The 10 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner, 2014


If the thought of burning the turkey for all your in-laws to see gives you heart palpitations, take a step back. There’s no reason to put all that stress on yourself, especially when we live in a city full of restaurants that would love to serve you your holiday meal. Here’s a list of 10 great restaurants that will be leaving the light on for you for Thanksgiving dinner.

Bell Book & Candle, 141 West 10th Street

From noon to 8 p.m., diners can enjoy a $55 feast that includes a choice of butternut squash soup or mixed greens salad, a heritage turkey with pan gravy, sides like sourdough sage stuffing, and dessert. Children under the age of 10 can dine for $30, and you can parade your relatives around the West Village when it’s all over.

Calle Dão, 38 West 39th Street

Sick of the same old butterball that winds up on Grandma’s table each year? Consider a change of pace with a Peking-style turkey served with steamed buns, bok choy, and tostones, among other Cuban-Chinese treats. The restaurant’s three-course dinner also includes a select complimentary beverage. The meal costs $50 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

Carmine’s, 200 West 44th Street/2450 Broadway

If you plan on rolling deep Thursday, both locations of Manhattan’s famed Italian eatery are prepared to feed you and up to seven friends until you can’t take any more. For a total of $239.95 for your whole party, you can feast on an 18-pound roasted turkey with giblet gravy, stuffing, and traditional Thanksgiving sides like sweet potatoes and homemade cranberry sauce. To cap off the meal, each guest gets a slice of pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie.

DBGB Kitchen and Bar, 299 Bowery

From noon to 9 p.m., guests in Daniel Boulud’s East Village dining room can enjoy a $60 three-course menu that includes a number of choices for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Order the traditional turkey for your main, or go for “The Gobbler,” a seven-ounce turkey burger with grilled radicchio slaw, toasted pumpkin seeds, and cranberry ketchup. An à la carte menu will also be served in the bar area.

Edi & the Wolf, 102 Avenue C

In celebration of this uniquely American holiday, chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban are offering an Austrian-inspired Thanksgiving four-course prix fixe for $59. Offerings include items like pretzel soufflé, pickled pumpkin flatbread, and roasted duck. Pair your feast to Austrian and German beer or wine.

Il Mulino Prime, 331 West Broadway

For an Italian accent on this classic American feast, chef Michelle Mazza is offering a $50 three-course dinner package that includes items like fresh mozzarella, grilled vegetables, green beans marinara, and roasted turkey. Tasked with a last-minute dessert run? Pick up a pumpkin cheesecake here for $65.

Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Avenue

For a Southern twist on this holiday, head to Jacob’s Pickles for a $45 six-course feast. The meal includes pickles and biscuits for the table followed by deviled eggs, a harvest salad, and butternut squash soup. Entrees include a choice of a Heritage Farm turkey leg, cider-glazed salmon, or crispy flat-iron pork steak. Seatings are available between 2 and 6 p.m.

Meadowsweet, 149 Broadway, Brooklyn

This brand-new Williamsburg restaurant is getting in on the holiday with a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $75. From 2 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy a choice of sweet potato agnolotti, roasted and braised turkey with cornbread stuffing, potato-crusted halibut, or braised lamb shank. Pastry chef Jared Rubin’s desserts include a roasted pumpkin ice cream pie.

Reynards, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

Also in Williamsburg, albeit on the other side of the neighborhood, Reynards is offering a five-course prix fixe dinner menu for $87. Chef Sean Rembold is cooking up goodies like spiced carrot soup, grilled squash with apple butter, grilled turkey breast, and hunter-style rabbit. Reservations are being accepted from noon to 8 p.m.

Water’s Edge, 4-01 44th Drive, Queens

Craving a room with a view? This Long Island City waterfront restaurant is hosting seatings for Thanksgiving Day between 1 and 8 p.m. Opt for a $65 dinner package or pay $20 more to gain access to an open bar during your meal (upper level only). The three-course menu includes choices like fried calamari, roasted loin of lamb, and Chilean sea bass, in addition to the obligatory turkey entrant.