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Valentine’s Day Restaurants

The Food….The Wine….The Experience! That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. # HipNJ is here to help you create the romantic evening of your dreams. Read more below to find the place where you and that special someone can laughing, reminiscing and connecting over elegant appetizers and creative cuisine.

 Dim lights, candle lit tables and a glass of red wine. The Char Steakhouse has the word romance written all over it, putting you in the mood to love love and eat good food. The Char Steakhouse is a New York style steakhouse with several locations in Red Bank and Raritan. Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, have a date night somewhere new and fall in love with everything that the Char Steakhouse has to offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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VALENTINE’S DAY MENU February 14th, 15th, 16th $135 per person (not including tax & gratuity) RESERVE: 732.345.9977 Join us for our 3-Course Valentine’s Menu for $135 per person. Each couple will receive a complimentary bag of chocolates and our freshly made banana bread MENU AMUSE Wild Mushroom Dashi, Fermented Black Bean, Roasted Scallion Oil FIRST COURSE Pickled Heirloom Beets, Mascarpone, Salted Pistachio, Local Honey Baby Field Greens, Caramelized Hazelnuts, Beaufort Cheese Cavatelli Pasta, Pickled Enoki Mushrooms, Fontina Cheese Filet Mignon Tartare, Caramelized Onion Brodo, Crispy Shallot Pan Seared Scallops, Blood Orange Margarita, Winter Citrus Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Bourbon Shortbread, Butterscotch SECOND COURSE Butter Poached Lobster, Smoked Potato Mousseline, Crispy Leek Pan Roasted Filet Mignon, Piquillo Pepper Romesco, Bone Marrow Crumbs Bourbon Braised Suckling Pig, Parisienne Apples, Toasted Pecans, Maple Jus Braised Buffalo Short Rib, Heirloom Broccoli, Burnt Onion Purée Yellowfin Tuna, Crispy Bamboo Rice, Golden Pineapple, Kumquat Marmalade, Ponzu Golden Tilefish, Crispy Pork Belly, Chorizo Clam Chowder DESSERT AMUSE Olive Oil Dried Cherry Ice Cream DESSERT Sweethearts Dessert Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #restaurantnicholas #newjersey #nj #redbanknj #redbank #monmouthcounty #monmouthcountynj #njfood #foodnj #njfoodie #njfoodies #jerseyfoodie #finedining #newjerseyfoodie

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Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank has been redefining the meaning of modern fine dining since 2000. Gracefully enter into the dining room, order the finest champagne they have and enjoy the presence of the person you have chosen to spend this romantic evening with. Reconnect, have some laughs and fall in love all over again while relishing in appetizers and entrees from their elegantly established menu. Restaurant Nicholas will make this a night to remember.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Take in the beautiful view, while you dine with beautiful company. . . . #views #viewsfordays #setthemood #moodlighting #tuesdaymood #drinks #goodcompany #goodeats #foodie #foodiegoals

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Start your evening nibbling on a beautiful array of savory spreads and make your way to enjoying a fresh, wild caught seafood tower. The Chart House in Weehawken is well known for their daily caught fish, infused local flavors, exotic twists and creative menus. Get a wiff of the salty sea air and admire the panoramic views of the waterfront as the stars dance upon the rippling waters in excitement of what this romantic night may bring.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s the weekend and we are at full steam! #finedining #njdining #instafood #newjersey #huffposttaste #foodie #foodporn #njrestaurants #njfoodie #eat #nj #centraljersey

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The Frog and the Peach has fine dining and a little bit of history. This New Brunswick location was founded by a husband and wife team who decided to take what once was a highly successful printing press and turned it into their dream restaurant. The Frog and the Peach was founded on passion and love, making it the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. Enlighten you and your loved ones taste buds this Valentines Day and share the experience of finely crafted American cuisine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dinner at The Manor in West Orange will dazzle your night with fairy tale like feelings and ambiance. The garden view will light up your night as the waterfall shoots into the sky, sending you right into your partner’s arms as you huddle for warmth while admiring the beautiful architecture that stands before you. The Manor is a windowed castle of dreams, refined French cuisine and gourmet buffets. Whether dining in the formal dining room or dome lounge you will be feasting like royalty.

