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Jan 29, 2010 07:27 AM

Moving to Cranford/Westfield area and looking for suggestions

My husband and I are moving from Hoboken to Cranford at the end of February and already I'm thinking about what restaurants we'll have to check out. We love Asian food so a good sushi or Thai place is a must. I'm not a huge Italian fan though it would be great to find a good pizza place. Basically we're up for any cuisine and we're looking forward to exploring the area. Any recommendations you have would be appreciated. Thank you!

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  1. A Toute Huere in Cranford is a must, locally sourced, excellent food, and BYO

    The Thailand restaurant in Clark (it borders Cranford) is the best by far (regardless of what ANYONE says about Splash of Thai in Westfield)

    I like Fujiyama Mama in Westfield for Sushi but it can be expensive.

    Pizza is too subjective and based on personal taste but we love Emma's brick oven in center of Cranford shopping district (they don't deliver).

    Kenilworth, also bordering Cranford, has an excellent Indian restaurant (Star of India) on Kenilworth Blvd and it's a BYO. Just down from there is a great little French restaurant Le Rendezvous, very personal service, very good food, also BYO.

    Westfield has several good restaurants, Mojave grill, Elm Street (nothing that will change your life) and most are BYO.

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      Thanks! I think we actually already went to the Thailand restaurant - is that the one that's in the old diner? It was really good, a lot spicier than other Thai food I've had. I'm looking forward to going back. I'll definitely try out your other suggestions also. Thanks again.

      1. re: LttlMichey

        Charlies Hot Dogs in Kenilworth has fabulous Italian style hot dogs.

        1. re: LttlMichey

          That is the Thai place I was referring to.

        2. re: Spiritchaser

          I love Mojave Grill. Just there for lunch the other day, I had the shrimp quesadilla and my husband had the chicken quesadilla. I think the place is just great for lunch! Sorry, I have never been for dinner.

          1. re: Angelina

            I second that. Mojave Grill is a great place that takes Mexican food beyond it's usual scope. Also, this is not your average restaurant. It is very fancy and the food itself is presented beautifully on the plate. There's even a nice waterfall on the left wall. The only dish I didn't like was the shredded pork. It seemed a bit too dry for my tastes. Otherwise, anything else on the menu is good to go :)

          1. Fresco Pizza on Raritan Road in Cranford has pretty good regular and specialty pies. Just across the street on Raritan is the Clark BBQ, a Portuguese BBQ that I really like--good solid food, huge portions and very reasonable prices. They do a big takeout biz. I would avoid the Spanish restaurant on North Ave by the Cranford train station; also to be avoided is the Spanish Tavern on Rt 22 in nearby Mountainside which used to be good but is now awful--a better choice is Solar do Minho on Westfield Ave in Roselle Park, which is somewhat inconsistent but the best in the area, in my experience.

            1. Welcome to the area! The suggestions so far are dead-on. I know you said you don't like Italian, but definitely check out the Italian Pantry on Eastman Street in Cranford. It's a name, not a style, and certainly offers more varied bistro-style fare than the red-sauce places we're used to in this area.

              I also have to put in a plug for Donna Toscana - the incredible chocolate place also on Eastman Street. Go there for dessert. You won't be disappointed!

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              1. re: njguy99

                Thanks everyone for all for all of the suggestions! Any other sushi recommendations? That's one of our favorite cuisines, bonus points if the restaurant is BYOB...

                1. re: LttlMichey

                  Our favorite in the area is Nagoya on the Drugfai/Walgreens strip mall on North Ave. just off Central. Through the years, their fish has been more consistant in quality and yes it''s byo as are most resraurants in the state. Congrats on your move.

                  1. re: jnk

                    Second on hubbie is Asian and this is our go to restaurant for sushi. Henry (the main chef) is great.

                    All other recommendations are dead on. We love Mojave Grill and A Toute Huere. Also, Avenue East in Cranford, although we haven't been there in a while.

                    1. re: njfoodiegirl

                      Third on Nagoya. Best sushi in the area - way better than Fujiyama Mama mentioned above, which is too westernized for my tastes - and far too noisy as well. The owner, Henry, is a great guy and takes pride in everything he serves. Hands down the place to go locally.

              2. I like limani grill, seafood but very fresh, I know others have not been so impressed however