• A Guide to Friendsgiving in Hoboken + Jersey City

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    It’s finally November and that can only mean one thing {well more than one thing but this is definitely on the forefront of our minds} — Friendsgiving. It’s officially Friendsgiving Season, Hudson County. Hosting the perfect Friendsgiving is a labor of love, but with so many local places around, it is easy to fully cater a meal or find ingredients to cook for guests. We’ve rounded up everything needed to host and attend a Friendsgiving in the area. Read on to learn more about the local spots offering a Friendsgiving {and Thanksgiving} menu for catering.

    The Main Event

    The unwritten rule is that the host is responsible for the turkey. Transporting a 20 pound cooked bird from one house to another is {quite possibly} the most challenging task known to {wo}man. So, hosts, be prepared to cook the bird and make the gravy. Hoboken and + JC have quite a few spots to get a fully prepared turkey or an uncooked, fresh bird. Here are a few places to find Thanksgiving entrees this year. 

    Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken} 

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    This spot will have slow-roasted, all-natural turkeys available on their holiday catering menu. All turkeys are fully prepared and come with homemade giblet gravy, traditional or roasted chestnut stuffing, and fresh cranberry sauce. Chef Pino also has a turkey porchetta {turkey breast stuffed and rolled with prosciutto, spinach, garlic, currants, and pecorino} available for catering, too.

    Darke Pines {332 2nd Street, Jersey City}

    Dark Pines a local butcher shop in Jersey City, will be selling whole Nicholas breed turkeys from Pennsylvania at $6.50 a pound. Turkeys range in size from 10 to 18 pounds and are all antibiotic and hormone-free and never frozen. They also have other main entrees for the holidays like whole smoked hams, beef rib, and loin roasts. Orders must be placed in advance to guarantee a turkey, ham, or beef. 

    ShopRite {900 Madison Street, Hoboken} 

    As is tradition, ShopRite will be offering customers a free turkey for Thanksgiving {or Friendsgiving}; just spend the required amount and voilá — a free turkey is yours. They also have a full catering menu that features all of the trimmings and is available on the website. 

    Dolce & Salato  {1101 Grand Street, Hoboken}

    For a no-fuss, low-prep meal, opt for Dolce & Salato. This Hoboken-based spot is offering an Ulitmate Thanksgiving Box, which features slow-roasted boneless turkey breast, roast garlic herb mashed potatoes, and other savory picks all ready-to-eat and packed cold. Be sure to place your order by November 18th to have it for your Friendsgiving {or Thanksgiving} meal.

    Trader Joe’s {1350 Willow Avenue, Hoboken} 

    Trader Joe’s will also have turkeys available for purchase this year as well as many other holiday treats. The Fearless Flyer and our fave IG account @traderjoeslist always posts great TJ finds, just in time for the holidays.

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    Savory Sides

    Now on to the underdog of the meal — the sides find out where to get some seriously delicious sides for your Friendsgiving meal this year. 

    Casey2Cook {online}

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    Hoboken local Chef, Casey Repetti, winner of Food Network’s Cooks vs Cons, has plenty of side dishes on her catering menu this year. Casey is able to whip up pretty much anything, but has a bunch of dishes that her clients absolutely love on the menu. As seen on her IG {@Casey2Cook}, she has a ton of options for cheese, meat, vegetable, and fruit platters that will wow all guests. She also has a pumpkin-shaped deviled egg dish, shrimp cocktail {citrus herb poached shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon}, as well as Caprese skewers. Chef Casey is able to accommodate requests and is easily reached via email at Casey2Cook@gmail.com.

    Busy Bee Organics {451 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City} 

    Busy Bee will be cooking up some vegan Friendsgiving dishes without the tofu. The menu is filled with a delectable assortment of sides that will put a healthy twist on the average holiday meal. Michelle has quite a few options but we are loving the lentil shepherd’s pie with roasted parsnips simmered in a smokey herbed cashew cream and topped with toasty sweet whipped potatoes on top. She also has a spiced tahini roasted Brussel sprouts dish that is seriously worth a try and roasted sweet potatoes worthy of applause. 

    Hudson Hall {364 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City}

    For a selection of savory sides, Hudson Hall will be offering a variety of catering options. Beyond the classic smoked turkey, the restaurant will be offering braised greens, mashed sweet potatoes, and more. Submit your catering inquiry here so you’re all set for your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving meal.

