Thanksgiving Day - When to shop and where to eat

Proper planning can help you grab the best deals and meals on the Thanksgiving Day. If you love to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the traditional way, then it’s essential to know where to shop and when the stores will actually open. Likewise, if you want to take a break from cooking and have a delicious heart-melting Thanksgiving feast, then it’s high time to know about the top restaurants before seats fill up.

Thanksgiving Day: Where to shop and when

Forget all your worries and shop on the Thanksgiving Day. Here’s a list of retail stores where you can do your Thanksgiving shopping. Find out the projected opening times so that you don’t waste any time.

1. Macy:

The store will be open from 5 pm on the Thanksgiving Day. You can shop the whole night. The store will close at 10 pm on Black Friday. In some locations, Macy stores will close at 2 am on Black Friday morning. Again these stores will open at 6 am and close at 10 pm.

2. Target:

It will be open from 6 pm. On Black Friday, it will remain open throughout the day.

3. Best Buy:

You can shop from 5 pm to 1 am on the Thanksgiving Day. On Black Friday, the store will be opened between 8 am and 10 pm.

4. Walmart:

Walmart doors will be open from 6 pm on the Thanksgiving Day. It will remain open throughout the day on Black Friday.

5. Big Lots:

The store will remain open between 5 pm and 1 am. On Black Friday, the store will stay open from 6 am.

Thanksgiving Day: Where to eat

Shopping is done. Now it’s time to eat. Here is the list of restaurants where you can have your Thanksgiving family feast this year.

Budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinners

1. Joseph Leonard:

Pumpkin soup with toasted pepitas, bourbon sweet potato puree, french onion dip, roasted turkey with gravy, creamy green beans with fried onions, cornbread and sausage stuffing and more only at $65. Can’t believe it? But it’s true. You can get seats between 12 pm and 6 pm. Go and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast with your family.

2. The Red Cat:

Do you want to have a lip-smacking three-course Thanksgiving dinner under $100? This Chelsea Bistro is the perfect place for you. They are offering an organic turkey stuffed with sausage and fig. The turkey is greased in butter so you can very well imagine that divine aroma you’ll get when the dish is served on the table. Other than the organic turkey, you can get Brussels sprouts with pancetta and buttered cinnamon buttered sweet potatoes. Make sure you book a table between 12 pm and 11 pm. Price: $85 per person.

3. Rock Center Cafe:

You know what’s the best part of this cafe? You get fantastic food. What is even better is that you can enjoy the food while checking out the skaters circling the famous Rockefeller Center rink. The 3-course meal includes rigatoni bolognese with lamb ragu, chicken tenders, braized short rib, roasted turkey dinner, salmon, grilled cheese, and penne pasta. Price: Below $60

Pricey Thanksgiving dinners

1. Maialino:

You can get 2 prix-fixe menus here. The first one is Italian-American Thanksgiving dinner menu and the second one is Maialino classics. You’ll get a turkey with polenta and kale sausage filling, apple crumb crostata and butternut squash soup with chestnut tortellini. Maialino classics, on the other hand, includes malfatti with braised pork and watercress, braized lamb with rosemary potatoes, and a turkey stracciatella soup. Price: $115 per person. You can get seats between 12 pm and 6 pm.

2. Aureole:

You can have a three-course prix fixe menu in just $125 (adult) and $500 (child). Yes. You read it right. I’m not joking. Chef Charlie Palmer is ready to win your heart and makes your tummy happy with this delicious menu:

It’s a four-course menu for your Thanksgiving feast. You’ll get organic turkey stuffed with cornbread and mashed potatoes, savoy cabbage soup with quail and acorn squash, apple crumble with orange compote, and brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce.

3. Eleven Madison Park:

Good food comes at a high price. I’m sure you have heard this line many times. :P

If you ready to spend $245 for a delicious family feast, this is the perfect destination for you. The menu is too good. You’ll be served roasted turkey with caramelized apple and chestnut stuffing, chicken velouté with black truffle, butter-poached lobster with squash and citrus, and beet salad with caraway and mustard. You can get optional wine at $135. Seats are available between 12 pm and 8:30 pm.


Go and enjoy the Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. Just one advice. Don’t incur too much credit card debt since the festive season has just begun. You have to set aside money for Christmas and New Year celebrations too. Try to shop Christmas gifts on the Thanksgiving Day if you get those things at a discounted price.

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