Spending Thanksgiving in New York City can be a lively change of pace from your regular holiday-at-home routine. Between the larger-than-life annual parade and city-wide festivities, there’s a diverse array of events to choose from when crafting this year’s celebration. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s first and foremost all about the food.
If you’ve decided to take a break from the kitchen this holiday, you’re in luck. With world-renowned chefs around every corner, New York City is the perfect destination for Thanksgiving travel that doesn’t fall short on flavor. Here’s a roundup of our favorite nearby restaurants offering holiday menus this year.
Seafood lovers will fit right in at Oceana, a fish-focused restaurant led by executive chef Bill Telepan that highlights sustainable, seasonal ingredients and is located just a ten-minute walk from WestHouse’s front steps. This year, Telepan and his crew will prepare a three-course prix-fixe menu for the holiday, priced at $88 per person and $50 for children under twelve. The menu is perfectly suited to satisfy a group with varied taste buds. Traditionalists can have their roasted organic turkey will all of the trimmings, while more ambitious diners can choose from a festive menu of heritage pork chop, kuri squash gnocchi or seared halibut. Plus, Thanksgiving guests can top off their holiday meals with a selection of items from Oceana’s famed raw bar.
Fans of the Michelin-starred restaurateur Daniel Boulud can reserve their holiday feasts at Café Boulud, located just a fifteen-minute cab ride away from WestHouse. Inspired by Boulud’s family roots in Lyon, this fine-dining destination is known for its warm hospitality and impeccable French-American cuisine. This holiday, their three-course menu options (offered at $175 per person) include salmon gravlax, foie gras terrine and pumpkin soup to start, and free range turkey, beef striploin and striped bass “en paupiette” for the main course. Children under twelve can join the party with a two-course meal at $55, and all guests can select from their options of sides and classic desserts to finish.
Want to add a bit of live music into your celebration this year? Then make sure to book a table at Victor’s Cafe, just a five-minute walk from WestHouse. A Midtown staple for over fifty years, Victor’s is one of the area’s go-to destinations for Cuban food, music and charm. Their $36 Thanksgiving menu includes roasted turkey with cornbread and chorizo stuffing, sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce—and like any good Caribbean meal—white rice and black beans. The menu price doesn’t include beverages, but don’t let that stop you from adding a mojito or cuba libre into the mix.
While many beloved restaurants are offering holiday menus this Thanksgiving, very few can offer dinner and a show. Mediterreanean powerhouse 8th Hill, located a ten-minute cab ride away from WestHouse, capitalizes on its picture-perfect location to offer diners a ringside seat to the passing Thanksgiving Day parade. At 8th Hill, you can indulge in your Mediterrean-inspired Thanksgiving meal as the parade’s floats, balloons and dancers pass just a block away.