We often think of Thanksgiving as an “at-home” holiday. The host cooks all day, the guests bring a side or two, and you enjoy it around the dining room table and express gratitude. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be made at home. And there is no shame in turning to some of your favorite restaurants for help, whether that means dining out or picking up food to bring back home. Here are 11 North Jersey restaurants that will take the weight off of your shoulders this Thanksgiving.
Where to Get Thanksgiving Dinner in North Jersey (Editor’s Picks)
Brasserie Memere – Closter, NJ
Chef Thomas Ciszak, and the entire staff at Brasserie Memere, are presenting a three-course meal this Thanksgiving. Ciszak will be offering a variety of French classics such as escargots with herbed butter, duck confit, and foie gras terrine. French techniques are combined with the flavors of Thanksgiving, making for an unforgettable meal. In addition, Brasserie Memere offers classic cocktails from their full bar and an extensive wine list that covers several regions and varietals of France. You can view the menu and make reservations here.
Fascino – Montclair, NJ
If you still want to spend Thanksgiving in the comfort of your home but don’t feel like cooking, look no further than Chef Ryan DePersio’s Fascino in Montclair. DePersio is offering a pick-up only, fully catered Thanksgiving dinner this year complete with the dishes you would expect to eat, and an added flair of Italian flavors. Roast turkey with oregano maple glaze, cranberry mint compote, fontina and scallion cornbread, and honeynut squash soup are just some of the items included in the Thanksgiving package which can be purchased here.
Blue Steel Pizza Company – Bloomfield, NJ
My favorite part about taking people to Blue Steel for their first time is that while their signature Detroit-style pizza is practically perfect, what Chef Lawrence Talis does with the rest of the menu is equally as breathtaking. And so, while Blue Steel is closed on Thanksgiving Day, I felt obligated to include their “Friendsgiving” event which runs from now until December 5. An entirely family-style menu features items such as beer-battered squash rings, a duck confit laden pizza deemed “The Boss Pie,” crispy skin turkey, and creamed Brussels sprouts. You can read the full menu and reserve your table over on their website.
Osteria Crescendo – Westwood, NJ
Osteria Crescendo is famed NJ chef Robbie Felice’s second restaurant that has been making headlines since its opening in early spring 2019. This Thanksgiving, Felice and Chef de Cuisine Alex MacPhail have crafted an incredibly intricate menu for diners to enjoy on the holiday. Roast turkey with sausage stuffing and cardoons, ravioli al uovo with almond, pan-roasted swordfish with vanilla sweet potato and beans, and yes, white truffles, are of the dishes that can be found this Thanksgiving when dining at Osteria Crescendo. You can call now to make your reservation or read the full menu here.
Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe – Nutley, NJ
Another option for a Thanksgiving at home, minus all the work, is through Mike Carrino and Michael Cosenza’s specialty sandwich spot fittingly named; Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe. Mike’s provides handmade pastas, sandwiches, sides, and soups in a deli-style atmosphere for guests to enjoy.
This Thanksgiving, Mike’s compiled a menu for pick-up on the big day, complete with easy-to-follow heating instructions. This is an ideal option for someone looking to cater their entire meal or someone who just needs a few sides and sauces to complete their menu. Handmade ravioli and gnocchi, turkey gravy, roasted sweet potatoes, and a classic stuffing are amongst the dishes that can be ordered through their website. The full menu can be viewed on Mike’s Instagram.
Liberty House – Jersey City, NJ
Liberty House scratches all of the itches one might have when looking for a special dinner this Thanksgiving. An immaculate view, a robust atmosphere, and of course, a menu handcrafted by Chef A.J Capella, who recently took over the famous Hudson County spot. With a new chef and a new outlook on dining, there is no better time to give the Liberty House a shot than this Thanksgiving. Warm carrot salad, sweet potato chowder, turkey roulade with pink peppercorn gravy, and a foie gras torchon are just a few ways Capella is showing off his culinary chops this year. Reservations, as well as additional information, can be found here.
Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen – Metuchen and Pinebrook, NJ
Over the years, Wood Stack has established itself as one of New Jersey’s great wood-fired pizzerias; complete with an extensive bar and handmade pastas and breads. This year, Wood Stack is offering a Thanksgiving-themed menu that is available to be picked up the night before. So, while they are closed for the holiday, you can still secure some of their signature dishes the night before to be served on Thanksgiving. Loaves of their legendary bread, sour cream smashed potatoes, charred broccoli salad, and lemon ricotta cheesecake are among the items available to be picked up either on their own or by the tray. All orders must be in by November 21, so call now to reserve your Thanksgiving order.
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen – Morristown, NJ
Jockey Hollow has long stunned Morristown diners with its robust space and multiple dining rooms and bars. While the bar is satisfying, and the atmosphere is striking, their “Thanksgiving To-Go” is nothing to pass up. The restaurant’s website allows you to choose between menus for as little as four guests and up to 20. Apple and field green salad, herbed turkey roulade, and pumpkin cheesecake are nothing to glance past, but what sets Jockey Hollow apart is their wine options, specifically chosen to pair well with turkey. Along with the base menu, supplemental items such as tuna sashimi and shrimp cocktail can be added.
Viaggio – Wayne, NJ
Chef Robbie Felice has established Viaggio as the place to eat on Thanksgiving since its opening in 2016. This year, along with Sous Chef Felix Gonzalez, Viaggio is once again offering a set menu for dine-in at Felice’s flagship spot in Wayne. Fried leeks and potatoes, Felice’s famed “pork trotter fritti,” house-made salumi, and a sesame-crusted ocean trout can be found on their menu this Thanksgiving. Reservations fill up quickly, so call now to make your reservation. The full menu can be found on their website.
Brick Lane Curry House – Jersey City and Montclair, NJ
Brick Lane has been providing New Jersey and Manhattan residents with British-style Indian food for several years now. While that style of food may not be the first thought for a Thanksgiving meal, it is the perfect option for someone looking to break away from the usual monotonous flavors of the holiday. Ditch the turkey and yams for a tandoori roasted chicken and sweet potato chaat. The menu is available at both the Montclair and Jersey City locations with the latter offering a full bar to go alongside it. Reservations can be made on their website.
Chengdu 23 – Wayne, NJ
Admittedly, this is the “wild card” of the list. Chengdu 23 isn’t doing any custom menus for Thanksgiving; nor are they offering any specials. What they are bringing to the table is the same unbelievable Sichuan food that they do day-in and day-out. Twice-cooked pork belly with leeks, tea-smoked duck, prawns with minced pork and crispy maple chicken are of the entrees at Chengdu 23 that are definitely not to miss. If you need somewhere to eat this Thanksgiving, or holiday season in general, Chengdu 23 is an option that should never be glossed over.
Heading to any of these North Jersey restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner? Let us know!