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Thanksgiving in Philly: Where to Dine Out

This year, leave the turkey, stuffing, and candied yams to the pros

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| Michael Persico

Let’s face it: Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a pain. Sure, for some it’s a joy to spend two days in the kitchen making every guest’s favorite side dish and squeezing a giant, expensive bird into the oven. And then there are those who’d rather fake a dire illness. That’s where Philly’s restaurants come to the rescue. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving offer fine dining, family-friendly experiences, football-watching, and everything in between. Some meals are highly traditional, with turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie, while others get creative with upgraded takes on the classics and new favorites to add to the holiday rotation.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Elwood

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1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 279-7427
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Elwood, chef Adam Diltz’s Fishtown BYOB highlighting Pennsylvania’s culinary history, will be open for its first Thanksgiving with a feast that includes an apple and spinach salad, turtle soup, a choice of roast served family-style (turkey, pork, venison, goose, duck, or rabbit) mashed potatoes, stuffing, sauces, pickles, vegetables, and potato buns. Diltz is also baking up pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato pies. $75; 5-10pm.

2. The Plough & The Stars

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123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 733-0300
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With its big fireplace and autumnal decor, The Plough & The Stars is ready for Thanksgiving. The menu for the holiday includes a salad with walnuts, apple, and quinoa, a turkey and Irish ham combo plate that comes with stuffing, potatoes, veggies, and house-made cranberry sauce. Pricing is a la carte; noon-8:15 pm.

3. Jones

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700 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 223-5663
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In the Starr Restaurants family, Americana-themed Jones is offering a good deal on Thanksgiving with a three-course menu that starts with soup or salad, moves into a turkey dinner with traditional sides, and ends with pie or cake for dessert. $35; 11am-8pm.

4. P. J. Clarke’s

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601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 999-2000
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The Thanksgiving deal at P.J. Clarke’s is one of the best in town at just under $40 a head for a three-course menu that includes oysters Rockefeller, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato gratin, sourdough stuffing, and caramelized Brussels sprouts, plus pie, cobbler, and ice cream for dessert. Don’t forget to get some oysters from the large raw bar in the back. $39 ($19.50 for kids); noon-8pm.

5. Smokin' Betty's

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116 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-6500
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The classics are the menu at Smokin’ Betty’s, including butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, glazed ham, and all the favorite sides: mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, cornbread muffins, and more. Choose between pie and bread pudding for dessert. Sister restaurant Devil’s Alley in Rittenhouse will be open with a similar setup. $35 ($19.95 for kids); 2:30-8 pm.

6. Bank & Bourbon

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1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 231-7300
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Bank & Bourbon in the Loews hotel has a Thanksgiving buffet planned with raw bar items, carved turkey and prime rib, local cheeses, autumnal salads, and a selection of pies. $70 with an optional $35 wine pairing ($22 for children).

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7. Aqimero

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10 Ave Of The Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 523-8200
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For a buffet in a convenient and beautiful space head to Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton on Broad Street. Expect a raw bar, salads, soups, carving station, sides, desserts, and a hot chocolate bar. $95 ($45 for children under 12, free for children under 3); noon-6pm.

8. Square 1682

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121 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-5008
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Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar is planning a five-course menu with Caribbean flair from chef Mackenson Horebe. Among the offerings: bone marrow ravioli, cornbread, crispy Brussels sprouts, turkey breast, smoked country ham, vegan cauliflower curry, challah stuffing, and whipped sweet potatoes. Dessert brings a choice between apple biscuit bread pudding or frosted beignets. $65; 4-9 pm.

9. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

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111 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-4810
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Italian steakhouse Davio’s will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, butternut squash, cranberry stuffing, and pumpkin pie. The a la carte menu is also available for anyone looking for pasta instead. $65 ($23 for children under 12); 11am-8pm.

10. Chez Colette

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120 S 17th St #5115
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300
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Start at the raw bar at the Sofitel’s Chez Colette to sample clams and oysters on the half shell before moving onto a generous buffet with a carving station, corn and crab chowder, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, and a salted caramel apple tart. This meal comes with a free glass of bubbly. $65 ($32.50 for kids under 12); noon-4pm.

