It’s been a hard year for everyone, especially restaurant owners. Everywhere you go, there’s a “we’re hiring" sign posted due to labor shortages. Not to mention the rise in the cost of goods, spiking the price on everything from sweet potatoes to meat. And don't forget these restaurants spent a year pivoting to accommodate changing regulations around how and where we could dine during the pandemic.
Still: Chefs and restaurant owners are hanging on, continuing to pour their passion into serving their customers.
In short, there's a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, not the least of which is allowing someone else to put dinner on the table — and wash the dishes. While there are those still hesitant to gather with others, especially during the holidays due to the continuing pandemic, others are looking forward to a festive meal.
Whether you're looking for a formal steakhouse atmosphere, a casual Mediterranean vibe or simply a beloved neighborhood spot you've been going to for years, these 19 restaurants offer a place to gather, eat, and enjoy family memories. Just remember to reserve early.
AquaTerra Grille Pearl River: The Mediterranean restaurant is serving a Thanksgiving dinner buffet from 1 to 7 p.m. featuring more than 30 items. The cost is $49.95 per person for adults; $20 for children 12 and under. 420 N Middletown Road, Pearl River, 845-920-1340, aquaterragrille.com
Fireside Steak & Seafood, Stony Point: Expect a special (a la carte) menu served from noon to 6 p.m. featuring turkey with mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce, king or queen prime rib with choice of any side, broiled or Cajun salmon, and chicken parmigiana or Francaise, along with a variety of appetizers. Plus, anything from the children's menu. 84 North Liberty Dr., Stony Point, 845-429-0484, firesidesteakpubny.com
Hudson House, Nyack:Butternut squash bisque, herb-roasted natural turkey, autumn vegetables, cranberry-orange relish and warm apple crisp are among the choices for this Thanksgiving feast, a three-course meal for $65 per person ($30 for children). Substitutions abound including braised short rib, salmon or quinoa stuffed squash instead of turkey. 134 Main St., Nyack, 845-353-1355, hudsonhousenyack.com
La Terrazza, New City: There are lots of options at this New City spot where you can order either from a limited menu or from the prix fixe. Either way, dinner is from noon to 7 p.m. The prix fixe, at $42.95 for adults and $18.95 for kids 12 and under, includes turkey, penne a la vodka, baked ham, and more along with a long list of family-style sides while the regular menu includes items like chicken parm, lobster ravioli and Chicken Francese. 291 S. Main St., New City, 845-638-0757, laterrazzarestaurant.com
Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar Congers:A three-course meal is served from 1-7 p.m. and includes, among other dishes, roasted golden beets, butternut squash bisque, black truffle risotto, traditional turkey, Hudson Valley duckling, “Classic” Beef Wellington and Faroe Island Salmon “Pierre Trois Gros” along with pumpkin praline tart, organic carrot cake and classic crème brulee. The price is $85. 117 NY-303, Congers, 845- 268-6555, xaviars.com
The Greekish, Nyack: A $60 meal ($20 for children 12 and under) includes a variety of entrees including lemon and oregano brined turkey, Greek yogurt and dill whipped potatoes, roasted cauliflower with sunflower seed vinaigrette, sumac cranberry sauce, hummus, tzatziki and pita and a roasted pear cobbler and halvah crumble. The same meal and deal is also available at their sister property in Harrison. 8 N Broadway, Nyack, 845-353-1200, thegreekish.com
The Old 76 House, Tappan: Seating's are at noon, 2 p.m., 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. at his historic 300-plus-year-old structure. Among the choices on the $76 prix-fixe menu: Native "Tom" turkey with cornbread-sausage stuffing, roast Black Angus Prime Rib of Beef, Faroe Island salmon, and stuffed acorn squash. 110 Main St., Tappan, 845-359-5476, 76house.com
Alvin & Friends, New Rochelle: Dinner goes from noon-6 p.m. and will feature live music along with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a twist: A diner's choice of jerk turkey, fried turkey or roast turkey, plus seasonal sides, for $65 per person ($40 per child for children under 10). A limited a la carte menu will also be available. 14 Memorial Hwy, New Rochelle, 914-654-6549, alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com
Apropos Restaurant at The Abbey Inn, Peekskill: A $65 three-course per person meal (family style for parties of five or more) runs from noon-6 p.m. and includes candied figs with whipped ricotta and hazelnuts, autumn salad, spice roasted root vegetables, orecchiette, squash ravioli, braised short rib, roasted sea bass, marinated grilled local squash and, the star of the show: Hudson Valley turkey. The other start of the show: Dessert includes pecan pie, petitie cannoli and Moscato panna cotta with berries, basil, and olio verde. 900 Fort Hill Road, Peekskill, 914-739-3546, aproposrestaurant.com
Benjamin Steak House, White Plains: For $74.95 per person, you have your choice of appetizers like pumpkin soup, jumbo lump crabcake, or an Autumn salad with turkey and a choice of either pumpkin pie or apple strudel. 610 Hartsdale Road, White Plains, 914-428-6868, benjaminsteakhouse.com
