Thanksgiving At Garden State Restaurants

Places to reserve a table for Turkey day.

Some restaurants close on Thanksgiving Day; others open their doors and serve a traditional turkey repast. Herewith, a listing of New Jersey restaurants that reached out to Table Hopping to let readers know their house is your home for the day’s dinner.

Two quick notes: Prices do not include tax and tip. All dinners listed are offered on Thursday, November 23—Thanksgiving Day.

First up, because it’s headquartered at 1 Wild Turkey Way in Hamburg, is Crystal Springs, a four-season resort located in Sussex County. There are six options for Thanksgiving meals, from a buffet to American- and Italian-accented menus at the Crystal Tavern and Springs Bistro, and an all-out, five-course menu at Restaurant Latour. Visit crystalgolfresort.com for menus, prices, times and specific venues within the resort complex.

N.B.: Reserve soon for Thanksgiving at Latour, which will have on its $125 per person fixed-price menu a starter of oysters, caviar and sea urchin paired with apples, followed by chestnut agnolotti with white truffles, Hokkaido scallops accompanied by garnet sweet potato, and heritage turkey with stuffing and fall vegetables. Dessert will be pumpkin roasted in hot ashes dressed with honey, pink peppercorns and brown butter.

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Swinging down to the southern part of the state at The Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, there are eight restaurants serving Thanksgiving meals. Call 609-340-4000 or visit tropicana.net for specific times, prices and more menu details.

Olón, with chef Jose Garces. Special dinner: Panca-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, white cheddar chorizo cornbread stuffing, spiced sweet potato mash with marshmallows and seasonal vegetables. Cost: $24 per plate.

Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar with a menu from its new wood-fired Latin Grill. Price: $68 for two, $34 for each additional person.

Casa Taco & Tequila Bar’s three-course turkey dinner is $28 for adults and $14 for children under 12.

Il Verdi’s three-course prix-fixe menu is $38.95 per person.

Carmine’s traditional Thanksgiving feast is a package deal to feed 8 people for $249 that includes an 18-pound roasted turkey with all the trimmings. Dine in, take-out or, with advance arrangements, delivery.

Palm Restaurant has a three-course Thanksgiving menu for $55 per adult and $24 for children under 12.

Fiesta Buffet’s “Surf & Turf Buffet” features traditional roasted turkey with all the trimmings at $31.95 per person.

Seaside Café is offering a three-course dinner for $19.95 per person.

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The Duke and Elephant: Food & Spirits, a new restaurant from chef Zod Arifai at 1979 Washington Valley Road in the Martinsville section of Bridgewater, is offering a four-course dinner served family-style. The cost is $65 per adult and $35 for children under 12. To reserve, call 732-563-1717 or visit thedukeandelephant.com.

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At Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern, 1 East Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus, chef Troy Piegaro is serving traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as options. Cost is $45 per adult and $15 per child. Seatings are from noon to 6 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 201-445-4115. For details, visit hohokusinn.com.

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One of New Jersey’s most critically acclaimed and respected chefs, James Laird, is offering a Thanksgiving menu with his signature touches at Restaurant Serenade, located at 6 Roosevelt Avenue in Chatham. Turkey, cooked two ways, will be supplemented by selections in seafood, beef and venison. Reservations are required for seatings from 2 to 7 pm. Cost is $75 per adult and $35 for children 10 and under. To reserve call 973-701-0303 or visit restaurantserenade.com.

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Sibling restaurants in New Brunswick from Francis Schott and Mark Pascal also are serving forth on Thanksgiving Day:
At Catherine Lombardi, 3 Livingston Avenue, seatings for a four-course dinner from 1 to 7 pm are $49.95 per person.  A la carte selections will also be on tap. To reserve, call 732-296-9463 or visit catherinelombardi.com.

Stage Left Steak, 5 Livingston Avenue, will have seatings for dinner from 1 to 7:30 pm. Chef JR Belt is serving a three-course menu at $59 per person; a la carte selections  will also be available. For reservations, call 732-828-4444 or visit stageleft.com.

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Overlooking the Navesink River is Salt Creek Grille at 4 Bingham Avenue in  Rumson.  With executive chef Bob Belt at the helm, both traditional and New American-style Thanksgiving dinners will be served from noon to 7 pm. The cost of the traditional roast turkey dinner is $35 for adults and $14 for children 12 and under. For information and reservations, due by Friday, November 17, call 732-933-9272 or visit saltcreekgrille.com.

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Speaking of water views, Avenue, located at 23 Ocean Avenue in Long Branch, has an expansive view of the Atlantic as well as a special Thanksgiving menu served from noon to 6 pm, priced at $39 per person. Chef is Josh Sauer. For reservations and additional information, call 732-759-2900.

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At Summit House, 395 Springfield Avenue in Summit, chef Martin Kester is serving a Thanksgiving three-course, fixed-price menu with family-style side dishes from noon till 5 pm. Cost is $75 per person, and $30 for children 10 and under. Reservations are required and must be made by Friday, November 17. To reserve, e-mail [email protected] or call 908-273-6000.

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Sofia, located at 36 Engle Street in Englewood, is a modern Italian/steakhouse spot that is offering a fixed-price Thanksgiving menu for $65 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 201-541-8530 or on Open Table. Additional information is available at sofiaenglewood.com.

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In Hoboken, Halifax, located at 225 River Street, is a restaurant specializing in northeastern farm and coastal cuisine. Chef Seadon Shouse is offering a special Thanksgiving menu with a choice of appetizer, entree and dessert, plus family-style sides, for $49 per person. It will be served from 2 to 9 pm. To reserve, call 201-253-2500 or visit halifaxhoboken.com.

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