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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!

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Happy #CupcakeDay!

Hey #HipNJ cupcake lovers! Today is #CupcakeDay, so let’s take a look at 5 of the best cupcake shops in the Garden State!

1. Crowley’s Cupcakes, Madison

This bakery offers a wide range of tasty treats—cakes, cookies, specialty breads, cinnamon rolls, brownies, and of course, cupcakes! Here’s just a few of their flavors—Mint Brownie, Pink Lemonade, Nutella, M&M Candy, and Cafe Mocha. Sounds tasty!

2. House of Cupcakes, Princeton, East Brunswick, Clifton

The name of this bakery says it all as they feature an eclectic mix of cupcakes. With flavors such as Boston Creme, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Pina Colada, you really can’t go wrong here!

3. Blue Sheep Bake Shop, Somerville

This Central Jersey bake shop is home to many kinds of desserts including specialty cakes and cupcakes, macarons, sugar cookies, cake pops and more. Here’s a few of their cupcake flavors: Death by Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup, Birthday Cake, Toasted Coconut, and Chocolate Covered Strawberry. Yum!

4. Ava’s Cupcakes, Rockaway

Ava’s Cupcakes produces their cupcakes using seasonally-sourced ingredients. Known for more exotic cupcakes, they offer flavors such as Beer & Pretzels, Blueberry Cheesecake, Cinnamon Pumpkin, Pink Champagne and Strawberry, and Key Lime Pie. This is a great place to test out some very uniquely flavored cupcakes!

5. Baking Grace, Hawthorne

This bakery claims “life is too short for cheap desserts” and we couldn’t agree more. Home to an awesome selection of cupcakes and cakes, Baking Grace only prepares their desserts with fresh ingredients and in small batches to assure you excellent quality. Some of their cupcake flavors include German Chocolate, Oreo, and Red Velvet, Bavarian Creme, and Orange Cheesecake. Wow!

Satisfy your sweet tooth this #CupcakeDay with any one of these fine bakeries!

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Francesca Gourmet Foods Opens in River Edge

Welcome Francesca Gourmet Foods to the #HipNJ neighborhood!

The River Edge gourmet market features a vast array of prepared foods from around the world—with a focus on classic Italian fare—made fresh daily, along with a selection of artisanal products.

The 6,000 square foot space borrows its name from owner Keith Alliotts’ young daughter, and also pays homage to his Italian American roots. Francesca Gourmet Foods showcases various individual stations within the space, such as a live mozzarella-making booth, a rosticceria carved meat station—featuring prime rib daily—sandwich/panini bar, build-your-own salads, and seasonal soup, as well as a central counter featuring dozens of rotating gourmet dishes.

In addition to the prepared foods, a retail component offers an assortment of artisanal products such as imported oils, vinegars, spreads and jarred specialties, alongside fresh baked breads from Balthazar, cheeses from around the world, packaged pastas and more. Grab and go options are also available, including premade soups, sauces, salads and baked specialty items.

Francesca offers 30-seats to sit and enjoy food on-site, or quick and easy service to grab something and be on your way. The space was designed by Manning Design Group in Asbury Park, NJ, and has a rustic, farm to table feel, creating a warm inviting atmosphere. Blue and white imported ceramic Sicilian tile greet guests as they enter, while reclaimed wood is found throughout the space. Additional design elements include a hand-cranked prosciutto slicer imported from Italy, hand-painted signs, and a reclaimed barn door in the dining area.

“We will strive to make Francesca Gourmet Foods a place the community can count on to deliver fresh and delicious food prepared with love – a place one can drop by at anytime, whether for a quick bite on-the-go, to pick-up a delicious dinner for the family on your way home from work, or to assist with hosting that big holiday party,” said Owner Keith Alliotts. “We’re excited to be open and are looking forward to getting to know our customers, and becoming part of the neighborhood.”

While Alliotts brings expertise and a diverse background in commercial real estate to the table, he is joined by a team with vast experience in the restaurant industry. Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef Mike Matonti, who brings twenty years’ experience in the industry, having worked at Bergen County’s best restaurants including Café Panache and The Saddle River Inn.

Overseeing the day-to-day is Robert Anton, who serves as Director of Operations for the Francesca brand. Anton was previously with The Hillstone Restaurant Group, where he managed outposts across the country, including Los Angeles, Scottsdale, New York City and Hackensack, equating to twenty-five years of experience in top-tier management positions.   Also on the team is general manager, Mike Byrne, assisting Anton with operations. All four grew up in Bergen County and still call Northern New Jersey home.

Francesca Gourmet Foods is open Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 8PM, and Saturday – Sunday from 10:00AM to 6PM. The team plans to launch a catering program in the coming weeks. For more information please visit FrancescaFoods.com, or call 201-678-1188. For social media, use Instagram and Twitter: @francescafoods or Facebook.