Traditionally, Thanksgiving means sitting down with your family around the dinner table and enjoying turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. But it doesn’t have to! NYC has a wide variety of family-friendly Thanksgiving dinner alternatives. Have a fancy Thanksgiving tea party at The Plaza, enjoy a stress-free and kid-friendly restaurant experience, or even let the kids save you the trouble and make the Thanksgiving treats themselves. Click through for 8 alternative ways to observe and celebrate Thanksgiving!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be known as a day of eating turkey, but lucky for veggie-loving families, NYC has plenty of other options for vegetarians. A number of beloved Thanksgiving spots around the city are offering vegetarian options, like Upper West Side's Michelin rated Dovetail restaurant, or the East Village's Root & Bone.

For a completely meat-free meal, check out one of the many vegetarian and vegan NYC restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner this year, like Red Bamboo's delectable vegan dishes (pictured above). (Here are more of our favorite vegan spots to eat with the kids!)

Photo: Red Bamboo via Facebook.


Do you have a favorite alternative Thanksgiving celebration? Tell us about it in the comments! 

— Yuliya Geikhman