8th. Can you pls suggest a few for restaurant for Thrusday (traditional or fusion) both ok. Also any must try dessert place too.
              Thank you so much for all your suggestions.

              1. re: lakhes

                The Modern is not booked on Thursday, it is closed, like many of Danny Meyer's restaurants, for the holiday.

                From here:

                Many restaurants in your price range will already be fully booked but here is what I saw open:

                Marseille - Midtown, book soon, very few times raining
                Festive three course Prix-Fixe menu for $39.95 that includes items such Thanksgiving turkey, roast rack of lamb, and butternut squash risotto. A la carte options available

                West Bank Cafe - Midtown, book soon, very few times raining
                Offering a 4 course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Day Feast with all the trimmings, as well as seasonal selections for $37.50 per person. Serving 12pm-9:00pm. Optional wine pairing

                It looks like 5 Napkin Burger may be serving their normal menu; call to confirm. I can't find a menu online. Similar for the Brindle Room.

                Sunburnt Calf - UWS
                Champagne on arrival. $30pp - 3 course Traditional Thanksgiving menu or $60pp - with paired wines.

                Ponty Bistro - Gramercy
                Celebrate Thanksgiving at Ponty Bistro Enjoy a traditional 3-course Prix- Fixe Menu $35. 00 per person

                Wildwood BBQ - Union Sq
                A $35 pre-fix three-course classic Turkey dinner will be offered along with our regular menus. Reserve today!

                Socarrat Paella Bar - Nolita
                Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu available featuring Turkey Paella, seasonal tapas, and festive dessert. Reservations available 4 - 10:00pm. $35 per person

                West Bank Cafe
                407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

                630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                Wildwood Barbeque
                225 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003

                Five Napkin Burger
                630 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

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

                The Sunburnt Calf
                226 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024

                Brindle Room
                277 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

                284 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

                1. re: lakhes

                  The places I suggested above were more for your non-Thanksgiving meals.

                  For Thursday (Thanksgiving), like Kathryn said, it's a bit tough to do $40 for Thanksgiving. Restaurants typically raises their prices and do special Thanksgiving menus on that day. The two links I provided upthread are probably the best starting points. Though there aren't too many $40 or below options. The ones available on Opentable I can't comment on because I haven't been to any of them.

                  If you don't mind not eating Thanksgiving-type food, I'd suggest Gyu-Kaku, it's a grill-it-yourself Japanese BBQ restaurant. The interior and ambiance are really nice and upbeat. And your party, especially the kids, may enjoy grilling the meats yourselves because I think it's a lot of fun. They normally have a happy hour special (not sure if they have this on Thanksgiving) where if you place your order before 6pm (check their site), a lot of the meats / items are up to 50% off and all alcohol are 50% off. I adore their Green Tea Mille Crepe dessert (which they get from Lady M, a famous bakery known for their crepe / crepe cake in the city). It comes with ice cream and I always ask for vanilla instead of green tea. It's one of my favorite desserts in the whole world.

                  ETA: Also for dessert, you have Kyotofu (Asian-influenced desserts) a block away from you. There's also Chikalicious dessert bar and dessert club. You might want to double check to see if they're open on Thanksgiving if you plan to visit them on Thursday.

                  705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                  34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

                  805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

                  203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Dessert Club, ChikaLicious
                  204 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: lakhes

                    Just saw this in the NYT:

                    Red Farm: Chinese restaurants are usually closed on Thanksgiving, but Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng will buck the trend by staying open with their regular menu and some à la carte specials from 1 to 9 p.m. Diced root vegetable wraps, turkey spring rolls and roast pig with pumpkin are some of them, ($12 to $ 28). Reservations will be accepted (they usually are not) for the holiday. 529 Hudson Street (Charles Street), (212)792-9700.

                    529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

                    1. re: kathryn

                      Red Farm would be a fun choice, one of my favorites! We booked a table at Back Forty West in Soho for $65 p/p plus tax & gratuity and any beverages. Their other restaurant, Back Forty in the East Village is also offering Thanksgiving dinner for $60 p/p.

            2. Artisanal has a nice traditional and non traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The kids will have fun with the fondue!!