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Feb 16, 2011 08:57 AM

restaurant in northern nj

Need suggestion for moderately priced restaurant for either brunch or dinner for 15 people...Thank you for any help.....


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  1. I constantly sing the praises of Le Prete's Italian Table on Washington Ave. in Belleville. the dining room is lovely, the service is exceptional and the food is fabulous. On Tuesday and Wednesday, between 5pm and 8pm, they have a buffet for $15.00 per person. It is a limited selection, but the food is just great. They also have a family style dinner (available all the time) for around $29.99. You cannot go wrong with many available choices. I especially like the watermelon salad, pasta with vodka sauce, the Sunday Gravy, any of the chicken dishes and the desserts are to die for (but not included in the $29.99 price). The place is owned by the same family which owns 15 Fox Place in Jersey City. They don't have a web site.

    15 Fox Place Restaurant
    15 Fox Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07306

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    1. re: Applecheeks


      Thank you for the very detailed view of Le Prete's; very much appreciated.....

    2. Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park on Rt 17 is a personal favorite, and they do brunch; I haven't been, but friends who have say it's terrific. Iirc, it's about $30pp, which includes mimosas and bloody marys.

      Bistro 55
      55 Route 17 South, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

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        1. Applecheeks,

          Thank you for your informative response. Your suggestion will be on my list of "do not miss dining establishments"......


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          1. re: teegees

            Unfortunately, LePrete closed. I heard it had something to do with their landlord. I will miss them, as the food and service was just wonderful. The family owns "15 Fox Place" in Jersey City. I've heard very good things about Fox Place, but it is very pricey.

          2. Applecheeks: Have you been to La Sicilia in Belleville? (Yes, it's not for a party of 15!)

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            1. re: menton1

              Great Brunch, although Maplewood doesn't qualify as North:

              Verjus -

              Verjus Restaurant
              1790 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040

              1. re: Gastronomic

                Since when does Maplewood not qualify as north?

                1. re: bropaul

                  It's north of 78 so based on the official standards documented in the NJ State Constitution it is without a doubt clearly in northern jersey.

                  1. re: tommy

                    It was also declared "North" by a quorum of elders that decide such matters...

                    1. re: tommy

                      >> It's north of 78 so based on the official standards documented in the NJ State Constitution it is without a doubt clearly in northern jersey.

                      The Constitution may cause consternation among folks in towns like Plainfield, Elizabeth, and headed to EWR airport, all of which would not be in North Jersey according to that definition. This could cause a constitutional crisis!

                      Seriously, I've always thought of North Jersey as including anything north of the towns around the south end of I-287, like Somerville and Edison and the Amboys. Go south of there (like the college towns of New Brunswick and Princeton, and the state capital) and it's Central Jersey.

                      But it doesn't really matter - I'm sure all suggestions of good places are welcome! (Although North Jersey, by whatever definition, is big enough that you might want to be a bit more specific; if you live in Hackettstown, you probably wouldn't want recommendations in Hoboken, or vice versa.)

                2. re: menton1

                  I've been to La Sicilia. It is very small and usually they are very crowded. They are always accomadateing. Sometimes they will seat you with other diners. I you don't mind talking and eating with people you don't know. Food is very good.