Great Dining from French to Italian

One of the best parts of the upcoming holiday season is indulging in all of the great food while forging lasting memories with family and friends. Instead of spending a day or two in the kitchen, consider dining out at some of New Jersey’s best restaurants to spend more time with your loved ones.

The Italian creations cooked on a wood-burning oven at Sofia's in Englewood will warm your belly and your heart this holiday season. Pastas, poultry and porterhouse will tide you over until New Year's!

For a traditional Italian meal at the holidays, head to Carmine's in Atlantic City. The family-style meal is done up in sparkles, and you can't go wrong with the massive meatball, manicotti, mussels or marsala. 

If you are expecting a traditional seven fishes meal at Halifax, think again. This Hoboken kitchen in the W Hotel prepares the holiday meal blending seasonal and sustainable, Italian with Nova Scotian. 

For holiday gatherings and special occasions that feature American food at its finest, reserve a table at The Bernards Inn where you can give thanks on Thanksgiving with a turkey feast and all the trimmings. Santa Claus may make an appearance at Christmas's elaborate buffet, or go with the prix-fixe, multi-course dinner.