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NYC’s best restaurants for giving thanks—and getting stuffed

By David Farley

Thanksgiving is the best American holiday. It’s not religious. It’s not political. It’s all about the food. Well, okay, and getting in an argument or two about politics with a family member. But really, it’s the food that brings us to the table—as it should be. This Thanksgiving in New York City there are scores of top-notch eateries inviting you to the table with all manner of intriguing menus. Here are ten of the best.

ABC Cocina
The Jean-Georges Latin-accented eatery puts a little kick in the Thanksgiving tradition. A $98 four-course feast includes a choice of fish tacos, tuna tartar with chipotle aïoli, shrimp with sautéed garlic, and pumpkin pie. And—oh yeah—roasted turkey, in case you forget what day it is.
Neighborhood: Flatiron MAP

Ben & Jack’s
The $70 Thanksgiving meal at Midtown steakhouse Ben & Jack’s includes roasted pumpkin soup (or a salad), roasted turkey with all the fixings, and pie to finish things off. Fork over another $15 and you get some luscious porterhouse as well.
Neighborhood: Midtown East MAP

They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in China, of course, but Midtown Chinese restaurant DaDong might make you think otherwise. There are two fixed price menus on offer here, for $78 or $92 per person, which includes cherry foie gras, kabocha pumpkin soup, Chinese cabbage two ways, and something called “stir-fried duck treasures.”
Neighborhood: Midtown MAP

Hill Country BBQ
Pit-smoked turkey? Yes, please! At the Flatiron outlet of Hill Country BBQ, you can dig into a carnivorous feast of turkey, pork ribs, sweet potato Bourbon mash, Cheddar mac and cheese, smoked sausage, and Bourbon pecan pie. Graze on it all while watching football games on the big screen.
Neighborhood: Flatiron MAP

Indian Accent
This acclaimed Indian eatery puts a subcontinental spin on the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Salivate over fixed-price offerings such as roasted turkey pinwheels with paneer, cumin-maple Brussels sprouts, bacon kulcha, and tandoori cauliflower, among other delights. $95 per adult and $49 per child, 12 and younger.
Neighborhood: Midtown MAP

Italian spot L’Amico is your friend on Thanksgiving evening. The Chelsea restaurant is serving a three-course cena, or dinner, that includes cacio e pepe gnocchi, butternut squash soup, a woodfired heritage turkey, pumpkin raviolis, and pumpkin pie. Mama mia! The feast runs $68 per person, plus an optional $36 for wine pairing.
Neighborhood: Chelsea MAP

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
A turkey day splurge? Do it at this haute west Chelsea spot. Super chef Joël Robuchon may have gone to that great kitchen in the sky earlier this year, but his New York restaurant knows how to elevate a Thanksgiving meal. The Gallic-accented $155 prix fixe offers foie gras with Parmesan foam, pumpkin gnocchi, eggplant confit, spiced Long Island duck and, of course, a very traditional Thanksgiving turkey.
Neighborhood: West Chelsea MAP

For a seafood-laced Thanksgiving, take a dive into Oceana. The $85 three-course prix-fixe menu lets guests choose from entrees like Sea Scallops, Seared Halibut, Scottish Salmon, Roasted Organic Turkey, or Beer Braised Short Ribs. Finish off in a sweet way with options like Pumpkin Cheesecake, Warm Apple Cake, Bread Pudding, Lemon Meringue Pie Parfait, or their Chocolate Bar.
Neighborhood: Midtown MAP

Rotisserie Georgette
Georgette Farkas, the namesake behind this upscale rotisserie restaurant, takes her birds seriously—and you should, too. Ms. Farkas is putting on a serious Thanksgiving fowl-centric feast on Thanksgiving. The $90 fixed-price meal includes a heritage roasted turkey, turkey sausage, celery root stuffing, and all the other fixings you’d expect.
Neighborhood: Upper East Side MAP

Union Square eatery Tocqueville starts off its Thanksgiving offerings with a choice of roasted butternut squash soup or white truffle-spiked pasta, among others, before moving on to the main course: roasted free-range turkey with a chestnut veggie stuffing. For diners who want to deviate from the edible tradition, there’s also Moroccan-spiced lamb shank and grilled filet mignon. $125 per person.
Neighborhood: Union Square MAP

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