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.