Raven and the Peach radiates luxury, this restaurant is decorated in pristine taste with the finest tablecloths and curtains, untarnished silverware, crystal glasses and large windows. The ambitious, Fair Haven based restaurant not only has a luxurious ambiance but also has opulent cuisine and service. Create a memory this Valentines day and spoil your partner with a unforgettable dining experience.

Unwind and allow IL Capriccio pianist sweep you and your loved one off your feet and into a night you both will cherish forever. Toast to the nights spent together with one of their 400 Italian wines and savor every moment of passion put into your artfully designed meals. IL Capriccio, the diamond of Whippany dining, is poised with authenticity, tradition and delicious fresh, local ingredients.

Celebrate Valentine’s day at Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton Township and treat that special someone to their exclusive tasting and wine pairing menu. Feast and rejoice with Honey Nut Squash soup and a sip of specially paired Bordeaux Blanc wine. The last plating of Dark Chocolate Cremeux with pomegranate mouse will complete the perfect beginning to you and your loved ones romantic evening.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Host the party of the summer at Scarborough Fair! Book your celebration now to enjoy our expertly crafted menu and fantastic wine and cocktail selection – all without any stress.

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With one of the most unique ambiances in Central Jersey, the Scarborough Fair Restaurant in Sea Girt will boost you up with flavor and a touch of romance. For over a 100 years this restaurant was a farmhouse from the 1850’s to the 1970’s. This restaurant prides themselves in quality seafood and service. If you’re looking to take a rustic turn to fine dining  type holiday, the Scarborough Fair Restaurant sounds like its for you.

Love, it’s exciting and new and deserves to be celebrated! Now that you know #HipNJ’s favorite places to be wined and dined, tag us @HipNewJersey and let us know which place made you feel like a Queen on this love infused holiday!

somos

SOMOS Latin Kitchen and Bar

Regular guests of Costanera will be familiar with
Chef/Owner Juan Placencia‘s commitment to serving
delicious cuisine with bold flavors in a
warm, casual atmosphere.

Now, he elevates Latin cuisine further
with his sister restaurant, SOMOS.

SOMOS translates to the simple, inclusive phrase “We Are”:
an inspiration to celebrate the world of Latin cuisines
in a delicious and creative way;
this is the guiding principle behind the new
restaurant, just opened in North Arlington
by Chef Juan and his family.

SOMOS is a celebration of Latin American
flavors with a global perspective.
A lively bar pouring the full spectrum
of Latin spirits, a gathering place for drinking, dining,
late-night entertainment, a new brunch destination…
SOMOS will be all this and more.

Cocktails by award-winning mixologist
Rachael Robbins are beautifully
presented, and reflect her expertise in coaxing
stellar, well-balanced flavors out of a few simple ingredients.

In addition to select Old and New World wines
and craft beers, SOMOS cocktails include:

For A Good Time Call…
1615 Pisco, Vanilla, Passionfruit, Lemon, Cane Juice, Cava

Carmen Sandiego
Pisco, Ginger Beer, Calamansi, Cardamom, Orange Blossom

Have A Cigar
Cask & Crew Rye, Banana, Lime, Panela, Coffee/Cocoa Bitters

Humbert & Lo
Rum or Horchata Vodka, Lime, Pineapple, Cotton Candy

(Pssst – there are also special cocktails that are not
on the list — all you have to do is ask for them,
or look for clues on Instagram @chickologist.)
Happy Hour Menu is available NOW!

SOMOS. “We Are”…the universe of Latin food: familiar flavors,
new dishes, made from scratch.
Chef Placencia is thrilled by the opportunity
to present an innovative yet very
accessible menu that includes both traditional flavors
and unexpected mashups of multiple cultures’
cuisines, for dinner, lunch, brunch and late night.

