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Essex House West Orange -- reopening

Yes, (I'm pretty sure this is 95% true)
My coworker is friends with the owners family. The children of the original ownership are bringing this back. I dont have much info on the dates or menu.

This was a fixture growing up. Never had the chance to dine here but my grandparents spoke of it like we would The Manor, Ryland Inn or similar....

Jun 04, 2014
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Windmill Restaurant In Westfield NJ Is it still at this Location???

100% correct, I think its now called A-street deli or something. Horrible spot for anything food related as there is zero parking even with the municipal lot.

Maybe why Windmill didnt stay

May 09, 2014
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Last minute date night in the Brunswicks areas

I like Steakhouse 85 b/c they have a Jazz band and a Friday night date night special which is usually fair priced.

I also like the place around the corner, let me google it...Due Mari

Clyd'z has better than decent food and a great scene, if you can tolerate the young crowd as the night gets later

May 09, 2014
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Amuse in Westfield

So, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Really was not excited by the menu but we ended up having lunch on a Saturday outside and the salad was great, the nueske bacon was great, and the croque madame was also great.

I do think the price point may be slightly high but it is Westfield. I hope it doesnt end up hurting this new spot.

May 09, 2014
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Easter Brunch?

We go to Stone House in Warren, other good spots are Rods in Madison, Boathouse in South Orange, Boulevard 57 in Kenilworth and I got advertisements for Portobella in Oakland

Apr 10, 2014
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Dinner and live jazz in Jersey City?

yes, I always forget which was the name first

Apr 10, 2014
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Dinner and live jazz in Jersey City?

Not that I know of. Check out Liberty House on Zapp Drive, I am almost positive they do from time to time. Great view, lil pricey.
Across the highway to Hoboken you may find some at Frankie and Johnnys.

Apr 10, 2014
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Brunch/lunch spots around Menlo Park or Edison NJ?

Personally, I dont think there is much good brunch in that area at all.
To me:
Skylark is a diner, a good one none the less
Le Peep, doesnt have a liquor license so thats out for me.

I am a huge brunch fan and cant ever find much in that area. Tried New Brunswick too and not much.

Sorry, Im not much help but thats my $.02

Apr 10, 2014
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Dauphin Grille Asbury Park

Thats a shame, never got to go there. Or is it????

Feb 19, 2014
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Amuse in Westfield

Just FYI-this is not in the Chez Catherine location. It is next to Teresas and Mojave Grille. It may still be a CJ establishment but so as people dont head to the hotel location.

Tried to go Saturday for lunch as we have exhausted every other place in Westfield and the snow clean up was horrendous so we left.

Still think Brick Oven is the only worth while BYO in Westfield. Unfortunately, Ferraro's is just ehhhh and Aqua Viva does not have lunch to the best of my knowledge.

Feb 19, 2014
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16 prospect, westfield

Sad to say, the food here used to be very good and the wine selection nice as well. Now we wont step foot inside. Its a really quaint space and just needs some new life but it seems to stay crowded

Feb 19, 2014
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Need a good place to watch the Super Bowl

Sayreville, right by the old Abyss night club is usually a good time:
http://www.alehousenj.com/

If you want some drunken debauchery, check out Central Park in Linden. The old owners from Abyss/DEKO lounge throw a wild party and the place has been crazy all season with scantilly clad females, buffet and such. Just depends on the crowd youre looking to hang with I suppose

Jan 27, 2014
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Need a good place to watch the Super Bowl

You wont be able to get into that area....OHHHH, I see what you did there

Jan 27, 2014
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Charcuterie...Morris, Essex, Union County areas

looks good

Jan 27, 2014
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Charcuterie...Morris, Essex, Union County areas

If you're looking for a restaurant...I would go:
Prince & Pig-Montclair and Satis Bistro J.C.

oops...Pig & Prince

Jan 27, 2014
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Arthur's Tavern - Morris Plains

+1 for Morris Tap and Grill

Jan 15, 2014
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Arthur's Tavern - Morris Plains

Personally, I like Roots in Summit or Ruth's Chris in Weehawken. Used to enjoy Dino & Harry's in Hoboken and even Sebastiens in Morristown. Havent been to the 2 latter names in over 2 yrs though.

Strip House in Livingston gets a nod of satisfaction from me as well.

I would like to try The Palm, and Hamilton and Ward in Patterson but cant say I have heard anything about them good or bad besides YELP reviews

Jan 15, 2014
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Developer says that Whole Foods will be anchor supermarket in Clark N.J.

Thats exactly where its going to be. I hear the plan is to add some restaurants and shops and possibly condos similar to Cranford newer area

Jan 15, 2014
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Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park

Interesting! Heard they are also opening 2 more Porta's up "north" maybe Jersey City and ???

Hats off to the group

Jan 05, 2014
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mid-price restaurant suggestion for Livingston area?

Manors nor Highlawn are going to be considered mid price range. Those are special occasion dining establishments.

Curlz said it best... Pretty spot on.

Huntley Tavern in Summit is a very hip spot for a young couple. If they have to dish out a few bucks, they won't be upset.
Fin in Montclair is a fave...and BYoB which might meet your needs.
Panevino is a little better than Olive Garden.
Pazzo Pazzo in Morristown, not the best food but a swanky spot for young people.
Strip House in Livingston is about the only reason we go there. Everyone loves steak right????

Jan 05, 2014
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On the Bone - Princeton

I work in this area and want to try it but to drive here from home doesn't make much sense and I think it doesn't get full because it's just outside the realm of the hotter areas. Brunswicks and Princeton... Any agreeance?

Jan 05, 2014
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Arthur's Tavern - Morris Plains

First things first...I am a steak snob so Arthur's reminds me of my intro to steak at 21yrs old. That being said, do what your friends like and make the best of it.

Jan 05, 2014
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Macarons (French cookie) available in DC?

Great, thank you

Sep 18, 2013
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Baltimore and DC info

Baltimore Friday, DC Saturday and Sunday.
Best burgers-glam burgers not "5 guys"
Best steakhouse-DC
Best wine bar-both
Best hotel dining-both

Any honorable mentions appreciated

Sep 18, 2013
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Macarons (French cookie) available in DC?

Thank you both, more suggestions are always welcome

Sep 10, 2013
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Casual Italian with Good Food

My votes:
Basilico-Millburn (BYOB)
La Pastaria-Summit (BYOB)
Brick Oven-Westfield (BYOB)

Pure coincidence they are all BYOB.
Honorable mention, Mario's Tutte Bene in Union. Full bar and Karaoke on Friday nights at the bar. Might be fun with a group.

Sep 10, 2013
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Macarons (French cookie) available in DC?

Coming to town for bday/anniv and would make a cool surprise for the wifey. Staying near capital but have a car can travel

Sep 09, 2013
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Need DC'ers who may be familiar with nightclubs about 15yrs back????

I believe from club planets description this is it

Sep 08, 2013
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Need DC'ers who may be familiar with nightclubs about 15yrs back????

Sorry, wasn't that place I don't think. That looks more outdoor rooftop than my memory.

No worry, guess it wasn't as memorable for others.

Reason for asking is we are making a weekend trip there in 2 weeks

Sep 08, 2013
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City Hall Bakery aka Carlo's Bakery aka Cake Boss

Don't worry, Bovellas will do juuuuuuust fine

Sep 08, 2013
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