cafe matisse rutherford nj
I've eaten here twice (but not in the last 2 years) and they were two of the best meals i've eaten in NJ. I know many think that it's overpriced, and it IS indeed expensive, but i found the food to be EXCELLENT.
BTW, it's BYOB (so at least that'll cut the cost down somewhat). If you forget to bring a bottle, they operate a wine shop in the front of the restaurant.
I live a few blocks away but have yet to eat there - I'm waiting for some REALLY special occasion but have only been here two years and it just hasn't occurred yet. Do a search in the forum archives - I recall reading a thread on Matisse and it was mixed - some genuine raves and also some thumbs down (specifically that it was too $$ for what you get).