So, our family has been dining out for Thanksgiving for the last 4 years, and our restaurant of choice has always been Bouley. It just has the cozy but swanky/special atmosphere (especially in the red room) that is perfect for the holiday. This year, because of the opening of the new location, we didn't get our reservation in early enough and all we could get was an 8:45 spot, which is a little too late for some members of our family.
Does anybody have an alternative suggestion? The requirements are great food, and a "special occasion" atmosphere. I'd like it to be more cozy than stuffy, but the rest of the family might be willing to go in a different direction. So far we are looking at Daniel and Jean Georges.