There’s no reason to panic if your Thanksgiving plans go awry – whether due to an (oops) burned bird – or because of unexpected guests, the always-amazing culinary scene in New York City has you covered. From last-minute reservations to casual buffet-style dining, there’s something for everyone in The Big Apple when it comes to the biggest eating holiday of the year. Try one of these five diverse dining experiences for your last-minute Thanksgiving dinner:
- Hill Country in Midtown not only has great Texas ribs in a down-home BBQ joint atmosphere, but the prices are downright affordable. For the big holiday, you can choose from a traditional turkey dinner or opt for old favorites like mac ‘n cheese. The kids will love the ice cream dessert at this Time Out New York critics’ pick.
- Landmarc in Tribeca features a pan-seared turkey dinner complete with fixings. This Italian-French bistro rocks the healthy eating vibe by integrating things like broccoli into old favorites like tater tots, in a way that the kids won’t even notice.
- What could be better than indulging in a luxurious roasted turkey dinner (or your choice of several other premium entrees) while looking out upon the Rockefeller Center ice rink? Check out Rock Center Café and let their amazing chefs do the cooking for you. While this popular contemporary dining spot is a bit pricier than some of the NYC restaurants open on Thanksgiving day (in previous years the holiday dinner ran about $75 for adults and $25 for kids 11 and under), you can’t beat the ambiance and classic New York surroundings. Reservations are recommended but not necessary.
- Bubby’s in Tribeca and the High Line is a truly unique experience. The restaurant was once a pie kitchen, however it now serves all-day meals at both of its locations. The buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner is a complete, traditional holiday meal with all the accoutrements from stuffing to potatoes, even glazed ham in addition to the classic bird. In 2014, the restaurant donated its Thanksgiving dinner profits (in the form of suggested donations from diners) to the NYC Rescue Mission. Bubby’s was a Time Out New York critics’ pick as well as being oft-recommended as the best restaurant in NYC for the Thanksgiving meal.
- For a less traditional last-minute holiday dinner, check out the experience at Bustan – a Mediterranean “den” offering a combination of typical fare like black-peppercorn-basted turkey, alongside more exotic options like cherry-vinegar-glazed figs and Jerusalem artichokes. This Upper West Side restaurant offers pricing by the meal as well as a la carte style.
While a home-cooked holiday meal is certainly something very special, once in awhile it’s fun to do something a little different. New York, with its extremely diverse, innovative, and just plain delicious culinary scene is the perfect place to make holiday memories with a taste of something outside the ordinary. Whether it’s just you and your special someone, or a whole crowd of out-of-town guests, you’re bound to find the perfect eats in the city that never sleeps.