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Dec 1, 2010 02:20 PM

Best dinner in New Jersey, money is no object II

Hey everyone,
Thanks so much for your help last time we asked--you sent us to Uproot and we loved it. You also recommended The Bernards Inn, which we're leaning towards for next week. Any other restaurant within 40 minutes of Union/Essex Counties that might make us reconsider? As the subject line reads, money is no object, so la creme de la creme please!


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

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  1. I love Stage Left in New Brunswick (about a half hour drive from Union, NJ). I've had many fabulous meals there, in fact, we do our anniversary dinner there every year (it's where my husband proposed as well). Don't let their website fool you, (it's a bit dated, I feel). They really are wonderful.

    Stage Left
    5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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    1. Depending upon your interpretation of the speed limit you should consider Restaurant Nicholas in Middletown, about 5 minutes from Exit 114 on the Parkway.

      Restaurant Nicholas
      160 State Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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      1. re: Mr. Bingley

        Been there many times and LOVED it! :-)

      2. Chez Catherine in Westfield

        Chez Catherine
        431 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

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        1. re: briansnat

          +1 for Restaurant Nicholas. Another one to consider is Lorena in Maplewood. Good Luck.

          Restaurant Nicholas
          160 State Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701

        2. I would also recc. Nicholas... Outstanding

          1. With a bar...Serenade in Chatham. BYO, Lorena's in Maplewood.

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            1. re: coldbeer

              Didn't like Serenade--maybe it was an off night, but we were completely underwhelmed.