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Rehearsal dinner within 15-20 minutes of Morristown

jmarx Jan 4, 2013 05:21 PM

We will be having about 65 people (more like an out-of-town guest night-before dinner...)! It will be a Friday night in May. Looking for good food and especially a big room with nice atmosphere. Suggestions??


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    fourunder Jan 17, 2013 07:48 PM

    Have you considered any of the following....

    The Park Savoy in Florham Park




    1. Curlz Jan 16, 2013 05:17 PM

      Headsmack. Tabor Road Tavern. Casual, but upscale, and I see private corporate events there ALL the time (sometimes too often in December)!

      ETA: www.TaborRoadTavern.com

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        fourunder Jan 16, 2013 07:56 PM

        Spoke to the Harvest Restaurant folks- seems like their only venue which could fit us would be 3 West. Semi-private space, again, 20 min drive. What do you think about that?.......

        Not an option.

        1. re: fourunder
          jmarx Jan 17, 2013 02:11 PM

          Why fourunder? Too far?

          1. re: jmarx
            fourunder Jan 17, 2013 07:22 PM

            I just copied and pasted your comments from Jan 6th above....and you indicated the other Harvest venues were not available... or an option

            Tabor Road Tavern is a nice place.. Checking their site, it seems the reason they may have told you it was not available has to do with your party size of 65.

            If you want to consider it, you may have to adjust your plans for the type of menu you would be willing to have......or fib on the number of guests


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        MelissaL Jan 16, 2013 01:42 PM

        The Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. I've done a couple work functions there and they are very easy to work with and reasonably priced. They have a couple options for private dining and their Chef is Eric Levine from Food Network's Chopped. It is a little more casual then most of the places already listed, it has a gastropub atmosphere but their private rooms are quiet. Their beer & cocktail lists are also amazing if your into that kind of thing. The only problem I've ever seen there is parking but I'm pretty sure they offer free valet on the weekends now. http://morristapandgrill.com/

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          tamerlanenj Jan 10, 2013 09:11 AM

          Did you think about Roots or Sebastians? Either would be better than Ruths Chris.

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          1. re: tamerlanenj
            jmarx Jan 15, 2013 06:15 PM

            I LOVE Roots- one of my favorite restaurants around and it would be so convenient. The room is great but a little small- only fits about 55 (max 58). If our numbers are smaller than we think, we'll definitely do that. Sebastians I did not look at... I've never actually been there- is the food good? Inside is nice? Maybe I'll inquire there too.

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            bropaul Jan 7, 2013 04:05 PM

            The conservatory at the Madison Hotel would also do a group that size very nicely. www.themadisonhotel.com

            The Montville Inn, right off 287 also has a room upstairs that can accomodate 65. It's less formal than some of the other places and there have been some recent management changes that I can't vouch for.


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              carlylecat Jan 7, 2013 05:21 AM

              Bernards Inn's Silver vault would be perfect

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                jmarx Jan 6, 2013 05:21 PM

                We went to Highlawn- as much as I've heard about it, I've never been. The restaurant is nice and I loved the wine cellar. But, for our sized perty, we'd be upstairs only (cocktails, dinner). It's nice but a little far and a little pricey (~$85 pp for 3 courses and alcohol). Upstairs could use some renovating too... We'll see- keeping it in mind.

                Spoke to the Harvest Restaurant folks- seems like their only venue which could fit us would be 3 West. Semi-private space, again, 20 min drive. What do you think about that?

                Other ideas?? Ruth's Chris in Parsippany?

                Thanks again for your help- keep it coming!!!!

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                1. re: jmarx
                  fourunder Jan 6, 2013 05:57 PM

                  My son had his Wedding back in November.....the majority of out of town guests were staying at The Short Hills Hilton. The Catering/Wedding Planner Manager suggested Fiorino in Summit for the Rehearsal Dinner....and the Huntley Tavern. Roots was suggested as well, but their price will probably exceed what you have indicted.

                  I had posed a similar query here:


                  1. re: fourunder
                    jmarx Jan 6, 2013 06:13 PM

                    Thanks so much! I'll take a look. Where did you end up having it?

                    1. re: jmarx
                      fourunder Jan 6, 2013 06:17 PM

                      The River Palm Terrace, Fair Lawn location,

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                      jmarx Jan 6, 2013 06:23 PM

                      I should clarify, if the food and ambiance are perfect, cost can be more

                    3. re: jmarx
                      jmarx Jan 6, 2013 06:37 PM

                      Il Villaggio? Bretton Woods? Il Giardino?

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                        bropaul Jan 9, 2013 05:54 PM

                        I can only speak to Breton Woods. it is a lovely setting, I have been there several times in the last few years, most recently in November. The food is OK, nothing exceptional, pretty standard banquet fare.

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                      jmarx Jan 5, 2013 10:08 AM

                      Fourunder, I love that idea, going to meet with them today! I'll let you know how it goes. Nochef, I thought about Tim Schaefer's... Don't think they can hold that many. Is the food good there?

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                      1. re: jmarx
                        fourunder Jan 5, 2013 10:55 AM

                        One thing you need to know about larger parties.(20+). Restaurants serve tables.....Catering facilities are in the business of running parties and know how to serve multiple functions at the same time while not compromising on service and quality.

                        If you book, get there early, have a cocktail and enjoy it on the outside patio. You will not see a better view to the east and the New York City skyline.

                        1. re: fourunder
                          jrvedivici Jan 5, 2013 11:01 AM

                          They should change the name of this site to Chow-Fourunder. Lol The man is again correct!

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                            fourunder Jan 5, 2013 11:38 AM

                            Paragraph 1 or 2?

                            : 0 )

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                        Nochef Jan 4, 2013 05:30 PM

                        Tim Schaefer's in Morristown, if it can hold that many.

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                          fourunder Jan 4, 2013 05:27 PM


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                            jrvedivici Jan 5, 2013 10:31 AM

                            I second.

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