We have spent a lot more time at home over the past year and a half than we anticipated. So, with Thanksgiving approaching November 25th, don’t feel guilty if you can’t stand cooking.
Instead, let Central Jersey restaurants do the work for you.
Here’s where you can eat Thanksgiving dinner without ever turning on the oven:
Forsgate Country Club, Monroe
Every Thanksgiving, the nearly century-old Forsgate Country Club opens its clubhouse to members and non-members for a holiday buffet with all the accessories. This year, the club will do the same with its reserved places at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $ 49, $ 24 per child.
The buffet includes roast turkey with traditional Thanksgiving sides, a carved beef station, salads, other side dishes, and desserts. Takeout is also available for $ 235 for a meal for four to six people, or $ 395 for a meal for eight or 10 people.
Go: 375 Forsgate Drive, Monroe; 732-521-0070 forsgatecc.com/files/Combined%20Thanksgiving%202021.pdf.
The Frog and the Fishing, New Brunswick
The Frog and the Peach, which was named New Jersey’s Best Restaurant by Business Insider and the Garden State Culinary Arts Awards, always aims to raise the bar when it comes to American classics.
For Thanksgiving, The Frog and the Peach will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu of $ 68 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., which includes the option of its free-range organic turkey alongside green beans and caulilini, stuffing. with sausage, cranberry compote and sauce. . Dinner for children 12 and under costs $ 26.
Go: 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick; 732-846-3216, frogandpeach.com/thanksgiving-2021/.
Grain House at Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge
With colonial touches like exposed beams, wood paneling, brick fireplaces, and a copper-clad bar, the Grain House at the Olde Mill Inn takes visitors back to the days of First Thanksgiving. But this November 25, it will be a place to celebrate with modern comforts and traditional American cuisine.
The restaurant inside the Olde Mill Inn will offer a four-course meal on Thanksgiving Day with seating from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for $ 64, $ 25 per child. Dishes on the menu include pumpkin braised ribs, butternut squash ravioli, Granny Smith apple pie with salted caramel and whipped cream, applewood smoked kielbasa and, of course, applewood. turkey from the Griggstown farm.
Go: 225 Morristown Road, Basking Ridge; 908-221-1150, oldemillinn.com/event/thanksgiving-2/.
Ninety Acres, Peapack
At Ninety Acres, a farm-to-table restaurant surrounded by a 12-acre farm in a 500-acre Somerset County park and resort, you can also sample local ingredients for Thanksgiving – with an upscale perk .
Acclaimed restaurant to serve three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $ 105, $ 35 per child, noon to 5 p.m. Dishes include Burgundy Truffle Risotto, Griggstown Roast Turkey Breast, Jersey Girl Burrata, Duck Confit, Fall Lettuce Salad, and Pumpkin Espresso Sundae.
Go: 2 Main Street, Peapack; 908-901-9500, natiar.com/ninety_acres/.
Orchard Park, East Brunswick
In Orchard Park, you can enjoy American holiday dishes at a French country estate. Celebrity Chef David Burke’s First Central Jersey Restaurant To Offer Thanksgiving Dinner In Its New Space With High Ceilings, Open Kitchen, Chef’s Table, Wine Room And The Salt Brick Wall Burke’s illuminated Himalayan rose on the grounds of the Chateau Grande hotel located atop 15 hectares.
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The $ 85 pre-set Thanksgiving menu at Creative American Restaurant will include options such as slow roasted organic turkey breast, butternut squash ravioli, filet mignon, roasted apple cobbler, lobster meatballs and grilled quail from noon to 8 p.m. the meal is $ 45.
Stone house in Stirling Ridge, Warren
The Stone House in Stirling Ridge is a popular venue for weddings and other special events, but the upscale New American restaurant, located on 10 acres, will bring that same vibe to Thanksgiving.
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Stone House will be offering a three-course meal from noon to 7 p.m. for $ 65, $ 35 per child. The menu will feature choices such as Butternut Squash Soup, Organic Roasted Turkey, Wild Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie, Dry Aged New York Strip Tenderloin, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Chocolate Pie and pecans and white chocolate bread pudding.
Go: 50 Stirling Road, Warren; 908-754-1222, stonehouseatstirlingridge.com.
Vegan, New Brunswick
Veganized, the funky restaurant known for turning American classics into vegan fare, offers a five-course prix fixe menu without animal products.
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For $ 65 per person from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., vegans (and non-vegans) can enjoy dishes such as delicata squash stuffed with grain pilaf and vegetables on a savory lentil sauce alongside Brussels sprouts. roasts and crusted oyster mushrooms; as well as a crusted seitan cutlet on mashed potatoes with truffles and a Maitake mushroom sauce. The meal is also available to take away.
Go: 1 Elm Row, New Brunswick; 732-342-7412, orders veganizedfoods.square.site.
Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member of USA Today Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger turned journalist following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to his food, drink and pleasure stories, please register or activate your digital account today. Contact: [email protected] or @JIntersimone.