Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means a lot of our friends will be traveling, some of us will host guests and some of us will be visiting Brooklyn for the extended holiday weekend. Therefore, we have put together a Brooklyn Thanksgiving Guide to give you a recap of all things taking place in Brooklyn, including some delicious restaurants where you can gather with friends or family for a hearty, holiday meal.
Friday, November 24, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Drop some holiday cheer and get your Brooklyn jersey for this midday Brooklyn Nets game! Taking place at the Barclays Center, the home team will take on the Portland Trail Blazers. Snack on some Brooklyn treats offered at the stadium, have a drink and show your Brooklyn pride! Make it a full day by grabbing lunch post-game at Gotham Market at the Ashland, where there are five restaurants under one roof.
Saturday, November 25, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Enjoy Small Business Saturday on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, by taking a Selfie with an Elf (an Elfie)! In the spirit of the season, there will be sweet elves along the corners of Montague Street at Hicks Street between 12 and 2 p.m. collecting new socks, gloves, scarves and hats to keep children and families at Brooklyn’s The Family Center warmer this winter. While you are shopping, eating and drinking along Montague Street, you can make your donation and take a free Selfie with an Elf! Shops and businesses on Montague Street will offer special discounts, complimentary treats and holiday cheer. Free gifts with purchase.
Saturday, November 25, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Take a stroll on one of the busiest Avenues, stretching from Downtown Brooklyn all the way to Queens. After waking up from a day full of turkey and pumpkin pie, many of us will turn our focus over to gift searching. So, walk off the turkey stuffing while searching for the perfect find is on Small Business Saturday! The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting a fun shop local event celebrating local businesses, and hosting giveaways, raffles and discounts between Classon Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.
Saturday and Sunday, November 25 – 26
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Shop, sip and taste Brooklyn products as you get your holiday shopping kick-started at the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar! This fifth annual Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors ranging from food and beverages, to art, toys, jewelry and home goods produced by Brooklyn makers. With more than 60 vendors, you will have plenty of reasons to skip the madness of Black Friday, and, instead, spend time with fellow shoppers in the beautiful Green Building – all while supporting the local businesses.
Saturday, November 25
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.This local market kicks off its holiday market series with a Small Business Saturday event at Calabar Imports! Looking for some handmade gifts from Brooklyn? This is your chance to discover something unique, while supporting local artists and businesses. Make it a special trip to Bed-Stuy, a neighborhood known for its beautiful brownstone buildings and tree lined streets, by stopping by Brooklyn Kettle (a block away) for some hot coffee; or head to Peaches Hot House for some mouthwatering Southern comfort food!
Thursday, November 16, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Taste the flavors of these historic Brooklyn neighborhoods, while supporting local businesses! Eat, drink and walk along Smith, Court and Henry Streets south of Atlantic Avenue. Support and promote local small business while doing good, as profits go to empower central Brooklyn children in food deserts to create healthy environments! You can also volunteer for this event, and work beside chefs from the 20 participating restaurants! More information about the location and participating vendors here.
Dining out for Thanksgiving?
Hosting so many loved ones that your apartment feels a bit cramped, or simply trying to enjoy this holiday without having to cook and deal with dishes? Maybe you’re visiting Brooklyn for the holidays, or want to host a “friendsgiving” somewhere fun. We have the solution for you, as many Brooklyn restaurants dish up their best meals, to keep Thanksgiving effortless and fun!
Hill Country BBQ
Hill Country will offer a Texas-sized Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring the whole family for Pit-Smoked Turkey, the signature barbecues and all the traditional Thanksgiving sides and desserts. The meal is $52 for adults and $25 for children, and includes all the Thanksgiving food you can eat. The football games will be on the big screens, too! The special holiday dishes will be from the Thanksgiving Rancher’s Feast. Book your holiday lunch or holiday office catering with Hill Country BBQ before November 12 and receive dinner for two as a reward.
The high ceilings and communal tables of the spacious main dining room make 61 Local the perfect location for your group to celebrate the holidays! Each meal is created with local products that represent the flavors of the season. It’s easy to find something that will leave everyone in your group thankful. From vegan and gluten-free options, to hot apple pies and ice cream, 61 Local truly knows how to cater to all needs and wishes. P.S. Their pretzel reuben is highly recommended!
This Brooklyn staple has been an iconic place to get the best cheesecake in town, but it is also a family-friendly place to enjoy a large meal with your friends or work team. From the large variety of appetizers, to the iconic cheesecake, there is always something that will make the whole table dine with ease. This season, Junior’s is serving up some mouthwatering pumpkin flavored cheesecake to highlight the flavors of Fall!
Grandma’s House is a lively and colorful American restaurant in the heart of Boerum Hill. The restaurant is a cornerstone in the Brooklyn community and has been recognized many times for its outstanding service, friendly staff and support of the local community. Its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its fresh ingredients have given Grandma’s House a place in many locals’ hearts. Their famous chicken pot pie is worth going back for even after the holiday’s!
As an annual tradition on Thanksgiving, Applebee’s will be offering their Thanksgiving dinner plates, including sliced turkey breasts, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and of course, home-style pumpkin pie! Bring the whole family to a special buffet dinner only served at Brooklyn’s seven locations: Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Flatbush Avenue Extension, Atlantic Terminal, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Triangle Junction, and Gateway Shopping Center.