A Guide to Thanksgiving in Seoul
By Micky Miranda
The weather is cooler (but not crisper). The Cowboys are on a losing streak. The Lions just fired their head office. All this can only mean one thing...Thanksgiving is around the corner.
Thanks to a heavy American presence, Seoul is well equipped to handle all of your Thanksgiving needs. This guide is divided into three sections:
- Restaurants - For those who don't want to deal with the preparation or clean up that comes with a Thanksgiving meal.
- Take-Out - For those who want to enjoy the comforts of Thanksgiving in their own home, but do not deal with the prep work.
- Do-It-Yourself - Finally, for those folks who want to know where they can buy all their Thanksgiving fixings so they can cook in their own homes.
Please do keep in mind that this is not a complete list. Seoul is a massive city. If you have any other information to add, please leave it in the comments section below.
Call ahead to reserve seats at ALL restaurants.
Located in Itaewon and known for their sandwiches, Suji's also offers a buffet Thanksgiving dinner. They offer it from November 26-29. The buffet dinner also includes a glass of wine or apple cider. The full menu is available on their website. Look under news and events. Call to reserve seats: 02-797-3698
Craftworks has three locations in City Hall, Bundang, and Namsan. At the time of posting, Craftworks was still figuring out their set menu. In the past, they have offered their Thanksgiving dinner on the actual day and on the weekend. Their representatives said they would be posting the information on their Facebook page.
Left Coast Artisan Burgers
Located in Itaewon, they are offering two times for their buffet-styled Thanksgiving dinner, which will be held on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). The first dinner will be from 6:30-8:30 and the second from 8:30-10:00. The cost is 40,000 won. Call for reservations: 02-6223-5338.
Located in Hongdae across from Hongdae Park, Beastro is offering a 3-course set menu turkey dinner from November 26 to November 28. The cost is 60,000 won. The dinner includes a glass of wine or beer. For more information, check out their Facebook page. Phone number: 02-334-2500.
Grand Hyatt Hotel's Paris Grill
Located in Yongsan, Paris Grill is offering a four-course turkey dinner on November 26 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The cost is 118,000 won. Phone number: 02-799-8161.
For all take-out options, make sure you phone a few days in advance to ensure your turkey and side dishes will be prepared on time. Also, most places do offer delivery.
Located in Itaewon, High-Street Market is your one-stop shop for anything Thanksgiving related. If you're looking for take-out dinners, they have multiple options. You can just order a turkey (Lamb is also available, don't ask me why.). If you need to order sides, those are also available. If you are looking for a fully packaged dinner, then they also offer that. Take a look at their website for more information.
Suji's is also offering a take-out option for 33,000 won. Take a look at the options on their website. It is under news and events. Contact info: 02-797-3698.
Grand Hyatt Hotel's Deli Shop
The Deli Shop is offering two types of turkeys November 18-26. A full turkey costs 212,000 won. A half-turkey costs 110,000 won. They also offer side dishes which include grave, cranberry sauce, vegetables and multiple pies. Phone number: 02-799-8167.
Johncook is a Korean company that also specializes in deli meats. However, around Thanksgiving, they also offer a turkey that comes with cranberry sauce. At the time of posting, they hadn't determined a concrete price. They said it would be approximately 160,000 won. Contact info: 031-216-5821. (Their representatives aren't too English friendly; you may need someone who is semi-fluent in Korea.)
Costco offers frozen turkeys, ham, stuffing, cranberries (dried) and pies. Keep in mind that the pie selection may vary depending upon which Costco you visit. Some Costcos may carry apple pie but not pumpkin pie...and vice versa. Call ahead. We have provided a link to all the Costco locations in Seoul.
High-Street Market will have all your Thanksgiving needs. Some of them may be pre-cooked, while you may get others fresh. Take a look at their website for more information.
Kim's Club and HomePlus
These two Korean supermarkets may be your best bets for frozen, or if you're lucky, fresh cranberries.
Foreign Food Market
Located in Itaewon, the Foreign Food Market carries many western goods. Their main Thanksgiving-related item is stuffing, although you may be able to find a gravy powder mix, too. To get there, take subway line 6 to Itaewon Station. From exit 3, walk straight until you reach the street lights. Take a right. Walk up the hill for about 50-60 meters (you should see a bar called 'Sin Bin'). The Foreign Food Market will be on the left side of the street. They usually have bags of rice sitting outside. Phone number: 02-793-0082
You may be able to find some seasonal beers at HomePlus and E-Mart if you're lucky. If you can't find what you're looking for at one of those two places, try Beer Super. It is probably your best option for a fall brew as they have a great selection of seasonal beers. Yeonnam-dong also has a bottle shop right outside of Hongdae Exit 3 that has some seasonal beers.
The US base near Itaewon is one of the best places to get the most quintessential piece of the Thanksgiving meal---the turkey! However, there is one catch. Civilians cannot go on base unless they are escorted by military personnel. Ergo, no soldier = no turkey.