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Dec 29, 2006 12:50 AM

Northern NJ: Saturday Lunch

I'm taking a relative out for lunch on Sat but there's not a lot of nice places open at that time. She doesn't like seafood or ethnic food so this is pretty difficult. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Northern NJ takes in a lot of territory. Can you be more specific regarding what towns you prefer? Also, any cuisine preferences? And when you say "nice places," does that mean you want something upscale?

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    1. re: RGR

      Yes, more upscale and continental cuisine. She loves HoHoKus Inn but I wanted to take her some place different. Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Essex preferred. She lives in Glen Rock so I'd rather not travel more than 45 minutes. Thanks!

      1. re: pwp64

        The options for lunch on Saturday at an upscale restaurant are not exactly bountiful because most don't offer it. However, here are a few places that do:

        It's been ages since we last dined at Pierre's, in Morristown, and I've never tried their lunch buffet. Though I can't vote for the current quality of the food there, I do recall the surroundings being very pleasant.

        I have not been to Ora, which is also in Morristown, but I've heard very good reports about the food there. Acc. to info on their website, the chef/owner has quite an impressive background. You can take a look at his Contemporary American menu and decide if it will appeal to your relative.

        Although you didn't include Union County, I'm going to suggest Chez Catherine, in Westfield. The French cuisine served there is superb; the wine list is excellent; the ambiance is truly lovely; and the charming owner, Didier Jouvenal, goes out of his way to make certain that diners have a top-notch experience. He only recently started serving lunch on Saturday. Westfield is about 30 miles south of Glen Rock via the GSP. Barring a major traffic jam, I don't think it would take you more than 45 minutes to get to the restaurant. Obviously, I highly recommend it.

        1. re: RGR

          I wanted to follow up on my lunch at Chez Catherine yesterday. What a wonderful place. Their website incorrectly stated that they were open for lunch on Saturdays, but they honored the reservation anyway and we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. We started off with a delicious Winter Vegetable Tart which was like a cheese souffle with spinach with a flaky crust. Mom and her cousin had the lamb chops for an entree which they loved, and I had the organic roast chicken accompanied by squash and mashed potatoes. It was cooked perfectly. For dessert, Lemon Tart and Chocolate Profiteroles which were rich and delicious. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass. The owners were very gracious and hospitable. My cousin has already started passing the word about what a wonderful birthday lunch she had and stirred up lots of interest, even from those in Bergen county. From Glen Rock, it only took 40 minutes. Thanks again for the suggestion. It was a winner!

    2. Thank you so much! I think we'll try Chez Catherine. It's just what I was looking for.

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      1. re: pwp64

        I'll second Chez Catherine - you'll have a wonderful meal there. BTW, Westfield is a delightful town to walk through before or after your meal if you're up to it and the weather is ok.

      2. Yes, I'd like to explore Westfield. I drove through the center of town a few years ago and it looked interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!