On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation inviting Americans “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
In the ensuing 149 years, Thanksgiving traditions have developed and evolved, and have become as diverse as America itself.
We know that, for many in NYC, Thanksgiving is not simply a matter of packing up the family in a car and driving over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.
Many residents of NYC live far apart from their families, often an ocean or two apart. Many are new Americans, or not yet Americans. Many also may have to work on Thanksgiving Eve, morning, day or night. Some New Yorkers have a deep and abiding religious faith on a par with President Lincoln’s, while others do not.
Most of these people simply want to get together with others in a similar lot, enjoy some turkey, tip a few beers, and share what they are thankful for.
For all these New Yorkers, whatever their story, there is one place that unflinchingly welcomes them all, with open arms: Rattle N Hum.
We’ll be open all day on Thanksgiving. We’ll be serving our regular menu. We’ll also have a traditional four-course Thanksgiving Meal, coupled with one of our craft beers, for just $23. If you’re coming from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, we’re just a 5-minute walk away from it, very close to Grand Central and Penn Station, and we’re a family friendly restaurant, with a kids’ menu.
So this Thanksgiving, start your own tradition of Friends, Turkey and Beer. At Rattle N Hum, we have plenty of each. See you Thursday!