Thanksgiving Weekend 2018 in Lower Manhattan
Image courtesy of Brookfield Place New York
If there’s anything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend, it’s for spending it in Lower Manhattan, one of New York City’s best neighborhoods for dining, shopping, culture and everything in between. You can also be thankful that we’ve rounded up the best things to do in the enclave over this four-day holiday weekend. From sitting on Santa’s lap to commemorating NYC history, here are some great ways to ring in the official start of the holiday season — unless you’ve already been doing so since Halloween.
Dine out for Thanksgiving dinner
Whether you find yourself in NYC this Thanksgiving for business or pleasure, it’s perfectly understandable to not want to cook a Turkey Day dinner. Instead, leave it to the pros and give thanks that plenty of the city’s top restaurants are not just staying open on Thanksgiving this year, but serving world-class Thanksgiving meals to boot. Here are a few spots in and near Lower Manhattan to consider.
A Chinese restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner? You bet. Head to Tang Hotpot in Chinatown for a special holiday hotpot meal: pumpkin seafood and spicy beef tallow broths with an array of add-ins, including rib-eye, lamb shoulder, scallop, quail egg, winter melon and taro. It’s $75 per person and wine is included. tanghotpotnyc.com
Nickel & Diner
This Asian-influenced upscale diner just north of Canal Street is serving a $68 holiday menu. Roasted vegetable broth, tiger shrimp ceviche salad and curried kabocha squash are among the openers. Wild salmon and truffle mushroom risotto are entrée options along with traditional turkey, while dessert selections include marshmallow pumpkin pie and molten chocolate lava cake. nickelanddiner.com
You’ll need to cross the Brooklyn Bridge to nearby DUMBO to reach this Middle Eastern spot, but we assure you it’s well worth it. Grilled swordfish with preserved lemon and turmeric freekeh, Brussels sprouts with Israeli couscous and hawaij, and flourless chocolate cake with sesame halva are on the $90 Thanksgiving menu. Also included is a killer view of the Manhattan Bridge and skyline along the East River waterfront. celestinebk.com
Shop local on Black Friday
If you’re not too busy recovering from a food coma, Friday is a great day to score some great deals in one of the best shopping neighborhoods in the city. Hit up Century 21 for discounts on designer brands, Brookfield Place for high-end retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry and Tory Burch, or Westfield World Trade Center for everything from H&M to Stuart Weitzman. Make your way to the Seaport District for one-of-a-kind finds at Scotch & Soda, 10 Corso Como, Roberto Cavalli, Dita Eyewear and SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Visit Santa Claus (or Santa Paws) at Brookfield Place
Santa Claus is coming…to downtown! Amid your holiday shopping, bring the kids to meet the jolly old man in red at Brookfield Place. Walk-ons are welcome, but you can reserve a spot in advance to avoid the lines. If your child happens to be furry and four-legged, bring them on Sunday, November 25 for special dog-friendly “Santa Paws” visits! Find more information here.
Celebrate Evacuation Day
On November 25, 1783, George Washington liberated New York City from British occupation in the final act of victory over Great Britain set forth in the Declaration of Independence. The Union Jack was triumphantly removed and the American Colonial Flag raised in its place.
Join the National Park Service, the Veteran Corps of Artillery-State of New York and the Lower Manhattan Historical Association as they celebrate Evacuation Day on Friday, November 23. The commemoration will consist of a presentation at Federal Hall, a parade to Evacuation Plaza (Bowling Green) and a recreation of the exchange of flags.
More information is available here.
We wish you a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving holiday! Stay happy, stay healthy and always #stayinventive.