Insider’s Guide to a Perfect NYC Thanksgiving



New York City, much like your own families, can often be incredibly loud and beautifully dysfunctional. What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year than in the streets of Manhattan, for all the food, festivities (and family) your body can withstand. This is your insider’s guide to a perfect NYC Thanksgiving.

Macy’s Day Parade

The legendary Macy’s Day Parade is a beloved Thanksgiving activity for locals and visitors alike.


We know. The Macy’s Day Parade is a little on the corny side: an extravaganza flooded with helium and snap-happy tourists. But it’s also an absolute staple in the city’s seasonal calendar, and we’re the first to admit it’s super entertaining.

The Macy’s Day Parade is one of city’s most iconic annual celebrations, with larger-than-life balloons, costumes and performances hurtling their way south on Central Park West. On Thanksgiving Eve you can catch the excitement early with a sneak-peek of this year’s show via the official balloon inflation.

Balloons are inflated near the American Museum of Natural History from 3pm to 10pm on Wednesday, November 21. Views are best from 77th Street and Columbus Avenue.

Be sure to check out our guide for the best places to watch the Macy’s Day Parade come Thanksgiving Day. 

New York City Turkey Trot

NYC Turkey Trot image via Instagram @endlessfaith

Imabe by @endlessfaith via Instagram

We personally can’t think of anything more terrifying than “exercise” and “Thanksgiving” in the same sentence, but we love celebrating the fearless! Each year Roosevelt Island hosts the New York City Turkey Trot, a 5k run/walk that ends with a delicious cinnamon roll. The Turkey Trot picks a number of charities to support and raise awareness for, and in 2018 they’ve given platform to the Young Survival Coalition, “the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.”

It might be too late to register but it’s never too late to head over to Roosevelt Island and support the fearless trotters!  

More event information can be found here.

A Proper Thanksgiving Dinner

Hearth photo via @francescosapienza on Instagram

Photo of Hearth by @francescosapienza via Instagram.

The only thing better than cooking a grand Thanksgiving meal is having someone else do it for you. Take the stress (and numerous dietary requirements) out from your day when visiting one of the many restaurants carving up that Thanksgiving turkey.

Hearth; this open-space and gorgeously-lit eatery in the East Village is offering a $98 menu that includes poached fowl, a citrus yogurt enriched squash soup and an apple crumble to close.

Miss Lily’s; for something with a little less spend and a little more sass head to Soho for a Caribbean feast. $48 feeds you jerk turkey with brioche stuffing, cranberry chutney, and – of course – mac and cheese.

Quality Eats; with homemade turkey franks, turkey chili, and green bean relish, Quality Eat gives a more traditional and casual dining experience this Thanksgiving.

The Next Day

Central Park is beautiful year-round, but has a special glow on brilliant autumn days.


Shopaholics can go crazy with Black Friday deals all over town, but we recommend skipping the madness in favor of the tranquility of outdoors. Strolling through Central Park is the perfect remedy to the previous day’s feast. Stop by The Met or the Natural History Museum. And if you do find yourself thirsty for those infamous sales, the boutiques of Madison Avenue are only a cartwheel away.

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