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Feast of 7 Fishes - Christmas Eve Dinner

Where can we eat on Christmas Eve that serves "the feast of 7 fishes"?
Looking to stay close to Monmouth or Ocean County if possible.

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  1. When I first read the title of this thread I read " feast of the 7 fetishes." My bad, LOL !

    1. My husband was wondering about this too!

      1. I'm not trying to be a smart-a** here, but, you do realize that the Feast of 7 Fishes is just a dinner with 7 fish dishes? They can be any kind of fish, and they can be prepared any number of ways. With that in mind, any restaurant that serves seafood would suffice,

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        1. re: gigotz

          I would disagree.....I've been to many Christmas Eve dinners and the meals are usually served family style based on family recipes and traditions.....and Italian inspired in preparation most of the time.

          1. re: fourunder

            What I remember is the bacala, fried fresh cod and fried smelts(ick). I know there were others to fill out the number 7. Along with Pumpkin & broccoli dishes I have never been able to replicate. But the highlight was homemade macaroni lightlly sauced with a topping of fried breadcrumbs with finely chopped walnuts in olive oil. Oh yum! I think it might be difficult to find a restaurant with this type of experience but good luck.

            1. re: miss_belle

              I'm invited to a friend's home every year. Their traditions also reflect respect for when times were leaner and during times of conflict...when food was scarce. Two particular dishes come to mind that do not include any fish. Stuffed Escarole with breadcrumbs and olives.....and Cici & Barley Soup.....

              While dinner may have seven fishes served.....when guests first arrive there are probably a combination of hot and cold appetizers that number at least couple of dozen.

              1. re: fourunder

                We never had apps and after the dinner tables were cleared,bowls of grapes, walnuts & nutcrackers were set out along with coffee.No dessert to speak of. And now that I think of it no wine was ever served. Guess we weren't exactly the vino, cannoli Soprano types..:-)

          2. re: gigotz

            "I'm not trying to be a smart-a** here, but, you do realize that the Feast of 7 Fishes is just a dinner with 7 fish dishes? They can be any kind of fish, and they can be prepared any number of ways. With that in mind, any restaurant that serves seafood would suffice."

            Not true at all. There are certain fishes that are traditional and the restaurants that serve a specific "Feast of 7 Fishes" menu keep this in mind and make it special. It is not just going to any restaurant and ordering fish off the everyday menu.
            Lastly, The Feast of the 7 Fishes is about tradition and community and sharing this experience. When a restaurant offers this menu it is saying "come share in this experience." It is a special day for those who celebrate this feast and "dumbing" it down to "just a dinner with 7 fish dishes" is a bit demeaning to those who hold this day and celebration sacred.

          3. It's not on Christmas Eve, but Remington's in Manasquan is doing a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner:

            http://remingtonsnj.com/feast-of-the-...

            1. Lugo Cucina e Vino at Revel in Atlantic City appears to be promoting an a la carte approach:

              http://blog.nj.com/artful_diner/2012/...