Thanksgiving Day Feasts You Don’t Have to Cook: NYC’s Top Turkey Day Spots

Want a hassle-free Thanksgiving meal? Check out the top spots in NYC to order out and dine in for a terrific turkey, steak, or even a vegan meal—or skip straight to dessert

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and celebrate all the things for which we’re thankful. And if you want to be thankful for not having to cook for all that family, then you’ve come to the right place. The spots below will help you get a full course meal on the table with little to no prep on your part (don’t worry, we won’t tell!). You can even skip the post-feast dishes and dine-in for an extra-special Thanksgiving dinner. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Whatever you decide—take out or dine in—New York City has the best places to serve you up something divine on Thanksgiving Day in 2022.


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Il Florista

Restaurant and flower arrangement expert Il Florista has partnered with Quattro Farm to prepare a delicious turkey roulade for your dining table. A whole turkey roulade costs $189 and comes ready to eat, prepared with a chamomile brine and served with herbed bread stuffing. You can purchase side dishes here as well, with options including crispy polenta, cranberry relish, roasted parsnip, and more. You can even buy a flower arrangement to brighten up the Thanksgiving meal with a pop of color.

You’ll be able to pick up your order on Wed., Nov. 23 after 2 p.m., or on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Delivery is also available on request.

17 W. 26th St.
NOMAD
Online: ilfiorista.myshopify.com

The Ribbon

Open on Thanksgiving day for takeout and dine-in, The Ribbon is a more affordable option for families. You can order a traditional rotisserie turkey for $39 or opt for another main, like salmon or NY strip steak. The turkey dish is a full meal for a person—it comes with traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potato casserole, brussel sprouts, and, of course, cranberry sauce.

You can also choose to order takeout for two at $99.95, which includes two of the turkey dishes, as well as a wedge salad, roasted fall soup, and two orders of pecan pie. Multiple orders of this would make for an entire Thanksgiving Day spread, but order soon, because there’s limited availability. Takeout can be picked up on Thurs., Nov. 24 from 2 to 8 p.m., so everything can go straight from the restaurant to your table.

20 W. 72nd St.
Upper West Side
Online: theribbonnyc.com

Carmine’s

Carmine’s will deliver its traditional Thanksgiving feast to you, you can pick it up yourself, or you can enjoy it at the chain’s Upper West Side and Times Square locations. Enough for six to eight people, the meal features an 18-pound roast turkey, sausage & sage stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, baby carrots and sauteed string beans.

It’s $349 whether you get it delivered, pick it up, or dine in. For an additional $25, you can add on an apple or pumpkin pie. Bonus: if someone in your group doesn’t like turkey, the regular Carmine’s menu is available to order from, as well.

2450 Broadway
Upper West Side

200 W. 44th St.
Times Square

Online: carminesnyc.com

Eataly

For a Turkey day feast with an Italian twist, Eataly has you covered. Choose a turkey from a local farm, all pasture-raised and hormone- and and antibiotic-free, or pick out some smaller cuts if a whole turkey is too much for your family. Pair your bird with a number of delectable side dishes, like a salumi and formaggi platter handcrafted by experts, artisanal homemade pasta dishes, and freshly baked breads. And don’t forget dessert! Eataly has some classics like apple pie as well as delectable Italian desserts like their Toro cake with white chocolate cremino and toasted hazelnuts.

Pre-order your meal before Sat., Nov. 19 to have it ready for pickup on Thanksgiving Day at Eataly Flatiro, or Sun., Nov. 20 for pickup at Eataly Downtown.

Online: eataly.com

Blossom

Looking for a vegan alternative to the Thanksgiving turkey meal? Skip the bird with Blossom, a vegan restaurant that offers completely animal-free meals sourced from local farms and small businesses. Dine in or order pickup by Wed., Nov. 23 for a vegan meal featuring three courses and dessert. Dishes include a mix of traditional Thanksgiving sides like soy-sausage stuffing and mashed potato with mushroom-based shiitake gravy, as well as some more uniquely Blossom dishes like parsnip ravioli, beet carpaccio, and stuffed acorn squash. Finish the meal with pumpkin pie, tiramisu, chocolate ganache, and berries and cream. Plus, many of the dishes are nut free, soy free, and gluten free (see the menu on their website for more information—and note that the menu items are subject to change).

A kid’s Thanksgiving option is also available, which has a traditional (but still vegan) meal consisting of stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, kale, and squash, and your choice of dessert.

