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Thanksgiving 2018 in NYC: What to Do & Where to Eat

By: Sophia Marina 

It’s not hard to figure out who we’re most grateful for on Thanksgiving, but it can be stressful figuring out just how to plan your Thanksgiving so that it’s perfect together. The city offers an array of festive, warm and colorful options not just for dinner the day of, but for the days and weeks of crisp November leading up to it.

Follow our guide to NYC’s greatest Thanksgiving offers and features to give you and your love the opportunity for a delicious feast, unique crafts and gifts, and attractions.

Read on for our top Thanksgiving dates in NYC. 

The Best Thanksgiving Dates In New York

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn — Pie Shop | 634 Dean Street, Brooklyn — Pie Counter + Bar | Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn — Cafe

Get your mandatory piece of pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds, where a specially curated Thanksgiving menu offers all of your favorite holiday flavors in deliciously ideal combinations, adding an elevated twist to the classics. Choose from salted caramel apple, salty honey, bittersweet chocolate pecan or brown butter pumpkin here, and pick it up on either Tuesday the 20th, Wednesday the 21st or Thanksgiving day before noon at any of their three locations. No matter how much you love each other, this is a slice you won’t want to share.

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Freeman’s Restaurant
Freeman Alley, off Rivington Street between Christie and The Bowery, hidden at the end of the alley, Manhattan

For a trendy but traditional Thanksgiving meal, head over to Freeman’s Restaurant, a casual but elevated locale designed to look like a rugged colonial tavern. The simple, rustic cuisine imagines that of early America and old world traditions– so it’s pretty much Thanksgiving here all year long. Try their four-course prix-fixe meal, which serves up high-end traditional fare like butternut squash soup and roasted heritage turkey, for $98 a head.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Start: West 77th Street & Central Park West, End:
Macy’s Herald Square | November 22 | 9am-12pm

Even if it’s the most popular of Turkey Day events, there’s a reason that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade attracts a host of guests from around the world in celebration, awe, and wonder. Allow yourselves a little enthrallment and join the festivities along Central Park West, spanning W 75th St. to W 35th St. for the best views. Avoid W 34th St. through W 38th St. between 6th and 7th Aves, where live broadcasting limits public viewing. Live acts this year include faves like Diana Ross, Leona Lewis, and John Legend, so if you and your person have been itching to see some stars (and balloons!), go full NYC and make it out to this year’s parade.

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Kellari Taverna
19 West 44th Street, Manhattan

For a little twist on the usual, try a classy Greek take on Thanksgiving dinner at Kellari. The dark wood, white linen tablecloths, large space, and warm colors deliver all the fixings of your classic romantic upscale dining experience, with splendorous fresh fish-on-ice displays to make it interesting. Even if you want to stick to what’s traditional, their $80 prix-fixe menu accommodates both turkey and vegetarian needs, with everything from organic turkey to fresh paccheri pasta, to add to the Greek twist. For the full menu, click here, but call 212-221-0144 to make your reservation.

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National Museum of the American Indian
Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan | 10am-5pm daily, Thursdays until 8 pm

As with any holiday, it’s important to know what’s being celebrated. Step away from the superficial Turkey Day glam and visit the National Museum of the American Indian, where you and your person can spend a few hours gaining insight on native cultures of the western hemisphere. With one of the most extensive collections of Native American artifacts and arts in the world, as well as a number of intriguing exhibitions like Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound and Circle of Dance, a quiet stroll through the museum will guarantee a more enriched and informed Thanksgiving for you both to discuss and enjoy. Admission is free

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The Dutch
131 Sullivan Street, Manhattan

Giving you the best of modern American fare, the Dutch’s Thanksgiving menu overwhelms with a large quantity of delectable dishes to choose from. The three-course prix fixe includes island creek oysters, American burrata, spinach gnocchi, organic roast turkey, andouille sausage, pumpkin swiss rolls and oh so much more. Dress fresh for a cozy yet sexy dining experience nestled into dark wood and leather seats, and don’t forget to make your reservations either online or by phone at 212-677-6200.

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Renegade Craft Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan | November 17th & 18th | 11am-5pm

Stock up on crafts and goods for Thanksgiving and, looking ahead, for the upcoming holidays at the Renegade Craft Fair, which features the best of the best in contemporary craft and design. More than 200 artisans contribute to an astounding collection of jewelry, pottery, artwork, home decor, and craft goods, all for you and your love to browse and buy. Get yourselves something one-of-a-kind to grace your Thanksgiving spread at home, or snatch up something cute for each other– whatever your fancy, there’s enough uniqueness here to supply it all.

