The first year I went out to dinner on Thanksgiving was a little weird. My father was in a panic that there wouldn’t be any leftovers. But within an hour of sitting down to a delicious meal without chopping, roasting or mashing, we were all hooked. Let someone else do the cooking this year and just enjoy each other’s company. You can still order pumpkin pies to take home!
Oceana (120 West 49th Street) Oceana will dazzle your guests with an exquisite dining room and the “wow” factor. For $72 per person (12- 9 p.m.) feast on three courses of traditional favorites or go nuts with grilled swordfish, hangar steak and jumbo lump crab cake options. Children under twelve are half price. Monday through Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. take advantage of their three-course prix-fixe dinner for $55 per person. The chocolate parfait is heavenly and the raw bar is top notch.
Jones Wood Foundry (401 East 76th Street) Don’t let the fact that they pour a perfect pint dissuade you from visiting Jones on Thanksgiving. I love the cozy booths, relaxed vibe and, of course, yummy food at this British eatery. For $65 per person ($35 for kids under eight) enjoy three courses that incorporates butternut squash ravioli and pumpkin pie (11 a.m-7 p.m.). Stop by from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday for $5 beer and wine and an $11 burger special. Their fries are delicious if you’re looking for a bar snack.
Abboccato (136 West 55th Street) For an Italian take on Thanksgiving try the four-course feast at Abboccato for $65 per person (3-9 p.m.). Selections include house made ricotta cavatelli and boneless turkey stuffed with onions and beef sausage. Monday through Saturday from 3-5 p.m. enjoy half price wine selections by both the glass and bottle and $5 beers. Also worth sampling are half price appetizers like Nonna’s meatballs and crispy calamari. Every day you can dine out with prix-fixe lunch ($28) and dinner ($39) menus. Add wine pairings for just $25.
Image: Oceana, Credit: Paul Johnson