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11. A.Kitchen

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135 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 825-7030
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For the first time, A.Kitchen will be open for Thanksgiving. Expect a seasonal three-course menu from chef Eli Collins featuring pumpkin curry soup, macaroni gratin, turkey confit, salmon with mussels sauce, and winter root vegetable lasagna with perfectly paired wine. The icing on the cake? This meal ends with slices of Pennsylvania apple and maple pecan pies from High Street on Market’s bakers. $65, wine pairing additional; 11am-7pm.

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12. Lacroix

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210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 790-2533
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Lacroix on Rittenhouse Square has one of the best brunches in town and on Thanksgiving, it’s going all day long. The staples — including raw bar options and caviar, house-made charcuterie, giant diver scallop sausage, and a chocolate fountain — will be there, along with Thanksgiving favorites like turkey with cognac gravy, coffee-glazed ham, duck confit, buttermilk biscuits, and more holiday treats. $105 per person; 11am-6:45 pm.

13. Scarpetta

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210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 558-4199
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Scarpetta at the Rittenhouse hotel is doing a four-course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving with Italian-inflected choices like chestnut soup, tagliatelle Bolognese, pancetta-wrapped turkey, branzino, and espresso budino. $68; 2-8 pm.

14. Jean-Georges Philadelphia

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1 N 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 419-5000
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Head to the 59th floor of the new Four Seasons hotel for Philly’s most luxurious Thanksgiving dinner. At Jean-Georges, known for its 40-foot windows and city views, Maine lobster and wagyu beef are part of the four-course meal. $148; noon-9pm; reservations recommended.

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15. Urban Farmer

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1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-2788
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At the Logan hotel on the Parkway, Urban Farmer’s Turkey Day feast includes dishes like seared potato gnocchi, herb-and-mushroom-crusted prime rib, turkey, cornbread turkey stuffing, and, for dessert, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bourbon cheesecake, and chocolate pecan tart. $75 ($37.50 for children 12 and under); 4-9pm.

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16. Misconduct Tavern (multiple locations)

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1801 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 928-4297
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One of the most affordable Thanksgiving meals in town can be found at both of Misconduct Tavern’s locations in Center City. It includes roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, glazed carrots, and mashed potatoes. They’ll also have options like a venison burger with mushrooms and a turkey burger with stuffing gravy and cranberry relish. All of the day’s NFL games will be on the TVs. It’s $16.95 per Thanksgiving plate in advance and $19.95 if you don’t pay in advance.

17. Serpico

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604 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-3001
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Serpico will serve its regular menu on Thanksgiving, but the avant garde restaurant also has a holiday entrée planned that includes a whole meal on one plate: roasted turkey breast, braised dark meat, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted squash, fried Brussels sprouts, and a dinner roll.

$34 for the Thanksgiving plate; 4-9pm.

18. The Twisted Tail

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509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 558-2471
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Headhouse Square’s Twisted Tail will serve a family-style meal all day on Thanksgiving. Diners can choose from turkey, prime rib, pineapple-glazed ham, salmon, and sides for the table. For dessert, an array of mini-pies. $49 ($25 for kids under 10, children under 3 are free); noon-10 pm.

19. CO-OP Restaurant & Lounge

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20 S 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 398-1874
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In University City, CO-OP is cooking up all the traditional fare — turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie — in a family-style feast that serves four or five people and includes a bottle of wine. $125; individual plate for $25 does not include wine or dessert.

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20. Dim Sum House by Jane G's

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3939 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 921-5377
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Off the traditional turkey path, it’s an all-day dim sum affair at University City’s Dim Sum House. along with seafood dishes including a comically large Norwegian whole king crab (done three ways) that feeds six to 12 people. The crab is market price; currently around $450.

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21. The Bercy

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7 Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 589-0500
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French restaurant The Bercy in Ardmore, will be open with a three-course menu that includes French onion soup, truffle gnocchi, turkey roulade, pie, and ice cream. $65; 5-10 pm.

