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Hi -Going to be in Morris county tonight and tomorrow night,

masnole Apr 22, 2014 08:04 AM

can you give me some good options for solo diner. VERY familiar with the area, lived in Morristown & Randolph for 10 years (left in 2005).

Hotel is in Parsippany.

Anything good remaining in the square in Morristown? What about along Route 46 (where my hotel is....).


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  1. Curlz RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 08:52 AM

    -Noodle Chu in Parsippany or Hunan Taste in Denville for Chinese (HT is more upscale + has a full bar)
    -Morristown has a lot more options but nothing extraordinary IMO. Sushi Lounge, Olive Lucy, or Origin (Thai) would be my recs there.
    -If you want "Jersey" Italian, Il Villagio on rt 10 in Powder Mill (technically still Parsip) is where I'd go--it's BYO.

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      bropaul RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 09:01 AM

      Lot's of places are BYOB. Do you need one with a bar?

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        masnole RE: bropaul Apr 22, 2014 09:02 AM

        Si, need a bar. Would prefer eating there than sitting alone at a table anyway.

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          Curlz RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 09:20 AM

          Tabor Road Tavern is a tad overpriced for what they do, but it's a great place to dine at the bar... Intersection of rt's 53 and 10.

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        joonjoon RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 09:36 AM

        Go to Collins in Morris Plains. :D

        1. mcsheridan RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 09:46 AM

          Hunan Taste in Denville, just off 46; Arthur's Tavern in Morris Plains (just across from the train station); and the Auld Shebeen in the Marriott in Whippany on Route 10.

          All are reasonably priced (for the area) and welcoming to solo diners.

          At the Auld Shebeen, you can eat at the bar; not sure about the other two.

          Almost forgot - some of the best Italian food in the area, and outrageous pizza, is at the Reservoir Tavern in Boonton - a short drive from your RT. 46 hotel.

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            masnole RE: mcsheridan Apr 22, 2014 01:54 PM

            Ha.....I know Arthur's... Been awhile though. Used to work down Rt. 10 a bit.

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              joonjoon RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 01:57 PM

              Under no circumstance should you go to Arthur's over Collins.

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                mcsheridan RE: joonjoon Apr 22, 2014 02:12 PM

                Never been to Collins; what would you recommend aside from the much-lauded Monday Lobster Special?

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                  joonjoon RE: mcsheridan Apr 22, 2014 06:18 PM

                  Same thing you would get at Arthurs...20 oz ribeye for 17.50, or 8 oz burger for 5.50! Awesome stuff for the money.

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                  masnole RE: joonjoon Apr 22, 2014 03:41 PM

                  Know Collins too, didn't live far from there. I lived on top of Mt. Freedom, just past the mental hospital.....my kids went to Morris Plains coop

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                  mcsheridan RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 02:11 PM

                  Then you know to pass on the steak and have the burger. :)

              2. mcsheridan RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 09:54 AM

                Sadly, the Square has been taken over by banks and brokerages.

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                  bropaul RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 09:54 AM

                  Just two exits up 287N is the Montville Inn - good Italian food and a nice bar.


                  The Blue Morel in the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown is decidely more upscale, but another option for eating at the bar.

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                    CAB226 RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 10:01 AM

                    Caffe Navona on Rt. 46 in Rockaway is excellent, and you eat at the bar there. I've heard from several people that Riviera Maya, a new Mexican place also on 46 in Rockaway is very good, just a few hundred yards east of Navona, but have not been there so cannot say personally.

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                      carlylecat RE: masnole Apr 22, 2014 01:58 PM

                      There is a very unique dinner going on at the Bernard's Inn (Bernardsville) - Ryan DePersio from Fascino in Montclair is guest chefing and cooking beside Corey Heyer- should be very interesting - if I was close by I would check it out...

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                        bropaul RE: carlylecat Apr 23, 2014 04:17 AM

                        When is it?

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                          carlylecat RE: bropaul Apr 23, 2014 06:32 AM

                          It was last night - I did run up there and it was great - the highlight was a ramp infused and encrusted halibut with pistachio cream along its side

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