There are countless “special occasion” restaurants in New York City. The upscale price tag is worth the splurge to appreciate fine dining at it’s best. Thanksgiving offers a rare opportunity to savor master chefs preparing your feast with all the elegance and none of the hassle. Lavish yourself in luxury and leave the cooking to the pros.
Il Gattopardo (13-15 West 54th Street)and The Leopard at des Artistes (1 West 67th Street) In the spirit of being thankful, Chef Vito will serve his Thanksgiving feasts at both fine dining restaurants from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The holiday menus for Il Gattopardo and The Leopard are delightfully bountiful. The mouthwatering centerpiece at both locations will be his Tacchino del Ringraziamento – Traditional Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey filled with chestnuts, breadcrumbs and Italian sweet sausage, served with Idaho and sweet mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce ($43). Other dishes include Homemade Ravioli filled with butternut squash, served with walnut and cinnamon sauce and Winter Mushroom and Italian Hazelnut Risotto ($32). Not many Italian restaurants offer this quality of authentic Italian cuisine.
Capital Grille (3 locations) Steak lovers appreciate that Capital Grille knows how to cook perfectly juicy steaks every time. This Thanksgiving, let them roast your turkey and discover their talent for white meat. The plate includes a host of traditional holiday sides, like Sam’s Mashed Potatoes, alongside their Slow-Roasted Turkey with Brioche Stuffing. If you’re not a meat fan, there is even a Fresh Fish of the Day option. The three-course menu is $65 for adults and $25 for children. Thanksgiving dinner will be served all day, starting at 11 a.m. and, yes, you can still order a steak from the regular menu. Sign up for their email list to keep informed about specials like the Generous Pour Wine Event and Restaurant Week deals.
Bar Boulud (1900 Broadway) Bar Boulud, a polished yet casual bistro located across from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, serves seasonal French fare and an impressive selection of traditional terrines and pâtés. From 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Turkey Day relax over three courses for $75 at the table of French Master Daniel Boulud. Choices not only include Hand Carved Turkey but also Long Island Duck Breast and Roasted Bavette Steak. On your next visit, keep in mind that they offer prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from $38 to $48 and a weekend three-course brunch for $34.