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Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg
Finding yourself in North Jersey this Thanksgiving? Either you're visiting and therefore don't have the opportunity to spend days at home preparing a massive dinner for the family, or you're a local and you've just simply had your fill of stress for the year. Leave it to the professionals at one of the area's best restaurants and you can still partake in that delicious, traditional, eat-until-you-sleep meal without having to worry about your crazy aunt burning the yams again.
Unique and extensive dining options at Crystal Springs Resort await you, from a five-course tasting menu to a huge family-style buffet. Grand Cascades Lodge is offering both a buffet in its Emerald Ballroom (11:30am to 4:30pm, menu) and a three-course Italian-inspired menu at Springs Bistro (3pm to 8pm, menu). Crystal Tavern's uber-traditional turkey dinner, as part of a three-course menu, will satisfy the yearning for a home-cooked meal (11am to 10pm, menu). Minerals Resort & Spa's... Diamond Ballroom (Rt 94, Vernon) will host a buffet, complete with a "kids corner" for little mac & cheese and pizza bagel lovers (11:30am to 3pm, menu). Yes, we saved the best for last. Top-rated New Jersey eatery, Restaurant Latour, doesn't skimp on the wow-factor, with a five-course dinner (1pm to 7pm, menu) that includes a delicious apple, caviar, and oyster starter, chestnut angolotti, monkfish, heritage turkey croquette, and pumpkin roasted in hot ashes and served with honey and berries. How's that for a twist on the classic Thanksgiving Dinner?
Make it a getaway with the resort's Thanksgiving Escape package: if you arrive on Thanksgiving Eve and stay at least two nights, you'll receive 25% off. Check the full schedule for all of the weekend happenings which include a scavenger hunt, marshmallow roast, movie screenings, live entertainment, gingerbread house crafting, ornament decorating, a holiday drinks class, and much more. 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg; See website for pricing details on all packagesContinue to 2 of 10 below.
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The Essex House, West Orange
Put this one on the top of your North Jersey bucket list—if you haven't yet experienced The Essex House, make this Thanksgiving the time to do so, and bring the family! Gatsby-era décor will transport you—a 1920s telephone booth, the bar and dance floor, antiques, opulent chandeliers, not to mention the centerpiece of the space, a full wing of the restaurant housed inside of a converted train car (pictured). The Thanksgiving buffet includes seasonal specialties like chestnut stuffing and homemade cranberry relish alongside the restaurant's traditional buffet offerings including Penne a la Vodka and an assortment of domestic and imported cheeses. In addition to this plethora of appetizers and sides, three carving stations (turkey, ham, sirloin) and a dessert station filled with pastries, pies, and more will round out the meal. $42 per person (plus tax and service) gets you a full happy belly in the prettiest of historic settings. 525 Northfield Avenue, West OrangeContinue to 3 of 10 below.
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The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville
Kick off the holiday season in style at one of New Jersey's most charming (and highly-rated) venues, The Bernards Inn. Thanksgiving at the inn features two equally indulgent options this year—a Grand Buffet ($69 for adults, $35 for children 6-12, $15 for children 2-6) and a Three-Course Prix-Fixe dinner ($79 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under), both showcasing organic turkey from Princeton operation, Griggstown Farm. The Buffet will be served from 12pm to 6pm and will also feature salmon, chilled seafood, braised short ribs, charcuterie, salads, and much more, including a dessert display promising to satisfy any sweet tooth. The Prix-Fixe dinner will begin seating at 12:30pm and run until 7:30pm, featuring items from the restaurant's fall menu. Call (908) 766-0002 for reservations. For added holiday spirit, bring an unwrapped gift or two to place under the Inn's lobby tree to participate in the Project Little Soldier Holiday Toy Drive, benefiting children whose... parents are serving in the military. 27 Mine Brook Road, BernardsvilleContinue to 4 of 10 below.
