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Quality dinner in the Orange/Livingston area?

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Coming up there tomorrow with a few guys for business. Trying to get an idea of a good place for dinner Tuesday night. Anyone have any favorites? We will be working/staying in this area and will be able to drive but probably won't have time to go too far.

We are coming from down south, so no BBQ or southern food. It's on the company's dime so not looking for cheap eats, but not necessarily looking to blow it out. Drinks would be good too. Star Tavern looks like the heavy favorite but it might be a little more casual than what we are looking for.

Thanks.

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  1. The Strip House in Livingston or The Highlawn Pavillion in West Orange. Go to The Star Tavern for dessert.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Excellent call on The Strip House.

      1. re: fourunder

        Still, if you are not from the area, the view from the Highlawn is amazing. A step up from the Star, Eagan's in either West Orange or Montclair isn't bad.

        1. re: bropaul

          The Highlawn Pavillion does indeed have amazing views and excellent food, but be forewarned, it's not really the sort of place you'd dine on a business trip with the guys, It's very fancy and leans towards the romantic dinner crowd. The Strip House rec is a better suggestion IMO. Pal's Cabin is another option you might consider. Steaks and chops with a lot of local character.

      2. Hat City Kitchen. Although it could be construed as having southern leanings.

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        1. re: tommy

          I would agree with Tommy on Hat City Kitchen in Orange. The food there is outstanding. Not cheap, but the atmosphere is less casual than Highlawn and the Strip House.
          I have never gotten the appeal of Pal's. I have never been satisfied with service or the food.

          1. re: Applecheeks

            I think you mean the atmosphere at Hat City Kitchen is more casual than Highlawn Pavillion and the Strip House, not less casual.

            1. re: creamfinger

              Yup, you're correct. I guess my brain wasn't functioning well yesterday. That happens some time.