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Recommendations for Indian restaurants?

I second Caffe India. Consistently good. I also like Baadshah (sp?) in the Morris Hills shopping center in P'sip.

Mar 17, 2010
dj487 in New Jersey

Wedding weekend in Morristown, NJ

Re:Jockey Hollow. This place is a few miles south of the south entrance of JH on 202, so it's a bit out of the way but definitely worth it!
http://www.montereygourmetshops.com/

Re: Sunday brunch. This is also a bit out of the way (not quite as far) and a bit pricey but good:
http://www.oldemillinn.com/grain_hous...

Aug 31, 2009
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

BYOB in Morris County NJ ...

There really should just be a New Jersey board. North Jersey sharing with Westchester and the like doesn't really make sense. Ditto on Central Jersey sharing with, say, Delaware.

Aug 19, 2009
dj487 in New Jersey

Mexicali Live (Teaneck) recommendation?

Unfortunately, I can't recommend eating there. Mind you, I was only there once, but my wife and I had a very disappointing experience there. We arrived fairly early for a show so we decided to have a relaxed-paced meal. We ordered some wings, which were fine -- nothing special but decent. But then we waited too long to order our dinner so the kitchen got backed up with other orders. The couple sitting next to us ordered the same time as we did, but they were served and finished their meal before ours was even served. By the time ours came out, it wasn't even hot (our guess is that it was sitting there and the waitress forgot to pick it up). To make matters worse, my wife's order didn't even match what was on the menu. It was supposed to be (I think) a shredded pork served with plantains or something like that. There may have been pork in it, but I think they substituted some dark-meat chicken as well (or then it was really poor quality pork). They ran out of plantains (which was half of the reason she ordered it) and substitued inedible spinach. I had a burrito or enchiladas which were only so-so. We complained about my wife's dinner and, to their credit, they took it off the bill.

We were disappointed because it really is a cool place to see a show, and the whole dinner & music thing seemed really cool. I would have loved to go back, but won't (at least for dinner). Again, that was only one trip, so give it a try, but don't get your hopes up.

Jun 03, 2009
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

Need restaurant suggestions near Bridgewater, NJ - moved from the Tristate board

Thai Kitchen I is a 30 second drive from the Marriott
http://thaikitchennj.com/

There are also Indian and Japanese restarants in the same strip mall, but they're only so-so. Unfortunately, there's not much else here. You'll have to look in Somerville (not too far) for more interesting stuff (there's a Cuban place -- Martino's? -- that I like).

May 06, 2009
dj487 in New Jersey

Real Mexican Food In New Jersey

I suppose I can't say I've had "authentic" Mexican food (since so many people here decry the lack of it in NJ), but I absolutely love Don Jose in East Hanover (route 10). It's seldom that I leave any food on my plate there, and the table salsa is fantastic!

Dec 05, 2008
dj487 in New Jersey

Indian in/around Bridgewater, NJ

With the closing of Alishaan on 202 (I know, over a year ago), I don't know of any decent Indian restaurants in or around Bridgewater. Anyone have any suggestions? I tried that place over near the library on Prince Rodgers (can't remember the name), but it wasn't very good (altough it's been a while).

Nov 26, 2008
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

287 s to bedminster

"- The Japanese on Burnt Mills Rd at the intersection with 206 South. The name escapes me now. Good sushi."

Kiku -- http://kikuhibachi.com/ -- although it's nothing to go out of your way for. Better to get off 287 at rt.10 east in Whippany and go to Nikko.

Nov 07, 2008
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for a Chocolate Shop in NJ

(I know this is a chocolate topic, not ice cream but...)

Funny you mentioned Starving Artist. I was just there this past Friday afternoon. The ice cream shop is actually called "Days," is it not? I think the just breakfast/lunch place is Starving Artist. I didn't realize their ice cream was "imported." It is *really* good, though. My wife and I left the beach early in order to make a trip over there before we needed to get on the road. Had the Cappuccino Chocolate Crunch -- yummy!!

Jul 14, 2008
dj487 in New Jersey

Morris County recommendations

I would actually specifically recommend the Mexican place in East Hanover (which is called Don Jose -- Route 10 by the Home Depot). I go there all the time for lunch and have always had a great meal. The stuff there is fresh and you never get that "bloated, full" feeling you can get from average Mexican food. Also, their salsa is fantastic!

Right next door is Penang, which is a Malaysian place (they also have Thai stuff on the menu) and it's also very good.

Farther west on 10 is Molly Malone's, an Irish pub and the sister restaurant of the Dublin Pub in Morristown. It's very good -- nothing to go way out of the way for (it's pretty standard pub fare), but if you're nearby you'll get a decent burger, chicken sandwich, fish 'n chips, etc.

I'll second the Nikko rec below. Excellent sushi place.

Of course, I wouldn't call any of this "western MC" but this is what I'm most familiar with. The only thing I know that's specifically out that way is the Long Valley Brew Pub, which I think gets mixed reviews here, but it's certainly worth looking into.

Jun 18, 2008
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

House of Wong, Somerville NJ

Ted -- Do you have any suggestions, then, for good Chinese food in the Somerville or Bridgewater area? We like Ling Ling in Basking Ridge. Probably "Americanized" a bit too, but most places are. The food there is pretty tasty and not swimming in "goopy" sauces.

May 08, 2008
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

Urgent: ISO Easter Sunday Restaurant Suggestion near Rt. 202/78/287

If you don't mind spending a little $$ you might check the Pluckemin Inn (http://www.pluckemininn.com ). This is about as 202/78/287 as you can get! They don't specifically list an Easter dinner on their website for this year, but they did for *last* year, so perhaps they just haven't updated the site. From the site:

April 8, 2007
Easter Dinner
Featuring three and four course tasting menus.
Special Seatings 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

You can look around Chowhounds for some reviews and you'll probably find them mostly positive. I've been there a few times and it's excellent! Don't forget to find out the price, though, as it is a fairly expensive place.

I also just remembered that another good 202/78/287 meeting spot is Willy's Taverne (http://www.williestaverne.com ). According to the site, they do have Easter brunch and dinner. Food is decent (certainly no Pluckemin Inn), and much more reasonably priced.

Mar 18, 2008
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

NJ-287/80 Junction within 20 mins or so

My understanding is that Harry (but not Bill) of Mr. Chu is the only one involved in Noodle Chu.

Jan 14, 2008
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

NJ-287/80 Junction within 20 mins or so

I've read some mixed reviews about Noodle Chu -- some great but some horrible! My dad (having been a Mr. Chu/Bill and Harry customer for 20+ years) went there about a year ago and said it was terrible. I think a safer bet and probably a nicer atmosphere for dinner with friends would be Mr. Chu on Rt.10 in East Hanover.

I'd also second Don Jose for Mexican. It's literally next door to Penang so it'll be easy to find for you. I've never had a bad (or even mediocre) meal there. Ditto Reservoir Tavern in Boonton. Can't be beat for pizza or casual Italian.

Jan 11, 2008
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

Main Street Bistro, Somerville NJ

I don't have too much to add, except that I've been there a few times in the past (although it's been a couple of years now). I always had a nice meal there. Definitely give it try.

Jan 04, 2008
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

Equus - Bernardsville, NJ

(I had this posted on the Mid-Atlantic board, but figured I'd add it here, too.)

My wife and I went to Equus Tavern in Bernardsville with two other couples this weekend, so I thought I'd post my impressions. This is pretty long, so if you want the quick and dirty review, it's "Food, great. Service, not so much."

For those who don't know, this is the previous Stone Tavern (or Freddie's before that). It was completely renovated and is now a much more upscale place.

Food: I didn't take exact notice of everyone's orders, but I know everyone was extremely pleased with their meals. Most of us just had some sort of salad to start, so nothing too extravagant to report there. They had a venison special which one couple had had on a previous visit. They raved about it and one person was ordering it again. I had never had venison so I gave it a try and I was *not* disappointed. They called it a "rack" of venison, which was two "chops" for lack of better explanation, and it was served with a port wine reduction. I've had port wine reductions before, and they're usually fine but nothing fantastic. This sauce was really delicious. There was also some sort of compote of cranberries that was nicely spiced with cloves and other spices. It had a nice "festive, holiday" taste to it and it went perfectly with the venison. My wife had the Pan Seared Duck in Fig and Almond, which was also quite good. Our "meat and potatoes guy" had what I think was called the drunken cowboy steak, which he also loved. The rest of the dishes were seafood dishes that I don't remember the particulars of (sorry), but I do remember seeing clean plates! The desserts were the pretty standard faire -- tiramisu, cheesecake, etc., but they did have some specials that were a little more inventive. My wife had what was essentially a lemon curd, but it was quite good and nicely presented.

Service: Here's where the "dining experience" really fell apart for us. Both of the other couples had been to Equus before and had commented that they felt very rushed, and they had heard that from other people. Well, apparently the staff got that message and took it too far. We had a 7:00 reservation (we got there on-time and were seated promptly) and we left around 10:45. This was a pretty standard one cocktail/appetizer/dinner/dessert meal. It shouldn't have been that long. I don't mind a relaxing, drawn-out meal (especially with good friends), but the service could only be described as "inattentive." I almost felt that they were short-staffed, which would be inexcusable for a restaurant of this supposed quality on a Saturday night. The person who sat us wore a suit and tie, so we assumed he was a maitre d' or manager or owner, but he ended up being our "waiter" for the evening. We were in the upstairs "loft" section of the restaurant, which has about a dozen or so tables -- some of them for parties of 6 or 8. Our waiter seemed to be the only one for this whole section. Being that it was upstairs and a also pretty decent walk from the kitchen, they should have had at least 2 waiters here. It was often very difficult to get his attention.

The restaurant's intentions of service are good: our water glasses were continuously filled, our napkins neatly refolded every time we'd go to the restroom, but our prodigal waiter left something to be desired. For example, at a fine restaurant I expect that the waiter knows that the main course is about to be served and should make sure that everyone has drinks. Those of us drinking wine were ordering by the glass, and three of us needed refills. We ended up eating for more than a few minutes before he finally came over to get new drink orders, and it was, of course, a few more minutes before we had the wine on the table. For those of us "foodies" who really enjoy having that great food and wine pairing, this was disappointing. Another problem was that one person in our party didn't order dessert, but did order an after-dinner Scotch, which he was never served. The dessert course itself took an extremely long time -- over an hour, I think. One other peeve is when there is a large gap between when desserts are served and when coffee is served. I've seen this at more than a few places, but never the 10 minutes we sat there nibbling at our desserts before coffees showed up. Oh, and the other thing that I would have appreciated was an after-dinner drink menu. Most nicer places have them, and my Scotch-thirsty friend had to ask what they had for 12 year-olds, which the waiter didn't know.

Ambience: If you'd been to the Stone Tavern, you'll remember that the exterior is a beautiful 150 year-old stone building. The interior, though, was somewhat dull. It seems that they completely (or mostly) gutted the place and refurbished. The results are fantastic. It's very warm and inviting. The bar area (which is now where the side dining are used to be) is very simple and comfortable. My only complaints stem from sitting in the loft area. It's very nice but very dark. And since the loft overlooks the main dining area, you are at eye-level with the 2 chandeliers, the resulting contrast was somewhat blinding for those seated in that direction. Others at our table were looking out the second story windows directly at the outside sconce lights, so they were also faced with having to shield their eyes when the person across from them moved! So I think maybe they need to frost the windows or something. Not sure what to do about the chandeliers.

So if they can get their service straightened out, I think this is a nice place to go for a celebration or holiday dinner with friends. The food was great and it's generally a nice atmosphere to be in. For the money, though, I'd expect a top-notch wait staff. And for the record, the bill for 6 people (before tip) was around $460.

Jan 03, 2008
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

Equus - Bernardsville

My wife and I went to Equus Tavern in Bernardsville with two other couples this weekend, so I thought I'd post my impressions. This is pretty long, so if you want the quick and dirty review, it's "Food, great. Service, not so much."

For those who don't know, this is the previous Stone Tavern (or Freddie's before that). It was completely renovated and is now a much more upscale place.

Food: I didn't take exact notice of everyone's orders, but I know everyone was extremely pleased with their meals. Most of us just had some sort of salad to start, so nothing too extravagant to report there. They had a venison special which one couple had had on a previous visit. They raved about it and one person was ordering it again. I had never had venison so I gave it a try and I was *not* disappointed. They called it a "rack" of venison, which was two "chops" for lack of better explanation, and it was served with a port wine reduction. I've had port wine reductions before, and they're usually fine but nothing fantastic. This sauce was really delicious. There was also some sort of compote of cranberries that was nicely spiced with cloves and other spices. It had a nice "festive, holiday" taste to it and it went perfectly with the venison. My wife had the Pan Seared Duck in Fig and Almond, which was also quite good. Our "meat and potatoes guy" had what I think was called the drunken cowboy steak, which he also loved. The rest of the dishes were seafood dishes that I don't remember the particulars of (sorry), but I do remember seeing clean plates! The desserts were the pretty standard faire -- tiramisu, cheesecake, etc., but they did have some specials that were a little more inventive. My wife had what was essentially a lemon curd, but it was quite good and nicely presented.

Service: Here's where the "dining experience" really fell apart for us. Both of the other couples had been to Equus before and had commented that they felt very rushed, and they had heard that from other people. Well, apparently the staff got that message and took it too far. We had a 7:00 reservation (we got there on-time and were seated promptly) and we left around 10:45. This was a pretty standard one cocktail/appetizer/dinner/dessert meal. It shouldn't have been that long. I don't mind a relaxing, drawn-out meal (especially with good friends), but the service could only be described as "inattentive." I almost felt that they were short-staffed, which would be inexcusable for a restaurant of this supposed quality on a Saturday night. The person who sat us wore a suit and tie, so we assumed he was a maitre d' or manager or owner, but he ended up being our "waiter" for the evening. We were in the upstairs "loft" section of the restaurant, which has about a dozen or so tables -- some of them for parties of 6 or 8. Our waiter seemed to be the only one for this whole section. Being that it was upstairs and a also pretty decent walk from the kitchen, they should have had at least 2 waiters here. It was often very difficult to get his attention.

The restaurant's intentions of service are good: our water glasses were continuously filled, our napkins neatly refolded every time we'd go to the restroom, but our prodigal waiter left something to be desired. For example, at a fine restaurant I expect that the waiter knows that the main course is about to be served and should make sure that everyone has drinks. Those of us drinking wine were ordering by the glass, and three of us needed refills. We ended up eating for more than a few minutes before he finally came over to get new drink orders, and it was, of course, a few more minutes before we had the wine on the table. For those of us "foodies" who really enjoy having that great food and wine pairing, this was disappointing. Another problem was that one person in our party didn't order dessert, but did order an after-dinner Scotch, which he was never served. The dessert course itself took an extremely long time -- over an hour, I think. One other peeve is when there is a large gap between when desserts are served and when coffee is served. I've seen this at more than a few places, but never the 10 minutes we sat there nibbling at our desserts before coffees showed up. Oh, and the other thing that I would have appreciated was an after-dinner drink menu. Most nicer places have them, and my Scotch-thirsty friend had to ask what they had for 12 year-olds, which the waiter didn't know.

Ambience: If you'd been to the Stone Tavern, you'll remember that the exterior is a beautiful 150 year-old stone building. The interior, though, was somewhat dull. It seems that they completely (or mostly) gutted the place and refurbished. The results are fantastic. It's very warm and inviting. The bar area (which is now where the side dining are used to be) is very simple and comfortable. My only complaints stem from sitting in the loft area. It's very nice but very dark. And since the loft overlooks the main dining area, you are at eye-level with the 2 chandeliers, the resulting contrast was somewhat blinding for those seated in that direction. Others at our table were looking out the second story windows directly at the outside sconce lights, so they were also faced with having to shield their eyes when the person across from them moved! So I think maybe they need to frost the windows or something. Not sure what to do about the chandeliers.

So if they can get their service straightened out, I think this is a nice place to go for a celebration or holiday dinner with friends. The food was great and it's generally a nice atmosphere to be in. For the money, though, I'd expect a top-notch wait staff. And for the record, the bill for 6 people (before tip) was around $460.

Dec 17, 2007
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

Pluckemin Inn - FANTASTIC! [moved from Tristate board]

I'll second this review. My wife and I and another couple went there for dinner last December, and we really had a fantastic meal and nice experience. The wait staff really knew their menu well, and the waiter sent over one of the sommeliers to help when he wasn't 100% sure about a wine pairing. The ambience there is inviting and warm -- great for a holiday meal. Since it's been a year I don't remember what we all had, but I *do* remember enjoying the "timeline of chocolate" dessert. My wife had a sampling of interesting homemade ice creams, which were also great. She and I went back there for lunch in the spring and had a very pleasant meal in the bar area (which is also a great-looking room). The only caveat is that it *is* rather pricey -- definitely a special occasion or once in a while kind of place.

Nov 27, 2007
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

Good Mexican in Northern NJ?

Don Jose on route 10 in East Hanover. I go there for lunch all the time and the quality is always great. You never feel that "heavy fullness" you get after eating at lower quality Mexican places. Plus they have the best salsa I've ever had. And, yes, this is *way* better than the 'Snake.

Sep 11, 2007
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

Good Indian food in Northern NJ?

Baadshah (sp?) on Rt. 46 in Parsippany (Morris Hills shopping center). Not great atmosphere, but awesome lunch buffet. Also, Caffe India on Washington St. in Morristown. Much nicer atmosphere. Try Baadshah for lunch and Caffe India for dinner.

Aug 03, 2007
dj487 in General Tristate Archive

Best Chinese in Bridgewater/Somerville area?

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of decent Chinese food in BW or S-ville (that I've found). However, a 10 minute drive east on 78 to exit 33 in Basking Ridge gets you to Ling Ling in the Riverwalk strip mall (665 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920). Better is a half-hour ride north up 287 to Rt. 10 east to Mr. Chu (44 State Route 10, East Hanover, NJ).

Jan 03, 2007
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic

Whippany area recs?

Il Capriccio right on Rt. 10 in Whippany. I've never been there, but it's very well known for being very upscale Italian (www.ilcapriccio.com). There's a Ruth's Chris in the Hilton on Rt. 10 in Parsippany (5 minutes west of Whippany). There's also Sebastian's Steakhouse in Morristown (10 min). I've only been there once but I remember it being pretty nice -- upscale, NY-style steakhosue.

Nov 01, 2006
dj487 in Mid-Atlantic