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WHAT'S ON IN NEW YORK THIS THANKSGIVING

15.11.17

From age-old traditions to something a little more contemporary, we take a look at how best to celebrate the holidays

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STAY AT THE LUDLOW

Whether you’re planning a city staycation or you’re heading to New York from further afield over the holidays, set your sights on the Ludlow Hotel to indulge in a little luxury and a lot of interiors inspiration. Positioned on the Lower East side of the city in the midst of some of the coolest (and less touristic) hotspots, this factory-style building is set to earn you serious street credibility. Whether you’re an overnight guest or not, the Lobby Bar and Garden makes for a picturesque cocktail hangout and the Parisian-inspired restaurant will offer something a little removed from the traditional Thanksgiving spread by way of a dinner menu.

The Ludlow, 180 Ludlow Street, New York, 10002, United State

SNACK ON PUMPKIN PIE

After much trial and error, we truly believe we’ve tracked down the best pumpkin pie in the city and it can be found at the Mah Ze Dahr bakery on Greenwich Avenue. If you’re hosting, get your pre-order in now so you’re ready in plenty of time – it’s a popular spot and it’s set to be busy over the next few weeks in the run-up to the holidays.

Mah Ze Dahr, 28 Greenwich Ave, New York,  1001

SKATE in CENTRAL PARK

There’s little more traditional than Thanksgiving so sometimes it makes sense to stick to what you know and celebrate in ways that spark a little nostalgia. Like, for example, ice-skating in Central Park. Because what sings holiday season clearer than that? (Ok, perhaps pumpkin pie, but we’re getting to that.) Not just for tourists, this family-friendly activity is set in one of the city’s most iconic locations and it offers not just a fun activity but a host of views, ample people watching, and tables and chairs with a great view for those who don’t want to partake.  Make Wollman Rink your skating destination of choice for ample festive cheer.

Wollman Rink, 830 5th Ave, New York, 10065

EAT AT DOVETAIL

If you’re planning to dine out for Thanksgiving and save on the washing up, then why not make it a little extra special and book into Dovetail, one of the Upper West Side’s most established premium spots? Positioned just a few steps away from the American Museum of Natural History, which coincidentally is where we recommend watching the balloon inflation the day before (see below), it’s right in the midst of the holiday action, but it promises to provide a little luxury away from the madness outside. The menu this season includes Atlantic salmon and slow-roasted turkey for main and pumpkin chiboust and chocolate brownie for desert, so whilst it’s wonderfully festive, it’s also a slightly more elevated version of a traditional Thanksgiving Day spread.

Dovetail, 103 West,  77th street, New York, 10024

SEE THE BALLOON INFLATION AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

If you’re anywhere near the American Museum of Natural History between 3pm and 10pm the day before Thanksgiving then you might just happen to notice some very oversized balloons being inflated. Parade prep starts early and begins with the smaller designs, working up to some of the most impressive displays towards the end of the evening. If you’re planning on giving the vicinity a wide birth the following day then it might be worth hanging around until later in the evening to get the best views.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th St, New York, 10024

GRAB A THANKSGIVING CROISSANT

A day in NYC around this time of year wouldn’t be the same without tucking into one of Milk Bar’s famous Thanksgivnig croissants. Yes you read right, this baked treat is filled with all the delights that make up a traditional celebratory dinner plate; turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce, but it’s wrapped up in stuffing-flavoured dough in a croissant-style arrangement that makes it all the more easy to eat on the go. If you’re craving that feast already, this treat is sure to tide you over until the day.

Various locations across New York

DRINK AT THE LEXINGTON BRASS

Raise a toast to the holiday in style at the Lexington Brass in midtown Manhattan. Interiors not only set a sophisticated tone but also feel appropriately autumnal with their brass-accented features, drop pendant lighting and opulent marble flooring. There’s a food menu but we recommend just propping yourself up at the bar and making your way through the cocktails on offer instead… because why not?

517 Lexington Avenue, New York, 10017

GET OUT AND ABOUT ON ANNUAL HIKE

If you’re the kind of person who sees one day inside (or one day with the family) as being more than enough, then perhaps the day after Thanksgiving hike is for you? A charity event taking place through Blood Root Valley park and covering 2.5 miles with a stop at the David la Tourette House and a guided tour from Greenbelt Nature Centre educators, it’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors without straying too far from tradition. Plus, you’ll have earned yourself those turkey leftovers by the time you make it back.

Blood Root Valley Park, Rockland Ave & Manor Road, Staten Island, 10306

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