Where to Grab a Drink on Thanksgiving Day in New York

by Jessica Klein on Nov 23, 2015 in Roundups
Where to Grab a Drink on Thanksgiving Day in New York

While many New Yorkers were actually born and raised in the city, it seems like just about as many are transplants, and not all of them get a chance to head home for one of the most family-oriented times of the year in America—Thanksgiving. For all of those people, and the many others who need a place to wind down after spending a bit too much time with their in-laws, some bars and restaurants in the city are mercifully staying open this November 26. Whether you want to gorge on a multi-course Thanksgiving meal with fellow NYC transplants, watch football, or even sing in front of strangers, New York will let you do so this turkey day…
Open until 6 PM on Thanksgiving day, this appropriately named bar/restaurant (it feels like somebody’s living room) will offer cozy feelings of home while you’re far away from your parents, who still live in New Jersey. It will also offer $5 cans of Rolling Rock plus a shot of whisky. (983 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn;718-386-1133)
230 Fifth’s annual turkey day buffet will be as tacky and plastic as a family focused holiday can be. Lasting from 11 AM to 9 PM and taking place on a rooftop in “the heart of Flatiron,” the buffet costs $52 for adults and $30 for children. There will be turkey, ham, chicken, salmon, and assorted cookies amongst the establishment’s purple tinted lighting, over-decorated trees…and, of course, a bar (not included). (230 5th Ave.; 212-725-4300)
Momofuku’s Má Pêche restaurant will be offering a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu that, though pricey at $75 a head, looks like it will be pretty sweet knowing the company’s knack for combining flavors to please taste buds from around the world. Honey ice cream will follow a “duo” of turkey or fried beef short ribs, and the drinks should prove as inventive as the food. (Chambers Hotel, 15 W 56th St.; 212-757-5878)
A classic dive bar that serves beer in styrofoam cups, Turkey’s Nest Tavern defies its hipster surroundings by being just plain chill. If you don’t plan on seeing family this Thanksgiving (or if you do), consider celebrating here with a beer, a few TV screens, and a round or two of Big Buck Hunter…in a place named for the animal that really makes this holiday worth celebrating. (94 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; 718-384-9774)
Cheaper than most of the city’s prix fixe Thanksgiving menus, Miss Lily’s turkey day meal will go for $38 and will adapt the dishes to its Caribbean roots. Expect your veggies extra heavy and your pumpkin pie extra sweet. Wash down the meal with a Red Stripe, or a few. (109 Avenue A; 212-812-1482)
With a strong emphasis on all sports, but especially football (hence the name), 4th Down serves as a regular watering hole for many a fan each rowdy Sunday. Thanksgiving weekend will be no different. When I asked a bartender if the establishment would remain open on Thanksgiving day itself, he said, “Well, there’s football that day, so there will probably be someone there.” Take his word for it? (750 Grand St., Brooklyn; 917-744-6522)
If you want to do something very spirited this Thanksgiving (if not holiday spirited), why not head over to Koreatown? Radio Star Karaoke, and probably some other karaoke joints, will be open during the holiday, so you can sing your heart out while even managing to experience some classic, turkey day flavors—like cranberry in the form of a “Hi-Fi Martini.” (3 W 35th St.; 212-564-2520)
 
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