As the temperature drops and the leaves become an incandescent array of colors around the streets of New York City, it’s a sure sign that fall is here and Thanksgiving is fast approaching. While many people choose to host dinners with family and friends, there’s a good deal more who opt to dine out at some of the city’s best eateries. Here are seven tasty places where gourmets can gobble up sumptuous Thanksgiving fare.
This steakhouse has become a fixture in the Long Island City food landscape thanks to Chef Huque Dafour, taking up residence in a former auto body shop. Here the Canadian-influenced dishes tend to pop with a hearty flavor, and their Thanksgiving menu doesn’t shy away from that with spit-roasted turkey at the core of it. The foie gras bread pudding alone is a compelling reason to visit.
Dumpling Galaxy is a popular restaurant in Flushing, Queens thanks to its deep (and delicious) menu which includes dumplings of all varieties like the duck meat and mushroom dumpling as well as their pork and scallion dumplings. The rest of the menu is just as savory with hot wok offerings and other dishes that represent Northern Chinese cuisine well. They’re offering a special fusion menu being held the day before Thanksgiving.
Located in the basement of the boutique Chambers hotel in midtown Manhattan, Ma Peche is one of the Momofuku brand’s signature eateries that offer large and small plates that are thrilling examples of Asian fusion. For their special Thanksgiving menu, the chefs are doing their own version of the wildly popular turducken as the centerpiece to go with other items like a pumpkin pie with a Szechuan whip making it a great place for your possible Friendsgiving.
The neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn is one of the more hip destinations in New York City, and one of its hot spots is the Reynard restaurant in the sophisticated Wythe Hotel. The Reynard is known for American cuisine with a continental twist as well as a progressive direction from their inclusive staff of chefs to being one of the early adopters in the city of forgoing tipping. They offer a robust three-course prix fixe meal on Thanksgiving Day well into the evening hours, which may come in handy if there are plans to check out any of the happening spots in the area afterwards.
This farm-to-table restaurant in the Ditmas Park section of Brooklyn has gotten grand acclaim for its cocktails as well as its fare — and those who are fans of the HBO series “Girls” may recognize the place, having featured in the show. For Thanksgiving, they’ve prepared a special menu that highlights their specialties with offerings like apple cider glazed salmon if turkey’s not your thing. Pair that with one of their house beverages such as the Bourbon Blush and you’ll definitely be thankful you stopped in.
There are only a few places that are signature New York City in such a standout way as Rockefeller Center, and the Rock Center Cafe is one of them. Elite quality is a must here, with Andy Warhol prints and a terrific view of the Rink at Rockefeller Center, and their Thanksgiving menu is no exception. Those who reserve a spot for Thanksgiving dinner will be treated to a three-course menu that along with roasted Vermont turkey will also have duck breast and the option to add a half-pound lobster to your meal.
This Brooklyn restaurant’s style harkens back to the days of traditional pubs and restaurants that were once the social centers of the city at the turn of the 20th Century, right down to the polished cherry wood and exposed brick of the decor. When it comes to the food, there’s a good deal of it that’s influenced by both German cuisine, including their spatzle and Italian cuisine. For their Thanksgiving menu, their attention to succulent detail is brought forth in three traditional courses with unique accents such as the turkey with pretzel and biscuit stuffing.