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restaurants in maplewood area, nj

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We just moved to maplewood, nj -- i want to find some good do to restaurants to get a quick lunch/ great dinner/ or some decent take out. I also want them to be affordable! Please help!

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  1. People's view of "affordable" can differ radically depending on the size of their bank accounts. So, give us your lunch and dinner budgets per person for *food only*.

    1. i guess in response to the price point --- i would say reasonable "affordable" sit down dinner would be 20-30 per person. take out dinner then would be for 2 people the max 35 dollars. Lunch would be no more then in the range of 10-20 dollars per person. I hope that clarifies the "affordable" question you have and now you can offer some worthwhile suggestions.

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      1. re: nic20red

        Verjus is a French restaurant with very good food and pleasant atmospherics. Though dinner prices are beyond your budget, lunch would be a good fit.

        http://www.verjustrestaurant.com

        If you ever want a splurge for a special occasion, I highly recommend Lorena's, one of the best restaurants in the entire state.

        http://www.restaurantlorena.com

      2. I had many good meals at Cafe Arugula in South Orange.

        1. Luke's Kitchen just got reviewed this weekend. They were rated Very Good.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/nyr...

          You won't be disappointed. Luke is the place in Maplewood if you really want something good at a reasonable price.