Where to Eat This Christmas

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES AT SPUNTINO, CLIFTON
Through December 24, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, 70 Kingsland Road, Clifton Commons on Route 3 East, Clifton, will be offering a Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. This tapas-style, seven-course menu is available for $55 per person, or $75 including wine pairings. Menu items are also available a la carte. For more information or to make reservations call 973-661-2435.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
FIRE PIT FRIDAY
Willow Creek Farm & Winery,  168 Stevens Street, West Cape May, will host Fire Pit Friday with wine tastings, tapas, wine/sangria by the glass or bottle, live entertainment inside and a fire pit outside. 5:30 to 9:30 PM Reservations required for guaranteed seating. Call 609-770-8782, option #5.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
SWEET WINE & DESSERT PAIRING
Rosie’s Wine Bar, 514 North Avenue, Garwood, will host a Sweet Wine & Dessert Pairing. 8:30 PM; $40. Also enjoy 15% off of your dinner bill for event attendees. Reservations: 908-518-WINE ·

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
GRAIN HOUSE CAROLER BRUNCH
The Grain House Restaurant at the Olde Mill Inn, 225 Rt 202, Basking Ridge, will host a Caroler Brunch with music performed by members of the Bernards High School Madrigals. 10 AM to 2 PM; $27.95; children ages 4 to 10, $12. Reservations: 908-221-1150.

THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANTS WILL BE OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND/OR CHRISTMAS DAY.

Andre’s, 112 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta will be taking orders for Christmas dinner to be picked up. Information: 973-726-6000.

The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, is offering two festive dining options for Christmas Eve on Saturday, December 24. Enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe dinner in the dining room from 4 to 8 PM; $95; $45 children under 12. An elaborate buffet will also be offered from 4 to 8 PM in the Fenwick Ballroom; $75; $35 for children 6 to 12; $15 for children 2 to 5; children under 2 are complimentary. Santa Claus will also be making a special visit with treats for children of all ages. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 908-901-4701.

Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar, Westin Hotel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, will offer a traditional family dinner from their a la carte menu on Christmas Eve starting at 5:30 PM. On Christmas Day a three-course menu will be served from 12:30 to 9 PM for $75. Reservations: 973-451-2619.

Crystal Springs Resort will have many dining options on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Grand Cascades Lodge (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg) will have three options for dinner. Restaurant Latour will serve a 5-course menu ($125, wine pairings $65) 3 to 8 PM on Christmas Eve and 3 to 7 PM on Christmas Day. Crystal Tavern will offer a three-course menu ($65, wine pairings $29) from 5 to 10 PM Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. Springs Bistro will serve a four-course menu ($69, wine pairings $29) from 5 to 10 PM on Christmas Eve and 3 to 8 PM on Christmas Day. The regular a la carte menu will also be available. At Minerals Resort & Spa (Route 94, Vernon, NJ), Kites will be serving a four-course menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5 to 10 PM ($65, wine pairings $30). In addition, Christmas Day breakfast buffet will be served from 8 to 11:30 AM ($21 for adults, $11 for children. Reservations for all the restaurants can be made by calling 855-977-6473.

Fascino, 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, will be open Christmas Eve from 4 to 9 PM offering a seasonal a la carte menu along with a few exclusive holiday specials. Reservations: 973-233-0350.

The Frog and the Peach, 29 Dennis Street. New Brunswick, will be open Christmas Eve with their regular Saturday menu and hours. Closed Christmas Day. Reservations: 732-846-3216.

Hat Tavern at the Grand Summit Hotel, 570 Springfield Avenue, Summit, will host a Christmas Day buffet; $39; children aged 4 to 12,  $16.95. Reservations: 908-273-7656.

Heirloom Kitchen, 3853 Rt 516, Old Bridge Township, will host a three-course, prix fixe dinner from 5 to 10 PM for $60. Reservations: 732-727-9444.

The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, One East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, will be offering brunch from 11:30 AM to 3 PM and dinner from 4 to 8 PM on Christmas Eve. For information and reservations, call 201-445-4115.

The Manor, 111 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, will offer a four-course a la carte menu specially crafted for Christmas Day. Seatings from 12:30 to 7 PM; $74.95 plus tax and gratuity; children’s dinner available on request for ages 3 to 10 for $29.95. A buffet will be served from noon to 7 PM; $62.95, plus tax and gratuity; children ages 3 to 10, $22.95. Reservations: 973-731-2360.

Mitchell’s Fish Market, 541 River Road, Edgewater, will be open for Christmas Eve from 11 AM to 9 PM and Christmas Day from noon to 9 PM. Reservations: 201-840-9311.

Christmas Eve dinner at Ninety Acres at Natirar, 2 Main Street, Peapack-Gladstone will include three courses served with family-style side dishes from 4 to 8 PM on Christmas Eve; $85 ($25 for children up to age 12). Reservations: 908-901-9500.

The Peacock Inn, 20 Bayard Lane, Princeton will be offering a three-course dinner from 2 to 9 PM; $95. Reservations: 609-924-1707.

The Ryland Inn, 115 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse Station, will be open on Christmas Eve offering classic roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, duck fat potatoes and much more. Reservations: 908-534-4011.

Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson, is offering a special Christmas Eve dinner menu from 4 to 9 PM. Reservations: 732-933-9272.

The Strip House, The Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Reservations: 973-548-0050.

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