Thinking about taking a break from all the cooking and prep that go into Thanksgiving dinner? These New Jersey restaurants are offering special deals for the holiday. Eat out on Thanksgiving instead, and be sure to call ASAP to make your reservation while tables last.
908 Washington St., Hoboken
For special occasions, this is a Hudson County favorite. Start with carrot pumpkin soup with pistachio and fried ginger or Nantucket scallops with candied bacon and creme fraiche. Then, fill up on oven roasted turkey complete with potato puree, sage apple stuffing, gravy and cranberry jam. For dessert, we’d be all over the no-bake pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon whip.
2 Whippany Rd., Morristown
$67/adults, $34/kids 11 and under
The kids will love the fried carrozza (like a mozzarella stick but 100 times better!) with breaded frico and spicy aioli. You’ll love the chili cinnamon glazed Chilean sea bass, bone-in ribeye in mushroom cognac peppercorn jus or the roasted free range turkey with brioche stuffing and cranberry compote. Savor the pecan coconut pie with oatmeal cookie crust and ricotta ice cream for dessert.
Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill
118 US-46, Fairfield
$65/adults, $25/kids 12 and under
Bring your appetites to this expanded dinner buffet. Have your fill of salad and cold antipasto before hitting the turkey, ham and prime rib carving stations and other entree stations. The kids will be thrilled about the ice cream bar and the dessert table filled with Calandra’s pastries and pies. Calandra’s il Vecchio Cafe in Caldwell is also hosting a similar buffet on Thanksgiving ($55/adults, $20/kids under 12).
Crystal Springs Resort
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Of the six Thanksgiving dinner options at Crystal Springs, three still have limited seating available. Hit Restaurant Latour for a four- or seven-course meal ($115-155), wine pairings and an optional cheese course. For a la carte eats, go to Crystal Tavern for the fall dinner menu plus a TBA Thanksgiving special ($27.95). For a classic buffet-style meal, hit the Emerald Ballroom for carving stations, hot and cold buffets, a seafood bar, dessert station and more ($59/ages 12 and up, $24.95/ages 4-11).
Del Frisco’s Grille
221 River St., Hoboken
A la carte only
Hit this date night fave for creative takes on seasonal favorites. Think butternut squash bisque with maple mascarpone and spiced pumpkin seeds, herb and citrus butter roasted turkey with mash, gravy and cranberries and sweet potato casserole with pecan oat crumble. For the kids, think truffled mac and cheese and tasty desserts like peanut butter chocolate pie and caramel pot de creme.
Estihana Asian Restaurant & Sushi
515 Cedar Ln., Teaneck
Keep this prix fixe traditional with stuffed turkey and butternut squash soup, or branch out with salmon teriyaki, BBQ ribs or lamb shank ossobuco. For dessert, choose between chocolate souflee or a pumpkin spring roll with vanilla ice cream.
54 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
$69/adults, $29/kids 12 and under
Have a family-style meal starring dishes like Romanesco cauliflower with buttermilk dressing and pomegranate, burrata with kabocha squash and lentils, fusilli with pearl onions and pumpkin seeds and apple crostata for dessert. The kids will love the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
90 The Promenade, Edgewater
This steakhouse and wine bar goes big for giving season. Start with Fleming’s salad loaded with walnuts, craisins and lemon balsamic vinaigrette or lobster bisque with spiced sherry cream. Choose between herb roasted turkey breast and petite filet mignon in a cabernet demi glace, both with stuffing, green beans and mashed potatoes. Pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust or gooey chocolate butter cake with honeycomb brittle are on the dessert menu, and the kids get their own three-course children’s menu (including an ice cream sundae!).
273 Main St., Gladstone
$50/adults, $16/kids 10 and under
This family-style, rustic meal is sure to be one to remember. Start with old-school chicken noodle soup or pumpkin soup with ancho-cocoa syrup. Move on to cider-brined PA turkey, or Jersey hand-carved ham from Polaski’s. Dig into sides like cranberry cornbread, spicy maple glazed brussel sprouts and sweet potato bacon hash. Before heading home, treat yourself to Dutch apple pie, cranberry cheesecake or chocolate mousse cake.
The Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Ave., Summit
$45/adults, $20/kids ages 6-12, free/under 5
Hit this early buffet for waldorf caesar salad, butternut squash soup with candied pecans and biscuits with honey butter. Fill up on roasted salmon, cavatelli in cream sauce, turkey, prime rib and yams before digging into pie for dessert. This stunning hotel is known for its tasty cocktails, so be sure to order one before you head home. Seatings at 11:30 am, 2 and 4 pm.
225 River St., Hoboken
$55/each, $20/house wine bottle
Have your holiday meal on the Hudson waterfront. This three-course meal stars highlights like a goat cheese roasted pear tart, heritage stuffed turkey breast with cornbread pudding, boneless pork chop “ham” with maple bourbon glaze and pumpkin mascarpone orzo. For dessert, have a bit of everything with the Mini Taste of Fall, four seasonal desserts with vanilla ice cream.
1 E. Franklin Tpke., Ho-Ho-Kus
$49/adults, $19/kids 15 and under
Start with a warm bowl of autumn soup before digging into fried goat cheese with honey and crushed pistachios, fall mixed greens with pear and craisins or seared scallops in beurre blanc. The classic turkey dinner features apple sage stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with marshmallows, but you can also get salmon, halibut or filet mignon instead. Kids can choose between a turkey plate, hamburger, grilled cheese or chicken fingers.
76 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City
You have a lot to munch on at this family-style three-course meal. Start with appetizers like Guinness glazed chicken lollipops, slow roasted garlic with tomato chutney and parmesan crostini, or Maine lobster bisque. For your main, try rotisserie Long Island duck with red polenta, espresso braised beef short rib or vegetable lasagna with herbed ricotta. Or, of course, try the traditional turkey dinner with mash, green beans and all the fixins.
Long Valley Brew Pub
1 Fairmount Rd., Long Valley
$32/adults, $14/kids (ages 3 and under free)
Calling all beer nerds! This spot brews its own beer. Go early for breakfast staples like omelets and danishes. This buffet also has a raw bar with shrimp, clams and oysters, a salad and charcuterie station and a carving station with turkey, prime rib and local honey ham. Classic sides like mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce are also on the menu. Don’t skip the house cheesecake!
111 Prospect Ave., West Orange
$69.95/adults, $24.95/kids ages 3-10
This Essex County cornerstone is hosting six two-hour seatings in the Imperial Room and Starlight Gardens. This dinner buffet runs the gamut from basics like yams, cranberry sauce and a carved whole turkey to a spread of pasta, shrimp and veggies to a Viennese-style dessert display with homemade pastries and sweets.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
One Riverside Square Mall Ste. 274, Hackensack
Call for pricing
This chain’s Thanksgiving tradition? Skipping the turkey. Savor juicy, tender Steak & Lobster starting at noon. Call for pricing and other menu options.
350 Andover-Sparta Rd., Andover
$50.95/person, $19.95/kids 12 and under
Who doesn’t love a buffet? Fill your plate with turkey wings and drumsticks, Pacific cod with tomato butter, shrimp and charcuterie, plus sides like candied yams, holiday stuffing and mashed potatoes. Don’t skip the Perona Farms smoked salmon!
6 Roosevelt Ave., Chatham
$85/adults, $40/kids 10 and under
Parties with more than 4 people will be added to a wait list
Kick off the evening with short rib tortellini in a black truffle emulsion, Raspberry Point oysters in red wine mignonette or a BLT salad with avocado and shallots. Keep it classic with the roast turkey dinner, go light with the seared sea bass and risotto or dig into venison medallions with stuffing and veggies. The kids will go gaga for the apple cobbler made with apples from Melick’s Farm in Hunterdon County.
395 Springfield Ave., Summit
$85/three-course prix fixe; $30/kids 10 and under
Everything is served family style here, from the goat cheese fig galette to the mushroom lemon ricotta arancini. For your main, pick from pumpkin cavatelli with smoked mutz, salmon with farro and root veggies, beef tenderloin with prosciutto and the classic turkey leg and breast. The kids won’t leave a crumb of the apple strudel behind.
Stone House at Stirling Ridge
50 Stirling Rd., Warren
Kick the meal off with brie dressed in dried fruit compote and pecan crumble or shrimp cocktail. Try the hand-cut fettuccine with forest mushrooms, parmesan and truffle cream, or keep it classic with organic roast turkey with gravy and cranberry relish. Family-style sides include chestnut sausage stuffing, roasted root vegetables and bourbon brown sugar carrots. Indulge in pumpkin cheesecake with chantilly cream and a cranberry reduction for dessert.