Dubrovnik, New Rochelle: Turkey rotisserie with mashed sweet potato, gravy and cranberry sauce, seared turkey breast in porcini mushroom sauce and butternut squash ravioli are among some of the Thanksgiving menu items, along with the restaurant's famous selection of fresh fish. There are also new signature desserts such as apple strudel and carrot cake. 721 Main St, New Rochelle, 914-637-3777, dubrovnikny.com
Fogo de Chão, White Plains: Discover new and traditional holiday staples with Fogo's Full Churrasco Experience from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. including roasted turkey au jus, sweet potato casserole, Brazilian sausage, seasonal salads and soup, fresh vegetables, imported charcuterie and the restaurant's famous meats fire-roasted and carved tableside by gaucho chefs. Meals are $61.95 per person. 235 Main St., White Plains, 914-697-8600, fogodechao.com/location/white-plains
Gigante Restaurant & Bar, Eastchester: Thanksgiving is served from 2-7 p.m. and, for $50 per person, includes a three course meal with dishes such as roast turkey, roast chicken, Faroe Island salmon, prime rib and an assortment of sides and appetizers. 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester, 914-961-1001, giganterestaurant.com
Goosefeather, Tarrytown: "The Goose is Going South for the Winter” Thanksgiving dinner runs by 2 to 6:30 p.m. and includes three courses ($85 for adults; $40 children). Among the options: Shrimp cocktail with celery root remoulade and Old Bay cocktail sauce, roasted Butternut squash with gala apple, blackened candied pepitas and St. James Shropshire blue cheese, crispy fried turkey (white meat and pulled dark meat, powdered sugar and hot sauce), roasted blackened cauliflower with caper raisin vinaigrette and smothered pork roast. 49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown, 914-829-5454, goosefeatherny.com
Harvest on Hudson, Hastings-on-Hudson: A $50 deposit is due at the time of your booking to hold your Thanksgiving reservation. Dinner is $80 for adults and $30 for children. 1 River St, Hastings-On-Hudson, 914-478-2800, harvesthudson.com
Moderne Barn, Armonk: A three-course dinner will be held noon to 8 p.m. for $79 per person $40 per child 12 and under. Choices include pumpkin soup with cranberry chutney, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted cauliflower with vadouvan yogurt, almonds, raisins, traditional roasted turkey (free range and hormone and antibiotic-free), butternut squash risotto, Bucatini Amatriciana and grilled salmon. 430 Bedford Road, Armonk, 914-730-0001, modernebarn.com
The Greekish, Harrison: A $60 meal ($20 for children 12 and under) includes a variety of entrees including lemon and oregano brined turkey, Greek yogurt and dill whipped potatoes, roasted cauliflower with sunflower seed vinaigrette, sumac cranberry sauce, hummus, tzatziki and pita and a roasted pear cobbler and halvah crumble. 273 Halstead Ave, Harrison, 914-732-3333, thegreekish.com
Whisk, White Plains: Opt for a $48 per person family style dinner in the Sonesta Hotel lobby restaurant with a traditional Thanksgiving menu with seating from noon to 3 p.m. or do an overnight stay in a two-bedroom suite with dinner for up to six including an attendant to serve and clean up. Early check in on Thanksgiving, late check out on Black Friday so you can get your shopping done across the street. Sonesta Hotel, 66 Hale Ave., White Plains, 914-821-1311, sonesta.com
X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Yonkers: An $85 price fixed meal includes, among other itmes, butternut squash soup, green onion risotto, roasted Hudson Valley turkey, roast Hudson Valley duckling, Juniper & Ginger Crusted Venison, pumpkin ginger tart, and Hudson Valley apple pie. Dinner is served from 1 to 7 p.m. 71 Water Grant St, Yonkers, 914-965-1111, xaviars.com/x2o
Bonnie Saran, chef/owner of Little Kabab Station, Little Crepe Street, Little Spice Bazaar and Little Drunken Chef in Mount Kisco, Little Mumbai Market in Pleasantville and Little Drunken Chef in White Plains, is once again — for the tenth year running — serving a free Thanksgiving meal to all from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at her White Plains restaurant.
Last year was the first year she offered takeout, due to Covid, and it ended up being her busiest year over, with more than 850 meals distributed. This year, she'll do the same. That means diners have the choice of a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, vegetables and mashed potatoes or a more Indian-focused one featuring chicken tiki masala, rice, salad and lasooni gobi (cauliflower florets in garlic chili sauce). Desserts are part of both meals.
Saran's philosophy is that "everyone deserves to be pampered." She started her free Thanksgivings because she knows firsthand that everyone's personal life graph is both up and down and that holidays be lonely. "If, as a team, we can get a smile on someone's face on Thanksgiving, it's all worth it for us," she said. 91 Mamaroneck Ave., 914-615-9300, facebook.com/littledrunkenchef
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