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Elizabeth and Hillside meal options

Hi all,

I'll be in Hillside to facilitate a training onTuesday and I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for dinner Monday night and for lunch on Tuesday. I won't be getting into Jersey until around dinner time, so somewhere only 15-20 minutes driving from the airport would be ideal. And for lunch the next day, I need to be able to pick up lunch in the morning because I won't have time to run out at lunch time--I need to prep for the afternoon training session.

Cuisine is not specific--I just want great food and a place with relatively well-lit parking because it gets dark earlier now...

Any help would be great; and I think I'll be heading down to that area quite often, so "late" replies will be fine too. :)

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  1. Union is just next-door to Hillside and has two good dinner options.

    Ursino at Kean College has had good reviews on this board (do a search), although I have not been there.

    http://www.ursinorestaurant.com/

    A couple of more minutes away is Ristorante da Benito, with excellent Italian (albeit on the expensive end). I have been there and recommend it.

    http://www.dabenito.com/

    1. Vinhus is a good Portuguese restaurant located in Roselle Park, which is on the Elizabeth border. They are open for lunch.

      1. The City Tavern in Elizabeth is a great place for lunch or dinner. Try the skirt steak con cinco estrellas...it's out of this world.

        1. 100% Agree with njfreqflyer...I go to both Ursinos and Benito's all the time. Tho Benitos can be pricey. If I had to choose for eating solo, I'd choose Ursino's. Benny's isn'y really a 'dine by yourself' kind of place, unless your a regular.

          City Tavern you'd probably like for lunch if walking in the dark is a concern, as its downtown and you can't really get a parkign spot close.

          La Catena in Roselle Park is one of my go to favorites. The lot can be dark depending where you park in it; but if your solo the owners will walk out with you (its real throw back Italian...run/owned by 3 brothers.)

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          1. re: Jersey Girl227

            City Tavern has their own lighted fenced in parking lot just north on the corner of Dickinson Street.

          2. Valenca at 665 Monroe Avenue is a wonderful Spanish/Portugese restaurant near Hillside. It has a tavern side and a more formal restaurant side, and I like the tavern better