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Thanksgiving Dinner in NYC... where to eat?

Hi NYC Chowhounds,
My girlfriend and I are gonna be in Manhattan over Thanksgiving from SF. We're not big turkey people and it's gonna be the two of us. Any recommendations on a restaurant that is 1) open on Thanksgiving and 2) would be hard to get in SF 3) would be a good NYC experience?

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  1. Many, many restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in NYC. Some of the big names will be closed but it's not like NYC turns into a ghost town. Especially given the Macy's Parade.

    It sounds like you don't want a traditional Thanksgiving experience. Is that correct? Restaurants that are open will likely be serving traditional Thanksgiving dinner prix fixes but with a choice of entree so you could have fish instead of turkey, etc, if you still want all the traditional sides. However, some ethnic restaurants will also be doing a "twist" on Turkey Day. There will also be some Asian restaurants open, serving their normal, a la carte menus (esp. in Chinatown).

    If you don't want turkey, maybe Japanese, Korean, Chinese? I would also look at Fatty Cue, RedFarm, maybe one of the Momofukus (they have posted some Christmas closures - perhaps that means they will be open Thanksgiving).

    Price will be the major limiting factor. What's your budget? Most restaurants do a prix fixe on this day. It's usually more expensive than their regular menu.

    Menus/bookings start about a month in advance.

    OpenTable has a special page dedicated to Thanksgiving in NYC:

    1. For Thanksgiving Dinner we like:
      Bubby's Pies
      & Artisanal
      Both have traditional and non traditional offerings.
      Last year I was solo and went to Sarge's for an amazing meal. They had a huge fire a few days later. I don't think they will be reopened by next month.

      1. Look into Picholine; 4 courses for $125, the food is incredible, the space is elegantly subdued.

        1. Easy -- Telepan! Their turkeyday menu is on their website. Yum

          1. "...would be hard to get in SF..."

            My foodie brother from SF loved Acme, the Modern Bar Room, Lincoln, Benoit, and Marea.

            1. I don't normally recommend One if by Land but if you did want to do Turkey and the fixin's I threw Thanksgiving for my family a few years back and they were perfect for that. The room that everyone considers "romantic" looks more "colonial" to me so that really ups the all-American holiday vibe. They haven't published their exact menu yet, but you can generally expect the same stuff (hah!) you had at grandma's all those years ago, but with some gourmet twists.

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              1. re: nokitchen

                Thanks for all the recs!
                Ma Peche was closed on Thanksgiving, so I booked a dinner res for Friday

                Still deciding on Thanksgiving dinner. Artisanal, Modern Bar Room, and One if by Land menus look good. Picholine menu looks amazing, but I think will be too formal for our purposes. We're primarily looking for something low-mid price range and homey.Any other ideas?

                We are also gonna check out: Di Fara, Bubby's Pies midnight brunch, totto ramen while in town.

                1. re: doubledeuce80

                  Everywhere has inflated prices on Thanksgiving Day. What range were you thinking?

                  Also cozy & homey usually means traditional fare but in your first post, you indicated you didn't want that?

                  Make sure Di Fara is actually open that weekend. May not be.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    hi kathryn, looking up to $75 per person
                    should have been more specific, not big turkey people but soul food/southern food, bbq, german fare, and additional ethnic food recs appreciated

                  2. re: doubledeuce80

                    One if by land is not know for their food.....and they're listing $100/pp for thanksgiving...