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aladdnzane Jan 4, 2011 08:30 PM

OK here's the deal.... Future Mother in law is in town for some pre-wedding planning. Want's to go out to dinner Thursday so I figure, OK I'll take her to David Drake in Rahway but I see today he's closed up shop. Then I am like hmmm I always liked A Toute Heure in Cranford.... hey they are on winter break and closed for two weeks. Anyone have a recommendation in line with one of those? May just go into Newark and do Casa Vasca but would prefer to keep it closer to where she is staying.

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Casa Vasca
141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

A Toute Heure
232 Centennial Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016

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    ChowJon99x Jan 10, 2011 07:43 AM

    for my money, simply the absolute best food in the area is Lorena's, in Maplewood.

    http://www.restaurantlorena.com/

    Zagat selected it as one of the top restaurants in the whole country.

    We went there, food was just amazing, truly 5 star.

    I believe the entire meal for two ran about $160. I think you could go to restaurants in NYC and spend $400 and not come close to the meal we had.

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      coldbeer Jan 6, 2011 05:25 AM

      Mother's in law love Fiorino in Summit. I've taken two of them there.

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      Fiorino
      38 Maple St., Summit, NJ 07901

      1. njfreqflyer Jan 5, 2011 12:00 PM

        I'm a fan of Casa Vasca, so would never steer you away from there ... but in Union County, I have been many times to, and like, Ristorante Da Benito (in Union). It can get expensive, but it should impress. I have not been to, but would like to try, Solar do Minho (in Roselle Park).

        http://www.dabenito.com/
        http://solarmanor.biz/

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        Casa Vasca
        141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

        Solar do Minho
        15 Cleveland St, Belleville, NJ 07109

        Ristorante Da Benito
        222 Galloping Hill Rd, Union, NJ 07083

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          albinoni Jan 6, 2011 06:03 AM

          I've been to Solar do Minho many times--extensive menu, big impressive room, and good-sized parking lot. I've had better paella elsewhere, but the filet mignon and seafood preps are very good.

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          Solar do Minho
          15 Cleveland St, Belleville, NJ 07109

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            albinoni Jan 6, 2011 06:46 AM

            BTW, Solar do Minho has two branches--I have only been to the one in Roselle Park.

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            Solar do Minho
            15 Cleveland St, Belleville, NJ 07109

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          OGguy Jan 5, 2011 04:56 AM

          Le Rendez-vous in Kenilworth, Verjus in Springfield would fit the bill, too

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          Verjus Restaurant
          1790 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

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            madgreek99 Jan 5, 2011 04:46 AM

            We had an excellent meal at Boulevard Five 72 in Kennilworth recently. The seafood risotto was especially delicious.

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              mickeygee Jan 5, 2011 03:18 AM

              I've really enjoyed La Griglia in Kenilworth (on the Boulevard). Or perhaps Chez Catherine in Westfield (never been, but it gets talked about a lot on the board). I also like Teresa's in Westfield.

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              Chez Catherine
              431 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

              La Griglia
              740 Kenilworth Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

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