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What to Do in New York on Thanksgiving

There’s something unique about spending Thanksgiving in New York. It’s not just the electric pre-holiday vibe or the holiday markets that open their doors. We have the one and only Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, plus dozens of renowned chefs creating inviting and delicious meals. Read more below!

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time honored tradition that no other city in the United States has been able to replicate. It starts in the Upper West Side along Central Park West, continues to 6th Avenue and ends at Macy’s Herald Square. Our location on 44th Street means we are just steps away from the action! The parade kicks off at 9am and finishes at noon. 

If you’re around on the day before Thanksgiving, go see the balloon inflation around the American Museum of Natural History between 1pm and 8pm. 

Thanksgiving Dinner in Midtown

The excitement of the parade will make you hungry. And Thanksgiving doesn’t really count without having a bountiful meal over which to give thanks. Avoid being stuck in the post-parade traffic and choose a restaurant within walking distance of Royalton New York. Open Table is a great go-to option to search for special Thanksgiving menus. Here are a handful of suggestions in Midtown:


Traditional Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu with your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for $88 per adult, children 12 and under $50.

Ai Fiori

Three-course lunch for $90 and a four-course lunch for $115 from 11:30am to 2pm.
Four-course dinner for $125 or a six-course dinner tasting for $175 from 4pm to 9pm


Five-course family style menu for $139 per person or $155 with one course of white truffle, from 12pm to 9pm.

Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Once the balloons have been deflated and the turkey consumed, what’s next? While many attractions are closed over Thanksgiving weekend, New York has many options: go shopping on Black Friday, enjoy a Broadway show, go ice-skating or explore the city’s running and biking trails on a perfect autumn day. 

And speaking of perfect autumn days, don’t forget to try the season’s best flavors: fall drinks and fall desserts. Read more about the flavors of New York at the Royalton Hotel blog.