New York City is a destination that merits a visit any time of year, however, it becomes even more exciting during the festive months of November and December.
The city that never sleeps is all dolled up in November for the yuletide season to come, so spending Thanksgiving in Manhattan this year will provide even more for you to do. The United States celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24 this year and celebrating it with your family in The Big Apple may be an exciting prospect.
If you have been thinking about doing something different for Thanksgiving, read on for some ideas on what you can do in New York City.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
New York awaits this parade with open arms. All eyes will be on Manhattan this year for one of the country’s most celebrated parades and after two years during the pandemic, the parade will be back to normal with onlookers lining the sides of the streets on Thanksgiving Day where excited children will be waiting to get a glimpse of Santa. Watch the march of floats, giant balloons, clowns and marching bands along with celebrity performances in one of the best events in the city in November. This nearly 100-year-old yearly event usually starts at 77th Street and Central Park West and heads down to 34th Street to Macy's Herald Square. There are various VIP options allowing you and your family to view the parade in privacy and comfort.
New York has plenty of outdoor skating rinks where you and your family can glide and slide and have a great time. One of the loveliest is the iconic rink at Rockefeller Center. There is also a terrific rink in Central Park. Make an afternoon of it followed by sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on a sweet treat. Some other outdoor skating venues include those at:
- Prospect Park;
- Brooklyn Bridge Park;
- Bryant Park;
- Washington Square Park
Take in the Best Christmas Window Displays
New York is well known for its holiday window displays. Get some great holiday gift ideas by stopping by the most famous and ornate windows at:
- Bergdorf Goodman;
- Henri Bendel;
- Lord & Taylor;
- Saks Fifth Avenue and;
- Tiffany & Co.
The Winter Village at Bryant Park
Debuting in 2002, Winter Village in Bryant Park is one of the most festive Christmas markets in the city. This is an amazing place to take in the wonder of winter. You and your family can stroll down aisle after aisle of specialty vendors with themed attractions. You will find one-of-a-kind artisan items, jewelry, clothes and other items. When you would like to relax a bit, you can get a bite to eat and drink at the Winter Village Restaurant. You will love the truly festive atmosphere.
Restaurants Offering Delicious Thanksgiving Dinner
Since New York is a popular destination for Thanksgiving travelers, there are a number of restaurants offering dinner with the trimmings. Have a look at those we recommend:
If you want to impress family and friends with an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, Frenchette should be an option. Located in the luxe Tribeca neighborhood, is offering a feast for six people covering all bases with more than 12 menu items from heritage turkey with chestnut stuffing and traditional pumpkin pie. The pull-apart house rolls with rosemary and sea salt are truly delicious. 241 W Broadway Avenue.
Tavern on the Green
You can choose to eat an early lunch or a late dinner at this glorious historic restaurant in Central Park. Dining hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. You can expect a four-course traditional Thanksgiving dinner including free-range turkey, sage and sausage stuffing and pumpkin maple pie. A lovely carriage ride after dinner would be the icing on the cake. W 67th S. (Central Park).
The Polo Bar
This venue, owned by Ralph Lauren, will be offering a Thanksgiving dinner complete with the classics like roasted, organic turkey; calvados gravy; traditional mashed potatoes; cranberry sauce; chestnut stuffing; pumpkin sundae or Charleston bourbon pecan pie. 1 E 55th Street.
Cathédrale, in Moxy East Village, will be offering delicious cuisine for your Thanksgiving dinner. They include à la carte specials like rotisserie heritage turkey, autumn squash with pomegranate vinaigrette, golden raisin chestnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie, and more. 112 E 11th Street.
Dine on an 18-pound roast turkey with sausage and sage stuffing this year at Carmines. Classic sides include Brussels sprouts with Applewood smoked bacon, sautéed string beans, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and maple syrup and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy. 200 W 44th Street.
When you make the decision to go away for your Thanksgiving holiday, New York has amazing experiences to offer. LVH will ensure you will be staying in the finest of New York luxury accommodations with full services and support. Should you wish to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in your home-away-from-home, we can arrange for a personal chef to create a dinner to your exacting specifications. Your itinerary will be tailor-made with all those things you and your loved ones would appreciate seeing and doing in the Big Apple. We invite you to reach out to one of our client relations professionals who will begin planning your Thanksgiving getaway to one of the world’s most exciting cities so you can make wonderful and lasting memories!