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Where should a food writer and a chef meet in NJ for dinner

Okay, so the title sounds like a joke (as in a food writer and a chef walk into a bar...)

I am meeting up with a friend for dinner with our S.O.s next month. She lives in NYC, and I am visiting family in the Delaware Water Gap area. One of us in our group is a food writer and another is a chef. Where should the four of us meet for dinner? Preferably close to a half way point?

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    1. Culinaire: Montclair (BYO)

    2. I don't know the restaurants in the area too well, but Montclair is probably a good bet for a halfway point. Train-able to NYC and about an hour from the Water Gap. I've been wanting to try Mesob for ethiopian in Montclair, hearing many good things.

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      Mesob Restaurant
      515 Bloomfield Ave Ste 1, Montclair, NJ 07042

      1. It might be easier if your honed in on a desired location/region first, maybe a county?

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        1. re: StantonChef

          I don't know the area at all. I go to my family's place in Water Gap and drive to NYC. I once at at the panera in ledgewood - that's all I got for points of reference!!! : )

        2. You can't miss with Lorena's in Maplewood.

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          1. re: maryanne06

            Great choice! Chef Umberto is very talented, and it's a great BYO!