As we head to the end of the year, New York is warming up to welcome the winter season. While doing so, celebrating Thanksgiving, which is around the corner, is the most awaited holiday celebration season in November when family and friends are at your disposal.
All the cozy fun, togetherness, gifting, and Turkey gorging will be at their peak during Thanksgiving in New York City at the Macy’s Parade. Besides the parade, shopping, food marathons, and light shows, New York City gives you a slew of events to participate in. If you want to do some innovative gifting, try out the holiday markets in the city. If you’re into window shopping, you’ll be treated to some spectacular lighting, decoration, and holiday displays on fifth avenue.
Are you looking for branded clothing, gizmos, kitchen appliances, jewelry, or toys? New York will have it all. Carmel Limos is all for Thanksgiving and the season’s spirit, which is why we’re operating through the weekend in and around New York City.
When you download the Carmel Limos app and book a ride, we’re giving away special discounts and deals that you can redeem at your favorite outlets in the city. Additionally, you can avail of our multipoint pickup and drop, roundtrip, and hourly waiting services at additional discounts.
This blog will guide you comprehensively on where to shop and eat in New York during Thanksgiving and where you can find end-season discounts on vintage clothing, jewelry, electronics, books, and more.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Before New Yorkers grab their turkey and settle to watch their favorite Thanksgiving shows, all eyes turn to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This annual procession of loud music, giant balloons, cheerleaders, giant floats, clowns, Broadway performances, and marching bands is a world-renowned event. Celebrities often pitch in to showcase their talent, while the community gathers at Central Park West, then heads down to Macy’s Herald Square.
The two-and-a-half-mile stretch is open to public viewing and ends at Columbus Circle and onto Central Park South to culminate at Sixth Avenue. This year, Bluey will be on display. Bluey is a lovable and hand-painted pup from Australia. The marching tiger band from Benedict College will march this year. In addition, Betty Who from Australia will be performing this year. This iconic singer is known for her 2014 smash hit “Somebody Loves You,” “She Can Dance,” and other 80’s-inspired tracks and will lend her voice to the Olay parade, which symbolizes women’s empowerment.
The face paint artist and aviator clowns will delight the spectators during the parade with their antics and performances. Floats will include the Big Red Shoe car from Mc. Donald’s, Pinkfong Baby Shark, Big Turkey Spectacular, Blue’s Clues and You bunny from Nickelodeon, and the Colossal Wave of Wonder, where mama elephant blows sky-high glitter. Watch a spectacular and energetic traditional Latino dance performance by Ballet Hispanico, which will transform the mood at the parade.
Join the fun from the start point at 77th Street and get driven home by Carmel Limo NYC.
Shop and eat till you drop at these iconic destinations
New York City allows you to go on a shopping spree during Thanksgiving, regardless of your taste or temperament.
Madison Avenue is lined up with couture shops on the Upper East Side, while the blocks down south are home to great, high-end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Contemporary and vintage clothing stores and leading designer boutiques dot the maze-like streets along East and Greenwich Villages. Likewise, the alluring facades of SoHo bear high-fashion and cool décor stores and independent bookshops. Here are the top shopping stops in New York that accelerate the retail therapy mayhem during the holiday season.
Upper East Side for High-end Buying
While one of New York City’s most posh neighborhoods, the Upper East Side never fails to amuse shopaholics. The brownstone buildings with the upscale high-rises in the background give you an elite shopping feel. If you’re lucky enough, you might bump into Sarah Jesicca Parker, Mariah Carey, Bill Murray, or Drew Barrymore at a café or Designer flagship store.
Art fans get to spend hours admiring master creations at Museum Mile. If you don’t have the shopper gene, head to Carl Schurz Park or Central Park for a breezy stroll. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany and Co., and Valentino are some of the top-tier stores in the locality. Madison Avenue provides a classic window-shopping and Instagram-clicking experience.
Bloomingdales is a dwelling hotspot for the Thanksgiving shopping fever.
The Central Park Zoo spans over 6.5 acres of renewed natural habitats and is a perfect hangout spot for taking kids along. Then, head to Dylan’s Candy Bar to buy confectionaries, sweets, bakes, and more. This three-story emporium offers rich chocolate bars, gourmet delights, hard candies, and gummies.
Alice’s Tea Cup is another fairytale-inspired café serving delectable pastries, sandwiches, and alcohol-infused tea for adults.
Upper East Side is accessible easily by cab rides from anywhere in New York City. Carmel Limos is the ideal partner for your shopping transportation. Our chauffeurs will be delighted to help you manage your shopping bags. They give the best shopping recommendations too! Please download our app to avail the best holiday season discounts on your cab rides.
SoHo for Trendy Shopping and Dining
Located in the heart of Manhattan, SoHo is a trendy district that allows shoppers to explore stores and art spaces on foot leisurely. The Bohemian vibe and cobbled streets of SoHo withstand the test of time to house everything from cute boutiques and pop-up stores to trendy thrift shops. We’re sure you’ll find vintage jewelry, books, or clothing that fit the personalities of the important women in your life.
