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Need a romantic spot for anniversary dinner in Central NJ

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x0sera0x Apr 21, 2011 07:00 PM

I am looking for a romantic restaurant for my anniversary dinner in the central NJ area. I am looking for a nice place with great food and great service. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Gwendolen Apr 21, 2011 07:10 PM

    Sergeantsville Inn, Sergeantsville
    Rat's Restaurant, Hamilton
    Anton's at the Swan, Lambertville
    Oliver, A Bistro, Bordentown

    I'm sure you'll get many more suggestions, but these are a few off the top of my head.

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    Sergeantsville Inn
    PO Box 183, Sergeantsville, NJ 08557

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      Gastronomic Apr 22, 2011 02:59 AM

      The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville

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

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      cantkick Apr 22, 2011 04:54 AM

      Central NJ is a pretty big area. Trenton, Princeton, Bordentown, e.g., on one side, Perth Amboy and the shore on the other. If you'd list a couple counties or towns you'd get a better, more focused answer.

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        edh1713 Apr 22, 2011 06:19 AM

        We love going to The Pluckemin Inn for special occasions. The Bernards Inn would be another good choice.

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

        The Pluckemin Inn
        359 US Highway 202, Bedminster, NJ 07921

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          mickeygee Apr 22, 2011 07:16 AM

          Stage Left in new Brunswick. We celebrate our anniversay there every year.

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          Stage Left
          5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

          1. ambrose Apr 23, 2011 02:36 PM

            Of the places mentioned, I would choose either the Bernards Inn or the Sergeantsville Inn. A couple of other places to consider are the Frenchtown Inn in Frenchtown and the Harvest Moon Inn in Ringoes, just south of Flemington. At the Harvest Moon, go to the dining room, not the tavern!

            http://www.frenchtowninn.com
            http://www.harvestmooninn.com

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              flourgirl Apr 24, 2011 08:28 AM

              My weddng was held at the Bernards Inn 19 yrs ago, so I have a soft spot for it. But the last time we ate there, which was some time in the last year, we were very disappointed. The portions we were served were ridiculously small and the prices extremely high for such small portions. And we are certainly not of the school that believes that quantity = quality/value but I had three courses & still left hungry. We haven't been back since.

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

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                carlylecat Apr 25, 2011 06:50 AM

                Wow you shoudl go back, the kitchen here has been on a roll for the last three years and are serving some of the best food in the state: pretty consistent, always inventive and priced accordingly.

                If the main menu prices scare you off, the bar area and bar menu offer half sized portions for $12 to $20 dollors, two of which make a wonderful meal. The wine by the glass menu has over 30 offerings ranging from $7 to $33 a glass.

                We had a wonderful meal there Thursday night, the place was jammed, the bar three deep and the piano knocking our Billy Joel and Sinatra song after song gaining applause after each tune.

                I had the beet and horseradish salad w/ pignoli nuts that was fresh & crisp and the horse radish gave it a great bite to oppose the citrussy vinnegrette, delicious. Followed up with this weeks vegetarian entree, mushroom crepes topped with tempura asparagus spears. The spears had two crunches to them, the salty fried coating and then the fresh snap of the asparagus, a wonderful treat. The crepes had four dfferent types of mushrooms inside a folded home made pasta with a wine reduction sauce that was incredibly rich and filling.

                My wife enjoyed the equally rich lobster bisque served with a corn brioche floating inside; she dfollwed with a salmon that was doted on with spring vegetables and a lime ginger sauce. She could not finish that and it came home with us but it never saw the light of day and our student/houseguest polished it of twenty minutes after we made it home declaring it the best thing he ate all week!

                Head back flourgirl, you must have hit a soft spot

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                  flourgirl Apr 25, 2011 07:18 AM

                  That's good to know about the bar area. It might be a good way to give the restaurant another chance. Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.

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              x0sera0x Apr 25, 2011 01:47 PM

              Thank you for all of the suggestions. We went to the Bernards Inn.

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

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                flourgirl Apr 25, 2011 01:50 PM

                How was it?!?

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                  x0sera0x Apr 25, 2011 07:42 PM

                  It was just ok nothing special.

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                    flourgirl Apr 26, 2011 07:02 AM

                    That's pretty much how my party of four felt the last time we went. I'm sorry your experience wasn't more special but I'm glad it's not just me who doesn't think it's all that.

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                rukna Apr 25, 2011 02:23 PM

                As mentioned, Central NJ is pretty big. If you consider Red Bank as part of the region, I'd recommend you check out Nicholas. Though a bit steep in price, the food, ambiance and service are all top class.

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                Nicholas
                160 Hwy 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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