SubUrban Bar & Kitchen
500 Rte. 10 W., Randolph
$34.95/adults, $15.95/kids 10 and under
Formerly Morris Tap & Grille, this new spot is open and ready for its first-ever Thanksgiving buffet. This one’s got all the standards—turkey, honey glazed ham, cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, candied yams—plus a few extras, like lasagna and chicken francaise. The kids can munch on chicken tenders, mac and cheese and fries before going wild at the ice cream bar.
100 Ocean at Wave Resort
110 Ocean Ave., Long Branch
This newly-opened resort has a selection of classics and Mediterranean fare alike. Start with wild mushroom soup or squash agnolotti. Dig into homestyle turkey with sausage chestnut stuffing, sweet potato puree, braised short rib and all the sides. Finish the meal off with mocha creme brulee.
23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch
We love this Jersey Shore French brasserie. Start this three-course meal with apple parsnip soup, autumn salad or escargot with garlic butter. Fill up on the Thanksgiving turkey dinner complete with gravy, green beans, sweet potato puree, orange cranberry sauce and gratin dauphinoise, or go for the trout, cavatelli, salmon or steak instead. For dessert, dig into the apple tart tatin baked in puff pastry or dark chocolate pot de creme with creme chantilly.
The Frog and The Peach
29 Dennis St. at Hiram Sq., New Brunswick
Three courses await at this Middlesex County favorite. Start with the jumbo lump crab bowl with Old Bay rice, organic cream of broccoli soup with black truffle croutons or local beet salad with spiced coffee goat cheese. Go for the free range turkey with cranberry compote and brown butter gravy, or try the rosemary braised lamb shank with pear and chai jus. For dessert, the kids will love picking apart the deconstructed pumpkin pie while you savor sticky toffee pudding with spiked eggnog ice cream or a trio of seasonal house sorbet.
1288 Rte. 22 E., Bridgewater
This chain is hosting a Bring Your Own Stretchy Pants roasted turkey dinner with all the fixins like seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Every meal comes with soup or salad and dessert. Regular dinner menu also available.
The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant
225 Rte. 202, Basking Ridge
$59/adults, $25/kids ages 4-11
There are two options for the fam here: a buffet at Olde Mill Inn and a four-course prix fixe at Grain House Restaurant. At OMI, you can expect a massive salad bar, local NJ roasted turkey from Goffle Farm, Dutch Amish ham, pumpkin ravioli with sage brown butter, cajun crusted salmon and all-you-can-eat dessert. At the Grain House, think applewood smoked kielbasa or roasted kabocha pumpkin soup, fall harvest salad, all-natural turkey with stuffing and sweet potato hash and all the sweets you could want.
16 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton
$62/adults, $24/kids ages 5-12 (5 and under free)
Tucked away in the stunning Grounds for Sculpture, this NJ gem was ranked one of the best al fresco spots in the country by OpenTable. Call ahead to inquire about what’s at the buffet.
Stage House Tavern
366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains
Start with smoked salmon and potato cake with red onion marmalade and horseradish aioli or fried pumpkin ravioli with cranberry puree and roasted pumpkin seeds. For your main, take your pick from roast turkey and cornbread stuffing, braised lamb shank with candied sweet potato, crab stuffed flounder with orzo and pumpkin cream and more. The kids will be super excited about the apple pie and warm brownie a la mode.
Tim McLoone’s Supper Club
1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park
Dig into this buffet loaded with oven roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing, whipped potatoes, creamed corn, candied sweet potatoes and more. Hit the ham or roast beef carving stations, and help the kids find their way to the chicken fingers and fries. Don’t skip the warm apple cobbler and seasonal pies.
1750 Clements Bridge Rd., Deptford
$37.95/adults, $16.95/kids 10 and under (family-style turkey dinner; four guests min.)
$39.95/adults, $16.95/kids 10 and under (Thanksgiving buffet)
A turkey dinner here comes fully loaded with soup, salad, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies, dessert and coffee. At the buffet, have your pick of harvest salads, roast sirloin and turkey, candied sweet potatoes, penne with sundried tomatoes and more plus a dessert table. Buffet at 2:30 pm only; turkey dinners from 11 am-close.
