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MEMORABLE DINNER IN OR NEAR LIVINGSTON!

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thinfoodie Dec 30, 2009 02:36 PM

The boss is coming to town from Cincinnati, Ohio! Any great ideas?

  1. Curlz Dec 31, 2009 07:03 AM

    The Strip House (steakhouse) in the Westminster Hotel on Rt 10 in Livingston is supposed to be very good...
    If this is a person who's serious about food/presentation/creative ingredients, I'd suggest Blu in Montclair, which is BYO--but also somewhat intimate--not sure in terms of atmosphere if that's where you want to go with your boss; your call!

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      thinfoodie Dec 31, 2009 08:09 AM

      Great suggestion! He is staying at the Westminster! We'll skip the intimate suggestion!

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        thinfoodie Jan 23, 2010 02:23 PM

        Strip House was great! Pricey as hell. Glad the boss picked up the tab! Strip steak with blue cheese special was about $46, iceberg salad with blue cheese, bacon was outstanding ($16). Creamed spinach, mashed potatoes-good.
        Thanks for the suggestion.

        What do you recommend at Blu?

        1. re: thinfoodie
          Curlz Jan 30, 2010 02:10 PM

          EVERYTHING. :-)

          Seriously--I've just never been disappointed at Blu...the chef is a master with fish and seafood, but I also love anything he does with duck or red meat--and his flavor combos are incredibly creative. If you know you're going, consider doing the tasting menu; the price is sickly reasonable--something around $50 for 4 courses. That's my favorite thing to do there! And it's BYO to boot...

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      fourunder Dec 31, 2009 09:26 AM

      Since this is the boss....you may want to consider The Manor or The Highlawn Pavilion if he is on the fatherly side.

      http://www.themanorrestaurant.com/home.htm

      http://www.highlawn.com/

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        thinfoodie Jan 4, 2010 01:33 PM

        He's not the fatherly type--40's, no kids, acts like a big funny kid! Haven't been to Highlawn in a very long time. How's the food?

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        bropaul Dec 31, 2009 02:08 PM

        I'd suggest the Highlawn Pavillion for the night time view of Manhattan.

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          Gotweeedy Jan 5, 2010 12:05 PM

          I would sugest the Huntley Tavern in Summit. Best all around restaurant in the area IMO. You will love it.

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            jmoryl Jan 6, 2010 10:19 AM

            I haven't been there in about a year, so can't comment on thier current form, but Tassert's in Florham Park is good and would be quite close.

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              scarlet knight Jan 24, 2010 08:02 AM

              Tassert's is closed. I think that a Mexican restaurant has replaced it.

              1. Anonimo Jan 28, 2010 02:45 PM

                Probably the boss has already come and dined, but We really enjoyed Il Capricchio, near Whippany.

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                  bgut1 Jan 28, 2010 03:48 PM

                  Another vote for the Strip House. Things to try include the goose fat potatoes, the truffle creamed spinach and the chocolate cake. Good Luck.

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                  tom246 Jan 28, 2010 04:34 PM

                  If you want to impress the boss and he enjoys food, I recommend Lerena's in Maplewood, a short drive from Livingston.

                  Food and presentation is excellent. Go out and get a 1990 bordeaux and I assure you he will be impressed. Lorena's is BYO

                  http://www.restaurantlorena.com/

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