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McLoone's Boathouse, West Orange
Nautical getaway or solid local favorite? McLoone’s, located within the South Mountain Reservation Complex, does indeed invoke feelings of a lakeside dining escape, all while serving up its famous varied and ever-popular buffets. The fact that it's Thanksgiving Day means patrons will enjoy a cozier version of the good stuff, complete with fireplaces and beautiful views to set the scene. Start with a vegan chili and two fall-tastic salads, continue with stuffing, veggies, sides, turkey and ham, and finish off your well-rounded meal with fresh fruit, pies, and pastries. The buffet will run you $36.95 per person for adults and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. If you’re looking to go the more traditional route, McLoone’s is offering a second option. For $26.95, diners can feast on a turkey dinner “served with all the trimmings”. Call the restaurant to book reservations at 862-252-7108. 9 Cherry Lane, West OrangeContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Liberty House, Jersey City
Thanksgiving Dinner with a view. Jersey City’s Liberty House Restaurant offers the stunning backdrop of New York City for its highly regarded Thanksgiving menu. No need to venture into the city and deal with post-Parade traffic. From 1pm to 6pm, patrons can select from an impeccable three-course prix-fixe menu, filled with seasonal concoctions like Guinness glazed chicken lollipops, roasted garlic with bleu cheese, honey ham with local cider and maple demi-glace, and yes, a traditional turkey dinner. For dessert, a selection of mini pastries by Liberty House's resident pastry chef are served family style, giving you every opportunity to treat yourself. Call 201-395-0300 for reservations. 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey CityContinue to 6 of 10 below.
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Rails Steakhouse, Towaco
Looking to ditch the turkey and opt for something a little more juicy? Sometimes you just need a good steak. Rails Steakhouse does not disappoint, with its regular menu being served on Thanksgiving, alongside a traditional, plated turkey dinner with "all the fixin's" ($29)—slow-roasted with giblet gravy, so no dryness here! Feeling adventurous? Pro-tip: Head downstairs to find the restaurant's speakeasy, Thirty3, in case you were planning on a late night, imbibing in perfectly crafted cocktails or sipping on one of the many selections of bourbon and single malt scotch. Don't forget to check out the wine cellar or dry-aging room. Pass on the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving for the Butter Cake, topped with mascarpone, toasted almonds, and drizzled with blueberry sauce. Call 973-335-0006 for reservations or book online. 10 Whitehall Rd., TowacoContinue to 7 of 10 below.
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Morris Tap and Grill, Randolph
If a casual, family-friendly restaurant with a rustic ambience and food that hits the spot for all ages is more your scene, the legendary Morris Tap & Grill is your best bet, especially since your appetites will be in the hands of Food Network's Chopped Champion, Chef Eric Levine. For MTG’s “traditional family style feast”, adults ($34 pp) and kids ($15 pp) alike can enjoy salads, vegetable sides, turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, chocolate mousse, and more from 12pm to 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. Bonus: the craft beer selection is noteworthy. Call 973-891-1776 for reservations, or book online. 500 Route 10 West, RandolphContinue to 8 of 10 below.
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The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Hackensack
For the avian-averse, book a reservation at the upscale Oceanaire Seafood Room in Hackensack, open from 2pm to 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the expansive selection of ultra-fresh seafood offerings available, a special hand-carved prime rib stations will be set up for your perusal. Call 201-343-8862 for reservations. The Shops at Riverside, 175 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack; Prices vary according to selections.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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The Manor, West Orange
Thanksgiving Dinner at The Manor kicks off a series of holiday events that few eateries could rival. Trust in the spot that serves a lobster buffet every Wednesday through Saturday night. Yes, all-you-can-eat lobster. This buffet makes an appearance on New Year's Eve, along with a Gala and Dance Party. A buffet and a la carte menu are on deck for Christmas Day. But first, Thanksgiving.
The À La Carte four-course dinner option is served in seatings from 12:30pm to 7pm and includes decadent starters like duck confit strudel and beef carpaccio, a delicious fall pear salad, mains including turkey dinner and filet mignon, and a select number of out-of-this-world desserts including a cheese plate ($74.95 pp plus tax and gratuity; children's dinner $29.95 for ages 3-10) The buffet takes the traditional route, focusing on the classics you know and love: turkey, stuffing, gravy, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and more, plus the standard Sunday Family Dinner Buffet items you'd see... each week. Seatings begin at 12pm and end at 7pm ($62.95 pp plus tax and gratuity; children 3-10 $22.95). Call 973-731-2360 for reservations. 111 Prospect Ave., West OrangeContinue to 10 of 10 below.
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More North Jersey Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
The Twisted Elm: This local gastropub with a brand new menu is serving up four courses for $32 pp. While the new menu is available upon request, we recommend the prix-fixe, which includes Butternut Squash soup, frisee and arugula salad, a choice of white or dark meat roasted turkey with stuffing, cranberry relish, and veggies, with pumpkin or apple pie for dessert. 435 River Dr, Elmwood Park
Restaurant Serenade: From 2pm to 7pm, this upscale Chatham eatery is offering a three-course menu, including fall favorites—pumpkin soup, turkey roasted two ways, and apple cobbler. 6 Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham
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