    Kings Market {1212 Shipyard Lane, Hoboken} 

    Kings is a great place to get gourmet meals at affordable prices. They have a large assortment of sides available and even some packages, too. On the menu are roasted cauliflower and apples, traditional stuffing, creamed spinach, roasted butternut squash and root vegetables, whipped sweet potatoes + homestyle mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, roasted Brussel sprouts, green beans, sweet corn spoon bread, and king sweet potato soufflé. They will also have different crudités, cheese platters, antipasto, and shrimp platters available. The full menu can be found on the website.

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    Desserts

    Finally, the best part of any meal — the desserts. Lucky those Friendsgiving hosts out there, there are loads of different dessert options available locally.

    Sugarsuckle {604 Newark Street, Hoboken} 

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    {Photo credit: @sugarsuckle}

    Jen and her team at Sugarsuckle have been busily baking and preparing for the holiday season, crafting some of the most delicious and beautiful cookies imaginable. From cookies that resemble crudités and charcuterie boards to Thanksgiving-themed sugar cookies, these sweet treats are the perfect complement to any meal. Be sure to order ahead of time.

    Pie 66 {150 Bay Street, Jersey City + 153 1st Street, Hoboken}

    Pie 66 is the pie popup shop of Bucket + Bay in Hoboken and Jersey City. Whether you’re looking for a classic apple crumble pie or a twist on an old favorite {please see the bourbon pecan pie}, this local spot has all your pie needs covered {and a pie to satisfy all the tastebuds at your dinner table}.

    Baking Mama {88 Hudson Street, Hoboken}

    Beloved by Hoboken residents, this local bakeshop will be whipping up something special for the Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving season. Hosts of festive parties can order pies or opt for smaller bites {but arguably easier to manage} like the season pumpkin cookies or pumpkin cupcakes.

    Milk Sugar Love {19 McWilliams Place, Jersey City}

    Indulge in a variety of dessert options for your guests by ordering from Milk Sugar Love. This JC spot will be selling Thanksgiving ice cream carrot cake, a boxed of baked goods {available to oder}, as well as a pint sale on ice cream the Monday-Wednesday before the big holiday.

    Giorgio’s {112 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    This uptown bakery is a great spot for sweet treats for any Hobokenites located in the area. Swing by to pick up cannolis, cannoli cookies, New York cheesecake, sfogliatella, French cannolis, a variety of fruit tarts, and so much more. No matter what you and your guests are in the mood for, Giorgio’s has it covered.

    Sweet Hoboken {343 Garden Street, Hoboken}

    Another local favorite, Sweet Hoboken sells an array of cupcakes in different flavors, from mocha to red velvet to chocolate coconut and fluffernutter {vanilla cake with peanut butter frosting + marshmallow meringue — yum}. Pick up a box of cupcakes to serve guests a sweet post-meal treat.

    Carlo’s Bakery {95 Washington Street, Hoboken} 

    Arguably one of the most famous bakeries in town {and beyond}, Carlo’s Bakery has your Friendsgiving dessert plans covered. Whether your guests are in the mood for cookies, pastries, or cakes, Carlo’s has it. Order the famed rainbow cake for a fun treat or opt for something smaller like a classic cannoli. Regardless, you and your guests’ dessert cravings will be satisfied.

    The Bare Necessities 

    No Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving table is ever complete without decorations, paper goods, and platters that will wow guests and family members. Luckily, our area has some beautiful decór shops that will add an extra holiday feel to your Friendsgiving dinner.

    Washington General Store {509 Washington Street, Hoboken} 

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    {Photo credit: @washingtongeneralstore}

    Whether looking for tableware or decor, Washington General is stocked with beautiful pieces for the whole home. Festive platters to serve delectable side dishes, beautiful candle settings for the center, and wreaths to welcome guests are only a few of the pieces available at Washington General. 

    Hudson Paperie {312 Washington Street, Hoboken}

    As usual, Hudson Paperie is fully stocked with festive decor to add to the holiday table. The boutique has beautiful platters, napkins, candles, and other decor items. The P.F. Candle Co. candle Apple Picking is so welcoming and the Collins Be Thankful sign would look gorgeous hanging in the house. Top each place setting off with the Mudpie platter and napkins for a finished look. 

    How will you be hosting your Friendsgiving dinner this year? Let us know in the comments! 

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    Hoboken homeowner and lover of all things local, Danielle made her home in the Mile Square City nearly six years ago. Danielle is a second grade teacher by day; after hours, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a a new recipe or grabbing a bite to eat with her husband and friends. Danielle is the try-er and buyer of all things beauty and loves finding a good deal. Shopping on Washington, interior decorating, and riding her Peloton are just a few of Danielle's favorite things. Oh, and did we mention her undying love for the New York Yankees?