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cling0017 Sep 17, 2012 08:31 AM

My family recently moved to Warren, NJ and I'm looking for restaurant recs .. have started trying a lot in the immediate area but could use more recommendations both in Warren and in surrounding areas (including but not limited to Watchung, Plainfield, Dunellen, Bridgewater, Somerville, Summit). Asian restaurants in particular have been a little harder to find! Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

  1. jrvedivici Jun 19, 2013 09:18 AM

    Since this is slightly aged please let us know if you have tried any of the suggestions you have received. I will actually 2nd Water and Wine in Watchung it's a great place. I just dined in their sister establishment La Griglia last night.

    Also, on 22 in the Somerville area is La' Catena 22. It's been around forever and is a solid destination for higher end Italian dining. An old favorite was Ciao Bella, in Somerville but last I checked they were closed, don't know if they re-opened.

    If you are in the mood for a great steak about 10mins up 22 to 202 is Char Steakhouse in Raritan. It's always been excellent however they opened a second location in Red Bank, NJ which has been getting beat up pretty bad here on he boards.

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    1. re: jrvedivici
      Wilvi Jun 19, 2013 06:38 PM

      I can also add Spanish Tavern in Mountainside, the food is good (the new in Newark is better) but everyone there is ALWAYS friendly. Legal Seafood in the Short Hills Mall is good but pricey. Papparazzi in the Short Hills Mall is very good too: well run, fair-priced and great service. For oysters and clams on the half shell, Vinny's in Raritan is hard to beat. Great price though limited in variety.

      Water and Wine is great for lunch too. Very tranquil if you sit in the old section, at a table facing the lake.

      Happy Eating!

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      Wilvi Jun 19, 2013 08:47 AM


      There are many good restaurants in the area and some great ones. And many are BYOBs!

      My favorites:
      Pluckemin Inn in (Pluckemin/Bedminster). Great. Worth the money.
      Due Mari New Brunswick
      Le Campagna Morristown
      Verjus Maplewood
      A Toute Heure Cranford
      Blu Montclair
      Fascino Montclair
      Chez Catherine Westfield

      Others that are very good:
      Prezzo Warren
      Bruno's Warren
      Water and Wine Watchung
      Stone House Watchung/Warren
      Tewkesbury Inn Tewkesbury
      Girasole Bound Brook
      Origin ll Basking Ridge
      Three West Basking Ridge

      Indian: Raginni Mountainside, Neelam Berkeley Heights, Annjapar North Brunswick (their mutton vavrural is great)
      Chinese: Jade Isle Plainfield is good for dim sum but the best Cantonese is 1,9 Seafood in Avenel(near Woodbridge)

      Hope this helps!

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        Schmecht Gut Oct 16, 2012 12:00 PM

        Having just returned from Seattle and San Francisco, I am still amazed at how few really great restaurants there are in NJ - especially given the income levels of some of the towns. That said, there are a few great places within driving range of Warren.

        Bel Paese in Cranford is a gem of an Italian place with a Sicilian owner who makes the best stuffed artichokes. Entrees are very reasonably priced and it is BYOB. It is not fancy or a beautiful place - just great food and a character of an owner that will pull up a chair to share a recipe.

        I also like Chao Phaya in Somerville which is Thai. The owner there used to work at Four Seasons Thai in Piscataway and the food is good - also BYOB. Nice dining room.

        There is a little Vietnamese place Pho Viet Anh on Talmidge Road in Edison.

        I am a craft beer lover so go to The Stirling Hotel in Stirling quite regularly as their draft selection changes often. The atmosphere is very comfortable, the place is always packed, their food is good (depending on what you order) and it is a great place to bring kids. They have very inexpensive standards like hamburgers and fries and then some nice fancy salads and more upscale entrees. Everyone can find something they like on the menu.

        A bit further is Ptari Tavern for Greek in Highland Park - it is worth the drive. It is authentic, has a very varied menu, is BYOB and very friendly owner/wait staff. Very authentic

        More pricey but one of our favorite places in central Jersey is A Toute Heure in Cranford, It is a farm to table place with a blackboard listing all the local farms and purveyors that supplied the food on the menu. Again BYOB Very interesting and exciting menu and pretty dining room.

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          edh1713 Sep 20, 2012 07:37 PM

          Right on route 22 westbound in Green Brook is Dynasty. It's pricey for authentic Cantonese food, but they have dim sum (with carts), lots of typical Cantonese seafood, etc.

          Around this area, it's the best and biggest for Cantonese Chinese.

          Hunan Tea Garden in Warren has a few items that are authentic and good. One that the family and I like is the beef and soup noodles.

          Note: I'm Chinese so there are many menu items at both of these restaurants I would never order my reco is only based on what me and my family would and have ordered over the past 10-20 years at these 2 places.

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            albinoni Sep 19, 2012 10:49 AM

            The Stonehouse on Stirling Road is a beautiful restaurant, food is excellent.

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              ELA Jun 21, 2013 01:43 PM

              I went here for a Bar Mitzvah...and it was very good. I enjoyed it. Beautiful grounds/facility, excellent service and very good food. I would go back for dinner based upon my experience.

            2. briansnat Sep 17, 2012 09:14 PM

              Ciao and 3 West. They are either in Warren or Basking Ridge. Pluckemin Inn in Bedminster is pretty good. Scalini Fedili in Chatham is good too.

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                Marie07960 Sep 18, 2012 04:48 AM

                There is a decent Italian Restaurant in the same mall as Origin called Bolu as well as a Persian restaurant called Narenj which we enjoy. I like Silk Road in Warren, which is Middle Eastern. My favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner is Mockingbird Cafe in Basking Ridge. We took a drive to Somerville and tried a pretty good Greek restaurant there - can't remember the name but people on this site have written about it. All of these are BYOB's. If you like Indian Food, Mendhi at the Hyatt in downtown Morristown is really excellent, and it does have a liquor license.

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                carlylecat Sep 17, 2012 09:45 AM


                25 Mountainview Boulevard,
                Basking Ridge, NJ
                (908) 647-7781


                413 King George Road #110
                Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
                (908) 580-0666

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