• Where to Buy Pre-Made Side Dishes to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner {in Hoboken + Jersey City}

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    If you’re feeling the holidays coming on fast and furious without much time available to spend prepping in the kitchen — fear not. The frenzy of the holidays can leave us feeling pretty depleted, but if you’re strapped for time, there are plenty of places in Hoboken and Jersey City to get delicious pre-made sides & desserts, perfect for any Thanksgiving feast {whether you’re a guest or the host}.  


    Trader Joe’s {1350 Willow Avenue}

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    Ah, Trader Joe’s — it never lets us down {except when the line is wrapped around the store, of course}. With plenty of options for healthy, gourmet food, this is the best place to pick up whatever you may need this holiday. TJ’s has an entire section filled with pre-made sides that will give you Thanksgiving classics in minutes — from mashed sweet potatoes to cauliflower gratin, scalloped potatoes, cranberry sauce, and more {see above}.

    Sobsey’s Produce {92 Bloomfield Street}

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    Stocked with high-quality groceries, check out the tons of pies and breads available from NY staples like Sullivan Street Breads and Little Pie Company — and delivery is free.

    Kings Food Markets {1212 Shipyard Lane & 325 River Street}

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    There is no shortage of yummy prepared foods at this upscale supermarket with 2 locations in Hoboken — choices include multiple kinds of quiche, sides like broccoli rabe and roasted carrots, and soups including minestrone and split pea.

    Aspen Marketplace {226 Washington Street}

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    Complete with an in-house butcher and bakery, Aspen Marketplace has just about everything you could need this holiday, including adorbs gourmet gift baskets {the ideal gift for a holiday hostess}, party platters including cheese, fruit and veggies, and tons of entrees and sides made to order.

    Cheese + Wine {720 Monroe Street}

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    This is a great place to get {what else} cheese to make an awesome platter {score 1 for a stellar Thanksgiving app}. If you’re really pressed for time, get one of the pre-made cheese, charcuterie or finger sandwich platters offered here as well.

    Anthony David’s {953 Bloomfield Street}

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    Always a winning go-to option for holiday catering {or an enjoyable dinner out on the town}, Anthony’s David’s has butternut squash soup, pumpkin tortellini, and plenty of sides available for pick-up including smashed yams {made with brandy & marshmallows}, stuffing and even buttermilk biscuits {and don’t forget dessert!}. Warning: You MUST order ahead – so make sure you get in touch!

    READ: Thanksgiving Eve Parties in Hoboken + Jersey City {2018}

    Jersey City

    Hudson Greene Market {77 Hudson Street}

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    Featuring loads of organic options as well as pre-made food, this market always has plenty of sides ready for quick pick-up in either the hot or cold sections of the store with specials that change daily. Options include roasted garlic & mozzarella mashed potatoes, vegetable lasagna alfredo, and 3-bean salad.

    99 Ranch Market {420 Grand Street}

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    This West Coast-based grocery chain features cakes and pies to go, a hot bar with prepared food including ramen and dim sum, and fresh fish that can be prepared in-store for you.

    Van Hook Cheese & Grocery {528 Jersey Avenue}

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    Check out the quality cheese sold at this neighborhood store {that also holds events like wine + cheese pairing nights – yum}, including plenty of appetizing variations of cheese & charcuterie platters available for purchase and specialty Thanksgiving pies like salted caramel apple and pecan cake.

    Busy Bee Organics {189 Brunswick Street}

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    This local meal delivery service has loads of paleo, dairy-free and gluten-free options {and whatever else you may need}, and what’s even better is that Busy Bee Organics will deliver food or you can pick up in store {winning}. Options include gluten-free stuffing {whaaat}, pumpkin gnocchi {gf and vegan}, sweet potatoes with maple pecan crumble, gluten-free pies by WHOS gluten free, pumpkin truffles, and much more.

    Oliva Market {138 Newark Avenue}

    This newly-opened grocery store on Newark Avenue {formerly Tendershoot Farm} features some pretty stellar baked goods to-go including croissants, decorative cupcakes, and plenty of mini cakes to take to your next holiday gathering.

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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.

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