Not everyone likes -- or wants -- to cook a giant Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, traditions in New York City circa 2013 are not fixed, and no one expects you to stay home and make use of an oven that is otherwise never used.
But fear not! In this city of 8 million, there's something for everyone on Turkey Day. Just make your reservation ASAP.
Villard Michel Richard
Renowned French chef Michel Richard just opened his first New York City restaurant and for all of you hoping to celebrate the holiday in style, Richard, located in the historic New York Palace hotel, is the place. The Thanksgiving buffet includes decadent dishes like chestnut soup, poached shrimp, crab coleslaw, turkey, glazed ham, rack of lamb and all the trimmings. Dessert, too. $115 per person. 455 Madison Ave., villardmichelrichard.com, 212-891-8100
Harold Dieterle's vaunted German Italian restaurant is hosting its first Thanksgiving. Dishes include pan-fried duck schnitzel, roasted turkey with pretzel stuffing, sage gravy and stewed cranberries, roasted whole hen of the woods mushrooms, duck pate grand mere and bone marrow with sea urchin. $65, three-course, prix-fixe. 99 Bank St., themarrownyc.com, 212-428-6000
Chef Marc Murphy's brand new spot in the Viceroy New York hotel opens its doors for Thanksgiving this year. Dishes include roasted butternut squash soup, brined turkey breast with potato puree, foie gras gravy, turkey leg confit and oyster stuffing and spiced pumpkin pudding. $95, prix-fixe. 124 W. 57th St. kingside-restaurant.com, 212-707-8000
Ken and Cook
Hit up this spot from two Jean Georges alums for Turkey Day and you'll get a complimentary cocktail in addition to dishes like seared Hudson Valley foie gras, turkey with chestnut stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake. $55, three-courses. 19 Kenmare St., kenandcook.com, 212-966-3058
Head to this gorgeous, light-filled restaurant in Williamsburg's Wythe Hotel this year. Menu options include sunchoke soup with brown butter, pecan and sage, scallop crudo with grilled wild mushrooms and mustard greens, turkey, rabbit or fish with a cornucopia of vegetable sides and desserts including candied pumpkin seed brittle. $85, four-course, prix-fixe. 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, reynardnyc.com, 718-460-8004
Celebrate the holiday with a Thanksgivukkah-style menu. This multi-course tasting menu will include items like smoked brisket knishes, liver and latkes, smoked turkey, butternut squash curry with Katz's pastrami dumplings and pumpkin pie. $59 per person. 91 S. 6th St. or 50 Carmine St., fattycue.com
This restaurant, located in The Out NYC hotel, is offering a downright affordable and fun Thanksgiving dinner feast. Traditional dishes will be served, including turkey and mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie. $39, three-course prix-fixe. An optional wine pairing is $16. 508 W. 42nd St., ktchnnyc.com, 212-868-2999
This upscale Lebanese restaurant in the Flatiron District is offering an inspired Turkey Day dinner. Diners will have a choice of two traditional mezzas (small dishes), two entrees and one dessert. Dishes include fluke carpaccio, glazed yams, Thanksgiving stuffing "Grand-Mère," Heritage turkey and Long Island duck breast. $52, prix-fixe, $35 children. 236 Fifth Ave., 212-683-2929, ililinyc.com