507 Columbus Ave.
Upper West Side

72 University Pl.
Greenwich Village

Online: blossomnyc.com

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Aquavit

Get your Thanksgiving to go at the two Michelin star restaurant, Aquavit, for a chance to taste the delectable Nordic inspired creations of executive chef Emma Benftsson. Order the kit for $575 for a four-person meal consisting of roasted fennel and caraway spiced turkey breast, smoked turkey leg sausages along with sides and extras including herb roasted vegetables, truffled mushroom spatzle, green bean salad, and pumpkin pie. Get your order on Wed., Nov. 23 between 3 and 5 p.m., then just reheat and serve on Thanksgiving Day.

65 E. 55th St.
Midtown East
Online: aquavit.org

Dickson’s Farmstead Meats

Chelsea Market’s excellent butcher has birds of all kinds and sizes from area farms: fresh turkeys, roast turkey, Moulard duck, and even capon, which are large chickens that have lots of white meat. They’ll also help you with prep with a brine kit, turkey rub, and herbed compound butter. Alternatively, you can get a smoked or roast turkey ready to serve for $170.

Order early, as their supplies are already being sold fast (especially, according to the website, the Kelly Bronze). Pickup is at the Chelsea Market location, or items can be shipped for a fee. In a hurry? Just use their Thanksgiving quick order form!

75 Ninth Ave.
Chelsea
Online: dicksonsfarmstand.com

Marina del Rey

Got your turkey ready but want to get some sides professionally made? No problem! The expert caterers at Marina del Rey has an “Everything But the Bird” option priced at $139, which has everything you need to make it a complete meal for eight to 10 people, including sourdough and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, glazed carrots, string beans with almonds, 18 dinner rolls, and a pumpkin pie. Whew!

Of course, you can also get the full meal, turkey and all, for $199, or get the deluxe option which includes a few different sides and serves 10 to12 people. Meals are available for pickup only, and must be retrieved on Thanksgiving Day between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Place your order by that Monday to have your meal prepared on time!

1 Marina Dr.
Throgs Neck, Bronx
Online: mdrnyc.com

Whole Foods

No matter how you want your Thanksgiving dinner, Whole Foods has got you covered. Choose from full meals for small and large groups, paleo-friendly dinners, a vegan option created by chef Chloe Coscarelli, as well as main courses of ham and prime rib.

Prices range from $49.99 for the vegan meal for two to $569.99 for a loaded Thanksgiving extravaganza for 12. Place your order 48 hours before you want to get your meal—or buy a bit in advance and follow the detailed reheating instructions provided by the website.

If you want to prepare the turkey yourself, Whole Foods also has raw turkey meal kits, which provide you with an oven-ready bird with onion, carrot and celery that serves eight people for $79.99, or a full meal with a turkey and sides for $179.99.

Several locations around NYC
Online: wholefoodsmarket.com

Di Paola Turkey Farm

If farmers market shopping is a ritual for your Thanksgiving plans, pre-order a bird with DiPaola Turkey Farm, featured at 20 Greenmarket locations throughout the city. This second-generation family farm raises Broad Breasted Whites and is a good pick if you’re cooking for a smaller party. Choose a size range to suit the number of guests you plan to feed—Di Paola recommends that you plan for about a pound to a pound and a half per person for a whole turkey. You can buy just a breast, leg, wing or all three and save on roasting time as well.

Orders become available fairly early, and you’ll have to plan ahead as all orders must be picked up before noon on your location’s designated date.

891 Edinburg Rd.
Hamilton Township, NJ
Online:
dipaolaturkeyfarm.com

William Poll

If you’re not familiar with the wildly popular dips at Upper East Side gourmet store William Poll, treat yourself and your fellow diners to a few of these yummy spreads. Go for classic and refined cucumber, or try some of the more robust or decadent flavors like Cheddy Chut (cheddar and chutney), spinach, blue cheese and bacon, or prosciutto. For the complete experience, eat them with the store’s baked potato thins.

1051 Lexington Ave.
Upper East Side
Online: williampoll.com

Zabar’s

Keep it simple, and local, and order your entire Thanksgiving Dinner from Upper West Side NYC institution, Zabar’s. Its Holiday Dinner for six is $279 (or $380 to serve 10) and includes Zabar’s Roast Turkey, chestnut stuffing, homemade giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, string beans with almonds, homemade dinner rolls, and even a Zabar’s apple or pumpkin pie.

Orders for Thanksgiving must be placed before that Monday at 4 p.m. and will be delivered right to your door.