The SOMOS Menu includes:

Starters:

Croquetas – Aji de Gallina
Chicken & Aji Amarillo Fritters

Cachapa
Corn Pancake, Melted Monterey, Grilled Leeks & Mushrooms

Shrimp Ceviche
Passionfruit, Crispy Quinoa, Gala Apple, Radish

Alitas De Pollo
Chicken Wings (6), Spicy Romesco

Cubano Flatbread
Mojo-Marinated Pork, Jamon Serrano, Monterey Jack Sauce

Chicharron De Pescado
Quinoa-Crusted Cod, Pico de Gallo, Piquillo Pepper Aioli

Mejillones
PEI Mussels, Creamy Aji Amarillo Broth,
Scallions, White Wine, Tomato

Mains:

Asado de Res Pappardelle
Peruvian beef pot roast, Carrots, Tomato

Frutos del Mar Cavatelli
Shrimp, Pulpo, Mussels, Calamari, Tomatoes, Puiquillo

Pollo Adobado
Achiote Roasted Chicken, Yukon Potato Puree, Jicama Slaw

Churrasco
Grilled Skirt Steak Encebollado, Rice & Black Bean
Hash, Fried Egg, Sweet Plantains

Click here to view the SOMOS opening menu.
Lunch and Brunch coming soon!
Also available for private events.

185 River Road, North Arlington 07031
201-621-0899

Hours:
Open Christmas Eve,
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Dinner: 4PM-11PM Mon-Wed-Thurs, Sunday;
4PM-midnight Friday-Saturday.
Bar: 4PM-12AM Sun, Mon, Wednesday;
’til 2AM Thursday-Saturday
Daily Happy Hour: 4PM-7PM Mon, Wed-Friday,
Bar Area only (Taverna & Plaza)
(Closed Tuesdays)

Photos, recipes or interviews available upon request.

The Zaferon Grill Celebrates its First Anniversary!

The Zaferon Grill in Verona is celebrating its one-year anniversary with new menu additions, an open house and fun giveaways to thank their patrons for a great first year. The elegant restaurant has been a welcomed addition to the town’s dining scene. First-time restauranteur and owner, Soody Nelson, would like to pay the community back for their wholehearted support.

The bistro features refined Mediterranean-American cuisine with a hint of Persian influence to reflect Nelson’s personal heritage and culture. Dinner and weekend brunch is made from quality ingredients utilizing wild-caught fish and organic meats, poultry and produce for the best possible quality food experience.

In addition to food preparation, Nelson focuses on the dining space as an integral part of the experience. Applying a neutral color palate to the backdrop of the restaurant soothes guests and highlights the vibrant photo murals containing Saffron Crocus flowers, the namesake of the Zaferon Grill and producer of the signature spice in Persian cuisine – saffron.

There will be a yummy anniversary offer for guests patronizing the restaurant between Friday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 18th. Guest who purchase an entrée have their choice of a free dessert including Lime Tart, Dulce De Leche, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Crème Brulee or the day’s Gelato and Sorbet.

New menu additions from Executive Chef Luis Andres Ramirez Villarroel include special tapas offerings available Tuesday – Thursday, a Thursday ‘Guy’s Night’ for steak specials and more seafood options. And don’t forget their beloved weekend brunch that includes breakfast options like Challah French toast, Farmer’s Market Frittata and much more!

The open house and anniversary party will be held on Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with a ribbon cutting, complimentary cocktails, special desserts, giveaways and delicious treats from the menu. Verona Mayor Kevin Ryan and Director of Administration & Economic Development Steven J. Neale will be in attendance to support Nelson on her successful first year.

If you haven’t visited the Zaferon Grill yet, this is the perfect opportunity to experience what everyone has been raving about. Be sure to join #HipNJ in supporting this fun week of celebration and sophisticated cuisine!