There's nothing like watching the Thanksgiving Parade of Macy, Ronald McDonald, John Legend and six-story Martina McBride, rolling through the streets of Manhattan live. That said, we would not recommend fighting the crowds for a place on the sidewalks of Sixth Avenue. Instead, settle into one of the many luxury hotels and restaurants on the parade route. Each one offers unparalleled views of the procession (not to mention a pleasant respite from the cold), and they are pulling out all the stops for their VIP guests: think of extravagant brunches with free flowing champagne and elaborate food displays, and observation spaces without clothing With comfortable armchairs and festive decorations.
And although many of the most viewed places in the city sold out months ago, there are still some tickets for the most sought after parties. Hook up one and make your vacation unforgettable for you and your family.
JW Marriott Essex House
At the JW Marriot Essex House, you will experience the Thanksgiving Day parade in the most discreet way possible: from your cozy suite. You and your family can keep your pajamas on, curling up with a cup of hot chocolate to watch the parade floating just outside your window. The hotel will provide a basket of goodies to keep it nourished, and can make a photographer in the room capture the delight of his family. Once the morning festivities are over, you can head to Central Park for an ice skating session followed by a ride in one of the iconic horse-drawn carriages (both experiences are included in the package price if you book at least three nights) ).
If your hotel is not on the parade route, or if you are a local looking to participate, you can reserve at the Southgate Bar & Restaurant, where there will be a hot and cold buffet and champagne cocktails (It costs $ 3,500 for a table of four, and $ 875 per extra person). Your table will also grant you access to a special section cordoned off that places you at the heart of the parade without crowds.
Bluebird London NYC
In London, Bluebird is the place to see and be seen. Celebrities from Cara Delevigne to Eddie Redmayne spend their Sundays mixing and mixing Bloody Marys. Just in time for Thanksgiving, the restaurant opened an impressive location in New York City with unbeatable views of the main event, and celebrating its entrance to the United States with a brunch during the parade. One ticket ($ 300 per person) will provide a table with panoramic views of the route, along with a menu of Wellington beef, smoked salmon from H. Forman & Son "London Cure", fall cocktails and as much as you can drink bubbles There is also a special section for children with a buffet full of mini pancakes and macaroni and cheese, and there is even a station for decorating cookies, both for adults and children.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park
For decades, the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park has been the center of the Macy's Day of Thanksgiving festivities. The rooms and suites face action, and the hotel's restaurant, the Auden Bar & Bistro, is just steps away from the route. The hotel rooms are already full, but there are still tables that you can book for a brunch on Thanksgiving morning. Make a reservation and order the Central Park Basket: a multi-course menu full of delicious cakes, followed by a traditional New York Strip. Between courses, head outside to grab a float or a song from a band.
Even on a normal day, a stay at the Quin is a pleasure. The artistically themed boutiques line the line between the bizarre and the sumptuous, and each of the 28 rooms has its own appearance, accentuated by original pieces of art. On Thanksgiving, registering for artistic property is a dream. The morning will start with a delivery of fresh fruits and seasonal cakes, local roasted coffee and a selection of premium teas. Then, you can watch the parade action from the comfort of your bed, or you can exit through the main door of the hotel to get in the middle of the action. Although all rooms offer spectacular views of the procession, we recommend that you reserve one of the Terrace Suites (or, if you really want to splash, you can try the Penthouse Suite triplex from the top). Each one has 400 square foot outdoor spaces with lounge furniture and spectacular views of the city, which means you can absorb all the sights and sounds of the parade. That way, you do not have to decide if you want to see the parade from inside or outside.