If you’d rather not cook, make reservations now at one of the locally-owned restaurants serving either a traditional Thanksgiving dinner or a non-traditional special menu.
These NYC restaurants are serving holiday meals at prices that won’t break the budget.
Everything on our list is less than $85 for adults and $35 for kids – there’s even one multi-course holiday dinner for just $52 per person. If you want to spend $100 or more, you’ll have to check some other website.
Tax, tip and alcoholic beverages are additional, of course.
Reservations are essential – make them ASAP.
Be sure to tip generously since the kitchen and wait staffs are giving up their holiday to serve you.
Remember NYC regulations require that to eat indoors you must provide proof of Covid vaccination.
Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan is doing a $85 three-course dinner in the very halls where first president George Washington dined himself.
For pre-orders and further details, call (212-968-1776) or email to find out what’s happening at this historic public house.
This popular Irish pub in Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen is offering a mutli-course Thanksgiving Dinner for an affordable $52 per person.
Main course is a choice of traditional roasted turkey with all the trimmings, grilled salmon or penne pasta with chicken. Dessert choices are Chocolate Truffle Cake, Pumpkin Cheesecake or Tartufo.
- Landmark Tavern is at 626 Eleventh Ave.
For those looking to skip turkey altogether, Koreatown’s Hortus and its heated outdoor garden offer a pleasant alternative.
As part of this $70 meal diners can choose appetizers like pumpkin soup, scallops with cauliflower puree and pickled grapes, and such entrees as pan-seared duck or spicy braised short rib with a risotto.
- 271 Fifth Avenue, (646) 858-3784
Finger-licking fabulous Texas-style barbecue, serving up brisket, sausage, ribs and other meats cooked slow and low in its custom, meat-smoking room.
The dine-in Thanksgiving menu features traditional favorites and classic barbecue items, including pit-smoked turkey, pork spare ribs, Texas toast stuffing, Longhorn cheddar mac and cheese, and bourbon pecan pie.
Dinner is 11:30am to 7pm. Adults are $65 and kids 10 and younger are $25 – same prices as last year. Note that doggie bags are not allowed.
A take-out holiday menu, The Rancher’s Feast, also is available; call for reservations.
- Two locations, in Flatiron at 30 W. 26th Street (212-255-4544) and Downtown Brooklyn at 345 Adams Street (718-885-4608).
- Check the website for additional information.
Normally, on any other day, a steak without sides cost as much as this Thanksgiving Day celebration.
The $49.95 price at this upscale steakhouse a couple of blocks from Carnegie Hall does not include appetizer or dessert, which is great if you don’t need a three-course meal, even on a holiday.
But you always need dessert on a holiday, and that would be another $14.95 for Tiramisu, creme Brulee, carrot cake, or Tartufo.
- 117 West 58th St.
The View At Battery Park
Thanksgiving Dinner here is a four-course dinner with an Italian twist. Though you can opt for a traditional turkey dinner, alternative dishes like linguine with shrimp and eggplant parmigiana are on the menu along with lobster bisque, fried calamari and pumpkin ravioli.
The dinner runs $65 per adult and $25 per child (ages 3 to 12) – same as last year. Book a reservation online.
- 1 Battery Place
Harry’s has both a to-go menu and a dine-out option, depending on your preferred Thanksgiving experience.
The $85 dine-out menu comes with four courses, with entrees including venison steak diane, roasted king salmon and filet mignon, in addition to free-range turkey. You’ll get all the trimmings, too, of course.
- 1 Hannover Square, Financial District
Enjoy a Spanish-style Thanksgiving Dinner at this tapas bar, featuring Turkey Paella as the main course. The $68 meal – $15 more than last year – starts with butternut squash soup or salad and comes with sides including brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Pumpkin pie finishes the meal on a classic note.
Takeout is available for the same price, minimum for two persons.
- Three locations – Chelsea, Midtown East and Nolita.
Thanksgiving Dinner in Brooklyn
This authentic German restaurant is open for take-out, indoor and heated outdoor dining from noon-9pm on Thanksgiving Day and also on Christmas Day.
You won’t find turkey on the menu again this year as Black Forest serves a classic German holiday dish, a real German Sauerbraten, which is a marinated beef roast, served with red cabbage and potato dumplings for all that gravy.
Delivery will be available until 3pm on the Black Forest website, and until 9pm on Doordash.
- Two locations – Fort Greene and Smith Street.
Thanksgiving Dinner in Queens
This well-regarded restaurant in Woodside is offering both a classic ($55) and vegetarian ($45) prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner this year.
Start with butternut squash soup, white corn bricks and ham prosciutto. The main course is roast turkey with Worcestershire and mushroom gravy accompanied by brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes and lima beans; and finish with apple bread pudding.
For vegetarians, there’s a seared savoy cabbage dish with chestnuts, celery root purée and mushrooms.
Serving dinner 1pm to closing.
The holiday meal also is available for takeout. Casa Del Chef wisely requests that you order directly from the restaurant, so it can avoid high-price service fees by third-party ordering services.
- 39-06 64th St, (718) 457-9000
These national chains with NYC locations also are offering Thanksgiving Dinner:
Ben’s Kosher Deli
Dining rooms will be be seating at 12:00, 1:30, 3:30 and 6:00 pm (no 6:00 pm seating in Manhattan). Reservations recommended.
Roast Turkey Dinner, $29.99 (includes homemade soup and soft drink). Kid’s Feast, $9.99 (includes kid’s dessert). Regular menu also available.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Thanksgiving Menu: $59 per person. Starter: Winter Salad. Entree: Oven roasted turkey roulade w/ savory sage & cranberry stuffing. Served with smoked gouda au gratin potatoes, baked corn soufflé, creamed spinach, and green beans almondine. Dessert: pumpkin cheesecake w/ sea salt caramel.
Full menu also available.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Thanksgiving Day special menu. $42.95. Starters include choice of Caesar salad or Steak House salad, or Lobster Bisque.
For the main course, Ruth’s Chris is offering oven-roasted sliced turkey breast, sausage and herb stuffing and more.
The Capital Grille
Thanksgiving Dinner menu includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with marcona almonds, cranberry-pear chutney, Sam’s mashed potatoes.
Adults $43, Children $15. Full dinner menu also available.
All photos courtesy the restaurant