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Dining Out On Thanksgiving: 23 Restaurant Feasts To Be Thankful For

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mong the many things to be grateful for this autumn: You don’t actually have to roast a Thanksgiving turkey if you don’t want to, let alone clean up after.

Many of America’s finest restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner. So instead of making stuffing and cranberry sauce, just make a res­ervation. While some cities have more options than others—it’s practically business as usual in New York, while San Francisco is letting the tryptophan take effect—here’s a look at some menus worth feasting your eyes on. (All prices per person unless otherwise noted.)

 Grapefruit Givré

Grapefruit Givré Image courtesy of Daniel and Boulud Sud

New York

The Pool and The Grill

These Major Food Group restaurants fill the reimagined space at the Seagram Building that once belonged to the old Four Seasons Restaurant. For most of the year, they have different menus (a fish-centric one at The Pool, steaks at The Grill). But like all good siblings, they’re coming together on Thanksgiving—to serve the same $195 Turkey Day tasting menu, which includes pumpkin soup, broccoli casserole and smoked-turkey-leg stuffing. (Prime rib costs an extra $79.) And what’s a holiday without a little light show? The turkey is prepared tableside and flambéed with Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon. 

Daniel and Boulud Sud

Daniel Boulud, the Michelin-starred French chef, has several restaurants open for the holiday. His Upper East Side flagship Daniel has a $205 tasting menu with turkey, with an optional $365 supplement of Golden Ossetra caviar. For $105 at crosstown Boulud Sud, you can dine on more than bird. The Mediterranean-influenced restaurant is preparing octopus a la plancha, Egyptian lamb Cleopatra and grapefruit givre for dessert.

Clocktower

The Pilgrims may have fled England, but if you’re not holding a grudge, British chef Jason Atherton is putting together a feast that nods to both sides of the Atlantic. There’s a Hudson Valley foie gras with a London stout gelée, burrata cheese with an herbs de Provence infusion, and a 40-day-dry-aged New York strip steak with triple-cooked, British-style chips. The cost: $85, plus $20 if you do steak, not turkey.

Katz’s Delicatessen

How much pastrami can you eat? The New York institution has a $90 all-you-can-consume meal that blends Thanksgiving standards (turkey, mashed potatoes, apple pie) with traditional Jewish favorites (latkes, matzoh-ball soup—and yes, pastrami on rye).

Fraunces Tavern

Come for the well-priced tasting menu—$70 for filet mignon, shrimp-and-lobster cake and sticky-toffee-pumpkin pudding—stay for the history. This lower Manhattan eatery was the site of George Washington’s farewell to his troops in 1783, and a few years thereafter, it served as the offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

 Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller Image courtesy of Galatoire’s

New Orleans

Arnaud’s

It’s hard to beat the aura of Americana at Arnaud’s, which is celebrating its centennial. Its $55 menu brings a traditional Thanksgiving, plus the restaurant’s Shrimp Arnaud (Gulf shrimp marinated in a Creole remoulade sauce). After dinner, check out the restaurant’s Mardi Gras Museum upstairs and its collection of more than two dozen costumes.

Compère Lapin

Chef Nina Compton’s lauded Nola eatery is doing a $75 family-style spread with Thanksgiving staples, as well as jerk-style sweet potatoes, biscuit stuffing and green beans with fonduta.

Brennan’s

Pumpkin spice weary? Head here to the original home of bananas foster. Chef Slade Rushing, a James Beard Award finalist, has a $65 feast with everything from seafood filé gumbo to fried rabbit schnitzel to those hallmark flaming fruits.

Galatoire’s

This Bourbon Street mainstay will serve its à la carte menu and a $35 Thanksgiving plate: vanilla-bourbon-brined turkey breast, Creole seafood stuffing, candied yams and green bean casserole. To keep the atmosphere relaxed, Galatoire’s is lifting its usual dress code: Jackets for men are encouraged, but not required.

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving turkey Image courtesy of RPM Steak

Chicago

Tavern on Rush

For anyone who wants Thanksgiving Day flexibility, Tavern on Rush is open from 11 a.m. to midnight for its classic supper (turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and chestnut stuffing). $49.95 for adults, $16.95 for kids under 12.

Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse

The Oak Brook location of this Gold Coast steakhouse’s massive Turkey Day buffet is already sold out, but the restaurant is still offering a spate of Thanksgiving staples in its dining room for $50: lobster bisque, roasted turkey with homemade cranberry sauce, candied yams and, of course, pumpkin or apple pie.

RPM Steak

From the culinary stylings of husband-and-wife Bill and Giuliana Rancic—he of Apprentice fame; she of E!—comes a $90 tasting menu that includes an aged parmesan risotto and coal-roasted king crab.

The Signature Room at the 95th

Dine in the clouds at this restaurant atop the 875 North Michigan Avenue (the former John Hancock Center) overlooking Lake Michigan. An $80 meals includes charcuterie, a prime rib carving station and the option of turkey, and pan-seared scallops or lamb chops, followed by a dessert buffet.

Whole-roasted chicken

Whole-roasted chicken Image courtesy of the Nomad LA

Los Angeles

The Ivy

One of Tinsel Town’s sceniest restaurants, the Ivy is extending its high-touch style to Thanksgiving with a $100 dinner of corn chowder, oysters, lobster ravioli and a complimentary glass of champagne.

The Nomad LA

Nomad’s regular à la carte options are available (try the kanpachi ceviche or the fried chicken with chili-ginger vinaigrette). Thanksgiving loyalists, meanwhile, can enjoy a $59 holiday prix fixe: honeynut squash soup (pureed from a varietal hand bred by chef Dan Barber), a turkey breast or the signature whole roast chicken, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce, served family-style.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air

Puck has catered to the Hollywood elite for three-plus decades, and his $195 tasting menu shows it. There’s roasted pumpkin soup, a traditional organic turkey and a dessert buffet extravaganza. Many of Puck’s Las Vegas restaurants are open, too, including Spago at the Bellagio, Lupo, Cucina and the Bar & Grill at MGM.

Melisse

The Michelin-starred Santa Monica eatery will serve a blend of high-end (Maine diver scallops with foie gras and truffle consommé) and comfort (herb roasted free-range turkey, apple-and-brioche stuffing and pomegranate gravy) for $95.

 Tasting menu dish

Tasting menu dish Omakase

San Francisco

Michael Mina

At prolific restaurateur Michael Mina’s eponymous restaurant, a $180 tasting menu features tuna tartare, squash, wild salmon and a persimmon-and-cranberry cheesecake. Not in San Francisco? Taste Mina’s take on Thanksgiving at his Bourbon Steak Washington, D.C., RN74 Seattle and Stripsteak Waikiki.

Charlie Palmer Steak

The 95-minute drive up the 101 to Napa is worth it. For $65, choose from a three-course menu that includes braised short ribs, roast pork chops and a chocolate-pecan pie with speculoos (spice cookie) ice cream.

The Cliff House

If you want to kick off the festivities early, go for the $75 champagne buffet. Service commences at 10:30 a.m. and features a live harpist. The spread offers grilled flank steak, seafood paella and a turkey-carving station, among other things. The buffet ends at 6:30, just in time to see the sunset fall on the restaurant’s spectacular views of Lands End.

Omakase

For those who prefer their Thanksgiving meal pulled from the sea, there’s Omakase’s traditional Edomae-style sushi, which prizes simplicity. Here, the $150 and $200 tasting menus change almost daily.

Reach Maggie McGrath at mmcgrath@forbes.com. Cover Image by Getty.

Additional reporting by Elisabeth Brier.

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