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Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner
November 11, 2020
By , Writer

We’re hitting the first major holiday of the season, and it’s going to be different. You may not have a huge family gathering, lest you have a Rose Garden-esque superspreader event, but you gotta eat, and on Thanksgiving, you shouldn’t eat alone. These NYC restaurants are creating the best pandemic Thanksgiving dinners, and this year, for sure, is one you won’t forget.

It’s almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means, Turkey, Stuffing, and grandma’s famous pie. . . except this year, maybe not. With all that’s going on with the pandemic, we’re likely not traveling for family and we may not even really want to cook for just the immediate family or friends. But it is Thanksgiving, after all, and even though it might not be what it once was, we still want something delicious and Galavante approved. Maybe we can’t have auntie’s special mashed potatoes, but if anyone can compare it’s these award winning chefs who’re doing the dirty work for us and who will make this holiday a special one. 

The Restaurant:  Jean-Georges

Do tuna ribbons with avocado and ginger and Maine Lobster sound good to you? Jean-George is bringing his award winning Thanksgiving favorites to esteemed restaurant, Jean-Georges, and several of his other spots around the city. With options like traditional Turkey, and crusted sea-bass, Jean-Georges is traditional French inspired cuisine, however, The Mercer Kitchen, Nougatine, Perry Street, JoJo Restaurant, The Inn at Pound Ridge, and The Fulton each feature their own prix fixe menus that will make your mouth water. You can sit socially distanced with your pod, or can get curbside takeout and delivery if you want to stay at home. Jean-Georges is known for his two Michelin stars and fine dining of French, Asian, and American influence and when you go to Jean-Georges you can count on impeccable service and a true celebration of fresh ingredients. 

The Restaurant:  Wayan

We thought it would be good to keep it all in the family, or at least partially all, though Wayan and Jean-Georges could not be more distinct.  The son of the eponymous Jean-Georges, Cedric Vongerichten has made his famed Southeast Asian inspired restaurant one of the coolest spots to hit up for this festive season for those families or friends wanting to step a little outside the box. The centerpiece will be the Indonesian organic Turkey and sides feature delicious dishes like brussels sprouts with morning glory terasi, perkedel stuffing, mashed potatoes, spiced cranberry acar sauce and long pepper gravy. The prix fixe menu is perfect for the family of 6-8 that wants to cozy up at home and eat family style Indonesian fare while spending quality time together. Optional cocktails and pies can be added on for dessert. If you and your fam want to stay home but still go on an untraditional taste adventure, Wayan has your back this Thanksgiving. 

The Restaurant:  DANIEL

Brain child of Michelin starred chef, Daniel Boulud, DANIEL is about as classically French as they come. This season, if you’re in NYC or the Hamptons, you can bring the elegance you’re after to your home for you and immediate. Starters include Pumpkin Velouté and artisanal cheese while accompanying your turkey will be favorites like cranberry sauce and sage gravy as well as brussels and cornbread. If looking for something reminiscent of what Thanksgiving should be, Boulud has every component down to the classic pecan, pumpkin and apple pies. Unlike Wayan, or the complex menu at Jean-Georges, DANIEL brings you grandma’s cooking on steroids and will be a complete crowd pleaser.

The Restaurant:  Eleven Madison Park 

Formerly rated the #1 restaurant in the world, Eleven Madison Park is probably your dream to visit but this season, while everyone is still at home, they’re doing something extra special. Going out can be nice and take-out has its perks, but especially on Thanksgiving, nothing is quite like cooking from home. Eleven Madison Park combines the best of both worlds. The three Michelin starred restaurant will have meal kits available which include delectable ready-made sides and pie, but you, too, will take part in the prep by cooking your own turkey with special directions from Chef. Consider this a collaboration between you and Chef Daniel Humm. And the best part is that when you order they will donate ten meals to New Yorkers in need.