Thanksgiving Around New Jersey

Chakra Pumpkin Semifreddo
Crystal Springs Thanksgiving Buffet
Crystal Springs Thanksgiving Buffet

If you’re considering a meal out this Thanksgiving, or looking for some catering ideas, check out these options all over the Garden State! Know of another one? Add it to the comments!


McCloone’s Asbury Grille in Asbury Park has a Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.  for $29.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. Reservations are required. The menu can be found here. 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, 732-774-1155. 

Kaya’s Kitchen in Belmar is open for Thanksgiving, offering vegan dishes including maple baked “ham,” celebration roast, and candied yams. Call 732-280-1141 for more business hours or to make a reservation. 1000 Main Street, Belmar, 732-280-1141.

Grissini Restaurant is offering a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $75.00 (kids menu $20). The special menu includes: Choice of one: Squash soup, lasagna, antipasto Italiano, colossal shrimp, 18 month aged Parma Prosciutto & melon, vongole gratinate al forno, baked clams, Caprese Bufala & vine ripe, funghi ripieni, stuffed mushrooms. Choice of one main: Turkey with stuffing, rack of Lamb, sole Marechiaro, fresh ham, ribeye. Sides: Cranberry Sauce, glazed carrots, sweet candy mashed potato. Dessert: Pumpkin Pie. 484 Sylvan Ave. Englewood Cliffs, 201-568-3535.

Elements Cafe in Haddon Heights has a Thanksgiving dinner for four available for takeout for $95. Their menu is here. 517 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights, 856-546-8840.

Crystal Springs Resort will offer Thanksgiving meals at its various restaurants. 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, 855-977-6473:

  • Black Bear Golf Club: Lunch buffet menu ($34.95 for adults, $14 for children 4 to 11 and free for kids under 4) with live entertainment will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Black Bear Ballroom.
  • Crystal Tavern at the Grand Cascades Lodge: Three-course, prix fixe dinner menu ($48 for adults, $78 with wine pairing and $18 for children’s menu) will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. A regular dinner menu will also be available.
  • Diamond Ballroom at Minerals Hotel: Buffet meal from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($39 for adults, $17 for children 4 to 11 and free for kids under 4).
  • Emerald Ballroom at the Grand Cascades Lodge: Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ($44 for adults, $22 for children 4 to 11 and free for kids under 4) with live entertainment.
  • Springs Bistro at the Grand Cascades Lodge: Four-course, prix fixe dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ($55 for adults, $85 with wine pairings and $18 for children). Regular dinner menu will also be available.

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern will serve a traditional three-course turkey dinner with all the fixings for $35 and $15 for children under 12. An a la carte Fall menu will also be available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. One East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-4115.

McCloone’s Pier House in Long Branch is offering a Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Atlantic Room for $39.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. An a la carte dinner menu will be available in the main dining room. One Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, 732-923.1006.

Scaturro’s in Marlton has a Thanksgiving to go menu.  It feeds 8-10 people for $219. 841 South Route 73, Marlton, 856-985-4560.

Braddock’s Tavern in Medford has both a Thanksgiving buffet menu and a sit-down dinner available at the restaurant on Thanksgiving. 39 South Main Street, Medford, 609-654-1604.

Fricassée is offering a four-course meal ($45). 6 Park St, Montclair, 973-744-2191.

Blue Morel Seabass
Blue Morel Seabass

Blue Morel restaurant at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown will be serving a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 27 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The three-course menu with multiple options (both traditional and non-traditional) is $59 and $29 for children 11 (and under). 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-451-2619.

Chakra will offer a three-course menu from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $48 (plus tax and gratuity) and a children’s a la carte menu. Chef Thomas Ciszak will present guests with a free pumpkin pie to enjoy at home. 144 W. State Route 4, Paramus, 201-556-1530.

Agricola will offer a four-course Thanksgiving meal ($65 for adults, plus tax and gratuity and $35 for children 12 and under) 11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-921-2798.

Morris Tap & Grill is offering a traditional, family-style Thanksgiving dinner from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. $34 for adults and $15 for children under 12. 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973-891-1776.

David Burke Fromagerie  is serving a three-course, prix fixe menu ($85 for adults and $35 for children, plus tax and gratuity) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 26 Ridge Road, Rumson, 732-842-8088.

Chakra Pumpkin Semifreddo
Chakra Pumpkin Semifreddo


Denville Meat Shop is taking holiday orders (sold out for turkeys and ham) for its popular side dishes. 28 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, 862-209-4088.

Anthony David’s is once again giving customers the chance to relax & play the Thanksgiving host, while Anthony David’s does all the work. Complete Thanksgiving dinners, turkeys, sides, pies and hors d’oeuvres are all available to order. Orders must be placed by November 24th at 11:00am. Pick up at Anthony David’s Thanksgiving morning by 11:00 a.m. 953 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, 201-222-8399.

Escape is taking catering orders for its popular side dishes like cheesy grits, mac & cheese and roasted Brussels sprouts. Not into traditional turkey? Escape offers tasty BBQ catering options. Call for a custom order. 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712.

David Burke Fromagerie is offering all-inclusive meals with everything from soup to cranberry sauce, turkey to pecan pie. Take-home meals come in two size options: one for a family of up to 6 ($300) and one for 8 – 10 ($500). 26 Ridge Road, Rumson, 732-842-8088.

Thanksgiving Wine Picks

Amanti Vino (30 Church S., Montclair, 973-509-9463) understands Thanksgiving can be a confusing for wine drinkers. With a variety of dishes being served, picking the right wines can be overwhelming. One tip the popular Montclair wine shop offers is… PAIR WITH THE SPICES!

Some Amanti Vino wine recommendations:

Mas de Daumas Gassac Frizzant Rose – $24.99

2013 San Pietro Alto Adige Riesling – $19.99
2013 Francesco Rinaldi Gavi Vecchie Vigne – $21.99

2011 Poggio Nardone “Rivus” Toscana Rosso – $15.99
2012 Trousse Chemise Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – $27.99

Thanks to Veronique Deblois for the northern NJ and wine info, and Melissa Beveridge and Beth Christian for central and southern NJ.

Veronique Deblois, Food & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.


Melissa Beveridge  is a freelance journalist and editor, focusing on great food, healthy living, and wellness. Her passion for eating and living well embodies her writing. A lover of all things Jersey, she is also an avid traveler, always looking to discover those hidden culinary gems everywhere she goes. Her musings can be found on her blog


Beth Christian subsisted primarily on cheeseburgers and liverwurst sandwiches during childhood and refused to try most new foods.  Her culinary horizons were expanded during her college days in Schenectady, New York, where she learned the joys of trying slow-simmered Italian dishes, Szechuan cuisine, and everything in between. When not engaged in the practice of law in Monmouth County, Beth is busy scouting out interesting restaurants, farmer’s markets and food purveyors near her home in Burlington County. Beth’s primary dining sidekick is her husband John, but she also enjoys having her daughter Meghan, son Michael and her wonderful friends come along for the ride. Email Beth at