Lower Manhattan’s Guide To Thanksgiving 2020

Thanks to COVID-19, Thanksgiving is probably going to look a little different this year, with folks foregoing big family celebrations in favor of smaller, safer gatherings. But just because you’re not going to Grandma’s, doesn’t mean you need to forgo a holiday feast. If you’re staying in town, fear not: Plenty of Lower Manhattan eateries are offering deals on all the fixings, so you can celebrate Thanksgiving with or without a political argument with Uncle Adam.  

Seamore’s
(250 Vesey Street)

If you’re into a more DIY Thanksgiving dinner, Seamore’s is offering two special holiday dinner Finish @ Home meal kits. You can opt for Seamore’s signature holiday salmon roast or a classic holiday turkey dinner, both of which come with festive sides like maple-glazed delicata squash, balsamic brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy. Kits run $160/four people, $300/eight people. You can pre-order your kit on Seamore’s website for delivery or pick it up at Seamore’s Chelsea & Dumbo locations.

Temple Court
(5 Beekman Street)

Tom Colicchio’s dining room at the Beekman Hotel has a three-course holiday feast available on Thanksgiving Day, with dishes including braised short rib, seared scallops and octopus carpaccio (and of course, pumpkin pie for dessert). The menu’s on offer from 2p to 8p and runs $95 per person, tip not included. See Temple Court’s website for more details.

Epicurie Boulud
(1900 Broadway)

You can procure a complete Thanksgiving dinner from Epicurie Boulud, comprising a brined, cooked turkey (brown at home), butternut squash soup, gravy, cranberry sauce and stuffing, along with green beans, roasted veggies and a selection of breads. The meal runs $395 and serves six to eight people, and you can add on a la carte sides like macaroni and cheese and a selection of sides. See website for details.

Harry’s
(1 Hanover Square)

Harry’s has both a to-go menu and a dine-out option, depending on your preferred pandemic Thanksgiving experience. The $72 dine-out menu comes with four courses, with entrees including roasted rack of lamb, filet mignon and hangar steak, in addition to classic roasted turkey. You’ll get classic holiday family style sides, of course, but can mix things up with baked clams Genovese and wild mushroom cavatelli. And if you prefer your meal to-go, you can get a full turkey dinner for $250. The meal serves six to eight guests and comes with a whole roasted turkey with all the trimmings, plus an apple or pumpkin pie. 

The Fulton
(89 South Street)

The Fulton’s got a fancy Thanksgiving dinner-to-go deal, with $588 netting you six to eight servings of whole roasted organic turkey with stuffing, sauce and gravy, along with sides like mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and squash. And, of course, there’s spiced pumpkin pie for dessert. See their website for details. 

The View At Battery Park
(1 Battery Place)

Consider dining in at The View at Battery Park on Thanksgiving Day, where patrons can expect a tasty four-course dinner with an Italian twist. Though you can opt for a traditional turkey dinner, alternative dishes like linguine with shrimp and eggplant parmigiana are on the menu as well, in addition to lobster bisque, fried calamari and pumpkin ravioli. The dinner runs $65 per adult and $25 per child (ages 3 to 12). You can book a reservation online.

Blue Smoke
(255 Vesey Street)

For $120, you can net a Blue Smoke Thanksgiving-dinner-for-4, which includes house-smoked turkey breast, gravy, cranberry sauce, biscuit dressing, sweet potatoes and a green bean casserole. A la carte add-ons include coleslaw, pit beans, mac and cheese, cornbread muffins and a selection of pies, plus you can opt for cocktails, wine or beer if you’d like to pair your meal with some booze. The package is available from November 24 through 26; you can make your selection online.

Fraunces Tavern
(54 Pearl Street)

Fraunces Tavern is doing a Thanksgiving Dinner at Home special, where for $250, you can get a roasted turkey dinner with all the fixings. Highlights include sides like three cheese mac & cheese and roasted sweet potato brulee, along with a classic 12-14lb roasted turkey, sauce, stuffing and gravy. The tavern has more details on their Instagram and you can email them your order. Fraunces’s dining room will also be open on Thanksgiving Day, so you can scarf down your holiday meal under the same roof where President Washington ate! 

Brooklyn Chop House
(150 Nassau Street)

You can dine in or outside at Brooklyn Chop House, which is offering a 13-14lb Peking Turkey with cranberry plum sauce (and all the trimmings) that feeds six to eight guests. Sides include garlic mashed potatoes, string beans and homemade assorted cheesecakes, and the whole shebang runs $295. You can also opt for the restaurant’s a la carte menu, with offerings including steaks, lobster, duck and dumplings. The menu is available from 4p to 11p outdoors, or 4p to midnight indoors. You can make a reservation online.

Crown Shy
(70 Pine Street)

James Kent’s New York Times-celebrated dining room is rolling out a DIY Thanksgiving kit that includes turkeys two ways as well as all the fixings — plus a next-day turkey sandwich kit “to maximize those tasty leftovers.”

photo: Seamores