2245 Broadway
Upper West Side
Online: zabars.com

Butterfield Market

Butterfield Market has been serving freshly-prepared foods on the Upper East side since 1915 and it’s still as popular as ever. This year you can outsource the whole meal for between $285-$720 depending on how many people you plan to have over. Or, you can pick from their selection of starters and sides including mini crab cakes, corn pudding, and marshmallow sweet potatoes.

They offer ready-to-cook turkeys, whole roasted turkeys, sides, starters, four different types of stuffing, breads, and desserts. You can even get a vegan “turkey” with vegan and gluten-free mushroom gravy here. Pickup is at their 85th Street location, or you can get your meal delivered (note that delivery price varies by location, and there are some delivery restrictions in Manhattan due to the Thanksgiving Day parade. Make sure to place your order by Fri., Nov. 18 at 4 p.m.

1150 Madison Ave.
Upper East Side
Online: butterfieldmarket.com

Good Enough to Eat

Take some comfort food home with you with Good Enough to Eat’s Thanksgiving to Go meal. Schatzie’s herb roasted turkey is available at $11.50 per pound for a whole turkey and $18.50 per pound for sliced turkey. You can also get the rest of your sides here, including stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, cornbread, and several pies. The menu also includes a sour cream apple crumble pie recipe in case you want to try your hand at baking dessert! Place your order by 4 p.m. on Tues., Nov. 22 to have it ready for pickup on Wed., Nov. 23 by 4 p.m.

520 Columbus Ave. at 85th St.
Upper West Side
Online: goodenoughtoeat.com

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Dine in: Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Meals

Bubby’s

Comfort food spot Bubby’s proudly declares Thanksgiving as the restaurant’s favorite holiday. Dine in at Bubby’s for a down-home, traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkeys from Pallman Farms in upstate NY and homemade sides.

The special holiday meal is $100 per adult and $70 per child under 10 (excluding drinks and gratuity) and includes a massive two-course meal, followed by dessert. In addition to turkey, enjoy flaky buttermilk biscuits, old-fashioned glazed ham, creamy mashed potatoes, and more. You can also get a vegetarian lasagna made with roasted butternut squash and mushrooms, although you’ll need to request this ahead of time. Don’t forget to leave room for Bubby’s famous pies! End your dinner with apple whiskey crumble pie, pumpkin pie, and sour cherry pie, served family-style with individual plates and plenty to share.

120 Hudson St.
Tribeca
Online: bubbys.com

Barbounia

Mediterranean restaurant Barbounia has a fixed-price menu for Thanksgiving day, featuring dishes infused with a Mediterranean flavor and style. For $86 per person, you can get free-range Pennsylvania turkey, as well as other entree options including taboon roasted red snapper and farmers market vegetables and mushrooms with couscous. There are also plenty of sides, from roasted pumpkin soup to flash fried cauliflower. Dessert features some unique dishes like deconstructed pumpkin pie and rosewater panacotta, for a new spin on traditional options.

250 Park Ave. South
Flatiron
Online: barbounia.com

Cote

For something a little different this year (and for kids who are up for anything), head to Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse Cote for a beef-heavy feast. A special Thanksgiving menu features traditional Korean dishes and a selection of the finest USDA Prime and American Wagyu Beef is being served for $125 per person. (Additional a la carte menu items are available as well, and you can get a holiday box shipped to you if you want to enjoy at home.)

16 W. 22nd St.
Flatiron
Online: cotenyc.com

La Goulou

This French bistro does Thanksgiving a little different, bringing French cuisine into the traditional American holiday feast. So while you can get your turkey meal (organic Amish Country turkey with mashed potato and sweet potato dressing, as well as brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, and gravy), you can also order escargot and foie gras to go with it—to name just a few of the available sides on the special Thanksgiving menu.

29 E. 61st St.
Lenox Hill
Online: lagouluerestaurant.com

Casa Ora

Who says the Thanksgiving meals need to end after Thanksgiving Day? Venezuelan comfort food restaurant Casa Ora will be serving holiday special meals starting on Thanksgiving all the way through New Years Eve. These specials don’t include a turkey, but they’ll satisfy the festive appetites of any family members. Chow down on traditional Hispanic dishes like hallaca (pork and chickpea—or just chickpea for a vegan option—tamale with potato, raisin and olives), pernil (slow roasted pork loin with lentils, chimichurri, and carrot and potato puree), and more. Adults in the party can also skip straight from Thanksgiving to Christmas and try the ponche crema, a Venezuelan eggnog.

