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Nov 19, 2012 11:17 AM

boycotting thanksgiving

Need restaurants in nyc Who r doing/open normal everyday menu not prix fix and no turkeys
I live by NYC and work alot of hrs as a chef and i want to eat somewhere else....on my day off not budget... Thnxs every place I have called f going to be closed
Need help oooh bars too if u know any that will be open on Thurs
:-) ooh any cuisine too

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  1. I'd say go with Asian food. Last year Red Farm was open for Thanksgiving, serving their regular menu. Worth a call to see if they are doing the same this year.

    Motorino was open last year.

    Looking quickly on OpenTable, looks like Brushstroke, Fatty Cue, Gari, Junoon, Megu, Sakagura, Tulsi, and Tori Shin will all be open.

    Bathtub Gin also looks open, in terms of bars, via OpenTable.

    You could always try some places in Chinatown as well.

    6 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      I have heard that Thanksgiving is the one day a year many Chinatown restaurants are closed. Can anyone second that?

      1. re: travelmad478

        I've dined out in Chinatown on Thanksgiving Day before. Did you read that in the NY Times? They wrote that last year and I think a bunch of us on here thought it was off/amusing/odd.

        1. re: kathryn

          It's possible that I read it right here on CH: (first reply


          Or if I didn't, I have no idea. But I recall reading that the practice was not specific to NY. So I doubt it was in the Times.

          1. re: travelmad478

            Here's a paragraph from a 2004 NYT article that mentions Chinese restaurants closing on Thanksgiving:

            "For people from other cultures the reasons for not celebrating are more practical than political. Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when many Chinese restaurants in New York close. That makes it a perfect day for Chinese weddings, which often attract more than 300 people."


            I have no first-hand information, for reasons you are doubtless aware.

            1. re: small h

              Well, you could always try them for breakfast :-)

        2. re: travelmad478

          We had a great family Thanksgiving dinner last year at the now closed South China Garden. It was packed and I'm glad we had a reservation. Chinatown was full of families. I think places like Ping's or Oriental Garden and such will be open. Especially under the circumstances this year regarding recovery from loss of business from the storm.

      2. Artisanal has a nice non traditional option for Thanksgiving.

        1. Try Ed's Chowder House at Lincoln Center in the Empire Hotel

          1. Thnxs for the great ideas everyone!!!