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Feb 14, 2010 03:33 PM

Anniversary Dinner Recs, please?

My husband and I will be going to dinner the end of this week for our anniversary. I'm looking for something good but not as expensive as Nicholas. I'm thinking of Trinity because we've never had a bad meal at the restaurant. Any other suggestions?

Thanks, in advance.

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  1. I'd recommend Restaurant Lorena in Maplewood. Obviously it depends on what you order, but it's a bit less expensive than Nicholas and the fact that you can bring your own wine helps keep the tab down. As far as the quality of the food, it's the equal of Nicholas. Good Luck.

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    1. re: bgut1

      If you are willing to make the trip to Maplewood, I agree. Lorenas is a great choice.

      Trinity is the best option; maybe Belford Bistro if you are looking for something close to Nicholas. I also enjoy Piccola Italia in Ocean (sometimes, they have special dinners with pairings going on- I think a Tasting Menu paired with all Barolos is coming up soon)

      Happy anniversary!

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      1. I third Lorena's.

        Another good spot for an anniversary is Amanda's in Hoboken.

        Check their early dinner specials they're very good and affordable. 28$ for 2 can't be beat.

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        1. re: Quimbombo

          Amanda's is a wonderful restaurant. Absolutely perfect for an anniversary dinner. It is by far the best restaurant in Hoboken. No other can touch it. Just went last night for Valentine's Day dinner. We had a wonderful time. I highly recommend it.

          While the early dinner is a steal, if it is a special occasion and you don't mind spending a little money, go for the regular menu. There are many more choices and larger portions. Happy Anniversary!

          1. re: ttoommyy

            We had an anniversary dinner at Amanda's a few years ago and it was very nice. We brought a bottle of wine we had carried back from Europe and they didn't even charge us the corkage free. The service was great and the food was good too.

            Another Hoboken option is Anthony David's. That restaurant is actually byob and the food's been good both times we went there. It is small though, so I'd recommend making reservations.

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          1. I tried Lorena's a few months back and it was superb - they had an appetizer of jumbo lump crab in a crepe that was out of this world (and contained an otherworldly amount of butter too!). I also love that it's BYO.
            Another suggesiton is A Toute Heure in Cranford. The chef is often written up among the best in NJ. It's BYO too which always helps bring costs down.
            Happy anniversary!

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            1. re: ladyberd

              Thanks to all suggestions. I think we'll be going to Trinity this time. However, hope to try some of the suggestions in the future.