Affordable places to spend Thanksgiving in New York City

Emily Byrski/WSN
Emily Byrski/WSN

Being away from home during the holidays is never easy. Here is a list of affordable New York City restaurants open during Thanksgiving this year. 

The Cardinal | 234 E. 4th St, (between avenues A and B)

This cozy, Southern-style restaurant is offering a family-style Thanksgiving meal for $30 per person. Owner Curtis Brown said meals are traditional and use only high quality ingredients like heritage turkeys. Brown recommends making reservations between the times of 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Their meal includes traditional favorites, such as mac ‘n’ cheese, green bean casserole sides and sweet potato, pecan or mincemeat pies for dessert. The Cardinal gives you a taste of home with satisfying Southern-inspired dishes. As Brown said, “It’s a pile of food and everyone is gonna get filled up.”

Mile End Delicatessen | 97A Hoyt St., Boerum Hill


For those celebrating Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, as both holidays fall on the same day this year, Mile End’s Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Special is perfectly catered for this holiday combo. Offering traditio-nal favorites, such as roasted turkey with gravy or braised brisket, and dishes with a Hanukkah twist like sweet potato and butternut squash latkes or challah and pumpernickel stuffing. Reserve a spot soon, as orders are quickly filling up. Pricing is $7 to $15 for starters, $25 for mains and $12 for sides. They also offer delivery for $40.

Miss Lily’s132 W. Houston St.

For those of you looking to add an extra cultural flare to your Thanksgiving meals, Miss Lily’s is a great option. This Caribbean-style restaurant is offering Thanksgiving turkey and sides for $25 per person (pickup or takeout only), and meals are available for order by Nov. 28.  With tasty jerk turkey and callaloo and cornbread stuffing, the Jamaican-inspired dishes should definitely provide restaurant-goers with a unique Thanksgiving dining experience. They are also offering dining in option for $38, which will include an appetizer and a dessert.

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Pippali129 E. 27th St.

This Indian cuisine restaurant has a la carte Thanksgiving specials by chef and owner Peter Beck. Beck adds an Indian flare to traditional Thanksgiving dishes including turkey pantra, turkey sikandri kabab and masala kofta. Appetizers are priced at around $9, mains $15 to $17 and dessert $9. Pippali will be open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Fishtag222 W. 79th St.

Head uptown for a Greek-style Thanksgiving. Fishtag, Chef Michael Psilakis’ casual seafood parlor will offer a three course fixed price menu at a moderate $35. A roasted turkey breast main course will be accompanied by herb and chorizo stuffing, sauteed kale and cranberry sauce. For dessert, try their pumpkin and maple custard for classic fall flavors. Wine or beer pairings will be available for $18.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Nov. 26 print edition. Helen Owolabi is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]



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