After the Macy’s Parade, New Yorkers Favor Stuffing with Their Meals

After the Macy’s Parade, New Yorkers Favor Stuffing with Their Meals
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

New York is the epicenter of Thanksgiving Day.

From the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade down to Herald Square to two of the three teams playing during the holiday’s annual NFL tripleheader, families and friends get together to celebrate and, most importantly, feast to start the holiday season.

But what do you use as a go-to for main course sides when served during the bevy of afternoon football games that will be watched during the course of the afternoon and evening? takes a break from traditional NY sports betting coverage here to look at what we like most in our stomachs at Thanksgiving.

Utilizing Google Trends, analyzed the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of New York residents by looking at the search results of each side dish from Nov. 1, 2021 to Nov. 30, 2021.

The dishes analyzed were the most in total searches in the United States, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, candied yams, Brussels sprout and cranberry sauce.

New York’s Favorite Side Dishes

Here are the Empire State’s top five favorite side dishes:

RankSide Dish% Interest
🍗 T-1Stuffing27%
🍗 T-1Macaroni & cheese27%
🍗 3Mashed Potatoes22%
🍗 4Green bean casserole13%
🍗 5Cranberry sauce11%


As officially defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, stuffing is “a seasoned mixture (as of bread crumbs, vegetables, and butter) that is typically placed inside the cavity of a turkey, vegetable, etc. and cooked.”

We also did some digging on popular side dishes of each major region within the state and . . . you guessed it, stuffing came out on top.

Leading the way was the state capital region of Albany at 31%, followed by Buffalo at 29%, New York City (28%) and Syracuse (25%).

Bills, Giants Compete

This year, the annual football tripleheader will feature two state teams for your New York NFL betting pleasure.

The Buffalo Bills, the current Super Bowl favorite, sitting atop AFC East, open the day’s festivities as they visit the Detroit Lions (CBS, 12:30 p.m.). Up next are the surprising and resurgent New York Giants, who visit their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys (FOX, 4 p.m.).

No odds yet on New York sports apps, with the games a few weeks away.

The holiday’s final game will see New York’s neighbor, the New England Patriots, take on the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis (NBC, 8:20 p.m.).

Remember, is a great source for NY betting promos.

Eat up, enjoy and be thankful! 



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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