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These North Jersey restaurants are open on Thanksgiving

The stress, preparation and chaos of holidays isn't for everyone. Fortunately, North Jersey has a cornucopia of restaurants serving their own styles of Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 28. Whether you're looking to celebrate Turkey Day a different way or you want to avoid cooking and baking this year, head over to one of these spots and let them take care of it for you.

The Hill, Closter

Turkey roulade at The Hill in Closter

Head up the Hill this Thanksgiving for a three-course prix-fixe menu with favorites sprinkled with a creative twist. To start, chose among dishes like lump crab cake with a grainy mustard sauce, butternut squash bisque or tricolore beet salad with pistachios, gorgonzola and fresh herbs. Choosing just one main course will be a challenge with options like roast turkey roulade, slow-cooked halibut and red wine-braised beef short rib. Have a sweet end to the holiday with desserts like chocolate mousse, apple tart or pumpkin cheesecake.

Cost: $70 per person, $35 for kids. Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. Go: 252 Schraalenburgh Rd, Closter; 201-899-4700, thehillcloster.com

Madeleine's Petit Paris, Northvale

The dining room of Madeleine's Petit Paris.

There’s nothing small about Madeleine's Petit Paris’ Thanksgiving buffet spread. Typically serving fine French cuisine, Madeleine’s will offer an array of pretty much every Thanksgiving dish you can think of. Traditionalists will delight in white and dark turkey meat, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. Those looking for unique options can dine on poached salmon, pasta pomodoro and duck a l'orange.

Cost: $46.50 per person, $25 for kids. Hours: Seatings at 12, 12:30, 1, 4:30, 5 and 5:30 p.m. Go: 416 Tappan Road, Northvale; 201-767-0063, madeleinespetitparis.com.

Crystal Springs Resort, various locations

Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg's Thanksgiving buffet.

Anyone on a Thanksgiving getaway at Crystal Springs Resort will be offered several different Thanksgiving meal options. The cheapest choice is the Thanksgiving lunch buffet with shrimp, carving stations and an array of desserts will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $59 for adults and $24.95 for children ages 4-11. The most lavish meal is the Restaurant Latour Thanksgiving Dinner with four-course ($115 per person) or seven-course ($155 per person) menus, along with wine pairings and cheese courses that can be added.

Cost: Varies, see the website for full details. Hours: Seatings are offered at various times from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., depending on the option. Go: Various locations in Sussex County, including Hamburg, Franklin and Vernon, 855-977-6473, crystalgolfresort.com.

McLoone’s Boathouse, West Orange

The buffet at McLoone’s Boathouse will include dishes such as butternut squash soup, oven-roasted turkey to maple salmon, sweet potato bake, herb stuffing — pretty much every classic Thanksgiving food plus a few extra dishes thrown in for good measure. Chow down, then come back for seconds (and thirds and fourths), while taking in the view of the Orange Reservoir.

Cost: $39.95 per person, $14.95 for kids ages 3 to 11. Hours: Seatings from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Go: 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange; 862-252-7108, mcloonesboathouse.com.

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Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Ho-Ho-Kus

Ho Ho Kus Inn Crystal Room with fireplace

With its fireplaces, elegant furnishings and white tablecloths topped with bright flower displays, the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn is a formal yet homey place to spend Thanksgiving. It will serve a four-course meal on Turkey Day. The first course includes lighter fare such as an autumn soup; the second course includes butternut squash ravioli, fried goat cheese, seared scallops and more; the third course is a classic turkey dinner with cranberry sauce, green beans, Brussels sprouts and more; and the final course is a dessert choice of pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie. A kids menu of turkey, hamburgers, chicken fingers and other child-friendly choices will also be available.

Cost: $49 for adults; $19.95 for children 15 and under. Hours: Seatings from 12 to 6 p.m. Go: 1 E. Franklin Tpk., Ho-Ho-Kus; 201-445-4115 hohokusinn.com.

Restaurant Serenade, Chatham

A classy Thanksgiving meal will start with appetizers such as pumpkin soup and autumn salad or scallops and raspberry point oysters for the seafood lovers. Guests can enjoy classic turkey dinner for their entrée or go with something a little less traditional like halibut, sea bass, beef or venison. Coconut cake with mango sorbet or a pumpkin tart are among dessert options to finish the night on a sweet note. 

Cost: $85 for adults; $40 for kids 10 and under. Hours: Seatings from 2 to 7 p.m. Go: 6 Roosevelt Ave., Chatham; 973-701-0303, restaurantserenade.com.

Charlotte’s Web, Dover

At this quaint locals' favorite, start your meal off with crudites and dip, fruit salad, chicken pastina soup and more, then move on to the entrée with your choice of roast turkey with stuffing or roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. All entrées come with creamed onions, candies sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, masked turnips, green beans almondine and cranberry sauce. Dessert will feature a choice of pumpkin, mincemeat, pecan or apple pie.

Cost: $30 for adults; $18 for children. Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. Go: 39 W. Clinton St., Dover; 973-328-938, charlotteswebinn.com.

The Village Inn, Wayne

The Village Inn will start off its special Thanksgiving meal with a display of hot and cold antipasto salads and breads. That will be followed by entrée choices of porterhouse lamb chops, tilapia oreganata, pecan-crusted chicken, double-cut loin pork chop, linguine with shrimp or carved turkey breast with fixings. All entrées will be served with whipped potatoes and vegetable du jour. To end things on a sweet note, The Village Inn will also offer a Viennese table. But be quick, reservations are required. 

