Elegant Turkeys: The City’s Top Places for Thanksgiving

For those traveling this year or others who simply want to indulge and savor without spending hours in the kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of some of New York City’s finest restaurants open for business and serving some of the most delicious as well as innovative renditions of the American feast.

1. Eleven Madison Park
Usually serving more French cuisine than American, chef Daniel Hum has promised to prepare the restaurant’s first Thanksgiving meal complete with a luxurious selection of foie gras with wild Scottish partridge or try the Alba-truffle risotto alongside an organic Turkey.
11 Madison Avenue

2. Gilt
This restaurant is situated in the nineteenth-century Villard Mansion attached to the New York Palace Hotel. A décor which combines neoclassical style with a contemporary flair, diners can choose between a three-course, five-course or even seven course meal with staff ready to patiently explain each serving. For Thanksgiving dinner possibilities include white truffles and rice to complement your turkey alongside Jersey cranberries and Alaskan prawns.
455 Madison Avenue, at 50th Street

3. Davidburke & Donatella
This Modern American restaurant has a décor that evokes a 1930s sentiment. Chef David Burke prepares a roasted organic turkey as well as a lobster “steak” which comes with lap chung and sweet potato home fries.  The main course is followed by a scrumptious pumpkin pie “energy bar” complete with candied cranberries, ginger bread and ruby porto.
133 E 61st St between Park and Lexington Avenues

4. The BLT Market at the Ritz Carlton
With a focus on local and specialty produce, the menu offers seasonal plates such as celery root, chestnut and apple soup with sage-foie gras croutons. Splurging on one ounce of delicious Alba white truffles to a wild mushroom risotto will cost you $510. Of course, you can opt for a less pricey serving for $150.
Ritz Carlton New York, Central Park, 1430 Sixth Ave at Central Park South

5. Park Avenue Autumn
Just a few years old this Upper East Side restaurant changes its name according to the season. Talented chef Craig Koketsu has prepared a Thanksgiving menu including specialties such as venison chops with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds or John Dory black truffles with brioche-crusted poached egg. For dessert, try the crème fraiche cheesecake with warm figs and red-wine-fig sorbet.
100 E. 63rd ST., at Park Avenue.

6. Daniel
After an extensive re-design Daniel Boulud’s Upper East Side restaurant is a perfect pick for a Thanksgiving feast. Boulud offers a multi-course dinner including traditional turkey gourmet preparations such as Hudson Valley turkey doused with black-pepper-thyme giblet gravy, filet mignon with creamed spinach on the side and a fabulous dessert tray.
60 E 65th St.

7. The Craft
Known as one of New York City’s top American restaurants, it once asked diners to design their own meals from an à la carte menu offering a selection of the finest fish, meats, vegetables and grains. Award winning chef Tom Colicchio has prepared a Thanksgiving dinner menu which includes Eberly Farms Turkey and Wild Scottish Salmon with seasonal sides such as sausage-raisin-fennel stuffing and roasted autumn vegetables.
43 East 19th St.