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Thanksgiving NJ: Restaurants, Recipes, Events & More

Thanksgiving is, for many, the most anticipated holiday of the year. Sure, there aren’t as many gifts involved as during the month of December, but isn’t all the food you can eat shared among family and friends really the greatest gift of all? Plus, it’s a day of guilt-free football binge-watching and, for those brave enough, a long night of endless shopping.

At Best of NJ, we’re laying out a spread of the best Thanksgiving content we can cook up. From original editorials to statewide event listings (including parades and restaurants holding their annual activities), this Thanksgiving NJ page is your starting point for a complete guide that will continuously update throughout the season.

In case you’ve arrived early and would like to check out some other fall-themed content, be sure to head over to our NJ Fall page, which features a similarly comprehensive seasonal guide. If you’re instead searching for Halloween content, we’ve got a guide for that too. Alright, with all that out of the way, go forth and be merry! Enjoy the holiday season, folks!


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NJ Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Table set up for celebrating ThanksgivingThis year, we’re expanding our Thanksgiving coverage. From articles about how to survive the big feast with a toddler, to options for healthy eating without the high calorie count, Best of NJ is offering all sorts of Thanksgiving features. Our most popular annual article, however, is this very piece about NJ restaurants open on Thanksgiving…


Must-Try Healthy Turkey Day Side Dishes – Part Two

Rustic Thankgiving DinnerThanksgiving is here, and when you add some of the season’s healthiest vegetables to the mix, there’s plenty to be thankful for. Despite the turkey being the main attraction, side dishes tend to make-or-break the dinner (and your waistline). By adding healthy sides like greens and squash, you’re adding flavor and helping your body to digest…


Must-Try Healthy Turkey Day Side Dishes – Part One

Baked turkey and sides on Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving is a day that tends to lean towards gluttony; families eat until stomachs are stuffed with everything from turkey to mashed potatoes, casseroles and pies. However, just because being indulgent is a top holiday priority doesn’t mean there can’t be healthy Thanksgiving side dishes to accompany the turkey…


Perfect Wine Pairings for Any Turkey Day Menu

Thanksgiving table settingHosting Thanksgiving dinner is challenging for a dozen different reasons even before you get to the first course. Turkey or ham (or lasagna)? Who sits where? Is there enough wine?! And, let’s face it, that last one is sometimes the most important. While we can’t be of much help with the seating arrangements, we can help you find the right wine…


Gourmet Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Make at Home

pumpkin pie ingredientsIf the turkey is the quarterback of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, then dessert is surely on special teams. The quarterback gets all of the attention, but the right special team can help strategically position the ball (or in this case, the bird), and affect the momentum of the game for better or worse…


Volunteering Opportunities for NJ Families during the Holidays

Portrait Of Kitchen Staff In Homeless Shelter Volunteering for ThanksgivingSure, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to enjoy a turkey meal with family and friends. But let’s not forget the true meaning of the season. This year, consider volunteering your time to help out those in need. We’ve rounded up a list of places throughout New Jersey looking for volunteers on Thanksgiving Day, as well as before and after the holiday…


The Best Thanksgiving Restaurants for Vegans

Vegetables, pumpkin and sunflowersAh, Thanksgiving! Was there ever a more perfect holiday? It’s an entire day devoted to lounging around and eating, and all we have to do is say, “Yes, thank you, I will have some more!” Turkey is the main course, but if you’re looking for a meatless way to give thanks, you’re in luck. Here are ten veggie-packed dining options available on Thanksgiving…


How to Survive Kitchen Disasters on Turkey Day

thanksgiving911Turkey. Stuffing. Havoc! The countdown has begun. In no time at all, you’ll have a home full of family and friends. Finding a place for everyone to sit is hard enough. Finding enough time for all of the prep and cooking? Well, that can be a turkey of a problem. For help, we consulted professional chef and Essex County resident Jeff Butler…


How to Avoid Eating 4,500 Calories During the Holidays

holiday dinnerDieters, despair: Thanksgiving is coming. Or don’t. With some advance planning, you can get through the calorie-laden holiday without a noticeably bigger belly. According to the Calorie Control Council, which represents diet food and drink companies, the average person eats around 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving…


Recipes That Are (Almost) Guilt-Free

Closeup of Pumpkin Pie Slice for ThanksgivingThe plates of appetizers. The piles of stuffing. It’s incredibly easy to eat a whopping 4,500 calories when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. But there’s a way to cut calories without sacrificing flavor (or the buttons on your pants). Check out these recipes that are lower in fat and calories than your usual holiday fare…


9 Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving with a Toddler

Child Hugging PumpkinThanksgiving is a pretty fantastic holiday. You get to spend quality time with your loved ones, you’re allowed to watch football guilt-free and you’re more or less obligated to stuff your face with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. I mean, who wouldn’t love it? Your toddler, that’s who…


Best Local Wines to Drink with Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving DinnerThe only thing better than Thanksgiving Day food is Day After Thanksgiving Day food. Whether you’re hunting for deals with the Black Friday crowd or lounging about, you’re bound to work up an appetite — and, of course, a thirst for some wonderful local wine. Check out which vinos pair best with your Turkey Day leftovers…


Thanksgiving Events in NJ


Calandra’s Bakery Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dessert from Calandra’s Bakery

Calandra’s Bakery Thanksgiving

10/09/2019 - 11/28/2019: This year, let Calandra’s Bakery prepare your Thanksgiving Desserts! All three Calandra’s Bakery locations are open until 5:00 pm on Thanksgiving.