Time Out has some ideas for Thanksgiving in Dubai, including the best dinner deals, drinks offers and more at American restaurants across the city

Thanksgiving. That quintessential American tradition many of us have grown accustomed to seeing on our favourite Hollywood films and TV shows. But even if you don’t hail from the U.S. of A, Dubai's Thanksgiving offering is varied and open to all.

 Here are some of the best Thanksgiving deals available this Thursday November 24 in Dubai (plus a  few takeaway juicy turkey options!).

British 04 428 3084 Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

There’s something a bit New York in the roaring ’20s about this place – exposed brick walls dimly lit by low-hanging bulbs, smooth music playing in the background and a feeling in the air that everyone is having a ball. On the ample menu is a blend of European pub classics and more refined protein-heavy dishes. A generous portion of foie gras is a super starter, and make sure you ask the good-humoured waiters for some extra bread to wipe your plate clean. The pub’s readiness to cater for the most carnivorous palates may explain why the octopus and monkfish are distinctly meaty – tasty but they take a lot of chewing. Putting the “gastro” to rest, the pub really is the heart and soul of the venue, backed by décor that mimics the speakeasy bars of the US in the Prohibition Era as much as the modern obsession with all things stripped back. International hops and shorts fill the menu, many of them hard to come by elsewhere in Dubai. JB’s is a feel-good spot at which to share laughs and decent food in stylish surroundings with friends and family.

Steakhouses +971 4 454 9538 Dubai Marina

We won’t bore you with a history lesson (you can always Google it, after all), but this American steakhouse has its roots deep in New Orleans. And that influence is clear as soon as you step through the door. The waiting staff and bartenders’ attire reflect the Prohibition-era style, while the top-level bar reminds you of something you might find in a Louisiana jazz club. The restaurant’s shtick is the way it prepares and serves its steaks, a fact reinforced by the kindly servers. For those not in the know, Ruth’s chefs take top-notch beef from America’s Midwest, broil it at 980°C and serve it in sizzling in butter on a plate heated to 260°C. We order the cowboy rib-eye, 620g of bone-in meaty goodness that melts in your mouth almost as quickly as the knob of butter sizzling away underneath it. Unless you are utterly smitten by butter, you might want to take a rain check on the dairy but we’re of the “when in Rome” mindset. The menu says Ruth’s favourite cut is the bone-in New York strip and it’s not hard to see why – juicy is an understatement. Here’s to you, Ms Fertel!

American 04 428 1331 Downtown Dubai

Originally a New York café, this cosy eatery in Burj Views has plenty of the Big Apple about it, from the shop front to the décor inside. The menu stays true to the source, too, with good coffee, baked goods and excellent egg dishes. Often thought of as a place to go for breakfast (we absolutely recommend that you do), there are lots of reasons to head down at all times of the day. As you might expect from an American joint, they do slow-cooked meat very well here, with the smoked beef rib being a particular highlight. We can also vouch for the buttermilk fried chicken and burgers. With food trucks popping up at Kite Beach and Last Exit and a second branch in City Walk, clearly we’re not the only ones who love a walk down Clinton Street.

American 04 366 6197 Umm Suqeim

riding itself on good old-fashioned hospitality and flavours of the Deep South, Perry & Blackwelder’s serves some great food, but the overall experience doesn’t quite match up. Some staff are attentive and know their stuff, while others seem disinterested and forget parts of orders. It can also take a long time to place your order, and for the food to arrive. The vibe of the venue is spot on, though, with its US-style décor, sport on the TVs and funky tunes providing the atmosphere. When it comes to the food, we’d say steer clear of the Texas BBQ nachos (not a great deal of flavour) and loaded potato skins (they seem cooked from frozen) and instead go for the chicken wings or burgers, which are excellent. There are also a selection of sauces on the table, which help liven up some of the duller dishes. A good place for drinks with friends, especially if you sit outside, but to be a destination for dining, things need to improve, especially with such competition nearby.


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