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.
"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.
Chuck and Debbie Leanza, the owners of Table 42, transformed a former 1870s hostel into an inviting dining space trimmed with soft lighting, black and white photos, and rich wood accents. Overhead, the original tin ceilings serve as a reminder of the building's long-standing beauty. Head chef Aldo Cerili and his kitchen staff keep the dining room filled with the smells of quattro formaggio ravioli, char-grilled New York strip steak, and shrimp scampi. Shipments of oysters, clams, and jumbo shrimp pour into the raw seafood bar, but there's also typical pub fare including burgers, quesadillas, and buffalo wings. On Wednesday nights, the restaurant hosts open mics and live music acts on Fridays.
Music is a way of life at Taste Bar & Bistro, especially Thursday through Saturday nights, when the restaurant thumps to the sounds of karaoke, DJ music, or live jazz. But it’s Taste’s thoughtfully prepared pub food that draws crowds even before the musicians take the stage. The menu comprises small plates such as steamed littleneck clams and spicy calamari, as well as heartier entrees that include cheeseburgers and spaghetti and shrimp fra diavolo. Throughout festivities, bartenders mix specialty martinis and pour wines and draft beers that enliven dinner time or can be used to paint a smiley face on one’s shirt during happy hour.
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.