What are your favorite Union County restaurants
-has to be Union County
-Restaurant would be defined as "nicer than a TGIFridays/Olive Garden/Similar"
I think these are all Union County:
Pairings - Cranford
Acquaviva - Westfield
La Griglia - Kenilworth
Benitos - Kenilworth
Thailand - Clark
Star of India - Kenilworth
Theresa's - Westfield
A Toute Heure - Cranford
Nagoya - Westfield
I'm embarrassed to say that I never tried Ursino, even though I worked 0.2 miles away (distance according to Google maps) for much of the last year until 3 weeks ago.
I've eaten at Luciano's more frequently than at any other restaurant anywhere over the past 5 years, because it was my employer's default restaurant when we hosted visitors (this was before I was in Union near Ursino). Maybe it's a case of "familiarity breeds contempt" -- but I really dislike that place... arrogant service, mediocre food. I never paid much attention to price because it was on the company's dime (and in most cases I was not personally dealing with the bill anyway).
Drongo, I tend to agree with you about Luciano's. I liked it much more when they first opened. They seemed to become full of themselves as time went on. However, I feel it's slim pickins in Union County for restaurants for that special occasion, so I have to include this spot on my favorites list. But it's getting harder and harder to pay the huge bill when the food does not impress anymore.
Fiorino's in Summit has been consistently good for Italian/Tuscan style food. I find their wine list to be good and reasonably priced.
For Pizza Randazzo's is also good, and my daughter loves their eggplant parm sub. The homemade salad dressing is quite good as well. Nice casual place.
Roots Steakhouse is another winner in my book. Though it is def. and upscale place. (as opposed to my two previously mentioned restaurants.)
Although it is a little bit of a hole in the wall, slightly dive-ish I also enjoy Rte 22 BBQ in Union.
Goodman's Deli in Berkeley Hts is also a winner. Great pastrami and brisket sandwiches.
Great list everyone...my personal list is:
Brick Oven-Westfield (friends, so I'm slighted)
Ursino-Union, def. a must go to!!!
A Toute Heure-Cranford
Cant wait until FISH (of Montclair opens in Summit)
Agreed on Lucianos, enjoyed it once or twice but...ehhhhh I'm over it.
How about Railhouse 1449???? Rahway
Add another fan of Pairings Plate + Palate in Cranford! I also like Avenue East and Kilkenney's Pub, also in Cranford.
Ursino requires a revisit, as I went in the first year they were open and wasn't quite as wowed as others have been since then.
Red Cadillac on Morris Ave in Union is another keeper...
My absolute favorite is A Toute Heure in Cranford. I haven't been as wowed by Pairings as some people have - maybe I should revisit.
Also in Cranford, Mizu Sushi is delicious and our go-to sushi spot.
Not fancy at all, but Picante in Fanwood dishes up some great Mexican food.
With a new baby we don't get out for dinner much so I appreciate great lunch places. Our two favorites at the moment are Loaded in Garwood (amazing burgers) and &grain, also in Garwood.