5 Restaurants Serving Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, That Day

For most, the luxury of a big Thanksgiving meal comes with unwelcome stress and labor. While a lot of American restaurants close for the holiday, a select few stay open every year to serve customers traditional Thanksgiving food, free from cooking, cleaning and organizing. Here are some restaurants in the Poughkeepsie area that will be welcoming families to their Thanksgiving feasts this year.

  1. The Grandview

Thanksgiving is one of the only holiday meals that the Grandview opens to the public, as they normally hold private events and functions. They charge $30.95 for an adult portion of the traditional Thanksgiving buffet, which they call the “Bountiful Harvest.” This includes hand-carved meats, entree selections, traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, a soup and salad station, and dessert station. The Grandview website advertises that, “you and your family will enjoy mouth-watering dishes and decadent desserts all while overlooking the picturesque Hudson River.” According to director of sales, Margaret Brower, the restaurant serves 900 people between their limited hours of 12 and 4:30 p.m.

2. Shadows on the Hudson

This year, Shadows will offer a special “a la carte” style meal rather than a Thanksgiving buffet. Their menu, prepared by CIA trained chefs, includes festive dishes like oven roasted turkey, pumpkin ravioli and butternut squash soup. At Shadows, they also offer a view of the river to go along with every Thanksgiving meal. “We are going to do our best to make sure everybody gets a window seat in the restaurant this year,” said Isabelle Palinkas, a hostess at the restaurant. They will be serving between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and strongly recommend making a reservation.

3. PC’s Paddock Restaurant

PC’s only started serving on Thanksgiving a few years ago due to popular demand from their customers. “It’s just to bring families together and provide people with the ease and comfort of going out to eat,” said owner Roger Haight. He said that most customers order their roasted turkey dinner which comes with traditional fixings, rolls and salad. Their Thanksgiving menu additionally offers other entrees like ribeyes and salmon, and desserts, coffee and tea for after the meal.

4. Palace Diner

For a more casual and affordable meal, a lot of diners like Poughkeepsie’s Palace will also be open on Thanksgiving day. In addition to their regular, extensive diner menu, Palace will be serving whole roast turkeys, carved table-side, for interested parties. They also offer individual turkey dinners, all of the traditional sides and pies, and packaged leftovers for the rest of the weekend. “We will prepare it all — soup, Turkey, sides, dessert — you just bring the family, friends and appetites,” the Palace website reads.

5. The Dutchess Diner

The Dutchess Diner will offer a special Thanksgiving menu that day from noon to 9 pm that night. Each meal begins with a cup of homemade soup and an endless salad bar, and ends with your choice of pie, layer cake, cheesecake or pudding. As the main course, their list of select entrees include the traditional roast turkey or roast chicken with trimmings, in addition to dishes like roast duck and broiled seafood.

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