BASKING RIDGE, NJ — In 2020, many Basking Ridge residents opted for small, low-key holiday celebrations as coronavirus cases soared nationwide and public health experts urged social distancing.
We weren’t used to Christmas without the trimmings; however, while the situation was not ideal, many of us realized large, stressful holiday gatherings aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. This year, many may again opt to keep Christmas simple and unhurried.
Doing so could mean letting someone else take care of the holiday festivities entirely. This includes the cooking.
If that’s the route you’re going this Christmas, we certainly won’t blame you. Luckily, several local and chain restaurants in Basking Ridge plan to be open on Christmas Day.
In case you need a recommendation of where to eat out on Christmas, Patch compiled a roundup of local and national restaurants slated to be open that day. Be sure to make reservations early, as available times are likely to fill up fast.
An important note: Business hours can vary by location. Patch encourages you to call any restaurant on this list in advance to double-check hours on Christmas Day.
Here are the local restaurants planning to be open:
Fig & Lily Garden, 2 Cattano Ave., Morristown
Pavesi Restaurant, 50 South St, Morristown
Grain House, 225 Route 202 Basking Ridge (Christmas Eve Buffet 4 to 8 p.m.)
Houlihans, 1288 Route 22, Bridgewater
22 West Tap & Grill, 1601 Route 22, Bridgewater - Open only for open for Christmas Party at 8 p.m.
Green Knoll Grill, 645 Route 202/206, Bridgewater - Annual Christmas Party at 8 p.m.
Wolfgang's Steakhouse Grill, 119 W Main St, Somerville
Applebee’s: 640 Promenade Blvd, Bridgewater
Arby’s: 1701 Route 22, Watchung
Boston Market: 900 Easton Ave #165, Somerset
Buffalo Wild Wings: 970 US-22, Bridgewater
Carrabba's Italian Grill: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 200 Route 22 West, Green Brook
Domino’s: 534 Lyons Rd, Liberty Corner
Dunkin’: 450 S Findley Ave, Basking Ridge
IHOP: 260 Route 206, Hillsborough
McDonald’s: 10 Route 22, Green Brook
Olive Garden: Open Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day. 762 Route 202 S, Bridgewater
Outback Steakhouse: Open Christmas Eve until 8 p.m.; closed Christmas Day. 98 Route 22 West, Green Brook
Starbucks: 1 Verizon Way, Basking Ridge
Sonic: 199 Route 22 East, Green Brook
Again, hours can vary by location. Always call ahead to make sure your local restaurant of choice is open on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.