5 Ways to Experience Thanksgiving in NYC

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday November 16, 2020

5 Ways to Experience Thanksgiving in NYC
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Whether you live in New York City or want to safely take advantage of the bounty of travel deals, lower Manhattan — even amid a pandemic — sparkles during the holidays. Here are five ways to experience Thanksgiving.

Fraunes Tavern (at 54 Pearl St) is sure to please history buffs and beer connoisseurs. A pre-American Revolution establishment, according to Downtown Alliance, "it famously served as George Washington's headquarters (and local drinking spot) during the war." Recently, Fraunces began delivering which should please fans of their burgers and brews. They also operate a craft beer shop, where to-go cans of unique local beers can be purchased. "It's all small-batch, mostly local New York breweries," own Eddie Travers said. "As opposed to the big guys, so they don't get carried in supermarkets or anything like that. It's stuff that you, as a customer, would not be able to get by yourself unless you went into a bar."

Sant Ambroeus, a popular Italian restaurant and coffee shop, has opened a new location in Brookfield Place at 200 Vesey Street. Offering cappuccino, gelato and homemade pastries, the new location will also serve heartier options such as salads, pasta dishes, and elegant seafood and steak options along with a selection of cocktails, wine, and beer. The café offers indoor dining from 8am to 5pm daily, and delivery from 11am to 9pm.


Harry's, at 1 Hanover Square, offers both dine-in and to-go options, which is particularly convenient in the pandemic. A $72 dine-out menu includes four courses, with main dishes such as roasted rack of lamb, filet mignon, and hangar steak. Roasted turkey is also available with either a slew of classic family-style side dishes, or something a little more fun like baked clams Genovese and wild mushroom cavatelli. Full turkey dinners with all the trimmings and apple or pumpkin pie, serving six to eight people, are available to-go at $250.

The View at Battery Park (1 Battery Place) will offer a four-course holiday dinner on Thanksgiving Day with an Italian twist: Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner accompanied by any appealing and adventurous combination of linguine with shrimp, eggplant parmigiana, lobster bisque, fried calamari or pumpkin ravioli. The dinner is priced at $65 per adult and $25 per child (ages 3 to 12).

Brooklyn Chop House (at 150 Nassau Stree) offers indoor (from 4pm to midnight) and outdoor (from 4pm to 11pm) dining. Enjoy Peking Turkey with cranberry plum sauce, along with an array of trimmings — designed to feed a party of six to eight. Standard holiday sides include garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, and homemade assorted cheesecakes. The whole meal is priced at $295. Also available is the restaurant's a la carte menu, which includes steaks, lobster, duck, and dumplings.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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