You don't have to be American to enjoy Thanksgiving in Beijing. Whether you choose to spend the evening at one of the many restaurants offering Thanksgiving specials, or opt to cook your own turkey, the fourth Thursday in November is a great excuse to stop whatever you're doing and enjoy a huge, sleep-inducing meal with friends and family, no matter your nationality. Here are some of our recommendations for a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner around Beijing on November 22.
1) Lily's American DinerView In Map
At just 109 RMB per person, Lily's just might be the most affordable Thanksgiving dinner in Beijing this year. The meal includes turkey, sides, and dessert, with takeaway options in case you'd rather take it home and pretend you made it yourself. Lily's is also offering whole turkeys at 79 RMB/kg if you book at least two days in advance.
Add: Lily's American Diner, 2-18 Tianzhijiaozi, 31 Guangqu Lu (just south of the Tianzhijiaozi complex, on the small street just north of Langent Center)
Tel: 010 6592 5548
Getting there: take subway line 10 to Shuangjing (双井站)
2) Más Tapas BarView In Map
Enjoy a hutong Thanksgiving at Más, offering all the essentials—roast turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, traditional bread stuffing with sage, creamy green bean chicken casserole, baked cinnamon apples and sweet potatoes and, of course pumpkin pie—for just 150 RMB. Seating is extremely limited, so book early by emailing email@example.com.
Add: Más Tapas Bar, 25 Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6405 4337
Getting there: take subway line 5 to Beixinqiao (北新桥站)
3) Tim's Texas BBQView In Map
Tim's Texas BBQ offers a Thanksgiving set meal featuring turkey with corn-bread stuffing, honey-baked ham, sweet corn soufflé, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, cucumber salad, raspberry salad, and your choice of pumpkin or apple pie. The price is 178 RMB per person, or 198 RMB for the same meal plus glass of wine, and 68 RMB for children under 12. Reservations recommended; call 6591 9161.
Add: Tim's Texas BBQ, 2 Xiushui, 14 Dongdaqiao Lu, Beijing
Tel: 010 6591 9161
Getting there: take subway line 1 to Yonganli (永安里站)
4) The Bridge Café View In Map
The Bridge Café in Wudaokou is the ideal Thanksgiving retreat for homesick students. This year they're offering a set meal with turkey for 198 RMB per person if you make reservations before November 20 (after which price goes up to 228 RMB per person). Definitely make plans early; they won't accept reservations made on the day, November 22.
Add: The Bridge Café, 1 Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu, Wudaokou, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8286 7026
Getting there: take subway line 13 to Wudaokou (五道口站)
5) Blue Frog (Sanlitun location)View In Map
Famous for their two-for-one Monday burger deals, Blue Frog in Sanlitun is also a dependable go-to for a “home away from home” Thanksgiving experience. Blue Frog's Thanksgiving set meal for 220 RMB per person (190 RMB person for groups of eight or more) includes turkey, soup, drink, and dessert. They're also offering whole turkey sets for groups of 10 or more with options priced at 998, 1880, and 1980 RMB. Reservations encouraged; dinner starts as early as 16:00.
Add: Blue Frog, 3F, S4 Tower, The Village, Bei Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6417 4030
Getting there: take subway line 10 to Tuanjiehu (团结湖站)
6) The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great WallView In Map
Thanksgiving at the Great Wall is definitely your best bet for Thanksgiving with the whole family. The Schoolhouse is offering a special bus service from the city to their activity center by the Mutianyu Great Wall, where you eat family-style roast turkey with all the trimmings before letting the kids romp off to the playroom while you sit back and enjoy live jazz. Dinner is 360 RMB for adults, 120 for university students, and 90 RMB for 4-12-year-olds (kids under 4 eat free). Round-trip bus service from the Kempinski Hotel is 80 RMB. Reservations are required.
Add: The Schoolhouse, 12 Mutianyu Village, Huairou District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6162 6506
Getting there: bus service (80 RMB) will leave the Kempinski Hotel at 15:00 and return at 20:30
7) SaltView In Map
Salt is offering a four-course gourmet Thanksgiving dinner with its signature contemporary twist. Featuring roasted turkey, chestnut-prune stuffing, spiced apple puree, rye crumble, turkey-truffle sauce, and a host of other special treats (pumpkin tofu, date chutney, pistachio roast apple-calvados custard tart, walnut ice cream) for 438 RMB. Reservations are essential.
Add: Salt, 2/F, 9 Jiangtai Xilu (across from the Japanese School), Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6437 8457
1) April Gourmet (Sanlitun)View In Map
Price: 49.5 RMB/kg (1 bird approximately 6-8 kg)
Add: April Gourmet, Xingfu Lu across from Jiezuo Dasha, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8455 1245
Getting there: take subway line 2 to Dongsi Shitiao (东四十条站)
2) City Shop (Liangmaqiao)View In Map
Price: 300-500 RMB per bird
Add: City Shop, B1 Grand Summit, 19 Dongfang Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8532 3488
Getting there: take subway line 10 to Liangmaqiao (亮马桥站)
3) Jenny Lou's (Sanlitun)View In Map
Price: 58 RMB/kg
Add: Jenny Lou's, 6 Sanlitun Bei Xiao Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6462 1396
Getting there: take subway line 10 to Agricultural Exhibition Center (农业展览馆站)
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