The holiday spirit thrives throughout New York City, from parades to good food to partying. Whether you’re here with family or friends, we’ve got a list of great things to do and places to visit to make your Thanksgiving in New York memorable.
Watch the Parade
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Thanksgiving Day Parade draws millions of people from around the world to NYC. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been around since the 1920’s. You’ll see your favorite balloons like Hello Kitty and Angry Birds, singers like Smokey Robinson, Wyclef Jean, Andy Grammer, floats from Sesame Workshop and Nickelodeon and famed performers like the Radio City Rockettes. Macy’s parade starts at 77th St and Central Park West and ends at Macy’s at Herald Square on 34th Street. Come bundled up with your pumpkin spice latte and ring in the holidays with the Macy's parade!
Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast
For all the basic fixings for a reasonable price, Sarabeth’s is worth a visit on Thanksgiving. Most renowned for their delicious jams, jellies and other preserves found in many supermarkets, it all originates from this restaurant. The restaurant is also quite popular for brunch gatherings, with choices that hit a home run for the palate like their lemon ricotta pancakes and fluffy french toasts. However, this doesn’t mean that one should overlook their savory dinner meals. For Thanksgiving, they’ll be welcoming guests to a pre-fixe four course meal of all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings between 2-9PM for $65.
Park Avenue Autumn
One of the more beautiful restaurants in NYC is Park Avenue Autumn. They change their decor and menu with the season (so next season, they will be called Park Avenue Winter). Dining here will be a great chance to get some major photo love on Instagram. The ambiance is creatively enchanting and the food will impress you both through the presentation and the flavors. They will be serving a pre-fixe three course meal between 12-8PM for $89.
New York City can be described as a place where you go big or go home. So of course, if you’re here for a visit and want to wine and dine with all of the bells and whistles, Daniel is the perfect spot for you. The French restaurant dons an impressive two Michelin star ranking and will go into the books as an exceptional fine dining experience. Get dressed up in your most impressive cocktail dress or suit as this restaurant is jacket required. For one of the most eloquent and decadent Thanksgiving dinners in the city, make your reservations, beginning at 11:30AM, for a pre-fixe three course meal for $195.
Skate, Shop and Eat
Bryant Park Winter Village
Bryant Park was originally known for just the ice rink and hot beverage offerings, formerly called The Pond. Over the years, Bryant Park has expanded The Pond into what we know as Bank of America’s Winter Village. There are over hundreds of shops that offer everything from handmade gifts to artisanal ingredients to local eats and sweets. So if you want to find a unicorn winter knit hat while shopping for handcrafted chocolate while eating waffles and dinges, this is the perfect place for you. The European-inspired shopping experience welcomes you down aisles of see-through kiosks. At The Pond, skating is free if you bring your own skates. Otherwise, rent them for $20.
The Rink at Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place has become one of the most luxurious shopping centers in Manhattan. With over 45 shops, including Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta, it makes wandering through a mall feel like a special treat. Brookfield Place also is home to Le District, which is a French-inspired marché (market) that offers gourmet French pastries, a raw bar, a one Michelin star restaurant and more. Just yards away from the intriguing food area would be The Rink. Show off your skills on the ice for $15 each 90 minute session. If you don’t have a pair, it’s $5 to rent.
Giving a Helping Hand
Volunteer with FeedingNYC
While many of us are fortunate with food, shelter and our loved ones (even if it’s a love-hate relationship that involves calling your bestie names), many others need a helping hand during this time of year. Some families must turn to shelters as a temporary home during the holidays. Feeding NYC has spent over 15 years delivering over 50,000 meals to those in need at NYC shelters. Sign up here to volunteer your time.
Dance and Drink All Night
Party with NY Epic Club Crawl
New York City’s nightlife is vibrant with energy, especially when the closing hours go well past 2AM. Don’t just settle for the post-dinner food coma. Keep your NYC Thanksgiving weekend going by getting your dance and drink on at the hottest spots in the city. Check out some of the most chic lounges and nightclubs in NYC with the masters of club crawls, NY Epic Club Crawl. While most people will be on the painfully long lines to get in, you’ll get VIP express entry access without the cover charge. The perk doesn’t stop there. You also get access to exclusive drink specials so that you can keep the crunk vibes coming. When your party is ready to embark on the next hot spot, if it’s not walking distance, you’ll get private transportation to make sure your night keeps going.