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 absolutely 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 10 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)
The Fox & Falcon – South Orange, NJ
Chef Kristopher Welz creates upscale tavern classics with his contemporary restaurant, The Fox & Falcon. For Thanksgiving, Welz and his team are offering a unique option for those who are cooking, but might want some help along the way. A Thanksgiving sides package including whipped red potatoes, southern-style sweet corn pudding, garlic and sage brioche stuffing and brown butter green beans with fried shallots is available to purchase. Additionally, house made pumpkin and apple pies can be added to your order. The full menu and ordering options can be found at their website.
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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 cassoulet and of course, roasted turkey. 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 and fontina and scallion cornbread are just some of the items included in the Thanksgiving package. For an additional cost, you can purchase a half-tray of DePersio’s Grandma’s lasagna with ricotta and sweet sausage bolognese. The full package is available for purchase here.
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 brown butter and yes, fresh pasta with white truffles, are some of the dishes that can be found this Thanksgiving when dining at Osteria Crescendo. Don’t forget their killer cocktail program either. You can call now to make your reservation or read the full menu here.
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Obaltan BBQ – Fort Lee, NJ
Are you one of the many people that just doesn’t care for Thanksgiving fare? Why not throw away tradition as a whole and revel in one of God’s greatest gifts to earth: Korean BBQ. NJ’s premiere Korean barbecue spot, Obaltan in Fort Lee, is doing business-as-usual on Thanksgiving day. Thinly sliced brisket, short ribs, pork belly and traditional Korean sides are what’s on the table at this fun spot. The vibes are immaculate, the service is great, the drinks flow and the food is exceptional. Goodbye dry turkey and wine, hello soju and grilled beef.
Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shoppe – Nutley, NJ
Another option for a Thanksgiving at home, minus all the work, is 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 pumpkin rigatoni, 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.
Sofia – Englewood, NJ
The experience at this classic chop house is otherworldly. Lucky for us, Sofia in Englewood is not only open for Thanksgiving, but they are offering the same a-la-carte menu that they offer each night. If you’re like me, you would choose a great steak over turkey any day of the week and Sofia’s expertly crafted cocktails and cigars are just an added bonus. Of course, Thanksgiving specials such as chestnut soup and a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings will be available as well. More information can be found here.
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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. Mushroom bisque, herbed turkey breast and kale caesar salad are nothing to glance past, but what sets Jockey Hollow apart is their wine options. JHBK’s expert sommelier’s have chosen both white and red wines that pair exceptionally well with turkey. Sit back and let them do all the thinking. More information can be found here.
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 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 calamari fritti and a local heritage turkey can be found on their menu this Thanksgiving. Seats fill up quickly, so call now to make your reservation. The full menu can be found on their website.
Chengdu 23 – Wayne, NJ
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!
About the Author/s
Peter Candia is the Food + Drink Editor at New Jersey Digest. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Peter found a passion for food journalism midway through his schooling and never looked back. He is a former line cook, server and bartender at top-rated restaurants in the tri-state area. Peter never stops learning and he is always in the weeds.