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22. Denim BYOB

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312 Kresson Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
(856) 520-8114
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In Haddonfield, Denim will serve a four-course Thanksgiving dinner that includes gussied-up takes on the holiday staples, plus pumpkin gnocchi and lobster bisque to start and vegan meatloaf with beet Bordelaise for those skipping the turkey. $45; reservations required.

1. Elwood

1007 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Elwood, chef Adam Diltz’s Fishtown BYOB highlighting Pennsylvania’s culinary history, will be open for its first Thanksgiving with a feast that includes an apple and spinach salad, turtle soup, a choice of roast served family-style (turkey, pork, venison, goose, duck, or rabbit) mashed potatoes, stuffing, sauces, pickles, vegetables, and potato buns. Diltz is also baking up pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato pies. $75; 5-10pm.

1007 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. The Plough & The Stars

123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

With its big fireplace and autumnal decor, The Plough & The Stars is ready for Thanksgiving. The menu for the holiday includes a salad with walnuts, apple, and quinoa, a turkey and Irish ham combo plate that comes with stuffing, potatoes, veggies, and house-made cranberry sauce. Pricing is a la carte; noon-8:15 pm.

123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Jones

700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

In the Starr Restaurants family, Americana-themed Jones is offering a good deal on Thanksgiving with a three-course menu that starts with soup or salad, moves into a turkey dinner with traditional sides, and ends with pie or cake for dessert. $35; 11am-8pm.

700 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

4. P. J. Clarke’s

601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Thanksgiving deal at P.J. Clarke’s is one of the best in town at just under $40 a head for a three-course menu that includes oysters Rockefeller, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato gratin, sourdough stuffing, and caramelized Brussels sprouts, plus pie, cobbler, and ice cream for dessert. Don’t forget to get some oysters from the large raw bar in the back. $39 ($19.50 for kids); noon-8pm.

601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Smokin' Betty's

116 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The classics are the menu at Smokin’ Betty’s, including butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, glazed ham, and all the favorite sides: mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, cornbread muffins, and more. Choose between pie and bread pudding for dessert. Sister restaurant Devil’s Alley in Rittenhouse will be open with a similar setup. $35 ($19.95 for kids); 2:30-8 pm.

116 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Bank & Bourbon

1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bank & Bourbon [official photo]

Bank & Bourbon in the Loews hotel has a Thanksgiving buffet planned with raw bar items, carved turkey and prime rib, local cheeses, autumnal salads, and a selection of pies. $70 with an optional $35 wine pairing ($22 for children).

1200 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Aqimero

10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

For a buffet in a convenient and beautiful space head to Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton on Broad Street. Expect a raw bar, salads, soups, carving station, sides, desserts, and a hot chocolate bar. $95 ($45 for children under 12, free for children under 3); noon-6pm.

10 Ave Of The Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. Square 1682

121 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar is planning a five-course menu with Caribbean flair from chef Mackenson Horebe. Among the offerings: bone marrow ravioli, cornbread, crispy Brussels sprouts, turkey breast, smoked country ham, vegan cauliflower curry, challah stuffing, and whipped sweet potatoes. Dessert brings a choice between apple biscuit bread pudding or frosted beignets. $65; 4-9 pm.

121 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

111 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Italian steakhouse Davio’s will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with turkey, butternut squash, cranberry stuffing, and pumpkin pie. The a la carte menu is also available for anyone looking for pasta instead. $65 ($23 for children under 12); 11am-8pm.

111 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Chez Colette

120 S 17th St #5115, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sofitel [official]

Start at the raw bar at the Sofitel’s Chez Colette to sample clams and oysters on the half shell before moving onto a generous buffet with a carving station, corn and crab chowder, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, and a salted caramel apple tart. This meal comes with a free glass of bubbly. $65 ($32.50 for kids under 12); noon-4pm.

120 S 17th St #5115
Philadelphia, PA 19103

11. A.Kitchen

135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
a.kitchen+bar [official]

For the first time, A.Kitchen will be open for Thanksgiving. Expect a seasonal three-course menu from chef Eli Collins featuring pumpkin curry soup, macaroni gratin, turkey confit, salmon with mussels sauce, and winter root vegetable lasagna with perfectly paired wine. The icing on the cake? This meal ends with slices of Pennsylvania apple and maple pecan pies from High Street on Market’s bakers. $65, wine pairing additional; 11am-7pm.