116 King’s Highway E., Haddonfield
$45/adults, $15/kids 12 and under
Four tasty courses await. Start with pumpkin gnocchi in sage brown butter or caramelized cauliflower with fennel and Fuji apple. Warm up with lobster bisque or harvest caesar salad, then opt for turkey bacon-wrapped turkey tenderloin with green bean casserole and cranberry sauce, center cut pork chop with whipped sweet potatoes or faux meatloaf with beet bordelaise. The kids will love the maple pecan tart or chocolate budino.
The Ebbitt Room
25 Jackson St., Cape May
Nestled away in The Virginia Hotel is a culinary gem. Start with fresh fall chicory salad with poached pear and aged gouda, or cranberry walnut smoked trout dip. Take on a whole roasted turkey with wild mushroom and leek stuffing, whipped potatoes, brussels sprouts and all the fixins with your whole family (minimum 6 guests). For dessert, try pumpkin mousse pie or s’mores parfait.
7 W. Rte. 70, Cherry Hill
$21.99-24.99/adults, $12.99/kids 12 and under
This diner knows how to bring it on Turkey Day. Start with cream of pumpkin soup complete with pumpernickel croutons. Then, choose between baked ham with pineapple sauce and roast turkey with homemade stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert, there are eight pies to choose from (hello, apple crumb!) and four layer cakes.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven
9601 Third Ave., Stone Harbor
$42/adults, $19/kids 4-12 (3 and under free)
Pile your plate high with standard holiday sides and carved turkey, or branch out with farfalle in garlic aioli, teriyaki salmon and bacon blue cheese brussels sprouts. The kids can snag as many triple chocolate brownies and fresh cookies as they want while you savor pie and chocolate mousse.
River Winds Restaurant
1075 Riverwinds Dr., West Deptford
Head here with four or more people and you can get a whole turkey carved for you tableside plus family-style sides like mashed turnips, cranberry sauce and glazed sweet potatoes. A la carte entrees also include grilled ham or salmon and broiled filet mignon. Kids choices include a turkey dinner, ham, penne pasta or chicken tenders and fries. End the night with a slice of pumpkin or apple pie.
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel
401 South New York Rd., Galloway
$49.95/adults, $26.95/kids ages 6-12 (5 and under eat free)
This spot brings on the fall with offerings like herb crusted turkey, apple cider braised beef short ribs, spiced butternut squash bisque and roasted sweet potato salad with maple cider vinaigrette. But the kids will really be wowed by the dessert display, boasting everything from bourbon pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake to sticky toffee pudding and a caramel apple dipping station.
The Shrimp Box
75 Inlet Dr., Point Pleasant Beach
Pricing varies by entree
This resto is a Jersey Shore staple with a serious knack for seafood. Get a full dinner complete with salad, soup, a type of potato, green beans, dessert and coffee with a main course of your choice. Stick with roast turkey or dig into choices like baked salmon with pepper glave, grouper with kalamata olive bruschetta or surf and turf with filet mignon and South African lobster tail. For the kids, go with the Young Sailor’s turkey dinner for $14.
Ye Olde Centerton Inn
1136 Almond Rd., Pittsgrove
A la carte pricing
This resto has been operating since 1706 and is famous for its steak and seafood. Work your way down the holiday menu, starting with bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp capri or stuffed mushrooms. For your main, try the eight-ounce steak centerton, smothered in jumbo lump crab meat and bearnaise, or the chicken carbonara sauteed in bacon, garlic and heavy cream.
The Capital Grille
Locations in Cherry Hill and Paramus
$43/adults, $15/kids (full dinner menu also available)
This juicy, slow-roasted turkey is stuffed with brioche and comes with French green beans, mashed potatoes and cranberry-pear chutney. Savor a piece of pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Splurge on the featured 2017 Pinot Noir from Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, too.
Salt Creek Grille
4 Bingham Ave., Rumson, 732-933-9272
1 Rockingham Row, Princeton, 609-419-4200
$35/adults, $14/kids ($18/kids in Princeton)
Head to this dreamy resto for all-you-can-eat roast turkey with house pan gravy and included sides like apple rosemary stuffing, cranberry orange relish and pumpkin pie. In the mood for something else? Other dishes are available a la carte, like horseradish stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp, wild mushroom gratin, potato and ricotta gnocchi and double-cut grilled pork chop in bourbon-cherry jus.
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