Delicious Thanksgiving Dinners in the Big Apple

By: Brian Diedrick

After you watch the Macy's parade, head out into the city for Thanksgiving dinner.
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Do you slave in your kitchen every Thanksgiving, cooking all day? Does your entire family count on you to provide the food and entertainment? Would you love to spend the day having someone else do all of the work for you: the cooking, the serving and cleaning the dishes? If you answered yes, then put your cookbooks and old family recipes away. This year, head to New York City.

In this article, we'll look at some restaurants where you can get a traditional Thanksgiving meal, as well as some restaurants that provide a unique holiday dining experience.


Thanksgiving Dinner At Fraunces Tavern

If you're looking to reflect on America's history during your Thanksgiving meal, you couldn't ask for a better venue than Fraunces Tavern. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan, this establishment was a favorite of revolutionary leaders, including General George Washington, who delivered his famous officers' farewell address in the tavern's long room. Today, the Fraunces is both a restaurant and museum, with numerous rooms throughout the three-story building open to the public.

Fraunces Tavern is in downtown Manhattan.
Fraunces Tavern is in downtown Manhattan.
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The restaurant, after closing for a few years in the late '90s, was renovated and reopened under a partnership headed by New York restaurateur Mike Rakusin (Sweet Basil, Chelsea Cafe). Worried about the need to dress up in your revolutionary finest? Don't be. In "the spirit of freedom and independence," the Fraunces doesn't enforce a dress code. The Fraunces is located in downtown Manhattan at 54 Pearl St.

Another option is the well-known New York landmark Le Cirque. This French-Italian restaurant, a favorite of celebrities, has circus artwork and is located in the heart of midtown. It features a three-course fixed-price menu for Thanksgiving. Be sure to book your reservation in advance.