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60 East 65th Street, Manhattan

Fill up on fancy this Thanksgiving in the heart of Manhattan at Daniel, a Michelin-starred French restaurant with a highly refined prix-fixe spread that is literally elegance in an edible form. Pine nut crusted sea scallops, white truffle from Alba, grilled Ora King Salmon with Sumac, citrouille, and Maine lobster salad just begin to grace the surface of what’s available, and it’s vegetarian-friendly, too. If you and your boo are all about making special occasions truly, next level special, then highly consider reserving your white-linen table here.

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Butterfield Market
1114 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

If you and your love want to stay home and keep things extra intimate this Thanksgiving– without the hassle of extreme cooking–then say hello to Butterfield Market. Specializing in artisanally prepared foods, their made-to-order Thanksgiving catering provides enough options to satiate whatever combination of foods suits you both. Mini crab cakes, glazed spiral ham, praline sweet potatoes, and fresh autumn applesauce are just some of the tasty, traditional items on the menu– just make sure to place your order (for delivery or pick-up) by Friday, November 16th at 5pm.

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The Rink at Brookfield Place
3 World Financial Center, 230 Vesey Street, Manhattan

We’re officially well into autumn and heading for winter, which means holding hands, falling over and trying to keep each other warm at an ice skating rink. Of course, you can go for classics like Bryant Park or Rockefeller Center, but for a slightly different twist on a splendid rink try Brookfield Place, a small outdoor ice rink with great views of lower Manhattan, and shops and dining nearby to boot. Glide out before it gets too cold, take each other for a spin (or a stumble!), practice your trust exercises and get your dose of oh-baby-it’s-cold-outside fun.

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1 John Street, Brooklyn

Celestine’s usually Mediterranean fare blurs into their three-course Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu, with starters like Lacinato Kale Salad, which is tossed with spiced pecans and Kasseri cheese, to mains like Grilled Swordfish doused in escarole and preserved lemon. The flavorful food and cool, fresh ambiance created by plentiful plants and clear, natural light set the scene for the breathtaking views of Manhattan visible through Celestine’s big windows, adding that romantic New York City views touch. The Thanksgiving menu includes turkey and butternut squash if you or your person prefer to keep it simple, but we highly, highly recommend making reservations if spectacular sights are what make things extra special for you.

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The Other Art Fair
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn | November 8th-11th

This biannual gathering of expert-selected independent and emerging artists convenes for a weekend to give you and your love the chance to enjoy, choose and own real art— aka art that’s being produced and validated by professionals right now, in 2018. As an immersive experience, it allows you to view and buy directly from the artist, giving you the option for up-close interaction and understanding that you otherwise wouldn’t have. In addition to the art, there’s hand poke tattoos, immersive dining, interactive installations, 3D printing, virtual reality, and restaurant/bar pop-ups to boot. Don’t miss this opportunity to go out and acquire something fine and one-of-a-kind with your one and only. Tickets and info here.

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NYC Turkey Trot
1 West Loop Road, Roosevelt Island | Saturday, November 24th

Maybe you want to work off one of the exquisite Thanksgiving dinners we recommended, or maybe one of your #couplegoals has always been to run a 5K– whatever your reason for getting out there, do it at the NYC Turkey Trot. This national post-turkey workout is a fun and inspiring opportunity to exercise together and enjoy what’s left of autumn as you run through Roosevelt Island with views of the city left and right. Whether you run or walk, everyone gets a cinnamon roll at the end of the line, so do something sweet (but mostly healthy) with your love and sign up here.

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Breads Bakery
18 East 16th Street, Manhattan

If you don’t want to stick with pie, or even if you do, Bread’s Bakery has a variety of mouth-watering and interesting dessert to sample and share. If you’re all about the pumpkin pie, but your person wants to switch it up, worry not– there’s that and pumpkin quiche, pear crumble tart, a cranberry gouda loaf, and so much more sweet stuff to choose from. Don’t leave it till the last minute and make sure to order early– they’re closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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Grace’s Marketplace
1299 2nd Avenue, Manhattan

Just another upscale market with lots and lots of options for you and your love if you’re feeling lazy on Thanksgiving Thursday. Order a-la-carte by 3pm on Monday, November 19 with any changes or additions in by Tuesday the 20th to have your feast delivered to you on Wednesday the 21st. Options include cranberry-orange relish, stuffed brie with cranberries and walnuts, a cornish game hen with cornbread stuffing, pumpkin ravioli, and all types of pies, from pecan to strawberry-rhubarb.

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