Cost: $34.95 for adults; $15 for kids ages 5 to 11 (includes first course and Viennese table). Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Go: 422 Runnymede Dr., Wayne; 973-696-0555, thevillageinnofwayne.com.

The Park Steakhouse, Park Ridge

The Park Steakhouse will offer its normal a la carte menu on Thanksgiving, plus a number of holiday-inspired additions. Special dishes include turkey, venison and pork loin. But, we won't judge if you opt for a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner of juicy steak and a glass of bold red wine at this formal steakhouse.

Cost: Order dishes a la carte, prices vary. Hours: 1 to 8 p.m. Go: 151 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge; 201-930-1300, theparksteakhouse.com.

Summit House, Summit

Delicate desserts will be served at the Summit House on Thanksgiving.

The Summit House will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with three courses. The first is a choice of red oak salad, galette or mushroom arancini. The second course includes options such as Wester Ross salmon, Griggstown turkey, pumpkin cavatelli and beef tenderloin. During the second course, sides such as whipped potatoes, cornbread stuffing, roasted veggies and sweet potato gratin will be served family-style. Finally, dessert is a choice of apple strudel, pumpkin cheesecake or brown butter budino.

Cost: $85 for adults; $30 for children under 10; wine pairing an additional $35. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Go: 395 Springfield Ave., Summit; 908-273-6000, summithousenj.com.

St. Eve’s, Ho-Ho-Kus

Choose among the items on the regular menu or order the Thanksgiving specials. The turkey will be served with sides like chestnut stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash casserole and homemade cranberry chutney. Finish things off with a slice of St. Eve’s sweet potato pie, warm apple crisp or a spiced pumpkin ice cream sandwich for dessert.

Cost: Order dishes a la carte, prices vary. Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. Go: 611 N. Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus; 201-857-4717, stevesnj.com.

Faubourg, Montclair

The dining area at Faubourg in Montclair.

Faubourg in Montclair will be open on Thanksgiving, serving a 3-course prix fixe menu. Dishes include: Fall Squash Soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, sage marshmallow; free-range turkey; Maine scallops and heirloom cauliflower; ricotta gnocchi and butternut squash; pecan sundae with bourbon caramel and pie crust.

Cost: $65 for adults, $35 for children under 10. Hours: noon to 8 p.m. Go: 544 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair; 973-542-7700, faubourgmontclair.com

Sear House, Closter; Sear House Grill, Little Falls; Barka, Mountain Lakes

Turkey trot your way over to one of these three restaurants all offering the same Thanksgiving menu. Starters include a choice of butternut squash soup, turkey soup or Caesar salad, followed by a second course of lasagna. Of course what would the holiday be without a turkey platter, which will be served as the main course. Finish the meal with homemade pumpkin pie, pecan pie or homemade pumpkin cheese cake for dessert. 

Cost: $29.99. Hours: noon to 9 p.m. Go: Sear House: 411 Piermont Rd., Closter; 201-292-4612, searhouse.com; Sear House Grill: 1 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls; 973-785-4225, searhousegrill.com; Barka: 60 Route 46, Mountain Lakes; 973-917-3386, barkaseafoodrestaurant.com.

Ventanas, Fort Lee

Ventanas at the Modern in Fort Lee on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Ventanas, one of celebrity chef David Burke's newest restaurants, will serve a three-course, prix-fixe meal on Thanksgiving Day. It will feature filet mignon, tuna tartare tacos, stuffed pumpkins with mushroom risotto and caramel apple cheesecake mousse. Guests can also order from the regular menu.

Cost: $49 for adults, $25 for kids. Hours: noon to 9 p.m. Go: 200 Park Ave., Fort Lee; 201-583-4777, ventanasatthemodern.com.

Stern & Bow, Closter

Stern & Bow is located at 171 Schraalelnburgh Rd. in Closter. Monday, September 16, 2019

Spice up the traditional Thanksgiving meal with seafood at Stern & Bow. The newly opened restaurant will serve Thanksgiving dinner with appetizer choices including lobster salad, butternut squash soup, gnocchi or New Orleans style gumbo. The main course will feature a traditional turkey dinner with sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and stuffing, roasted New Zealand salmon, or hanger steak. Finally, dessert consists of pumpkin pie, cranberry and pecan pie or a choice of ice cream or sorbet. Kids will have a choice between pasta or turkey and dessert.

Cost: $65 for adults, $30 for kids under 10. Hours: Seatings from 1 to 6 p.m. Go:  171 Schraalenburgh Road, Closter; 201-750-3350, sternandbowrestaurant.com

Houlihan's, various locations

Looking for a cheaper option for Thanksgiving? Houlihan's is offering an affordable Thanksgiving dinner plate that includes roasted turkey, homemade dressing, masked potatoes, seasonal veggies and cranberry sauce, with a choice of house salad, Caesar salad or homemade soup, as well as a choice of pumpkin pie or apple croustade for dessert. The regular menu will also be served. Reservations are not required but recommended.

Cost: $22.49 for adults, $11.40 for kids. Hours: noon to 11 p.m. (except for the Secaucus location, which will be open from 11 to 1 a.m.) Go: Various locations in New Jersey; houlihans.com.

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