While some may argue the sides are the tastiest part of the Thanksgiving spread, the turkey is arguably one of the most important aspects of the Thanksgiving dinner. Whether it’s spatchcocked, deep-fried, wrapped in bacon, or just roasted the plain old-fashioned way, the turkey is really a symbol of something greater – a day of gratitude and sharing with loved ones. To help you prepare for Thanksgiving this year, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and markets in the Montclair area where you can buy a cooked + seasoned or uncooked turkey. Read on to see where to buy Thanksgiving turkeys in the Essex County area.
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Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue
For those looking for a fully catered meal, Faubourg is a great option. The family-style Thanksgiving dinner package can either serve 3 -4 people ($225) or 6 – 8 ($425), and in addition to butternut squash soup, fall vegetables, and pommes purèe, this includes a roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing, cranberry chutney, and gravy. The deadline for all orders is November 18th. You can view the menu here.
Ruthie’s Bar-B-Que & Pizza | 64 ½ Chestnut Street
Ruthie’s famous smoked turkey is available to order for Thanksgiving this year. Many people wait all year for this special and it’s no wonder. You can give the team a call to place your oder, and the team recommends calling sooner rather than later to ensure you can get your turkey in time for the holiday.
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Rosario’s Butcher Shop | 252 Park Street
In addition to the highly-rated fresh mozzarella, Rosario’s carries freshly-made soups, deli sandwiches, imported pasta, and locally sourced baked goods to bulk up your Thanksgiving meal. For Thanksgiving specifically, the team can have a raw turkey available — but there’s limited inventory, so it’s recommended to call this local butcher ASAP to place an order. The team recommends placing an order by November 17th the latest (assuming there’s still inventory). You can call (973) 655-0999.
Sweet T’s Southern Eatery | 387 Bloomfield Avenue
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Sweet T’s Southern Eatery in Montclair has a full catering option complete with a variety of starters and entrees — including a 10 – 14lb baked turkey that comes with gravy, cornbread, and cranberry relish for $95. The team is accepting orders until November 15th, and pickup will be on November 23rd between 6PM and 8PM.
Mastriano’s Prime Meats | 1058 Broad Street
Uncooked (Or Cooked slices)
Pick up a free-range Bell & Evans turkey from Mastriano’s Meats by making a reservation today before they run out. The Italian specialty market has been serving Bloomfield for over 55 years so the quality is almost guaranteed. Don’t forget to try some of the classics while in the store like homemade meatballs, cured meats, cheeses, and one of the legendary sandwiches. For Thanksgiving this year, the team is also is serving up trays of sliced roasted turkey with gravy, vegetable stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potato medley, and much more. Orders must be placed by November 20th.
Eppes Essen | 105 E Mt Pleasant Avenue
This Jewish Delicatessen has been in Newark and Orange, and now has set up camp in Livingston. It’s been serving the Essex County community since 1956 with home-style cooking. The current Thanksgiving menu includes a whole roasted 18lb turkey with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce for 12.99/lb. Diners can also opt to just get the turkey without any sides for 8.99/lb. As for the sides, there’s a long list of including stuffing, noodle pudding, bread pudding, potatoes, challah, and more. For dessert, there’s pie, babka, rugelach, and hamentashen. You can click here to find the menu.
Caldwell Market Place | 5 Park Avenue
Uncooked or cooked
This Caldwell butcher shop serves up Bell + Evans fresh turkeys — and it even provides options for brining, French butter, or herb seasoning the bird for you. The birds available are at market price and range from 8 to 30 pounds — or you can opt to get cooked turkey breast for $15.99/lb (which averages 5 – 8 pounds). For those who want to opt to have the turkey cooked, there’s a $30 cooking charge — and the team encourages booking early for this, since they’re limiting the number of turkeys they cook. To view the Thanksgiving holiday menu, click here.
N&K Prime Marketplace | 1899 Springfield Avenue
This Maplewood butcher sells Bell & Evans fresh turkeys. The turkeys are all hormone- and antibiotic-free and never frozen, and they cost $4.99lb. — though the team will brine them for an extra .50 per lb. N&K also has a bunch of different Thanksgiving sides like pierogis, potatoes, veggies, and more. While there is no deadline to order, it’s advised to place orders ASAP before the team is out of stock. Pick up will be the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week — and it’s open from 9AM to 6PM.
Shop for uncooked turkeys at the following local supermarkets:
ALDI | 244 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield
Kings | 650 Valley Road, Montclair
Shoprite of Brookdale | 1409 Broad Street, Bloomfield
Super Food Town | 296 Glenwood Avenue, Bloomfield
Superfresh | 19 Belleville Avenue
Acme | 510 Valley Road, Montclair
Whole Foods Market | 701 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair