Thanksgiving is upon us, the biggest foodie holiday of the year!
Whether you're spending it with family or having a potluck with friends, the real star of the holiday is what you'll be piling onto your plate this Thursday evening.
But what if you're not counted among the cooking-enabled or you and your buddies don't want to cook a single thing but still want a grand meal?
Well, New York City has you covered.
There's a veritable smorgasbord of options when it comes to finding a full-on Thanksgiving dinner with no effort except picking up a check. Here are the ones we have on our "must-eat" list.
Just be sure to call ahead to snag a reservation.
1. Bagatelle (1 Little West 12th Street)
Head down to the heart of the Meatpacking District to Bagatelle, a perfect fusion of colorful pop culture and classy elegance. Executive Chef Nicolas Frezal will serves up a grandiose Turkey Day dinner, the highlight being a juicy turkey breast stuffed with chestnuts.
Tagging along are a number of specialty sides like sweet potato gratin, roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash with creamed ricotta. Finish the meal off with some fresh baked apples with brown sugar, which is served with a crunchy caramelized pâté.
2. Nerai (55 East 54th Street)
If you're looking for something a little different for Thanksgiving dinner, consider the haute hotspot Nerai, who is dishing out a prix fixe meal, with gratuity included, at restaurant that was ranked one of TripAdvisor's top 10 restaurants in NYC.
Traditional options include a roast turkey plate with mashed sweet potatoes and a turkey stuffing moussaka, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Those who are a bit more adventurous can choose a beech mushroom risotto, King salmon with spinach rice or lamb chops with fingerling potatoes.
Dessert options include a candied pecan pie for traditionalists or a lavender mousse made with Greek yogurt, sweetened with lavender honey and topped with pineapple carpaccio and pecans.
3. Haven Rooftop (132 West 47th Street)
Haven Rooftop invites you to a scenic Thanksgiving feast atop the renowned Sanctuary Hotel in the heart of Times Square. Their special Prix Fixe menu features beloved Thanksgiving staples with a “Havenly Twist."
Mouthwatering appetizers like Butternut Squash and Crispy Polenta accompany entrées including turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce with their famous Havenly Chicken, beurre blanc, mesclun salad and fries. For dessert, try the pumpkin cheesecake or their chocolate mousse.
All Prix-Fixe dinners come with a complimentary glass of bubbly Prosecco.
4. Mundo (37-06 36th Street - Queens)
The exotic and adventurous Mundo Kitchen & Bar situated in the now metropolitan Long Island City inside of the spectacular Paper Factory Hotel is bringing back a classic "homey" feel with traditional Thanksgiving dishes.
Their four-course meal comes with a home-style Grilled Thanksgiving turkey with sweet and tangy citrus cranberry jam, rosemary gravy and charred yam and sautéed kale. Top it all off with a sweet slice of pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream. All of it comes with a complimentary glass of wine.
For extra convenience, reservations can be made right from OpenTable.
5. Treadwell Park (1125 1st Avenue)
Celebrate your Thanksgiving directly across town with hearty brews and delectable eats at Treadwell Park on the Upper East Side. The rustic large-scale beer hall will feature a three course Pre-Fixe menu, chock full of favorites like roasted butternut squash soup, slow smoked turkey and pumpkin pie.
Pair the holiday feast with one of their 20 extensive rotating craft beers and ciders on draught or sip on a hand-crafted artisanal cocktail. Treadwell also offers an array of activities all day long including ping-pong, pinball tables, giant Jenga and 12 big screen HDTVs.
6. The Ribbon (20 West 72nd Street)
Their ridiculous fried to order apple-cinnamon doughnuts perfectly pairs with a spiced apple cocktail, made with Owney's Rum, Rittenhouse Rye, fresh pressed apple juice, clove syrup and lime juice, capping off your Thanksgiving feast with a sinfully sweet ending.
7. Kellari Taverna (19 West 44th Street)
Following closely behind are six entree choices, including Amish farmed turkey with cranberry and orange sauce and a Niman Ranch prime ribeye steak. You'll get two side sides along with this feast and your choice of dessert: pumpkin pie, apple pie or Baklava.
8. Little Town NYC (118 East 15th Street)
This Thursday, instead of latching onto someone else’s Thanksgiving dinner, why not host one for you and your friends? Union Square brewhouse Little Town NYC is offering a dope Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner with all the holiday essentials.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, mac and cheese are the main events while a two-hour premium open bar serves as a pretty sweet accompaniment. It's the perfect way to host a boozy Friendsgiving!
9. Cantina Rooftop (605 West 48th Street)
Mix it up this Thursday with modern Mexican fare at this midtown rooftop hotspot. Instead of the norm of turkey and stuffing, have a caliente feast of ceviche, guacamole, tacos and margaritas! Signature house specials include succulent Barbacoa de Cordero and Pollo Campestre. Google it.
And for dessert? Take a spoonful of pastel de chocolate, a chocolate mousse cake with pumpkin frosting (basic people, only) or everyone’s Mexican theme park favorite, churros! Reservations can also be made for Cantina on OpenTable. Que facil!
10. Mac Shack (901 Fulton Street - Brooklyn)
Sometimes, even going to a proper restaurant is too boojie for some of us. Enter Clinton Hill's Mac Shack, where you can get an entire Thanksgiving dinner in one convenient and cheesy bite. Cleverly called "Macsgiving," you guys aren't ready for a mac and cheese like this.
Mac Shack offers a signature Thanksgiving Mac, complete with candied yams, pumpkin, turkey, cheddar cheese, apple cornbread crust and cranberry sauce on top. We dare you to find a more suitable cornucopia for a complete Turkey day dinner.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]