When you have the entire culinary landscape of New York City at your disposal, it makes it easy to bow out of preparing a large feast at home with several restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New York City serving up traditional, multi-course meals.

Some of these dinners will run you a pretty penny, but they're definitely worth it for the special experience each provides. Give one of these great New York City restaurants a try for your holiday festivities- you might just discover a new tradition! 


Head to the East Village to see what they've whipped up at James Beard Award-winning chef Marco Canora's restaurant as they're open on Thanksgiving. Their three-course prix-fixe features Thanksgiving staples like poached turkey, mushroom-leek stuffing, and roasted autumn vegetables. 

Diners at Hearth can close their holiday feast with desserts like the apple crumble with oat streusel or pumpkin mousse with cranberry compote and spiced pecans. Dinner will be served from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $98 per person with an additional wine pairing available. 

Union Square Cafe

The Union Square Cafe is one of the Flatiron District's staple restaurants, and they have their own take on Thanksgiving cuisine. Their three-course menu allows guests to choose from the following entrees: Heritage Turkey and Pan Gravy, Herb Rubbed Pork Rack, New York Strip Steak, and Grilled Red Snapper. 

There is also an additional pasta course available. Reservations are available from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the holiday costs $145 per person. 

Dirty French

The Lower East Side's Ludlow Hotel features the fun bistro, Dirty French, which is also open on Thanksgiving. Their three-course dinner has roasted turkey breast served for the table along with sides like stuffing, brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce. 

Each diner is able to choose one hors-d'oeuvre and one dessert as well. Some reservation times are available; Thanksgiving hours are 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and dinner costs $98 per person. 

il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

il Buco Alimentari's Thanksgiving menu offers a unique Italian twist to the holiday. This family-style meal offers items like sweet potatoes, sage spigarello, and anchovy sourdough stuffing. 

Each person has the choice of halibut, roasted heritage pork, or rotisserie Goffle Farm turkey as a main entree. This special dinner costs $105 for adults and $40 for children. 

David Burke Tavern

David Burke Tavern is a modern American steakhouse that mixes some of their seafood specialties with traditional Thanksgiving fare. You can choose turkey with all the fixings, but there are also options like sea scallops, crispy duck, and black sea bass. 

The three-course pre-fixe also has non-traditional appetizers available like oysters, lobster and bay scallop chowder, and foie gras torchon. The meal is $85 per person and $40 for children under 12.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your holiday at one of these great restaurants open on Thanksgiving in New York City.

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