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May 22, 2008 03:48 PM

Central Morristown, NJ

My wife has a convention at the Hyatt Morristown next weekend, and our son and I are keeping her company. (And we are going to NYC for a few days first.) Her weekend is pretty much planned to the moment, but PayOrPlay Jr. (age 6-1/2, highly developed palate) and I might need to find something great to eat on our own--preferably in walking distance of the hotel or train station.

I've checked older threads but didn't find much right there in town, although that could just be me misunderstanding the directions, Any kind of food is welcome (local Jersey specialties particularly so--I haven't been back to the Garden State since college), but casual is better than formal. Suggestions are most appreciated!

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  1. Hi. In Morristown proper my recommendations are as follows:

    Guerriero's on South Street
    A very popular red, sauce Italian restaurant. Morristown has more than its fair share of Italian restaurants and this one does a nice job. It's certainly not haute Italian but you are not going to find that in Morristown anyway. Reservations are a must and they have 2 seatings. 5 & 6 and you have to be out the door by 8:00 pm or a seating at 8:00 pm and you can stay to closing. Their rules not mine.

    Andaman or Origin. I prefer Andaman and their seafood dishes are excellent but Origin is more "happening."
    147 Morris St. (bet. Elm & King Sts.) Directly across from the train station

    Tim Schafers
    I like their game but other dishes are pretty good. Not earth-shattering but above average. They are located directly across from the Hyatt.

    In the Hyatt is Ming II and Mendhi. I haven't been to either but one is high-end Chinese and the other is high-end Indian. I have been to the lounge SW3 or something like that and they are trying to hard to be like a Manhattan lounge but after living in Manhattan for 14 years I can safely say they are trying to hard but that is another post.

    Sushi Lounge which is another Morristown hot spot. Most restaurants are BYO so it's nice to have one that has a liquor license.

    My ultimate foodie favorite is Raoul's Empanadas on Morris Street. We LOVE it there and during the lunch on the weekdays it is filled with either Morristown high school students or local business people and late at night you have the after the bar munchie crowd. The place is great and we even had them cater my twin's 2nd birthday. I take my toddlers there all the time.

    As far as NJ specialties go nothing comes close to an egg, Taylor Ham and cheese breakfast sandwich. Anything with Taylor ham (or others call is pork roll) is very NJ and it is hard to find outside of the area with the exception of Philly. Even my husband from nearby Long Island never heard of it until he fell in love with a Jersey Girl.

    It would also be helpful to know where you are coming from (regionally) so I could elminate certain recommendations.

    As far as stops off of the Morristown train line that would take a whole other post! Hope this helps for now.

    BTW, I work in Manhattan and lived in the city for quite some time if you need additional information and/or recommendations.

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    1. re: Tasi

      Thank you very much for the wonderful list. We live in Los Angeles, and this is my son's first time to the New York area, so it will all be a great adventure for him. (I had forgotten about that Jersey Breakfast sandwich with the Taylor ham; when I mentioned Jersey specialties I was thinking about cheese steaks, souvlaki, and Trenton-style tomato pie. :-) )

      1. re: PayOrPlay

        Ah, knowing you are from LA I would definately eliminate anything Asian. I also missed the more casual part so with all this said I would still recommend Guerriero's and Raoul's. For breakfast and lunch you should head over to Jersey Boy Bagels on South Street.

        The Jersey experience is totally the diner experience but the Morristown Diner is horrible so I can't recommend it. At a diner you will get your Greek specialities as well as typically diner food that we in this area take for granted. If you have access to a car definately eat at a diner.

        Philly cheese steaks and trenton tomato pies need not apply. Now you are getting into the territory of North Jersey vs South Jersey! ;


        Lastly, the towns along the train line worth walking around is Madison and Summit to just name a few.

        Curlz, great to see a fellow empanada fan ~ deep fried turnovers lovingly filled with everything!

    2. Raul's Empanadas was definitely my first thought! Everything from savory to sweet empanadas, and I haven't had a bad one yet. It's just a few blocks from the Hyatt--out the front door of the hotel, turn left, bear left as you walk on that side of the "Green" (what we call the town square), and hang a left when you're facing the post office-it's one block down on your right, next to the Dunkin' Donuts.
      Sushi Lounge was going to be my other rec! Famished Frog isn't exciting, but might be good w/your son in tow.

      1. I heard about a fairly new Deli that is somewhere around "the square" in Morristown. A friend who lives there recommended it highly as a place that is in the same league as Katz' Deli in NY (in terms of the way they cut the Pastrami etc.). Of course I cannot remember the name. Anyone out there know?

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        1. re: jcmods

          Not in Morristown, but I'm guessing you've heard about Irving's in East Hanover/Livingston border-on Rt 10E in the same strip w/Toys R Us.

          1. re: Curlz

            Yep. Irvings. Great food and very reasonable. Unless you are very hungry, better order the 1/2 size (full bread). Most of the employees are Katz' trained. Awesome to watch! My friend from Queens loves to go there when visiting.

        2. Tim Schaeffers is good option (get the Ostrich). He loves to cook with beer. Tim's wife is a friend of my wife (Mothers and More). Famished Frog stinks....

          If you want a good diner, go to Randolph Diner, or the one on Rt. 10 Whippany Diner it is, across the street from a little Italian place.

          Is 3-Sisters Italian place still open in Morristown?

          Also there's a decent Afghani place there as well. Khyber Pass is the name I believe.

          In Morris Plains up the road is a GREAT CHINESE place called simply HUNAN.

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          1. re: masnole

            All good recs for Mo'town. The Afghani place is called Pamir and it's on Washington St. past the court house - I highly recommend it for dinner, not lunch. 3 Sisters (actually it was 5) moved to new digs on Whippany Rd. FYI Guerriero's is good but only accepts cash.

            1. re: masnole

              better diner is the denville diner and even closer to morristown...think it exceeds either the whippany or randolph diners and you also have arthurs tavern in morris plains....

            2. Will you have a car?

              i recommend you check the mid-atlantic boards...morristown is in the wishywashy area of nj that the moderators have yet to define as "tri-state" or "mid-atlantic". Go figure.