148 Meserole St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Online: casaoranyc.com

Hill Country

Visit Hill Country for a Texas-style feast of epic proportions. The meal will be served from 12 until 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will feature the restaurant’s signature barbecue and pit-smoked turkey, as well as classic sides like potato and vegetable dishes and dessert pies, pudding, or cupcakes. The feast is fixed price, at $95 per adult and $45 for kids aged 5-12. Kids under 5 eat free!

Hill Country also has a takeout option in the form of the Texas Turkey Box, which has a full meal for four to six people for $180 and the Thanksgiving Feast option for $300, for eight to 10 people. You can also choose to order a la carte or choose a number of sides for a custom holiday feast.

30 W 26th St.
NOMAD
Online: hillcountry.com

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Just Desserts: Get Your Thanksgiving Pie and Fall Sweets Fix

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery has a great selection of holiday pies to try, including the classics (pecan pie and pumpkin pie) and new twists on the classics (chocolate pecan pie and pumpkin praline pie). You can also pair your pie up with banana pudding with the “Best of Magnolia Bakery” Thanksgiving Sampler Pack, or choose from any of the seasonal desserts—including the fantastic apple crisp pudding and adorable Thanksgiving cupcakes—or order from their regular menu. Pies and puddings come in sizes large enough to satisfy even the guests with the biggest sweet tooth.

Several locations around NYC
Online: magnoliabakery.com

Milk Bar

Wish your apple cider donut came in cake form? Want a pumpkin pie with the consistency of a pecan pie? Milk Bar has both desserts available for the fall season—and just in time for Thanksgiving. The apple cider donut cake, in particular, would make a great finisher for your amazing holiday feast! Other seasonal treats include the assorted fall truffle box and apple cider donut truffles (you know, just in case the cake isn’t enough).

Several locations around NYC
Online: milkbarstore.com

Butter and Scotch

Thanksgiving pies at Butter and Scotch are ready for pre-order! Choose from flavors like apple pear cranberry crumble, bourbon ginger pecan pie, or pumpkin spice pie. The pies, which serve eight to 10 people, are $42-45 each. Store pick-up is available at their sister bakery Love, Nelly and select partners around Brooklyn. Place your orders by Sun., Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. for a chance to have your pie and eat it, too!

Several locations around NYC
Online: shop.butterandscotch.com

Little Pie Company

This bakery consistently tops lists of where to get the best pie in the city, both big and small. Its list of Thanksgiving pies is impressive, with flavors such as sour cream apple walnut pie, sweet potato pie, Mississippi mud pie, and even gluten free blueberry apple crumb pie. You can also get a sampler of four popular mini pies!

Full size pies serve eight to 10 and most are $42. Order before Mon., Nov. 21 and you’ll be able to pick up or get your pie delivered in time for Thanksgiving.

424 W. 43rd St.
Midtown
Online: littlepiecompany.com

4&20 Blackbirds

This cozy bakery is at it again! This year’s Thanksgiving selections include bittersweet chocolate pecan, brown butter pumpkin, salted caramel apple, and the famed salty honey pie, a specialty custard blend topped with zinging flakes of sea salt. Pies are $44 each and typically serve eight to 10 people. Place an order before noon to get your pie the following day (available for pickup or delivery)—pies ordered past 12 p.m. will be available in two days.

634 Dean St.
Prospect Heights

439 3rd Ave.
Gowanus

Online: birdsblack.com

Ways to Give Back to the Community

If you find yourself thankful for having a full stomach and a full wallet, you can give the gift of a Thanksgiving meal to someone less fortunate and spread some goodwill. Soup kitchens and various charities have opportunities to help make a special Thanksgiving meal for people who might not be able to afford one on their own. Here are two opportunities to help if you have the funds or the time:

The WSCAH Turkey Challenge

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger has been providing families with holiday meals for over 10 years. Last year, they helped over 8,000 families and this year, they’re aiming even higher. With a contribution of just $50, you can feed an entire family and help the WSCAH work toward their goal of feeding 10,000 New York families.

Online: wscah.org

DOROT’s Thanksgiving Meal Delivery

Thanksgiving is all about sharing a meal with your loved ones. Unfortunately, not everyone has someone they can share a meal with. That’s why DOROT is working toward connecting volunteers with older adults to provide them with some much-needed human interaction. Deliver a meal and stay for a chat! Manhattan volunteers can bring children ages 10-17 and brighten up someone’s day just by sharing a meal and a story or two.

Online: dorotusa.org

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