Thanksgiving is supposed to be a holiday, right? So what’s with all the time spent in the kitchen? For those of you who would rather sleep in and have the feast prepared for you, here are six restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner done right, each one just a train, bus or boat ride away.
Best Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Restaurants in The Hudson Valley
1. Rhinecliff Hotel
4 Grinnell Street, Rhinecliff | 845.876.0590
Ninety minutes north of midtown, this historic railway hotel boasts a scenic perch on the banks of the Hudson—and a two-minute walk from the Amtrak station. Warm up with mulled wine and favorites like their local apple-squash soup, before digging into locally-grown roast turkey topped with cranberry relish. For sides, try the Parsley Glazed Carrots or Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. If it’s up to you, have a Hudson River sunset with your dessert.
Cost: Four-course, $45.95 for adults / $21.95 for children
Times: Seatings offered at 12.00pm, 2.30pm & 5.30pm
Getting There: Amtrak to Rhinecliff Station
400 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown | 914.631.1980
You only have to go 25 miles north of NYC for dinner in a genuine Norman-style castle. Built by a retired civil war general 100 years ago, the castle now operates as a hotel. T-Day dinner at on-site restaurant Equus offers refined options like Butternut Squash Bisque Saffron Roasted Vegetables, and Free Range Turkey.
Cost: $119 per adult, $65 children’s menu. The dinner is served family style with buffet of pies for dessert.
Times: Seatings at 11:30AM, 2:00PM, 4:30PM
Getting There: Metro-North to Tarrytown.
Best Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Restaurants in New Jersey
908 Washington St. | Hoboken, NJ | 201.798.0101
A few blocks from the harbor front in New Jersey, directly across the Hudson from Manhattan, Amanda’s offers one of the area’s most delicious food. Start with the carrot and pumpkin soup or duck liver mousse, then ease into a pan seared bass or traditional oven roasted turkey with stuffing before really giving thanks for the no-bake pumpkin cheesecake with fresh whipped cream. No extra charge for sweeping views of the NYC skyline.
Cost: $59 for a three-course meal, kids under 12 half-price
Times: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Getting there: Take the PATH train or the ferry to Hoboken Terminal.
7 Bridge St. | Frenchtown, NJ | 908.996.3300
Hop on a bus at Port Authority and be whisked away to the quaint town of Frenchtown New Jersey. There settle into a three-course meal at the beautiful Frenchtown Inn. Though their 2019 menu has not yet been released, rest assured that the restaurant’s award winning food and hand crafted cocktails will leave you more than satisfied. We recommend staying the weekend and exploring Frenchtown.
Cost: $68 (adults) and an ala carte children’s menu, not including tax and tip
Times: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Getting there: Head to Port Authority to take the Transbridge Bus directly to Frenchtown in about two hours. $47.50 round trip.
Best Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Restaurants in New York City
1108 Cortelyou Road | 718.287.3101
On November 28, South Brooklyn’s foremost farm-to-table spot will be serving up a traditional (or not so traditional) Thanksgiving feast. Take the classic route with a turkey dinner followed by pumpkin pie or try a chanterelle casserole or oyster stew.
Cost: $75 for three-courses. $25 for the children’s menu.
Times: 12:00-8:30PM. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com
Getting There: B or Q train to Cortelyou Road
164-49 Cross Bay Blvd. | 718.843.5055
This far-flung Queens neighborhood is best known to most Manhattanites for its proximity to JFK, but it’s also one of the city’s best unheralded stops for opulent Italian-American cuisine. At this waterfront restaurant, start with an antipasto platter of shrimp-stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari and hand-rolled mozzarella with sopressata, before moving on to pork osso bucco or pollo marsala. There’s traditional turkey, too, but of course it comes filled with spicy, sausage stuffing.
Cost: $55 / adult for a four-course meal. Children’s menu for $25
Times: Reservations between 1pm to 6pm, call 718-843-8387 for reservations.
Getting There: Q41 bus to 164th Avenue/92nd Street
Editor’s Note: This was originally published in 2010 and is updated annually on November 1 to reflect current offerings.