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  1. I have not been to Cafe Arugula in years. When I went, it was a BYOB (maybe it still is) and not sure if it had a private room. I recently went to "Above" which is located upstairs from the Eden Supermarket in South Orange right near Cafe Arugula. They have a nice bar and a private room on the 3rd floor. The food and service were actually very good. Again, not sure if they are in your price range but you may want to check them out. http://www.aboverestaurantbar.com/

  2. Due Amici in West Orange is a BYOB Italian that serves very good food. They have a large 2nd room, but I doubt they would make it private on a Saturday night.

    Avenue Bistro in Verona, has a bar and good food. They also have a 2nd room. Not sure if it is small enough to dedicate to one group on a Saturday evening.

    Primavera Restaurant in West Orange also has a liquor license. Not sure if it has a private room but I would think it does since it's connected to a Wilshire Grand Hotel (maybe some of your guests are staying there). They may not fall into your price range. If I think of anything else in the area, I will let you know.

  3. Last week I had one large pumpkin raviolo at Culinariane in Montclair. It was very good. I would have preferred small individual raviolis, but that is what they had. Sometimes Basilico in Millburn has them at this time of the year.

  4. I have to bring dessert to a party this weekend. There used to be a cute little dessert place on a side street in Montclair that I believe either closed or moved (I think it was a woman's name). Can anyone suggest another place. Or if you know where that place moved to, I'd appreciate if you would give me that address.

    Thanks for your help.

  5. Thanks for the suggestions. Sounds like they could use some new restaurants in Morristown.

    The restaurant next door is Brick Oven Pizza.  Nice inside and out.  Brick oven personal pizzas in many varieties along with chicken, veal, pasta, and fish dishes.  Settabello's, Famished Frog, and LaCampanga still there, but I am not a fan.  Orgins or Andaman Sea good for Thai; Sushi Lounge, good but a little pricey for sushi; and Grasshopper off the Green good for sandwiches/pub food.  Lastly there is Mendhi and Ming 23 - Indian and Asian fusion in the HQ's

  6. Tracey,

    How big of a group are you talking about? Gencarelli's has a patiio with tables out back. I have only been there twice, but enjoyed the food both tiimes. If they are open Monday, I would think they would not be that busy and would be able to give you the whole patio to yourselves. It is a BYOB located on Bloomfield Ave.

  7. Had an absolutely delicious dinner at Passionne tonight. My husband and I tried a few things off the new summer menu. We shared 3 different appetizers and all were outstanding. There was a nice refreshing cold peach gazpacho with tiny bits of apple in it (and other flavors I can't remember). The rabbit spring roll had some pickled vegetables in it (again can't remember exactly which vegetables). I'm not big on pickled, but I did not detect a real pickled flavor at all. Delicious! The last appetizer was a foie gras with cherries jublilee over a thin toasted bread. Loved it!! For dinner we both decided to try the monkfish. It comes wrapped in bacon and was the most tender and delicious monkfish I've ever eaten. The chef makes his own bacon so it is not too salty and does not overpower the dish at all. Sorry that I can't remember all of the exact ingredients. I feel I'm doing the dishes a disservice, but just believe me - they were excellent!! I have eaten at Passione many times, but it just keeps getting better and better.

  8. I am thinking of spending Thanksgiving in Newport RI. Some of the restaurants I may want to have dinner at are closed that day. Right now these look like some of my choices. Which would you recommend?

    Spiced Pear

    22 Bowen

    White Horse Tavern

    Castle Hill Inn (Buffet brunch)

    Clarke Cooke House

    Thanks for your feedback.

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