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Moving to Denville from Montclair....

Try Churrasco Grill in Lake Hiawatha. Its an Argentinian family owned storefront BYOB. Excellent wood grilled meats and fish. Shrimp Isa, crabmeat risotto lamb chops...

May 10, 2013
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Pig Roast Central Jersey

Apr 25, 2013
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Steakhouse-Northern NJ

River Palm in Edgewater, (NOT Fair Lawn)
Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge

Prime Steakhouse and Beyond, Fort Lee for a storefront BYOB in a converted butcher shop. No atmosphere but excellent, albeit expensive steaks.

For a traditional steakhouse experience, I would go with River Palm. Chopped salad, Porterhouse for two, french fries, crab cakes.

Apr 12, 2013
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Good BYOs near Bridgewater, NJ?

I don't believe you will find an excellent BYO within 30 minutes of Bridgewater. A Toute Heurre in Cranford, a bistro setting with outstanding farm to table themed food may be the closest. Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, also a bit further.

Non BYOB that may fit your bill:

Ninety Acres
Peapack Gladstone, NJ

Pluckemin Inn
Bedminster, NJ

Ryland Inn
Whitehouse Station, NJ

Tewksbury Inn
Tewksbury, NJ
You may also find possibilities in New Brunswick.

Apr 12, 2013
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Rent a Pig Roasting Box in NJ

I was in the Restaurant Depot in Pine Brook yesterday and noticed they had the La Caja China in their foyer priced at $179.99. Thies may be a regional item and not available at all locations.You need to have a resturanteur or friend that is a member to purchase goods there.

Nov 21, 2012
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Hard rolls near Mahwah

Rockland Bakery
94 Demerast Mill Road W
Nanuet, NY
845-623-5800

Nov 11, 2012
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Fresh Ravioli Monmouth County

This may require a ride North to Maplewood, which I assure you will be worth the effort. This Mom and Pop storefront has the best fresh cheese and meat ravioli, Manicotti and some special varieties. Call ahead to be certain they are available, as they are not made every day and are much better than frozen. You must preorder during Holiday weeks. They also have small pizzas in packages of 6. I'd be curious to learn your opinion.

Depietro Foods
1701 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, New Jersey
(973-762-4077

Oct 28, 2012
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Staying at Crystal Springs Resort this wknd... Restaurant Recommendations?

I would try Iron Forge Inn in Warwick. Also Belvale Creamery, just up the block. Great ice cream and fantastic view.

Iron Forge Inn
Iron Forge Road
Warwick, New York
ironforgeinn.com

Oct 26, 2012
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Chinese In Clifton

I would try Chengdu 23 in Wayne
Cheng Du 23
chengdu23.com
(973) 812-2800 -
57 Rt-23, Wayne, NJ

Oct 19, 2012
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Rehearsal Dinner

Have you considered Nicola in Totowa? Excellent Italian BYOB. They have a room that would accommodate your group and are just off Rt 80, not far from West Orange.

Nicola Ristorante
650 Union Blvd
Totowa, NJ
973-653-3637
nicolaristorante.net

Sep 12, 2012
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Rent a Pig Roasting Box in NJ

If you find grilling your own pig too challenging and costly, you may consider The Barbrgue Pit in Bergenfield. Their menu lists whole pig costs of $180 to $195 based on sizes ranging from 28 to 42 lbs. We sampled their small pig at a recent party and found the meat excellent with crisp skin.

http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/...

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/New-Ba...

Jul 11, 2012
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Rent a Pig Roasting Box in NJ

The rental cost is around $100.00 and can hold a larger pig than the China Grill. It has a motor to rotate the pig and is rather heavy. For a smaller pig, it may make more sense to purchase the Caja

A Party Pleasing Rentals
38 W Route 10
East Hanover, NJ
(973)887-7264
http://www.apartypleasing.com/

Jul 10, 2012
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Rent a Pig Roasting Box in NJ

This link may help you. The grills are relatively inexpensive to buy, but pig roasters are available, given your location.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/791095

Jul 09, 2012
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Morristown restaurants

For continental, try Blue Morel at the Westin Governor Morris Inn
www.bluemorel.com

Jun 24, 2012
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Scalini Fedeli -Chatham

Scalini has a $52.00 prix fixe menu, app, mains, sorbet and dessert. Atmosphere is charming, set in an old home. The formal dining room and arched ceilings add an elegant feel. Service has always been top notch. The restaurant has repeatedly received four stars. My favorites include scallop cerciche, Raviolo, Sweet Pea canniloni with lump crab, Swordfish, pounded pork chop, porcini ravioli and the risotto, zabaglone and banana tart. I am certain you will enjoy dining there.

May 14, 2012
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Easter Lamb

I would call Ramon, a wholesaler. If he doesn't have a baby lamb available, he may be able to guide you to a butcher that could help.

