Despite the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City doesn’t quite own Thanksgiving the way it does Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Maybe that is because it is a different kind of holiday, one that is meant to be spent with family.
Woody Allen seems especially adept in showing what that can mean, whether the nightmare Thanksgiving in â€œHannah and His Sistersâ€ or the makeshift family created by the title character, who serves his vaudeville clients frozen turkey TV dinners, in â€œBroadway Danny Roseâ€
Other movies depicting Thanksgiving in a memorable way: Home For The Holidays; The House of Yes; The Ice Storm; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Pieces of April
Few of these are happy; family can be a drag. And not having a family to share a Thanksgiving with can be a drag too, though it’s not something people like to talk about.
So, let’s talk about what you can do on Thanksgiving in New York City. There’s actually a lot to do, like Black Friday shopping sales, Thanksgiving weekend club-hopping — and that parade.
83RD ANNUAL MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
You can watch it on television â€“ in some ways that offers you a better view. Or you can go there with your camera and create your own images.
This year, after 82 years of marching and floating down Broadway, there is a new parade route! It will mostly go down Seventh Avenue this year. The best place to view it is Central Park West between 61st and 72nd Streets. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and 77th Street and Central Park West. Spectators start arriving as early as 6:30 a.m.
Parade Hotline â€“ 212-494-4495
BROADWAY SHOWS ON THANKSGIVING
There are at least five Broadway shows giving performances on Thanksgiving Day:
Hamlet (at 7:30)
The Phantom of the Opera
A Steady Rain
West Side Story
Check out all Broadway shows in Playbill’s Thanksgiving Week performance schedule
And check the individual shows to make sure they still have shows on Thanksgiving Day — and that there are tickets available.
EAT AT HOME — WITHOUT COOKING AT HOME
It might be too late by the time you’re reading this to order your turkey dinner from most of these places, but check them out:
Second Avenue Deli (no longer on Second Avenue but just as kosher), Fresh Direct, Balducci’s, Whole Foods, Ready to Eat
MUSEUMS, SPECTACLES, TOURISTY THINGS TO DO
Several museums are open on Thanksgiving Day, such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and more are open over the Thanksgiving weekend not including Thursday.
“Radio City Christmas Spectacular” â€”
“Top of the Rock” Observation Deck 70th Fl at Rockefeller Plaza
Big Apple Circus — 2 p.m. performance
New York City ” Holiday Lights” Tour
Ice-Skating at Rockefeller Center
Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Manhattan Island Cruise
New York City Hop-On Hop-Off” Double-Decker Bus Tour
Empire State Building Observatory
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum NY
Thanksgiving Eve Open Bar at BLVD
Party on the Bowery with DJ Enuff and enjoy two hours of open bar for your $25 admission fee.
BLVD, 199 Bowery between Rivington and Delancey Streets, 212-255-4233.
Thanksgiving Eve Open Bar at Duvet
Duvet in Chelsea between 9 pm and 11 pm for $25 per person.
Duvet, 45 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, 212-255-4233.
Louis CK at Caroline’s
Carolines Comedy Club on Broadway, 1626 Broadway at 50th Street
EATING OUT ON THANKSGIVING
Check out the list from OpenTable.com for Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day
He are 10 recommendations from About.com.
1. Thanksgiving at Rockefeller Center
Views of the iconic skating rink from your table at The Sea Grill. The $68 prix fixe menu is heavy on the seafood (including lobster, sashimi, and miso-glazed black cod), but you can get your Thanksgiving turkey if you want it (complete with stuffing and cranberry-kumquat relish).
The Sea Grill
19 West 49th Street at Rockefeller Center
2. Thanksgiving At The Central Park Boathouse
Too cold for a spin on the lake, but a good view while dining on turkey — or foie gras and Moroccan spiced cod. Prix fixe dinner is $65 per person (half price for kids under 12).
The Central Park Boathouse
Central Park near Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street
3. Fraunces Tavern
Established in 1785, Fraunces Tavern was a favorite of founding father George Washington. For Thanksgiving, Fraunces is serving a traditional dinner including your choice of turkey, salmon, or sweet potato ravioli for the main course for $80 prix fixe.
54 Pearl St. at Broad St.
Reservations: (212) 968-1776
4. An Italian Thanksgiving at Beppe
Beppe’s executive chef Marc Taxiera has created a menu inspired by the Italian Thanksgivings he experienced as a child — including house made gnocchi with Mama’s Sunday sauce, clams oreganato, and the requisite roasted turkey breast. Best of all, Beppe is offering a 50% discount on all wine served on Thanksgiving. Dinner will be served from noon until 10pm on Thanksgiving Day for $80 per person
45 East 22nd Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South
Reservations: (212) 982-8422
5. The Water’s Edge
Spectacular view. Choice of turkey, lobster, osso buco, prime rib.
44th Dr. at the East river in Queens
Take the complementary ferry from 34th St. or the E,F,V to 23rd St./Ely Ave.
6. Kosher Thanksgiving at Talia’s Steakhouse
Talia’s, a Glatt Kosher steakhouse on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is serving a kosher Thanksgiving feast. Choose from six seatings during the day. Entree options include turkey, brisket of beef or bison, a seafood sampler, Chicken Marsala, and pasta. The four-course prix-fixe meal is $59.99 per person, $39.99 for kids under 11.
Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar
668 Amsterdam Avenue at 92nd St.
Reservations: (212) 580-3770
7. Soul Food Thanksgiving at Sylvia’s
Soul food roasted turkey, ham, stuffing, macaroni, collard greens, and candied yams. Dine family a la carte from 11AM until 8PM or select the prix-fixe menu option for $29.95 per person for groups of five or more.
328 Lenox Ave. between 126th and 127th Sts.
8. Raw Vegan Thanksgiving at Pure
Eat light and healthy this Thanksgiving at Pure. The four-course Thanksgiving feast is all raw. Menu offerings include a squash bisque with candied pumpkin seeds and a merlot-soaked portabella mushroom with lemon “ricotta.” Dinner will be served from 3pm-9pm on Thanksgiving Day for $72 per person.
Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place near 17th Street
Reservations: (212) 477-1010
9. The Russian Tea Room
The turkey comes with blintzes, borscht, and Chicken Kiev. The special Thanksgiving menu is offered for $95/person ($50 per child). For an additional $45/person, you can add a Sommelier Wine Pairing to your holiday meal.
The Russian Tea Room
150 West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Reservations: (212) 581-7100
10. No-Reservations Thanksgiving Comfort Food At Ted’s Montana Grill
Leave your Thanksgiving planning until the last minute? That’s okay. At Ted’s Montana Grill (that’s Ted as in Ted Turner), Thanksgiving walk-ins are welcome. The New York location of this upscale chain devoted to 21st century comfort food is offering a classic Thanksgiving menu with plenty of extra options for $45 per person from noon until 8PM on Thanksgiving.
Ted’s Montana Grill
110 West 51st Street at 6th Avenue