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lab302 Jun 1, 2010 05:27 AM

Hi, I am looking for a restaurant for our family to take my father in law to who is celebrating his 90th birthday... He is sharp as a tack, more like 60 then 90. Can anyone suggest nice restaurants to take him to...We thought of The Manor, however they are closed on Saturday afternoons.. We want to stay north of the jersey shore for traffic reasons..Anywhere from Newark north..Someone mentioned Highlawn, however they do not serve Saturday lunches either...Thank you for any help

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    cantkick RE: lab302 Jun 1, 2010 07:09 AM

    If you're willing to travel as far as Exit 117, Keyport, or Exit 114, Red Bank, the traffic will probably not be that bad. Plenty of good options in northern Monmouth.

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      johnlockedema RE: cantkick Jun 1, 2010 09:53 AM

      I disagree, the Parkway can get jammed from before the Driscoll Bridge some Saturdays, and be a parking lot straight thru past Red Bank.

    2. ttoommyy RE: lab302 Jun 1, 2010 07:23 AM

      Amanda's in Hoboken, NJ. It's a very special place and would be a wonderful restaurant to celebrate your FIL's very special birthday. I'm not sure how many people you are expecting, but I am sure if you spoke with either Eugene or Joyce, the owners, they would do right by you. They are very cordial and professional people.


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        carlylecat RE: ttoommyy Jun 1, 2010 12:43 PM

        We did a birthday party last year at the hyatt in jersey city - it has the best view of manhattan, was completely empty on saturday afternoon and we had the entire back dining area to ourselves overlooking the hudson with spectacular views of nyc , the food was good and diverse enough for our group of 20....burgers and such for the kids, chicken, fish and creative salads for the grownups, adult beverages and the staff was really nice

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          ttoommyy RE: carlylecat Jun 1, 2010 12:56 PM

          Yes, that view is wonderful. My niece was an assistant catering manager there until a few weeks ago (she was recently promoted and is now at another location). She always told us of how clients were always clamoring to have an event there because of the view.

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            roro1831 RE: carlylecat Jun 1, 2010 01:11 PM

            I've never eaten at Liberty House, so can't say if it is fine dining or not, but we had our reception there and the view of the city is outstanding, so that could also be an option. Maybe someone can chime in on the dining experience at Liberty House.

            Liberty House Restaurant
            76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07304

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              lab302 RE: roro1831 Jun 1, 2010 03:09 PM

              Has Anyone eaten at LIBERTY HOUSE? It looks like a great view and it does serve lunch on Saturdays...Any feedback would be so much appreciated...Thank you.

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                RayP RE: lab302 Jun 1, 2010 03:32 PM

                I haven't eaten there in 2 years..but I thought the food was excellent and I would definitely consider it "fine dining". And you CAN'T beat the view!

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                  johnlockedema RE: lab302 Jun 1, 2010 03:49 PM

                  I haven't been to Liberty House, but did dine at the sister restuarant Stone House in Warren, it was quite good. This could be a good choice.

                  Stone House
                  50 Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059

                  Liberty House Restaurant
                  76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07304

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                    patdrennan RE: lab302 Jul 7, 2010 11:51 AM

                    food is great in the restaurant, the menu is concentrates on wonderful beef, lamb, chicken, pork & fish dishes. have been there many times, very rare misses.

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                      gailelyson RE: patdrennan Jul 11, 2010 04:09 AM

                      What about the Bernards Inn? Good food Nice atmosphere.

                      The Bernards Inn
                      27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

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              smilingal RE: lab302 Aug 5, 2010 12:34 PM

              I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cafe Matisse. Had our wedding dinner party there.

              Cafe Matisse
              167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070

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                roro1831 RE: smilingal Aug 5, 2010 01:07 PM

                My wife took me there for my bday, excellent stuff.

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                gooter RE: lab302 Aug 5, 2010 01:28 PM

                Ninety Acres in Peapack. A must see(at least once) and great for special occasions.

                1. menton1 RE: lab302 Aug 6, 2010 09:16 AM

                  CulinAriane, Montclair.
                  Velo-- Nyack.

                  Both top drawer.

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                    RGR RE: lab302 Aug 6, 2010 09:31 AM

                    The Bernards Inn, Cafe Matisse, Ninety Acres, CulinAriane, and Velo (the last actually being in NY State) may all be good options for fine dining. However, apropos of the original request, which of them, if any, serves lunch on Saturday. Of course, it could be a moot point for the o.p.if the celebration has already taken place, but for future reference....


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                      TasteTreat RE: lab302 Aug 8, 2010 12:41 PM

                      I think Lorena's in Maplewood is excellent.

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