Not Going Home For Thanksgiving? Here’s 5 Places To Have A Delicious ‘Friendsgiving’ Meal

November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is the time of year where you eat until you’re stuffed, go to bed, wake up and eat again. Sweet potato pie for breakfast anyone? Ok, ok, so it’s also the time of year you spend quality time with your loved ones and spread gratitude for what you’re thankful for and all that warm, fuzzy stuff, right?

However, not everyone makes it home for Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean that their celebration also has to suffer. If you’re in New York City, there’s several restaurants that serve a Thanksgiving meal, but there are also restaurants within that list that give special deals for the stuff-your-face holiday. So we did the dirty work for you and compiled a list of the best restaurants for Thanksgiving in New York City. Oh yeah, this is also for the people who live in New York City and use their ovens for storage. You know who you are.

The Wayfarer

This is the place you want to come to to experience a very New York City Thanksgiving. What do we mean by that? Well, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is literally the biggest deal in Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day. People line the streets, the streets that are near the streets and beyond. It’s a madhouse, but worth it.

If you come to The Wayfarer for dinner, you’ll not only be in the midst of the parade, but you’ll get a front row seat too! If you buy a ticket to celebrate with The Wayfarer, you also get exclusive access to a private area on the parade route with complimentary hot chocolate and apple cider. Yum!

In case you can’t make dinner, there’s always breakfast. On Thanksgiving morning (7am-12pm), there’s a brunch cocktail open bar, live TV parade coverage and a breakfast buffet.

Check out the menu and then make your reservation, because…drool:


  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Organic Baby Greens
  • Roasted Beet & Kale Salad
  • Goat Cheese & Rattatouille Parfait
  • Dressed Oysters
  • Goffle Farms Fried Chicken Dumplings
  • Steak Tartar
  • Pepper Crusted Beef & Broccoli


  • Roast Turkey
  • Citrus Roasted Black Sea Bass
  • Skuna Bay Salmon Filet
  • Grilled Maine Lobster
  • Beef Wellington
  • Braised Short Rib Pot Roast
  • Grilled Local Pork Chop
  • Pastrami Prime Rib of Beef
  • Creekstone Farms Filet Mignon
  • Dry Aged NY Strip


  • Green Bean Almandine
  • Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Puree
  • Charred Broccoli & Lemon Basil
  • Brussels Sprouts/Pomegranate Yogurt
  • Hand Cut Fries/Plain Or Truffled
  • Tempura Green Beans/Teriyaki
  • Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing


Whitman and Bloom

This is a Thanksgiving menu that will have you not missing your momma’s turkey, well, as much.

For $45 each, you will be served a seasonally perfect pre-fixe Thanksgiving dinner (there’s also a la carte) that’s worth missing your family for. And if your house is anything like our mom’s, there’s no liquor. So you’ll be delighted to see that there’s also cocktails with an autumn twist that could make Martha Stewart jealous.

Check out the delicious menu:


  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chopped Kale Salad
  • Pumpkin Gnocchi

Main Course:

  • Herb Roast Turkey
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli


  • Caramel Bread Pudding
  • Homemade Apple Tart
  • Butternut Squash Cheesecake

Thanksgiving Cocktails ($10):

  • Mulled Cider with spiced rum
  • Hot & nutty Whiskey sour
  • Apple Ginger Sparklers
  • Spiced bourbon, beer & maple martini



Want to spend your Friendsgiving with Jay Z? So do we! The closest you’re going to get this year, is Jay’z Manhattan sophisticated sports bar and lounge, 40/40. Not only can you enjoy the football game the way God intended, but you can also grab a full-on Thanksgiving feast.

Check out the meal Jay Z surely planned for you:

  • Traditional Slow Roasted Turkey
  • Gravy Mash Potatoes or Mac & Cheese
  • Apple cornbread stuffing
  • Cranberry apple relish and green beans


  • Pan Roasted French Chicken Breast
  • Concord Raisin Red Wine Reduction Mash Potatoes or Mac & Cheese
  • Apple cornbread stuffing and green beans


  • With Vanilla or Dusse De Leche Ice Cream
  • Warm Pumpkin or Apple Pie

Village Pourhouse

If you’re looking for a little something-something to do after Thanksgiving dinner, ok, let’s be real, drinking is the best thing to do after an amazing meal, then we’ve got plans for you. Village Pourhouse will be open from 11am until midnight! That means that during the dinner prep, you can sneak out for a sip. You’re welcome.

The Grayson

Yes, this is a sports bar in the East Village. Why would you go down there for Thanksgiving? Well, because you’re celebrating “Friendsgiving” and you’ll be able to avoid the crazy Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade traffic as well as enjoy a boozy brunch that you didn’t have to slave over the stove for.

The Grayson will be open on Thanksgiving day, offering brunch all day long until 6pm and showing all the football games. There’s also sports specials all day and into the evening. Happy Drunksgiving!