Welcome to the the Hit List, a weekly rundown of bars and restaurants that gets you to the right table at the right time. Happy Black Friday, happy long weekend, happy snow, Happy Thanksgiving. Here are some places we’d recommend for the next seven days.
Because on the day before Thanksgiving this longstanding Italian Upper West Sider becomes the move, as you can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade floats get inflated over dinner. 359 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024, (212) 724-2100
Because welcome to the dance floor Vic’s. Freshly coated with a 4-star rave from New York Magazine, this is Vicky Freeman’s ‘Batali-esque’ new restaurant in the space that previously housed Five Points in NoHo. 31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, (212) 253-5700
Because if you’re shopping uptown this weekend you’re going to need a coffee and this is the place to get it. 25 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
Because here comes the first of three Thanksgiving recommendations coming your way. This one is on account of the case to be made for throwing a world class chef at the problem of Thanksgiving. 3-course menu at $68 is the offer here, where both butternut squash soup/turkey/pumpkin pie and arugula/branzino/bread pudding gambits are possible. 21 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003, (212) 228-3344
Because here comes the second of three Thanksgiving recommendations, Locanda on account of the fact that here’s your pick for something traditional combined with likely-flawless desserts. 377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, (212) 925-3797
Because here comes the third of three Thanksgiving recommendations, this one on account of the fact that here’s where you can get an amazing roast chicken with stuffing for Thanksgiving, the best best-of-both-worlds menu hack of all time. 80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012, (212) 965-1414
7/GOOD DISH AT BERGDORF
Because yes you’re serious. The “Beauty Level” restaurant is actually a highly pro move-and it’s a shopping kind of weekend, so now you have a plan. 754 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Because the Geoffrey Zakarian redo of the New York City institution is now soft open. There’s a new bar in the center of the room, which is smart. Cocktails are going to call back the building’s 1920s first heyday. Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
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