Insider’s Guide to a Perfect NYC Thanksgiving



We think of New York City as one big, bustling, raucous family—filled with all the oddball characters you’d expect to see around the dinner table. That’s especially true around Thanksgiving, as the city comes together in a collective spirit of community. With food and festivities, 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 NYC Thanksgiving parade begins at 77th Street & Central Park West at 9am, marching south on Central Park West. At Columbus Circle it turns east onto Central Park South. It ends at 34th Street and 7th Avenue at around noon.

A Proper Thanksgiving Dinner

The table’s set at Freeman’s, one of our favorite spots for a NYC Thanksgiving. Photo courtesy of @freemansrestaurant on Instagram.


We’re sure you have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but here’s another item to add to the list: not stressing about your family’s list of dietary requirements. Restaurants all over Manhattan are carving up delicious prix fixe Thanksgiving meals of all types.

Make sure to book in advance as places are limited. Here are a few of our favorites, each still providing a family-friendly atmosphere:

Root & Bone, for its chic take on rural and Southern-style cuisine. Expect out-of-this-world biscuits and other All American goodies during this East Village restaurant’s Thanksgiving. $75 per head.

Freemans Restaurant, another classic option for rustic, yet elegant, cooking. Imagined as a colonial American tavern, the Lower East Side restaurant serves simple fare with Old World traditions. $90 per head.

Hill Country Barbeque, because a barbecue Thanksgiving is perfect for large groups. Pit-smoked turkey are cornbread are all in store at this popular Flatiron spot. $52 per head.

Image by @freemansrestaurant via Instagram

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 for a peep at the just-opened David Hockney retrospective, one of the best NYC art exhibits to see this month. 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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