is a time for family and food, we'd be lying if we said that Thanksgiving eve is about anything other than friends and drinking. Maybe you're getting back into town for the first time in a while and need a place to re-unite with that special someone, or maybe your family's in for the weekend and you want to show off by showing them you know all the "secret" spots, or maybe you're looking for a loud-and-raunchy spot to blow off some steam before you sit down to feast tomorrow. No matter what you're looking to do tonight, if you're ready to hit the town, sip a drink, and hang with a cool crowd, we've got the place for you. And, to take out all that travel time, we've picked a spot from all four corners of Manhattan fit each Thanksgiving-eve need. Go ahead and thank us for now, but when the annual Turkey-Day hangover kicks in tomorrow morning, you may want take back your applause.
Come the food hangover, even the Black Friday rush can't stop the inevitable calorie-counting regret. Get prepped ahead of time for the biggest food focus of the year with a Thanksgiving Eve workout-worthy dance scene.
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Looking to hide from your (or your partner's) insane family? Holiday music in your coffee house and wreaths on every other street bring out the Scrooge in you already? Look no further than the dark and dirty bar to allow all the indulgent moping your heart desires.
Upper East Side:Subway Inn,
143 E. 60th Street (at Lexington Avenue); 212-223-8929.
Get classy and cozy with your closest family and friends in these intimate spaces. Local or not, they'll love your picks.
Lower East Side: The Back Room,
102 Norfolk Street and Rivington Street, 212-228-5098.
West Village: Little Branch,
20 7th Ave. South (at West 13th Street); 212-929-4360.
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Thanksgiving means reuniting with more than just your stretchy pants. Feeling giving enough to give your ex a seasonal (second) shot? Seeking flattering lighting and cocktails at these spots for a rendezvous warm enough to rev up a potential positive turnout, and easy enough to slip out of if things get a little awk.
Upper East Side: Auction House,
300 E. 89th Street (at 2nd Avenue); 212-427-4458.
West Village: Rabbit Club,
124 MacDougal Street (at W. 3rd Street); no phone available.