135 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Lacroix

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Lacroix on Rittenhouse Square has one of the best brunches in town and on Thanksgiving, it’s going all day long. The staples — including raw bar options and caviar, house-made charcuterie, giant diver scallop sausage, and a chocolate fountain — will be there, along with Thanksgiving favorites like turkey with cognac gravy, coffee-glazed ham, duck confit, buttermilk biscuits, and more holiday treats. $105 per person; 11am-6:45 pm.

210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

13. Scarpetta

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Scarpetta at the Rittenhouse hotel is doing a four-course prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving with Italian-inflected choices like chestnut soup, tagliatelle Bolognese, pancetta-wrapped turkey, branzino, and espresso budino. $68; 2-8 pm.

210 W Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

14. Jean-Georges Philadelphia

1 N 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Four Seasons

Head to the 59th floor of the new Four Seasons hotel for Philly’s most luxurious Thanksgiving dinner. At Jean-Georges, known for its 40-foot windows and city views, Maine lobster and wagyu beef are part of the four-course meal. $148; noon-9pm; reservations recommended.

1 N 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

15. Urban Farmer

1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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At the Logan hotel on the Parkway, Urban Farmer’s Turkey Day feast includes dishes like seared potato gnocchi, herb-and-mushroom-crusted prime rib, turkey, cornbread turkey stuffing, and, for dessert, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bourbon cheesecake, and chocolate pecan tart. $75 ($37.50 for children 12 and under); 4-9pm.

1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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16. Misconduct Tavern (multiple locations)

1801 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103

One of the most affordable Thanksgiving meals in town can be found at both of Misconduct Tavern’s locations in Center City. It includes roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, glazed carrots, and mashed potatoes. They’ll also have options like a venison burger with mushrooms and a turkey burger with stuffing gravy and cranberry relish. All of the day’s NFL games will be on the TVs. It’s $16.95 per Thanksgiving plate in advance and $19.95 if you don’t pay in advance.

1801 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103

17. Serpico

604 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Serpico will serve its regular menu on Thanksgiving, but the avant garde restaurant also has a holiday entrée planned that includes a whole meal on one plate: roasted turkey breast, braised dark meat, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted squash, fried Brussels sprouts, and a dinner roll.

$34 for the Thanksgiving plate; 4-9pm.

604 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

18. The Twisted Tail

509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Headhouse Square’s Twisted Tail will serve a family-style meal all day on Thanksgiving. Diners can choose from turkey, prime rib, pineapple-glazed ham, salmon, and sides for the table. For dessert, an array of mini-pies. $49 ($25 for kids under 10, children under 3 are free); noon-10 pm.

509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

19. CO-OP Restaurant & Lounge

20 S 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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In University City, CO-OP is cooking up all the traditional fare — turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, gravy, and pumpkin pie — in a family-style feast that serves four or five people and includes a bottle of wine. $125; individual plate for $25 does not include wine or dessert.

20 S 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

20. Dim Sum House by Jane G's

3939 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Dim Sum House [official]

Off the traditional turkey path, it’s an all-day dim sum affair at University City’s Dim Sum House. along with seafood dishes including a comically large Norwegian whole king crab (done three ways) that feeds six to 12 people. The crab is market price; currently around $450.

3939 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

21. The Bercy

7 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
Rose Colored Glasses Photography

French restaurant The Bercy in Ardmore, will be open with a three-course menu that includes French onion soup, truffle gnocchi, turkey roulade, pie, and ice cream. $65; 5-10 pm.

7 Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003

22. Denim BYOB

312 Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

In Haddonfield, Denim will serve a four-course Thanksgiving dinner that includes gussied-up takes on the holiday staples, plus pumpkin gnocchi and lobster bisque to start and vegan meatloaf with beet Bordelaise for those skipping the turkey. $45; reservations required.

312 Kresson Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

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