Thanksgiving is an iconic American holiday, but that also means it comes with an iconic amount of hassle. You can’t blame someone who would rather forgo the headache of turkey prep for an already prepared meal where the cleanup is left to the restaurant. Luckily for Jersey City restaurant goers, there are a handful of spots all across the area where hungry Thanksgiving patrons and their relatives can go if they want to avoid the homemade headache:
Liberty House Restaurant
76 Audrey Zapp Dr.
If you don’t want to sacrifice the fancy outfit you ordered for the big meal, then put it on and head to Liberty House on Thanksgiving. Expect to pay a little bit more than otherwise (with prices ranging from $62 per adult and $30 per child plus tax and tip), but you could argue you’re getting your money’s worth when you see their menu. Customers have their option of one of eight appetizers to accompany their turkey dinner (which comes with chestnut-sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, and garlic mashed potatoes among other things), and if you want to forgo the turkey day tryptophan, then Liberty House offers seven other main course selections including seared Faroe Island salmon and grilled filet mignon. Interested diners should call ahead.
212 Washington Street
Just a short swim across the Morris Canal from Liberty House you’ll find Satis Bistro in historic Paulus hook. Try to think of Satis as the Thanksgiving Menu “younger sibling” of The Liberty House in that you’ll still get all the ambiance of dinner down by the Jersey City Waterfront while saving a little dough. Satis’ Thanksgiving spread clocks in at $40 per person and runs from 3-9 PM. on Turkey Day. The menu doesn’t feature as many mix and match opportunities as Liberty House’s menu since Satis settles on a prix-fixe menu featuring a starter salad, the turkey and its trimmings, and dessert. Reservations are encouraged.
Hard Grove Cafe
284 1st St.
This Cuban spot is turning Turkey Day into a two-day event. On Wednesday, Nov. 27 the restaurant will host a pre-Thanksgiving party at 9 PM “to thank the community for continued support.” Guests will be treated to food and drinks courtesy of the restaurant’s generous owners. Knowing Hard Grove’s fine food selection and creative fall cocktail menu, the event is sure to be a “can’t miss.”
On Thanksgiving itself Hard Grove will open its doors from 11-3 PM for a complimentary turkey dinner for the entire community to share. The meal will be sponsored by the NJ Reentry Corporation and NJ Bar Association President Evelyn Padin.
159 New York Ave.
If you want to spend Thanksgiving dining in The Heights, then The Franklin is your best bet. Dinner, which costs $40 per person, includes a choice of butternut squash soup or baby kale salad for starters and either roast turkey or turkey porchetta for a main course. (Each entree also includes a choice of two sides such as mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, or french string beans.)
With that in mind, the real MVP of The Franklin’s Thanksgiving menu is dessert. Head Chef Jaime Ramirez began his career as a pastry chef, and his expertise is on full display. Indulge in homemade cheesecake or pumpkin bread pudding. Reservations are recommended.
Villa Borghese III
475 Washington Blvd.
Want the option to take out or eat out this holiday? Then check out Villa Borghese III.
For $34 per person, this Jersey City incarnation of the Fords, NJ Italian eatery is offering three courses including an appetizer (choice of butternut squash and ginger soup or a fall salad), main course (roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and cranberry relish) and dessert (choice of pumpkin creme brulee or roasted apple tart with cinnamon gelato).
For those who’d rather enjoy Chef Michael Colletti’s cooking at home, help yourself to turkey, homestyle stuffing, green bean casserole, and cornbread muffins all for $19.99 per person.
Doors open at 11 AM, and reservations are recommended. Orders for take-out must be placed by Tuesday, November 26.
149 Newark Ave.
South House, in the heart of Newark Ave, is known for southern cooking and clever cocktails. So, it makes a certain amount of sense that they would want to bring Jersey City a taste of southern flavor on Thanksgiving Day.
However, South House was the only restaurant we could find that is also offering a vegan/vegetarian meal for their Thanksgiving feast. If you would be interested in partaking, you’ll enjoy butternut squash and spinach lasagna with wild rice. As for the regular dinner, it features three starting options and your choice of a main.
After you finish your main, dig in to one of South House’s dessert options, which include chocolate pecan pie or a bourbon pumpkin pie with salted brown butter streusel and vanilla ice cream (the picture of this dessert is featured on South House’s website and looks absolutely heavenly).
The price rings in at $40 per person, and reservations are encouraged before Thanksgiving.
Header photo: Courtesy South House Bar and Restaurant Facebook page.