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Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurants in Central New Jersey?

Hi there

My first post!

Does anyone know of a great place to have Thanksgiving buffet? Last year we went to the Westin in Princeton which was nice, but some of the dishes werent upto par. We did however get a good seating time though.

Any other hotels or restaurants out there do a great Thanksgiving dinner? We really love buffets as it makes everyone in our group happy.I want to book ahead to get the best seating time for us. I prefer something more upscale at least on this one day we like to go a bit fancier...thanks in advance!

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  1. The Short Hills Hilton Hotel has two restaurants: The Dining Room, which is upscale, and The Terrace, which is more casual. Both have a reputation for very good food. If either is offering a buffet, it would more likely be The Terrace.


    Rio22, in Union, is a Brazilian rodizio. I've never eaten there, so I can't comment on the quality of the food. They are serving a Thanksgiving Day meal. But in line with your desire for a buffet, as with all rodizios, they normally offer a *very* lavish salad bar and, acc. to their website, there will be substantial holiday-related additions to it for Thanksgiving. You can see details on their website.


    If you want to consider restaurants that are serving Thanksgiving dinner, but not a buffet, there are several upscale places that have superb food, though reservations may be hard to come by at this late date.

    Nicholas, in Middletown - http://www.restaurantnicholas.com
    David Drake's, in Rahway - http://www.daviddrakes.com
    Chez Catherine, in Westfield - http://www.chezcatherine.com

    (Note: We had Thanksgiving Dinner at David Drake's last year, and it was excellent.


    Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appetit!

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    1. re: RGR

      The Frog and The Peach in New Brunwick is also open on Thanksgiving (it's prix fixe but not a buffet).


    2. The Stockton Inn is doing a dinner where they ask you to donate to a charity and only ask you to pay $5 for the meal. I believe they are accepting reservations. I was just reading about it.

      Supposed to be a very good restaurant from what I hear, although the management has changed since the last time I was there several years ago. Beautiful historic setting, in any case.

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      1. re: Heatherb

        The Stockton Inn's Thanksgiving dinner fills up quickly so if you are interested you should make a reservation ASAP. However, you should be aware that this restaurant has received VERY mixed reviews - some quite negative - on this and other sites.

      2. Thanks for the wonderful tips! I will try calling those places.

        Thanks again!

        1. Hi I am also looking for a restaurant in the northern new jersey area serving Thanksgiving Buffet??? Looking forward to your responses and thanks!

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          1. re: mopsey

            This board is for Central and Southern NJ. For Northern NJ, you need to post on the Tri-State Board.

          2. I decided to resurrect this post rather than create a new one since I'm looking for similar but up-to-date information on this topic. Is there any restaurants in Central Jersey that serve a Thanksgiving buffet with regular menu such as beef, poultry and seafood?

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            1. re: Shiwasu

              The Shadowbrook puts on a great spread, with all of that on the buffet. (Including caviar!) I don't recall if they have a regular menu, too.

              1 Obre Pl, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

            2. I am also looking for somewhere to go that has a traditional Thanksgiving spread on the 25th. I really do not want a buffet, as one member of the family has "issues" with them.

              I would prefer Woodbridge, Edison, Metuchen areas, but am willing to travel about 20 minutes or so, the Westfield - Clark - Roselle Park areas would work or New Brunswick or even South Amboy. No Longer than a 20 minute drive. I'm sure Red Bank would have good options but that is too far. The only thing I have found so far is the Hilton Woodbridge, but I am hesitant b/c it is a hotel vs. a "real" restaurant. Thanks.

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              1. re: winterzodiac

                Has anyone been to the Hilton Woodbridge for Thanksgiving? I am having a lot of difficulty finding restaurants in Middlesex or Union Counties (I live in Iselin) that have traditional Thanksgiving fare that is not buffet. The only other option I have found is Peach and Frog in New Brunswick, but it is significantly more expensive, and I am worried that it will be some sort of rowdy college crowd. Thanks.

                1. re: winterzodiac

                  Frog and Peach will not have a rowdy college crowd, so that's nothing to fear. Price, however is what it is, but it's an excellent restaurant.

                  1. re: winterzodiac

                    Agreed...rowdy college kids would never choose Peach & Frog, :-)

                  2. re: winterzodiac

                    Your post is EXACTLY what I was going to write. I am from the same area and also having trouble finding someplace nice to go. You might want to check out the Metuchen Inn. metucheninn.net Might be pricey, but nota buffet. I am looking into it myself. There are not too many places around here. Good Luck!

                    Metuchen Inn
                    424 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ 08840