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Your top 3 in New Jersey

A dinner anywhere for my husband and me is what we are being given as a return for a big favor. So now what? What would your three top choices be in New Jersey for a special dinner/ Please don't include Rats or David Drakes. Thanks for the help!

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  1. Here are my top three -- one for each part of the state. :)

    Tre Piani
    120 Rockingham Row
    Princeton, NJ
    Don't let the shopping area setting fool you - this is a serious foodie place. Also marvelous wine list and attentive service, but a bit on the noisy side.

    The Frog and The Peach
    29 Dennis Street
    New Brunswick
    New Jersey 08901
    Famous and justly so.

    Il Capriccio
    633 Rt. 10 East
    Whippany, NJ 07981
    Elegant setting, outrageous food.

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    1. re: mcsheridan

      Il Capriccio, I forgot about that place...amazing food. I went once and never made it back.

      I agree with The Frog and the Peach also. A little less formal, more hip, but still great food and keen wine list is Marco and Pepe in Jersey City.

      1. re: equinoise

        Your choice.....excellent food, small portions, big prices...
        your choice

      2. re: mcsheridan

        I agree I have always had great meals at all three of those restaurants. I guess longevity is the key to consistency.

            1. re: coldbeer

              Took a long while to understand. Good one.

          1. Do you want my 2007 best or my 2013?

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            1. I would go with:

              Casa Guiseppe - Edison
              Tre Pianio - Princeton
              Il Villagio - Parsippany

              1. Scalini Fedeli - Chatham
                (I know that the thread asked for 3.)

                1. I'll stick with three that very local to me, although there are already several very good selections listed...

                  Saddle River Inn

                  St. Eve

                  Cafe Panche

                  1. If you're not paying...


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                    1. 3 West (Basking Ridge)

                      Mediterraneo (Ridgewood)

                      Rumba Cubana (North Bergen)

                      1. Daniel's Bistro By The Sea- Avon
                        Buttered Biscuit- Bradley Beach
                        Kelsey & Kim's- Atlantic City

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                        1. re: rcript

                          Is the BB serving dinner these days - thought them to be only a breakfast and lunch cafe ?