Despite its Bavarian lodge?style fa?ade, Prospect Tavern doesn't tie itself down to any one cultural cuisine. The kitchen team draws from all around the world to design its eclectic upscale pub menu. Signature dishes such as a slow-roasted prime rib and lobster macaroni and cheese share the spotlight with herbed steaks, fresh salads, and vegetarian sandwiches. Many of these come with their own suggested drink pairings, which can be chosen from more than 10 craft beers and a robust list international wines. Food and drink aren't the modern pub's only attractions: throughout the year, special events range from live acoustic music and social karaoke to model UN meetings.
Winner of the JerseyArts.com 2009 People's Choice Award for favorite Professional Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse has been opening the curtain on top-quality musical theater and plays since its debut in 1938. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award-winning musical comedy, follows the travails of a group of young students participating in their countywide spell off. With hilarious tunes and frequent fourth wall demolition, the musical expertly tickles audience funny femurs while filling their ears with the harmonious euphony of the Tony-nominated score. Groupon buyers will leave the theater with a Paper Mill Playhouse cup (a $5 value), allowing patrons of the arts to signal their theater affiliation to rival gangs of symphony and museum cup holders.
When Eugene Gillespie left Ireland to visit his brother in New York in 1972, he didn't know that he would be inspired to stay. The Irish economy was down, so Eugene decided to pursue the American dream by moving to the Mid-Atlantic region. He didn't leave Ireland entirely behind him though, and Eugene proceeded to spend the next several decades opening traditional Irish pubs and restaurants throughout New York and New Jersey.
With two locations, Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub demonstrates a commitment to the flavors of Ireland. The menus feature familiar comfort foods—certified Angus burgers and thin-crust pizzas—including a number of Irish favorites, such as beer-battered fish and chips and stews filled with Guinness-braised beef. To achieve an even more authentic taste, the chefs occasionally import ingredients such as Irish cheddar cheese, Irish sausages, and Irish rainbows.
The menu's iconic dishes contribute to the pubs' cozy, inviting ambiance almost as much as accents such as the stone fireplaces or the bar made of imported red mahogany. Spirits remain lively and the mood stays festive thanks to the live entertainment hosted throughout the week. Live bands perform contemporary hits as well as traditional Irish songs.
"Keep it simple." At Pure Parsippany, that isn't just sage advice?it's a philosophy. As the restaurant's name might suggest, the approach to food here isn't a complicated, muddled process; instead, it's built upon fresh ingredients and unaltered flavors.
Executive chef Michael Schmitt captains the kitchen, where he and his team craft a menu of upscale American- and Asian-inspired cuisine. Their spread includes familiar favorites such as filet mignon, pan-roasted pork chops, and miso-glased Chilean sea bass in addition to an ample selection of sushi rolls. Visitors dig into these hearty entrees in Pure's elegant, spacious dining room, where gold chandeliers shine light across cream-colored booths and chairs, dark hardwood floors, and exposed brick facades. At one end of the restaurant, bartenders mix more than a dozen signature cocktails at a large, square-shaped bar for guests to enjoy as a nightcap or a resting place for the loose olive skewers in their pockets.
They say you can't be all things to all people, but that apparently hasn't stopped Red Stone Tavern from trying. For starters, there's the decor: an aesthetic compromise that incorporates rustic building materials with a sleekness that feels decidedly modern. A walk through the restaurant reveals an expansive dining room with high ceilings and plenty of space, but it's partitioned in such a way as to make every meal an intimate experience.
Above all, however, people from all corners of Jersey flock to Red Stone Tavern for the food. Equal parts upscale and casual, the menu features hearty dishes of pasta and seafood alongside handmade pizzas topped with arugula, pesto, and balsamic glaze. Despite all this diversity, many guests stick to the grilled offerings. It's hard to blame them, as the choices include a 12-ounce sirloin steak, a zesty lime chicken breast, and a rack of St. Louis ribs signed by the chef in tangy barbecue sauce.
The rich scent of real hickory, apple, cherry, and oak wood drifts from low smoldering fires, infusing the racks of meat above with flavor in a Southern Pride smoker. Drawing inspiration from all over the south, SuzyQue?s BBQ & Bar?s cooks apply spicy dry rubs to every ounce of meat before slow-smoking them, then diners can either enjoy it au-natural or slather plates with one of their signature sauces. Their sauces are inspired by recipes from Texas, North Carolina, and St. Louis and built upon a Vinegar, Tomato, or Molasses base. They also whip up an Orange Habanero sauce full of peppery spice.
The resulting mountains of melt-off-the-bone ribs, smoked wings, sausage, and brisket come to table alongside fine dining entrees, including rib-eye steak, fried chicken, and grilled salmon. Eight on-tap and 18 bottled beers lodge at the full bar, along with glasses of craft cocktails and wine, preparing palates for dessert and punctuating the sound of live bands, comedians, and poker games.