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NYE recommendations in New Jersey

fillyfilm Dec 12, 2011 01:12 PM

Friends, I'm just curious as to what people are doing for New Years Eve in Northern NJ this year.

What town will you be hanging out in? Hoboken? Morristown? North Arlington? Westwood? Other towns?

Where will you eat? Unique dinner plans? Prix Fixe?

How/What/where will you consume alcoholic beverages? Open Bar

**Exclude New York City plans (no parking, unreliable taxis, expensive cover charges).

I was thinking the Turtle Club in Hoboken or Twisted Elm in Elmwood Park for beverages.


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    sammygee Dec 20, 2011 05:35 AM

    We may be doing Twisted Elm, recently had the food there after visiting a few times for drinks only. Everything we had was delicious and the prices were reasonable for what you get. really loving this place ATM

    1. equal_Mark Dec 16, 2011 07:41 AM

      Nights that should never include dining out: Valentines Day, Mothers Day, New Years Eve.

      Major amateur restaurant crowds stress kitchens & service staff. Risk of price gouging.

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        fillyfilm Dec 16, 2011 08:04 AM

        I go to White Castle with my fiance for Valentines Day and Brunch at my parents for Mothers Day. That's not what I was asking though. I don't care for you opinions on the value or risk of eating out on New Years Eve, I was just curious as to what people ARE doing, not what they aren't doing

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          angularbanjo Dec 16, 2011 10:06 AM

          There are professional restaurant crowds? Really?

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            coldbeer Dec 16, 2011 11:21 AM

            Price gouging at Epernay! Best to stay
            home. BTW...do you like DSO w/out John Kadlecik?

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              menton1 Dec 17, 2011 07:40 AM

              Midnight Ramble, with Levon Helm, if you can get tix.

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                tommy Dec 17, 2011 07:50 AM

                Excellent idea!

              2. re: coldbeer
                scarlet knight Nov 12, 2012 01:02 PM

                I believe Epernay in Montclair is now out of business. I had a hankering for steak frites on Saturday and my wife delivered the bad news,

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                  judyep Nov 12, 2012 02:26 PM

                  Epernay is closed. We were at fin the other night and the maitre d from epernay is now working there. He said that new owners or managers took over and wanted to make it more hip...guess it didn't work out too well for them. Also reported that the couple who used to own the restaurant and moved to Vermont have since divorced.

          2. angularbanjo Dec 16, 2011 02:32 AM

            Epernay in Montclair followed by Dark Star Orchestra at the Wellmont Theater!

            1. menton1 Dec 13, 2011 01:30 PM

              New Years Eve at restaurants is usually an excuse for higher prices and lower quality. Also the roads are filled with crazies and worse...

              We do a party on NY Day afternoon, on the Eve we stay home and hope we can make it awake past midnight... :)

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                LttlMichey Dec 13, 2011 12:47 PM

                We made a reservation at A Toute Heure for their special NYE menu. It's literally a 2 minute drive from our house so it's perfect. Not to mention the fact that it's byob and the food is always great.

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                  sockster Dec 17, 2011 08:29 AM

                  Did the same. We have a 45 minute drive to get there but it's wonderful. Spend last NYE here as well!!

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                  coldbeer Dec 13, 2011 07:07 AM

                  I am hoping that Zod will have Daryl up and running with a New Years Eve special that includes a room at the Heldrich Hotel. Another place to go nuts is the Hotel Tides in Asbury Park...get a room, go for the 9:30 prix fix seating, and watch the show. If you want to blast any hangover out of your system the Polar Bear Plunge is the next morning. Of course, either of these things can only happen if the Giants aren't playing for the NFC East crown in 1/1, because if they are I'll be in bed early and drinking bloodies in the lot by 9:30. Or maybe I'll just stay up all night and go. I don't know yet.

                  1. tommy Dec 13, 2011 06:52 AM

                    Likely won't leave the house. Probably making pizza.

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                      fillyfilm Dec 13, 2011 07:33 AM

                      Not a bad idea. What kind of pizza(s)?

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