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need ideas for annivesary dinner next Saturday. Live in Colonia. Would like to stay within 1/2 hour to 40 min. drive.

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suebrac Sep 14, 2010 05:28 PM

Love French and New American.Miss David Drake in Rahway. All time favorite. Alices too far and too centered on comfort food.. Uproot????

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    cmarie Sep 14, 2010 05:36 PM

    I love A Toute Heure in Cranford(byob), although reservations are tough. Verjus in Maplewood is always delicious to me. Chez Chatherine is always getting great right-ups, but I have never been there. Happy Anniversary :)

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    Verjus Restaurant
    1790 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

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      suebrac Sep 17, 2010 04:10 AM

      Plan on taking my mother in law for her bday to A Toute Heure. Looking forward to it.

    2. Curlz Sep 14, 2010 05:39 PM

      Sounds like if you haven't been to Restaurant Blu in Montclair, this is the perfect opportunity!
      Creative, interesting, wonderful food, ridiculously good prices, a NYT Excellent review, you can get as dressed up or down as you like, and it's BYO to boot. :-)

      www.restaurantblu.com

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        suebrac Sep 17, 2010 04:12 AM

        Montclair has so many great options that we have not tried yet. Thanks for the suggestion. Have heard great things about Blu.

      2. Angelina Sep 15, 2010 05:50 AM

        Le Rendezvous in Kenilworth.

        BYO French...superb!

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        Le Rendez-Vous Bistro
        520 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

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          suebrac Sep 17, 2010 04:07 AM

          Le Rendezvous is outstanding. We eat there all the time. It's a close drive for us, food always amazing(love the rabbit) and the bill is painless with it being BYO. Looking for a change only because we dine there frequently

        2. JustJake Sep 15, 2010 02:12 PM

          All excellent choices. May I add Lorena's, also in Maplewood into the mix.

          Reviews: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?rlz...

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            suebrac Sep 17, 2010 04:09 AM

            We have been to Lorenas and it was outstanding but it was a bit ago. Would definitely go back but you usually ned a few weeks ahead to get a reservation.

          2. ttoommyy Sep 17, 2010 05:58 AM

            It may be a bit further than you want to travel, but I highly suggest Amanda's in Hoboken. (They validate parking at a nearby parking garage, so you don't have to worry about finding a parking space.) Amanda's is a wonderful restaurant with great food and an adult ambiance. The owners/hosts are Joyce and Eugene Flinn and they are such warm and inviting people. The resatuarant occupies the space of two converted brownstones and is just beautiful. You won't be disappointed.

            http://www.amandasrestaurant.com/

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