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Chefs Table, Franklin Lakes?

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berna Feb 11, 2010 01:47 PM

Has anyone been lately. What is the menu like?

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  1. menton1 RE: berna Feb 12, 2010 11:04 AM

    The biggest problem with this place is that it looks like a diner inside. Needs a makeover.

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      berna RE: menton1 Feb 12, 2010 11:12 AM

      How's the food?

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        menton1 RE: berna Feb 12, 2010 11:21 AM

        Just OK, IMHO. For French bistro, take a little ride to Montclair for Epernay. About 400x better in every way than Chef's Table.

        Also, Pourquoi Pas in Westwood, more traditional French, cute little storefront. Also a better option than CT.

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          berna RE: menton1 Feb 12, 2010 03:06 PM

          Thanks, I'll check them out.

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      scarlet knight RE: berna Feb 13, 2010 05:05 AM

      I ate at Chef's Table exactly one year ago. Have not been to Epernay in a longer period, but have eaten in both restaurants more than five times. I found the food better at Chef's Table. I agree that the decor and the shape of the restaurant at Chef's Table is odd. I'd still be happy to go there if I was in the area.

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        menton1 RE: scarlet knight Feb 13, 2010 11:30 AM

        Epernay was sold, and for the last 18 months has a new owner and a new chef. It's much better than it was under the Paperas, I recommend you give it another try.

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        scarlet knight RE: berna Feb 14, 2010 03:03 AM

        Good suggestion by Menton 1 to retry Epernay under the new ownership.

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          scarlet knight RE: scarlet knight Apr 30, 2010 06:07 PM

          We ate at Epernay tonight and the food was bad. My wife had a lentil soup that was more of a spread than a soup. My beet salad featured beets that were at best boiled, but seemingly canned. My entree of red snapper was overcooked and dry. The grilled artichokes, like the beets were not grilled at all, but canned. My wife had duck breast, fairly dry and chewy, but it did have a good fruity berry sauce. It's interesting how food hits people differently. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give the food here a 4 and we would not go back. I'd give Chef's Table a solid 7.5. That's why they have different restaurants.

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          Epernay
          6 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042

          Chef's Table
          754 Franklin Ave Ste 7, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

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            menton1 RE: scarlet knight May 1, 2010 09:52 AM

            I had a wonderful meal at Epernay about 4 weeks ago. 2 couples, a really nice Parisian feel to the restaurant, nice little pieces of artwork and furnishings, nice lighting as well.

            The frisee salad is really authentic, wonderfully fresh, with real lardons and served warm. One of the best I've had this side of France. They also had a nice unusual fish, Barramundi, prepared perfectly on beautiful fresh vegetables. Others had Duck Breast and Hanger Steak with Bone Marrow, also prepared beautifully. Too full for dessert, but the food and service were really good.

            Interesting how different folks can have such differing experiences...

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            Epernay
            6 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042

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              RGR RE: menton1 May 1, 2010 10:44 AM

              menton1,

              The Paperas have been gone for much longer than 18 months. So, are you saying that the people who bought it from them have now sold it to someone else?

              In any case, It's true that people's tastes can differ; however, reading these two reviews, it sounds to me as though Epernay is now suffering from inconsistency. We were always pleased with our meals there when the Paperas owned it (the only miss was the awful chou in the profiteroles). We haven't been since they sold, and after reading these two diverging opinions, I'm not encouraged to return, especially since it's a fairly substantial drive for us.

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                menton1 RE: RGR May 1, 2010 12:32 PM

                If you just look 5 posts up, I've reported that the Paperas sold the place. It's a lot better under the new owners now, more consistent.

                P.S. On any source with reader comments, blogs, CH, Zagat, Yelp, not everyone will agree. Why would you give more credence to a negative review rather than a positive one? BTW, the Zagat and Yelp comments are for the most part positive for Epernay.

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                Epernay
                6 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042

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                  RGR RE: menton1 May 1, 2010 04:13 PM

                  "Epernay was sold, and for the last 18 months has a new owner and a new chef."

                  You make it sound as though Epernay was sold again, since the Paperas have been gone much longer than 18 months.

                  When it comes to reviews, I am more willing to try restaurants, especially ones which involve distant travel, that get nearly universal praise than those that get mixed reviews.

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                    menton1 RE: RGR May 3, 2010 07:40 AM

                    There are almost NO restaurants that get universal praise. You would have a very short list if that was your criterion. Chef's Table gets pretty beat up on a couple of sites with user comments.

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                      RGR RE: menton1 May 3, 2010 02:45 PM

                      If you had read the sentence carefully, you would have noticed that I included the modifier "nearly." A list of those would certainly be longer than for restaurants which get universal praise (no modifier), the number of which, imo, would be 0.

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                        menton1 RE: RGR May 3, 2010 03:02 PM

                        Enjoy.

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