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Nov 21, 2011 09:20 AM

Thanksgiving alone?

I will spend Thanksgiving alone in Manhattan. I am a not a US citizen and don't have many friends here. All my friends are out of town to be with their families. I don't want to spend the day alone.

Suggestions, please.

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  1. I would find a restaurant that has a nice bar to dine at and eat there. First place that comes to mind is Union Sq Cafe, I am not even sure if they are open or if that is convenient for you but it is an example.

    I would start the day with a nice walk through midtown.... and then volunteer at some soup kitchen sort of place to feed the homeless, you'll do good and be around other volunteers for some company. Then find a nice clubby restaurant as above for your meal.

    Union Square Cafe
    21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: pbjluver

        Agree about the Parade - places like Trattoria del Arte on 7th Avenue along the route have done breakfast in the past couple of years and there's another place a block down in the hotel too.
        You can look on to see what places are open for special Thanksgiving dinners. We always used to go to the movies after dinner too. You might like a place with a view as an alternative to bar dining.

        Trattoria Dell'Arte
        900 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

      2. re: dyrewolf

        Union Square Cafe will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but Eleven Madison Park and Maialino will be open. Maialino has a nice bar room that I imagine will be bustling.

        Eleven Madison Park
        11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

        Union Square Cafe
        21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      3. Feedoo, would you mind sharing age/gender?

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        1. re: nycgal31

          Thanks for the replies. I went to see the parade last year. It was fun in the morning but I didn't know what to do for the rest of the day.

          Jane, I am a female, 37,


          1. re: feedoo

            It was nycgal31 who inquired about your age, not me. Possibly she was thinking in terms of more vs. less jumping places. The various good prix fixe offering tend to have 3 seatings at approx noon, 3, and 7. Usually, lots of good movies open that weekend, so I've done the early or mid-afternoon meal thing - usually someplace more expensive than my friends can afford - and then go to a good movie while the meal settles. It's not overly exciting, but if the weather is nice, a walk in the park can be lovely as you watch the balloons cruising down Central Park West.

            1. re: feedoo

              There's a meetup at Virage for Canadians. Hey, you're an expat,right?

              You could also consider looking at couchsurfing. There are often travelers and locals who want to meet up and eat out on Thanksgiving.

              Have a good holiday.

              118 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: feedoo

                Sorry - was just trying to think of appropriate places or suggest meetup

            2. How about grabbing a seat at the kitchen pass at Hearth? You won't be alone, you'll have the chef and cook staff to share your holiday!

              403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

              1. hi feedoo,

                i checked and Cercle Rouge seems to be open on Thanksgiving's a French brasserie in Tribeca and i always enjoy dining solo at the bar there...nice staff, delicious food, and somewhat moderate (for NYC anyway) prices...(they also have wifi)

                i also checked DBGB which is closed on Thanksgiving Day but open other times over the's a good one to think of for future solo meals over the weekend or some other time -- the bartenders (Troy, Desiree, Harper, and Hakim --- you can tell i go there often LOL) are extremely friendly and charming, and were you to go there and mention that you are new in town from overseas, etc, i'm sure they'll make sure you have a fun time, chatting about NYC, your home country, etc...

                Cercle Rouge
                241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

                299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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                1. re: Simon

                  Jane, Sorry. I meant to address my question to nycgal. I think your plan is really lovely. A movie, a nice meal and then a walking in central park. I might do that or I might just go to the parade then go home.
                  Last year, I had a nice walk around 5-6 pm and I can tell you it felt nice but I also felt very lonely because the streets were almost empty. Everybody was home with family and friends.

                  NYCgal, please feel free to share any ideas or appropriate meet up.

                  eeee, I am not an expat. I just don't have a family here and all my friends are gone to be with their families. Thanks for sharing the websites. I created a couchsurfing account but I think it is more appropriate for people who are in their 20s. right?

                  I was really hoping to find other people who might spend the day alone, so we can have a dinner together.

                  Thanks everyone.

                  1. re: feedoo

                    This other thread titled "Group tables for solo diners on Thanksgiving 2011" also has a similar conversation (and potential meetup) going...

                    1. re: Cate

                      Thanks, Cate. Totally appreciate it.

                2. Looks like I'll be alone on Thanksgiving as well this year. I'm also around your age so if you're still looking for someone to have dinner with, I'd love some company and a good meal.

                  You can email me at:

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                  1. re: sourmango

                    princeofpork, I don't know how to repond to that. Maybe you are right.
                    Sourmango, are you a male or a female? would you share age/gender? are you an immigrant or do you have family out of town?