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Jostling for a photo-worthy view of the new Hello Kitty balloon on Fifth Avenue might be New York’s traditional way to celebrate Thanksgiving, but it’s hardly the place to give thanks for having the best chefs in the world. For that, attend one of the many quiver-inducing Thanksgiving dinners served by master chefs across New York City. This holiday, come break a bottle over Plymouth Rock with Galavante at these favorites.
Sons of Essex
If there’s anything this restaurant is thankful for, it’s the Lower East Side itself. Passionately devoted to the area’s heritage, this “deli, restaurant, town hall” has walls festooned with reclaimed memorabilia from Boardwalk Empire days, including gilded frames, sepia photographs, antique books, and curved leather booths. To celebrate the day, Matt Levine’s menu lays out four courses of gourmet bistro cuisine, includes a kale Caesar salad with roasted butternut squash, buttermilk-fried Cornish hen, and pumpkin bisque served in a roasted mini pumpkin.
133 Essex St., 212-674-7100, sonsofessexles.com
Hailed by the New York Times for its blend of mood, style, and cuisine, the Harrison is a highly polished, old-school metropolitan bistro, with a 20-foot black-walnut bar and detailing in cold-rolled steel. The Thanksgiving menu, on the other hand, displays a strong New England vibe, led by Rhode Island-raised owner and chef Jimmy Bradley. The highlights include the roasted free-range turkey with root-vegetable stuffing, pan-roasted cod, and pumpkin cheesecake. Add in a 300-label wine list, and there will be toasts all around.
355 Greenwich St., 212-274-9310, theharrison.com
The roar that usually escapes the Lion is just the excited clamor of a full dining room at maximum pleasure. Ever since Chef John DeLucie brought his unique take on American-Italian classics to the West Village, he’s been in demand both in the kitchen and on television. On Thanksgiving, the Tolkien-style dining room will feature a three-course feast that includes black truffle gnocchi, Scottish salmon with white chanterelle mushrooms, and dry-aged Delmonico steak. Who needs turkey?
62 West 9th St., 212-353-8400, thelionnyc.com
If you’ve never had Thanksgiving at Daniel, you’ve never truly feasted. Always kept under wraps (or a silver lid) until the holiday itself, Daniel Boulud’s multi-course menu will continue the tradition of how-did-he-think-of-that? dishes. Expect the contemporary French flavor of the regular menu to play Lafayette for a revolutionary meal. The décor will help get you in the mood, with its cloister-like pillars, oxblood leather chairs, and paintings by Manolo Valdés. But it’s the food that makes the night. Bon appétit.
60 East 65th St., 212-288-0033, danielnyc.com