Pre-fixes and Pie – A Guide to Thanksgiving in NYC

Are you coming to NYC for the Thanksgiving holiday? We think that’s a great idea! The parade, the Central Park fall foliage, the FOOD! Below are some of our top picks for Thanksgiving Day feasts – mostly pre-fixe menus with one takeout option thrown in (mess-free, stress-free holiday!).

Need to bring something to a homemade feast? Pie is ALWAYS the answer! We’ve got you covered below.

After you feast, come visit us over the holiday weekend to walk off your meal and learn a bit about the city! (And there will still be food – it’s Thanksgiving weekend after all!)

With New York City being the food mecca that it is, you have many options when it comes to enjoying a beautiful Thanksgiving meal outside of the home. From traditional turkey feasts to unique takes on delicious holiday fare, here are a few of our favorite options.

For an Italian twist on traditional: Rafele

Rafele is offering up a delicious menu for Thanksgiving. They do have a turkey with stuffing, with the added bonus of some delicious pasta dishes to start. Beet pappardelle, as well as butternut squash and ricotta ravioli. Italian Thanksgiving fare, done right. My belly is warm just thinking about it. Let the heat from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven and the smoke from Chef Raffaele’s good looks warm your heart and soul this year.
$65 per person


29 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-1999

Rafele Dining Room


Chef Raffaele in Action

For a true feast, Italian-style: Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria is doing a beautiful Thanksgiving menu, with a combination of decadent family-style sides and starters, and your choice of first and second courses. Smashed Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes, carmelized brussel sprouts, buckwheat stuffing – traditional sides done way better than I could manage at home. And beautiful extends to the space as well. In short, Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria does everything right. Both the cuisine and the space are reminiscent of a rustic market straight out of Tuscany.
$85.00 per person


53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 837-2622

For a traditional turkey feast with all the fixins: The Smile
The Smile is a beautiful space in Nolita offering a LOT of food to satisfy all of your deep Thanksgiving day desires.  Alongside their apple-cider brined turkey, you’ll get a delectable array of sides from stuffing to cranberry to brussel sprouts. The classics done right. Top it off with a bourbon pumpkin pie or a maple pecan pie and you’ll be guaranteed to roll home full and happy. P.S. Only the cool kids need apply: This place is hipper than Brooklyn.
$60 per person


or be the family hero and get:

26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
(646) 329-5836
Cornelia Street Cafe

Silky pumpkin pie at Dominique Ansel

A great gift for your hosts, or to tuck into back in your hotel room.

Bubby’s – Bubby means grandmother in Yiddish so you know this place will have you covered in the ‘comfort pie’ department. Traditional pumpkin, apple and pecan, as well as sour cherry and peanut butter chocolate – you can’t go wrong, especially with locations in Tribeca and near the Highline!

Amy’s Bread – located all over the city, including the West Village and inside Chelsea Market. Amy’s has got you covered in the bread department, of course (pumpkin walnut cranberry bread – swoon). They also have a ‘special’ pumpkin pie – made with love and tons of flavor, as well as an apple crumb pie.

Dominique Ansel Bakery – located in Soho and the West Village. A French bakery offering up unique twists on traditional desserts. Their pumpkin pie is billed as ‘extra silky’.
Or try their spin on traditional apple pie – the apple tart tatin. Made with whole caramelized fall orchard apples, warm cinnamon spice, and a buttery, flaky puff pastry crust with a hint of sea salt. Yes please!

Victory Garden – this is a unique twist and the one I’m planning to bring to my family feast. How does a salted caramel gelato pie in a pecan crust sound? Different and amazing? Yes, I agree. They’re located on Carmine Street in the West Village and judging from the inventiveness of their goat milk ice cream sundaes, I’m pretty excited to try this.

And we’d be remiss not to give a special shout-out to the perfect gift for your host or hostess.
A true show-stopper and possibly even the centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.
A giant chocolate turkey from Li-lac Chocolates – locations in the West Village and Chelsea Market.

Enjoy! Let us know what you decide!
Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!
Danielle, Foods of NY Tours
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