The first year I went out to dinner on Thanksgiving was a little weird. My father was in a panic that there wouldn't be any leftovers. But within an hour of sitting down to a delicious meal without chopping, roasting or mashing, we were all hooked. Let someone else do the cooking this year and just enjoy each other's company.
136 W. 55th St., Midtown
This restaurant will transport you to the warm, breezy countryside of Italy. For Thanksgiving, try the four-course menu ($65, 3-9 p.m.) of housemade ricotta cavatelli and boneless turkey stuffed with onions and beef sausage. Monday through Saturday from 3-5 p.m. enjoy half price wine selections by both the glass and bottle and $5 beers. Also worth sampling are half-price appetizers like Nonna's meatballs and crispy calamari. Everyday deals include prix-fixe lunch ($28) and dinner ($39) menus. Add wine pairings for just $25.
120 W. 49th St., Midtown
This upscale seafood spot will dazzle your guests with its “wow factor.” The exquisite dining room serves a three-course feast ($79, 12- 9 p.m.) of traditional favorites, or indulge in what they do best with grilled swordfish, hangar steak and jumbo lump crab cakes. Children under 12 are half-price. During the week between 5 and 6:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, take advantage of their three-course prix-fixe dinner for $55 per person. The chocolate parfait is heavenly and the raw bar is top notch.
Jones Wood Foundry
401 E. 76th St., Upper East Side
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Don't let the fact that they pour a perfect pint dissuade you from visiting Jones on Thanksgiving. I love the cozy booths, relaxed vibe and, of course, yummy food at this British eatery. For $65 per person ($35 for kids under 8) enjoy three courses that incorporate butternut squash ravioli and pumpkin pie (11 a.m-7 p.m.). Stop by from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday for $5 beer and wine and an $11 burger special. Their fries are delicious if you're looking for a bar snack.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of 365 Guide New York City, a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.