High-end in Union County?
Aside from the very excellent A Toute Heure, is there a chef-driven fine-dining restaurant in Union County doing contemporary fare? Or non-cliched ethnic? It seems hard to find a worthy dining destination in this area - and I routinely take out folks who live here and cannot travel far. Chez Catherine is fine, but we don't want monthly repeats, and Boulevard 521 (I may not be remembering the number correctly) is unexciting. We've enjoyed A Toute Heure, but would like alternatives. Anything new we're just not catching? Many thanks for any suggestions.
Thank you for these suggestions. Italian Pantry looks particularly appealing. We'll definitely try it when it reopens after its vacation. (Uproot is a little far afield for our purposes - I've been once and thought it a little overblown but worth a second look.) We'll get to the others you nice folks mention as well. Again, many thanks.
I've enjoyed La Griglia in Kenilworth, and one of my most respected restaurants in Middlesex recommended Restaurant da Benito at 5 points in Union (although I've never eaten there yet). The Spanish Tavern on 22 is great as well.
740 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
1239 US Highway 22, Mountainside, NJ 07092
In the same town as A Toute Heure (Cranford) is The Italian Pantry. The food there is excellent and they change their menu seasonally. We've loved everything we've tried there. If you do go I recommend starting with the calamari. It's the best I've had.