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Central NJ-60th Birthday Rest. Suggestions, 30 people

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Hello. I'm looking for restaurant/venue suggestions for my mother's 60th birthday in August in Central NJ. Approximately 30 people would be in attendance. We are open to different types of food, but prefer French or General American styles. Within 15-20 miles of New Brunswick would be great.
Any help is appreciated! Thanks.

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  1. I was just at a communion party at a new restaurant in Freehold- Park Avenue Seafood Bistro. They put together a nice affair- the room was private from the restaurant and looked very pretty. The food was very good (I had an excellent salmon wellington and my husband enjoyed the filet of beef) and we both loved the bananas foster/raspberry flambe station for dessert. I'm going back this week to try the lunch menu and raw bar.

    1. Here are some thoughts:

      David Drake - Rahway

      Daryl - New Brunswick

      (Probably too far, But GREAT food) Lorena's - Maplewood (BYOB)

      A little bit further....Le Fandy Fair Haven (BYOB)

      Good luck and have fun!

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      1. re: Angelina

        Hey, Angelina,

        None of the individual dining rooms at David Drake's can accommodate 30 people, and even with a buyout, it would mean people being seated both downstairs and upstairs. Kind of awkward, I think.

        As for Lorena's, that would definitely have to be a buyout since there are just 34 seats.

        1. re: RGR

          Thanks for the suggestions!

      2. Lobstermashed, what about the Cranbury Inn, or Pierre's? CLose to NB. I know the CInn is "dated" but I hear they have a nice room, and "American" food. DD and Daryl are very expensive. Frog and Peach (not inexpns either) has a lovely outside room and can be closed in inclement weather. Fits 30 people too.

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        1. re: nyebaby37

          Chez Catherine in Westfield is a wonderful French restaurant and they can handle a party of 30 in a seperate section but the restaurant will still retain it's classy atmosphere.

          Another good suggestion would be to buyout Le Rendezvous in Kenilworth. Easily one of our favorite restaurants in NJ. I have had many meals there that were inspired by the moment and not on the menu. Also French but an entirely differnt vibe than Chez Catherine.

          If you want elegant - Chez Catherine, more laid back - Le Rendezvous