If you want to celebrate Thanksgiving authentically, it is best to invite all family members and friends to a big meal at home. In the USA, Thanksgiving, which is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in November with large parades, turkey and pumpkin pie, is one of the most important family celebrations. The big feast on this US bank holidays is a symbol that the European settlers would probably not have survived their first winter without the help of the indigenous people. At least that's what schoolchildren in the USA learn. In this article we have compiled the best places to get the ingredients for your Thanksgiving dinner and where in Berlin you can have your meal cooked for you. Our 11 tips for Thanksgiving in Berlin.
Tip 1: Enjoy a huge Thanksgiving Buffet at Midtown Grill
The chef of the Midtown Grill conjures up an entire buffet for your Thanksgiving dinner at the Midtown Grill. The highlight and centrepiece of the opulent offering is the traditional butter turkey. And, of course, there's an original Thanksgiving pumpkin pie to top it all off. Soft drinks, sparkling wine, house wines, beer, coffee and tea are included. Reservations are required at restaurant [at] midtown-grill.de. Between 11 November and 26 December you can also order a turkey to go.
When: 24 November 6 - 11 pm
Where: Eberstraße 3, Mitte
Tip 2: Start the Christmas season with the Estrel Stars in Concert Christmas Special
The Estrel starts the Christmas season just in time for Thanksgiving. At the big Stars in Concert Christmas Special you will hear the number 1 hits of the greatest show legends as well as the most beautiful Christmas songs. Let us take you on a musical Christmas journey through a glittering Christmas wonderland. And enjoy a festive menu to go with it. Let Christmas come!
When: 24 November to 26 December 2022, Thursday - Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m., 25/26 December 4 p.m.
Where: Sonnenallee 225, Neukölln
Tip 3: Dine on Thanksgiving at the community table at BonAppetour
For those who don't want to cook themselves, BonAppetour also has something to offer. You book a place at a communal table for 12 people. Host Deborah serves turkey stuffed with oranges, apple-selery-walnut stuffing, chestnut soup with truffles and cayenne pepper, various vegetables, including pumpkin, of course, as well as pumpkin-ginger muffins and pecan pie for dessert. The ingredients are mainly from small, organic farms in the Berlin area.
When: 24 November
Where: Schöneberg, more information after booking on bonappetour[dot]com (Thanksgiving Dinner in Berlin)
Tip 4: Get your turkey at the traditional delicatessen Rogacki
Rogacki is the place to go in Berlin for specialities from all over the world. Originally opened in 1928 as a smokehouse in Wedding, it's hard to imagine Charlottenburg without this delicatessen. Here you can get game, poultry, fish, as well as delicate cheeses and exquisite wines. For a very special Berlin experience, take a little time and get in the mood for your Thanksgiving feast while picking up your turkey at the oyster and champagne bar.
When: Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6pm, Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 8am - 2pm.
Where: Wilmersdorfer Straße 145-146, Charlottenburg
Tip 5: Estelle Dining celebrates five days of Thanksgiving
Because it's so delicious, Estelle Dining celebrates Thanksgiving with five days of special treats. For lunch on Wednesday, you can expect pumpkin soup, catnut dumplings and turkey confit, which means cooked in its own fat. Thursday lunch features turkey schnitzel, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and Friday's menu includes "Left Over" sandwiches with turkey, smoked cheese, kale and potato rolls. Of course, nothing beats the classic Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday evening from 6pm: look forward to turkey with chestnut stuffing, caramelised pumpkin and apple pie sundae. And of course, some special Thanksgiving treats await you for the weekend breakfast as well.
When: Wednesday to Friday 12 -14pm and 18-21:30 (last order), Saturday 11am -15pm and 17:30 - 21:30, Sunday from 11am-19:30 ( last order).
Where: Kopenhagener Str. 12 A, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 6: Hard Rock Café serves turkey & delicious pumpkin pie
It doesn't get much more American than this: on Thanksgiving, the Hard Rock Café serves a traditional 2-course meal with all the trimmings: turkey, stuffing, vegetables, creamy sweet mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Dessert is a slice of pumpkin pie with caramel sauce and cream. The menu is also available as a take-out. Please pre-order for both well in advance.
When: 24 November 12 to 9 p.m.
Where: Kurfürstendamm 224, Charlottenburg
Tip 7: Bräugier Ostkreuz revives childhood traditions
Normally known for craft beer, burgers and pulled pork, this year the kitchen team is whipping up a delicious turkey dinner for you for Thanksgiving. Included, of course, is a very special Thanksgiving favourite from the childhood of many Americans: sweet potatoes with marshmallows. So if, like the founder of Bräugier, you get a little homesick in November, you're in good hands at this year's Thanksgiving evening at Taproom am Ostkreuz. Please book a table in advance. Reservations can be made for up to eight people.
When: 24 November, 12 - midnight
Where: Sonntagstraße 1, Friedrichshain
Tip 8: Reserve a spot at Masha's Thanksgiving at Quasi Quasi
This year, the New York delicatessen is serving Thanksgiving turkey next door at Quasi Quasi. The turkey is served with traditional celery and mushroom stuffing. It comes with Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, biscuits and cranberry sauce. The menu also includes cream of pumpkin soup, salad and Bourbon Orange Pecan Pie. Please pre-order!
When: 24 November, 7.30 pm
Where: Bouchéstraße 15, Kreuzberg
Tip 9: Toast the festive menu from Stella Fortuna's Table Catering
Turkey dinner neat or a whole festive menu including pumpkin soup and marinated fennel salad with pomegranate seeds, as well as caramel apple pie or candied pumpkin creme brulee. Suzy Fracassa will be cooking for your Thanksgiving at home. Orders can range from four to 20 servings. And because it's Thanksgiving, mashed potatoes, caramelised carrots, buttered corn, green beans and fragrant rosemary apple stuffing are all part of the minimal dinner. You can find out what other delicacies Fortuna's Table has to offer directly at Stella Catering. By the way, there is also a vegan version with the mushroom and nut casserole.
Where: Weserstraße 58, Neukölln
When: Orders by 5 p.m. on 17 November, pick-up 23, 24 & 25 November.
Tip 10: Here you can buy canned pumpkin and other US products in Berlin
Oreos, peanut butter and many other US foods are now available in every supermarket. But some things are still hard to find: Canned pumpkin, for example, or cranberry juice. You can get these and especially lots of traditional sweet stuff at the two Americanfood4u branches on Kudamm or in the Alexa shopping mall, or at American Livestyle in Tempelhof (Attilastraße 177).
When: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Americanfood4u, Kurfürstendamm 224, Charlottenburg
You're sure to find what you're looking for in the huge delicatessen department at KaDeWe. Whether it's turkey or canned pumpkin - you'll find it all here and much more. The tradition of Black Friday has also made it to the Kaufhaus des Westens - with a whole weekend of discounts.
When: KaDeWe Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Tauentzienstraße 21-24, Schöneberg
Tip 11: Let Miss Kimchi treat you with delicacies
Actually, Fräulein Kimchi is known for Korean fusion street food. For Thanksgiving, however, they make an exception - and put the turkey in the oven. Alternatively, you can order vegan lentil nut bread. It comes with mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and a side dish of your choice. You can have Thanksgiving dinner delivered or pick it up yourself.
When: Delivery on 24 November from 10am or pick-up between 2-6pm.
Where: Gürtelstraße 10, Weissensee