Seasonal vendors tout great deals and knock-off prices on handbags, leather wallets, sunglasses, and stylish scarves. You’ll love the exciting vibe of this place which also has a line-up of restaurants to satiate your hunger after a busy day’s shopping.
Chef Jean-Georges’ Mercer Kitchen at 99 Price Street has an award-winning menu of pizzas, coffees, and other Pan-American delicacies.
The special Thanksgiving menu includes unique treats like Tuna Tartare, Delicata Squash Dip, Black Truffle Pizza (best-seller), Faroe Island Salmon, roasted organic turkey, and warm apple turnovers. In addition, the restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner menus with distinct flavors and seasonal produce.
The vibrant nightlife at SoHo replaces the hectic art browsing and shopping hustle after sundown. Slip into one of the low-key dive bars or enjoy a live show or intimate concert while sipping special wines. You can watch a timeless classic at the Film Forum or enjoy live jazz notes at the Blue Note Jazz Club.
Whatever you choose to do at SoHo, call in for a Carmel Limo to sail you through heavy traffic in the city.
Upbeat Shopping at Canal Street
Canal Street is popular for affordable and close to designer-looking merchandise.
Affordability is the key here, with makeshift stalls selling everything from leather handbags to watches and perfumes.
The friendly vendors and bargain-worthy buys at Canal Street are for wallet-friendly buying. Chinatown is the key attraction of Canal Street, which is buzzing and lively around Thanksgiving.
The knock-off collectibles, art pieces, knickknacks, and jewelry inspire unique gifting ideas.
Explore oriental eateries like Shanghai Asian Cuisine, Oriental Garden Restaurant, Xi’an Famous Foods, Shanghai Café, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Mei Li Wah Bakery, K Rico Steakhouse, and more. Gorge on wok-tossed noodles, dumplings, soups, chicken, and more. Book our multipoint service for some street-to-street shopping at attractive discounts.
Williamsburg for All-vintage Gifting
Family is special. Thus, Thanksgiving gifting should be special too. The vibrant neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a hotbed for creativity and woke shopping. The old world meets new in this thriving district, where fashion boutiques and statement art shops punctuate the streets.
We recommend Awoke Vintage for thrift clothing and jewelry.
At the same time, Artists and Fleas is the best bargain-buy venue for handmade goods at the open market. Next, unwind at the Brooklyn Bowl, which boasts 16 bowling lanes, a thriving restaurant, and a band room.
Okonomi is another top ramen-serving grub point, while Lilia is famous for its artisanal Italian delicacies like Piccoli Pesci, Grande Pesce, Antipasti, Grilled Lamb Leg Steak, Pecorino Ricotta Gnocchi, and more. Finally, ride in a Carmel Limousine, sedan, or SUV to Williamsburg for a memorable Thanksgiving experience.
Recommended Thanksgiving Dining Venues in New York
While you decide to skip doing the dishes, head to this dazzling restaurant, this Flatiron favorite offers duck cappellacci with yellow beet discs as its star entrée. Folded Pasta and poultry confit offer luxe comfort, while the heritage chicken with roasted Broccoli is apt for the occasion.
The eatery also serves the corn tart with deconstructed buckwheat pastry and, above all, great cocktails. The gender-fluid interiors, pastels, and modern eclectic design make II Fiorista perfect for Thanksgiving dinner with kith and kin.
Tavern on the Green
The restaurant has an extensive and indulgent Thanksgiving spread, including free-range turkey, pecan butterscotch tart, and whipped sweet potato puree. Tavern on the Green dishes out food using fresh produce and farm-to-table ingredients. This urban farmhouse decks the space with modern lighting, leather-covered tables, wood-beam ceilings, and rustic elegance. The fire-driven fair includes:
- Wood-roasted Japanese eggplant with sheep’s milk yogurt.
- Braised farro pasta with sweet peppers.
- Lamb shank with mint gremolata.
Is there a plan to visit Tavern on the Green? Call for a Carmel Limos ride to Central Park West at 67th Street. Create great Thanksgiving memories and indulge in organic and farm-fresh delights.
Give All-American dining a Mediterranean twist at this foodie’s favorite spot, which dishes traditional and homemade baked branzino and mezzes.
You can also taste their signature holiday meal for $86. The menu includes Pacific Hamachi Crudo, crispy baby artichokes, flash-fried heirloom cauliflower, and lamb kofta kebab terracotta.
Desserts include in-house pecan tart, deconstructed pumpkin pie, silan, and seasonal sorbets.
Thanksgiving is the time to indulge, celebrate, revel, and be thankful to friends and family. Carmel Limos New York City is the go-to partner for getting around hassle-free for your Thanksgiving festivities.
As an award-winning cab service provider, we prioritize safety, service quality, and the best customer experience during the holiday season. From the Carmel Limos family, we wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!