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Nov 20, 2008 06:44 AM

Thanksgiving Dinner in Lakewood, N.J.

I'm trying this one more time -- since I've, much to my distress, have received no responses up to this point. My family has given me the unenviable task of trying to come up with a restaurant in Lakewood (an area with which I am unfamiliar) in which we can have Thanksgiving dinner. The requirements, you ask?

1) Nice upscale ambience/atmoshphere

2) Reasonable prices (we went to 656 Ocean in Deal, N.J. last year and they found it to be beautiful but way too expensive)

3) Serves turkey at least on that day (for those few American "traditionalists" amongst us).

Does anyone have ANY good suggestions since I'm gettin desperate here!

Thanks so much.

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  1. Stevorino, I kind of thought you were joking. You won't get that there. I'm pretty sure you know why. And as for Deal, if you don't like 656, then Dougies is all you have. Give them a call. It seems pretty hopeless to me.

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    1. re: cappucino

      I think you're best off catering it in - get takeout from a restaurant with nice, reasonably affordable food (and turkey!), and bring it to the home of whomever you're eating with in Lakewood. Lakewood itself is rather short on the upscale dining options from what I've heard.

    2. BS"D

      In the first place, Lakewood is not known for its restaurants. Jewishly, it's a largely impoverished community of professional students, who eat just to have the energy to learn. Deal, on the other hand, is a largely affluent community of mostly Syrians. In both cases, culturally dissimilar from the typical American. In Lakewood at least, you're also dealing with a culture which frowns upon the "ways of the nonJewish world, and consideres Thanskgiving celebration to be among those things. It's the type of culture that would serve turkey ever day except Thanksgiving, in order to distinguish itself from the world, much as my kids always had school on Thanksgiving. Good luck in Lakewood. As for Deal, I don't think Thanksgiving is a Syrian thing.

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      1. re: ganeden

        ganeden ,
        Don't talk about cultures and tradtitions that you are not familiar with. I'm Syrian, and for as long as I could remember, my family has celebrated Thanksgiving. Sure, our Syrian food makes it to the Thanksgiving table along with with turkey and cranberry sauce, but it's still Thanksgiving. You'll find a Thanksgiving table in the majority of Syrian homes, but I don't think you'll find a restaurant in Deal or Brooklyn serving a special turkey dish on Thanksgiving.

      2. I noticed Dougies Teaneck is offering a Turkey dinner. Why not try the one in Deal? Probably need to take out, but who knows.

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        1. re: cappucino

          Yo ganeden!
          nice posting for that... loshenhora sandwich!!! Don't BS''D me! Impoverished community? Someone needs to hit their Seforim...FAST!!!!

          Stevorino; go to "gourmet on j" and buy whatever thanksgiving stuff you need and bring it.

          cheesecake17: SY's got it goin' on in the tastebud dept! Nice reply!

          1. re: chocolatebirthdaycake

            I don't know how far it is from Lakewood, but I've been hearing rave reviews about Mosaica restaurant in Vauxhill, NJ at . That site says that there will be a "Pre Fix (sp?) Thanksgiving Dinner Menu for only $45! You get soup and salad, choice of entree, and choice of dessert!" The restaruant's web site is . If it's not too far, I imagine there wouldn't be much traffic on Thanksgiving, 2008.

            Here's the special $45 Thanksgiving Dinner:

            Creamy Pumpkin Soup
            Duck Confit over Mesculin Salad

            Stuffed Turkey

            Fresh roasted turkey rolled with apple cornmeal stuffing, served alongside string bean almondine, roasted sweet potatoes and cognac cranberry sauce

            Black Angus Steak (add $10


            smothered in a wild mushroom sauce served alongside string bean almondine and roasted sweet potatoes

            Pecan Pie
            Pumpkin Pie
            Apple Cobbler


            As for Thanksgiving, we're one of those Jewish families who "eats Turkey everyday EXCEPT on Thanksgiving;" sorry to disappoint Ganeden. We feel that it's just not pragmatic to have a full-course fleishig meal the night before Shabbos, so OUR tradition is to have a turkey (hopefully purchased at at special low price) with all of the trimmings - including chestnut, sausage, and sage dressing - each year on the Friday night following Thanksgiving. To each his own, right Ganeden?

            1. re: midasgold

              Mosaica is about an hour and 15 minutes from Lakewood, depending on where you in Lakewood.