Hernandez Meat and Provisions
635 Henry St
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908)352-8300
Ramon

Apr 06, 2012
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Italian Cheesecake (aka Ricotta Pie)

Lyndhurst Pastry Shop
256 Ridge Road
Lyndhurst, NJ
201-939-3951
lyndhurstpastryshop.com

Apr 04, 2012
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50th Birthday Bergen County HELP!!!

Bergen County restaurants will not generally provide high quality, large portioned, low priced options. For larger eaters, you might try these BYOB Italian restaurants:

I Gemelli
268 Huyler Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey
201-487-4220
igemelliristorante.com

Andrea's
26 E Prospect Street
Waldwick, New Jersey
(201)670-0275
andreasrestaruantnj.com

Mezzaluna Bistro
97 West Allendale Avenue
Allendale, New Jersey
(201)327-6556
mezzalunanj.com

Mar 18, 2012
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50th Birthday Bergen County HELP!!!

It would be helpful to indicate the size of your group.

I'm not certain El Cid will satisfy your foodies. The others are sound choices.You might also look into Cafe Matisse , a lovely BYOB with a beautiful seasonal garden (depending on group size) in Rutherford or Chakra on Route 4 in Paramus. As to satisfying your wallet, none of these options are inexpensive, but Picnic or Matisse being BYOB may be less costly.

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Avenue
Rutherford, New Jersey
(201)935-2995
Larry
www.cafematisse.com

Chakra
144 Route 4
Paramus, New Jersey
(201)556-1530
www.chakrarestaurant.com

Mar 18, 2012
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Hello experts, I need some advice for dinner Saturday night

Jan 28, 2012
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Hello experts, I need some advice for dinner Saturday night

Try a family owned storefront with excellent Argentinian food about 40 minutes from Scotch Plains. BYOB, great steaks, fish, "house rice", Crabmeat rissotto,, a special, shrimp eiza, under $50 pp

Churrasco Grill
137 North Beverwyck Rd
Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey
973-263-1590

In Bloomfield try byob
Mes Reves
407 Broad Street
Bloomfield, New Jersey
973-429-4888
mesrevsnj.com

For more formal dinner slightly higher at $66pp. Be certain to look out at their beautiful garden open during mild weather

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Avenue
Rutherford, New Jersey
201-935-2995
byob
cafematisse.com

Jan 28, 2012
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Great / artisanal / handmade / mixology cocktails in Maui?

I would suggest:

Merriman's Kapalua
One Bay Club Place
Lahaina, Maui
808-669-6400
http://merrimanshawaii.com/pdfs/maui_...
"Locavore Specialty Cocktails" Locally sourced ingredients, juices are extracted from local fruits, mint basil from their own garden, etc. Our favorite place for dinner/cocktails on Maui. Cliffside oceanfront location with fire ring at oceanfront point, near Kapalua Resort. A must stop. Peter Merrriman is a leader in the Hawaiian Regional Cusine, farm to table concept. We have always enjoyed our meals both there and in Waimea on the Island of Hawaii.

Other dinner suggestions:

Bev Gannon's
Hali'imaile General Store
900 Hali'imaile Road
Makawao, Maui
808-572-2666
http://dreamteamhosting.net/~wwwbevga...
pinapple upsidown cake a specialty. Visit Makawao town, specialty shops, Komoda's bakery, famous for cream puffs and jelly donuts.

David Paul's Island Grill
900 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui
808-662-3000
http://www.davidpaulsislandgrill.com/...

i'o
505 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui
808-661-8422
http://iomaui.com/
Oceanfront
You'll find most of these on Open Table, convenient given the New York time difference.

Kula Lodge
15200 Haleakala Drive
Kula, Maui
808-878-1535
Quaint lodge for breakfast,wood fired pizza, spectacular 100 year old garden, views. Make a right our of their lot, go to the end, see farmstand with outrageous strawberries, vegetables and flowers.

Flatbread
89 Hana Highway
Pa'ia, Maui
808-579-8989
Pizza for lunch.

Mamma's is not a prioritychoice, imho, where we woud go for the view, not the food. We found the food at Kea Lani to be a disappointment, the cocktails were not memorable.

Have a great trip. I'd love to hear your reviews.

E Komo Mai

Michael

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Kula Lodge & Restaurant
15200 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790

505 Front Street Shops & Restaurants
, Lahaina, HI 96761

Merriman's Kapalua
1 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761

David Paul's Island Grill
900 Front St Ste A101, Lahaina, HI 96761

Sep 25, 2011
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Decent Lunch in South Hackensack?

For Italian, a byob named I Gemelli, the old Aldo and Gianni has always been reliable. Great homemade Pappardelle in Vodka sauce, Stracciatella soup. The seafood specials can be pricey relative to the general menu.

