Being around the exciting and inviting spirit of America, it's hard to resist the urge to celebrate Thanksgiving and get super happy, like your fellow American colleagues and friends.
After speaking with a number of international students about Thanksgiving, we've come across a common question almost everyone poses - Why is Thanksgiving celebrated?
Historically Thanksgiving was majorly about giving Thanks to God for his blessings bestowed on their families in the last year. In more modern times, the younger generations tend to celebrate Thanksgiving as the time of joy when they enjoy the long weekend with family and friends, eat some scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner or lunch spreads, watch the NFL and celebrate the beginning of Christmas.
Having said that, here are 4 lesser-known fun facts about Thanksgiving Day:
Now that we’ve moved past the basics, let’s talk more fun stuff like DIY turkey recipes, the must visit restaurants serving epic Thanksgiving dinners and a lot more in some of our other posts. Happy reading!
This is for those of you who aren't that into cooking, or are simply the lazier ones of the lot. Thanksgiving Dinner is THE (nice) lavish part that everybody looks forward to. To some it may be mommy's specials, and to some others it is 'The best I've had!' dinner at an epic restaurant.
For those unfortunate ones (like yours truly) who won't be lucky enough to relish mommy's specials, here's a list of our very-thoughtfully-picked restaurants offering some of the best Thanksgiving dinner & experiences in New York City.
The View - 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
As the name suggests, this place is all about 'the view.' Ever imagined being on a rooftop restaurant that rotates as you dine, without making you dizzy at all! Besides its one-of-a-kind 360-degree view of NYC, The View offers an amazing Thanksgiving dinner buffet for $98 (adults). Though it's on the pricier side, the array of dishes on their menu makes it well worth it. We're personally psyched about the Carving Station ourselves, but there's a lot more to explore!! While reservations aren't a must, we recommend having your reservations beforehand via OpenTable.com or by calling 212.704.8900.
21 Club - 21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
If you're really into the traditional American dining experience then this place is a MUST visit. Besides the pros of flaunting the best pieces from your wardrobe, the Thanksgiving dinner here is to die for! Not only do you have a ton of delicacies to choose from, but you're also going to be able to enjoy a really unique ambience. Of course fine dining comes at a price, which in this case is a justifiable $135 per adult. If it's something you're pretty much doing once in the year, we recommend you give it a shot. Keep checking their website for offers & more as we get closer to the date.
World Yacht Thanksgiving Cruises - Pier 81, W. 41st St.
If restaurants are a done and dusted kinda deal for you, maybe a lovely cruise experience might be the way to go. World Yacht Cruises is serving up two options this Thanksgiving: a Lunch Buffet and a Thanksgiving Dinner cruise. No matter which one you opt for, get ready to be blown away by the scrumptious meal on the menu. Both cruises offer a generous selection of cold appetizers (from asparagus salad to a toasted black organic barley and wild mushroom salad), an extensive carving station (including turkey, ham, braised beef short ribs, veal, candied yams and a vegetable medley) and traditional seasonal desserts (pumpkin and apple pies, plus cheesecake). The lunch cruise for $62/adult departs at 1:30pm and returns at 3:30, while the dinner cruise for $134/adult begins at 7pm and arrives back by 10pm. Ready for some breathtaking views and extreme thanksgiving food indulgence?
Holiday season is upcoming and one of the biggest traditions in the U.S. is Thanksgiving Day and especially Thanksgiving dinner, the famous Thanksgiving turkey & amazing turkey recipes.
On our blog we are focusing on creating the family feeling through the holiday season for international students living in New York without their family, and first out is the Thanksgiving celebration. We will provide you with the best restaurants and events to create the best celebration of the Thanksgiving tradition. Or if you like to cook we will give you the best turkey recipe and you're good to go invite all your friends and co-students for a great evening!
Macy's Thanksgiving Parade:
If you're an early-bird you should kick off this special day with Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Which starts around 9am, but people are starting to find their places around the parade route already at 6am. So prepare to wake up early!
The parade will start at 77th street (close to The Museum of Natural History) and runs all the way down to the main Macy's store at Herald Square on 34th street.
Another big tradition on the Thanksgiving Day is to watch NFL football games. Most people are gathering with their families in front of the TV or at the game arena it selves. But as studies shows, most students don't have a TV and the tickets for the games are really expensive. So we have gathered a couple of bars you can bring your friends to enjoy the game with drinks and maybe even some food.
And here are 10 of the best sports bars in NYC:
For the students who likes to cook and want more of the intimate celebration with their friends at home we have 5 top different recipes that is easy for you to cook without being a chef!
As we’re international students ourselves we chose these 5 recipes because we found them interesting, diverse, easy to cook and by the pictures they look delicious!
So now you’re good to invite all your friends and have an awesome evening:
1. Turkey with Brown-Sugar Glaze
One option is to use famous Martha Stewart’s Brown-Sugar Glazed Turkey recipe
2. Herb Rubbed Roasted Turkey Recipe
If you want a classic type of turkey recipe we will recommend this for you
3. Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey
This recipe suits the best for a smaller turkey and for a smaller party
4. Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey
This recipe is a little different than the traditional turkey and it’s perfect if you want to save time, and don’t have all the ingredients
5. Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey
This recipe is perfect if you want to experience something else than the traditional turkey recipe here’s an Asian spiced recipe for you
Tried any? Let us know what you think via comments.