I Gemelli
268 Huyler Street
South Hackensack, NJ
(201)487-4220

You might also try Clemente for a great Italian hero and prepared dishes.

Clemente Bakery
120 Leuning Street
South Hackensack
(201)488-2162

Sep 23, 2011
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Italian Bread in Newark area.

Calandra's Bakery (also on Rt 46 in Fairfield)
204 First Avenue
Newark, NJ
(973)484-5598
www.calandrasbakery.com

Nicolo's Italian Bakery
6 Baldwin St
Montclair, NJ
(973)746-1398
www.nicolosbakery.com

Anthony & Sons Bakery
20 Luger Rd
Denville, NJ
(973)625-2323
www.anthonyandsonsbakery.com

Jul 21, 2011
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french and romantic

Sadly, good restaurants in the Route 23 corridor are few and far between. You may consider Rosemary and Sage in Riverdale or LuNello, a formal Italian in Little Falls. For more casual choices we like Churasco , BYO, in Lake Hiawatha for Argentinian grill; Chengdu 23, BYO, Chinese in Wayne; Sonny's in Riverdale for storefront BYO, an Italian sleeper; Yuki Sushi, BYO, in Butler for Japanese and San Giorgio in Kinnelon another casual BYO I talian. All are modest, none would be considered highly rated...

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Yuki Sushi
1370 State Rt 23, Butler, NJ 07405

Rosemary and Sage
26 Hamburg Tpke, Riverdale, NJ 07457

Jul 13, 2011
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french and romantic

I would suggest Cafe Matisse in Rutherford. Their tasting menu allows you to try many different dishes and includes dessert. Ask Larry to reserve a table for you in their lovely garden and I assure you you will not be disappointed. The setting is intimate with bubbling water features, stone walkways and formal plantings. While the restaurant is BYOB it has a wine shop in front that provides sampling and has an interesting array of choices. The four course "grazing" menu is $65.00, quite reasonable given the high quality of the offerings.

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Ave
Rutherford, New Jersey
(201)935-2995
cafematisse.com

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Cafe Matisse
167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070

Jul 13, 2011
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Whole Pigs

Forgot to include:

Hernandez Meat and Provisions
635 Henry St
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
(908)352-8300
Ramon

Jun 23, 2011
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Whole Pigs

I spoke with Willie, the Manager of the Food Basics store. He advsied the grill was $195.00, but was $165.00 including sales tax resulting from a special they were having. You might want to call to ensure you get the lower price. BTW the grills are located to the far right of the checkout counter. I think you will need about 70 lbs of coal.

Jun 23, 2011
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Whole Pigs

I did see several suckling pigs when I was there so I believe he can get them for you.

Jun 21, 2011
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Whole Pigs

We just bought a whole pig from Ramon at Hernandez Beef & Provisions in Elizabeth and paid $1.79 per lb. The pig was 100 lbs before cleaning, netting about 75 lbs. It was excellent. Hernandez is a wholesale distributor but will sell to individuals. Ramon was very friendly and accommodating, loading the pig into our SUV. They require a couple days notice for ordering and are located in an industrial area off Route 1&9, a pain free ride from the NJ Turnpike. Others we checked were between $2.25 and $4.00 per lb, a substantial difference.

We found two cooking options. First, a company that rented a grill with a spit, big enough for a 75 lb pig. The grill is 2'x5'. We used this grill which had no trouble handling our pig. You need power for the motor that turns the spit. Rental was $100. The spit postions the pig above the charcoals. You will need 75 to 100 lbs of coal to roast the pig for 8 to 9 hours and attain an internal safe temperature of 165 degrees. The key is to place the coals in the corners and perimeter of the grill so as not to char the pig skin. The roasting pig was dramatic, the hit of the luau themed party.

A Party Pleasing Rentals
38 W Route 10
East Hanover, NJ
(973)887-7264
http://www.apartypleasing.com/

The other option was purchasing a China Grill (La Caja Asadora) which sells for $166.00 at a market in North Bergen. These grills and this cooking technique are favored by many Cuban people who are experts at this style of cooking. The China Grill has a 2'x5' pan into which you place the splayed pig. You then place a second pan over the pig containing a perforated grate with handles. The grate allows restocking of coals and the pan provides a method of dumping out the ash from the pan below during coking. The grill prevents flare ups as the heat is above the pig, producing excellent charred skin. You can purchase this grill at Food Basics. You can watch a video for a cooking demonstration and get further cooking instructions from the Miami vendor below that also sells the grill, but charges $195 plus shipping.

Food Basics
1425 Kennedy Boulevard at 15th Street
North Bergen, NJ
(201)864-9300
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej_1La...
http://www.shoplatintouch.com/p7/Caja...

Gook Luck!

Jun 20, 2011
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