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PAIRINGS palate + plate
PAIRINGS palate + plate

PAIRINGS palate + plate Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pairingscranford.com
  • Phone: (908) 276-4026
  • Hours of Operation: PAIRINGS is a causal fine dining experience and BYOW.(We'll uncork and pour the first glass...)

    Wednesday Night: Four Course Prix Fixe Menu 5:30 to 9:00 pm
    (courses: appetizer + handmade pasta + main + dessert)
    Thursday Night: Tapas Thursday + Regular Dinner Menu 5.30pm to 10:00 pm
    Fri 5.30pm to 11:00 pm
    Sat 5.30pm to 11.00 pm RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED
    Sun 5.00pm to 9.00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Carol Murphy Clyne
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: PAIRINGS palate+plate offers on-site private (25 to 100) and semi-private (8 to 15) party dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Carol Murphy Clyne, executive chef/owner (908) 276-4026
  • Entertainment: Stay updated on our menu, events & cookbook launch party by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pairingscranford.

    We also offer onsite private parties for up to 100 people, customized cooking classes & corporate team building events.

    Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW)
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday Nights to enjoy our daily amuse-bouche, intermezzo palate cleanser and a finale of a sweet treat from the chef, complimentary.

    Wednesday Night Four Course Tasting Menu http://www.pairingscranford.com/files/prix_fix_dinner_menu.pdf

Getting there

  • Cross Street: For GPS use 10 Walnut Ave - Corner of South Ave East and Walnut Ave.
  • Public Transit: NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 300 space parking deck steps away, free after 6pm and all day on Sun.
    To go to the parking deck, after you turn under the railroad underpass onto N Union Ave, make a quick right turn into the parking garage. Come out of the garage, the same side you drove in, and walk down the lane directly ahead of you (behind the Cranford Hotel.) We are immediately on your right at the end of the lane.

    There is also lots of street parking, free after 6 pm and all day Sun.
A word from PAIRINGS palate + plate
PAIRINGS brings together globally inspired cooking, local and sustainable practices and the comfort of grandma's recipes. All of our breads and pastas, all of our stocks and sauces, all of our desserts and ice creams are made from scratch here in our Cranford kitchen. Our plates, which change based on seasonal availability, extend from gourmet to comfort. Each ingredient is strategically paired to intrigue and invigorate, to stimulate and satisfy: sweet with savory, crunchy with creamy, spicy with tangy. Just-baked breads and desserts, freshly rolled pastas, slowly braised meats, à la minute sautéed seafood and ice creams churned daily, leave no palate untingled.

Indulge the senses, embrace the seasons,share the joy.

Food celebrating togetherness.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "great for a special occasion or just a night out since it is a BYOB - wonderful experience - we were treated very well and the food was delicious"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our second visit as enjoyable as the first. Delicious food beautifully presented.. The special salad this evening consisted of arugula and red lettuce, grapes, pears, candied walnuts, gorgonzola and topped with figs. The ample portion disappeared quickly. Equally enjoyable were the salmon and chicken entrees. The chocolate panacotta with roasted strawberries offered for dessert melted in your mouth. Pairings is our new favorite place to dine. I would recommend tapas night for a first visit to get a broader sampling of the restaurant's menu. Our only 'complaint' was that it got a bit noisy as the restaurant filled and on this Wednesday evening it was filled."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It is always a relaxing pleasure to enjoy the wonderful cuisine at Pairings. Clynne and Murphy never cease to disappoint with the selections of fish, meat and delicious desserts."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Pairings palate + plate is a 5 Star Gem in the heart of Downtown Cranford. The co-owners Carol and Vincent are welcoming and their team is friendly, knowledgeable and always available to make your dining experience wonderful. Great place for friends to reconnect or a romantic dinner, this restaurant never fails. Fabulous place for the Foodie!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Very nice exactly what I expected . The food was incredible"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We celebrated our 60 th wedding anniversity at Pairings we never told the management that all i can say is that everything, including the ease of parking(After 6 )was way beyond my expectations"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This lovely spot in Cranford is a great place for excellent (my preferred adjective to outstanding for Pairings). I have eaten here a number of times and it has not disappointed. The food is excellent and so is the service in a beautiful, comfortable setting. It is a bring your on wine restaurant that is crossing over from a moderately expensive to expensive price point. It was well worth it with most entrees in the lower $30 range, but now most are in the upper $30 range. Still worth it, but not as good a value, nor as affordable. Back to the food the fig Caesar salad I had was a very interesting and tasty combination. My seared tuna was delicious and the sorbet was as well. I look forward to my next dinner"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed a special occasion meal this past Saturday. It was perfect. Table service, food and ambiance; excellent. Carol and Vin are great hosts and make us feel welcome every time."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal here. From start to finish,always a great meal& service is warm& acccomadating! It is definitely my favorite place!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "After hearing about this place for a while, finally find the time to check it out. It was not a let down, for sure. We will be going back for more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food's always terrific at this great looking BYOB in downtown Cranford."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great food; well designed and "paired" menu; attention to detail (we were there for a special occasion, and the menu given to us was personalized for my friend); warm welcome. Very nice decor. Comfortable dining chairs. I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I went there to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. When we walked in we were greeted and congratulated by the staff. We had a custom menu designed for us with a "happy 5 year anniversary" title. Little things like that just made the experience more memorable. We both loved our entrees, halibut and duck. While it is expensive, it helps that it is byob. We will def be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "$39 entree, $16 salad prices are way too high. Not worth the cost. This is Cranford, NJ not NYC! Secondly the food was good but definitely not worth the cost."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Been here 3 times and has been a great night out with a delicious meal. Everything is so fresh and prepared the way you like it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Pairings is one of those restaurants that we tried on a whim and we are so happy that we did! Each course is exquisite, building up to the next and there is no end to the creativity of the chef. The food, from the amuse bouche, to the entrée to the dessert is absolutely delicious and is only matched by the outstanding service. Thank you to the entire staff at Pairings for always providing an amazing dining experience from start to finish!!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2013
  • "We had a guest on a walker, with a broke leg and the hostess was extremely accommodating! The waiter had opened our wine for the other members of the party to relax as our father got situated. It was extremely helpful and really reassuring. The food was amazing and our waiter had excellent recommendations."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Celebrated our 23 year Anniversary at Pairings. The ambience, personal attention we were given, great service and the food was exquisite! Fantastic presentation and flavor. We can not wait to go back. Thank you Pairings for making our 23 year celebration even more special."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "My favorite upscale restaurant in central jersey. Had tapas which are served on Thursdays, delicious & filling."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints. The food was terrific, and the server delightful and professional. I was there on Wednesday and had the 4-course prix fixe dinner. Wonderful and a great bargain. When the server found out it was a special occasion she brought a plate with "Happy Retirement Jane" and 2 delicious brown butter chocolate chip cookies."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The dinner was fine ,just not great. Our expectations were very high, because of the person that suggested we go there. We will probably give it another try and see what happens. We were there on a quiet night, so it would not have been difficult to surpass our experience. We thought the rolls were very ordinary. (We love really good bread.) A splitting charge on the salad ???? We split it ourselves. The lamb dish was excellent and met my expectations."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Pairings came highly recommended by family. On a whim, we said lets try it - and were really impressed with the quality of the food and service. Do not go here if you are looking for a cheap meal - there are plenty of pizza joints for that. If you like fresh quality food in a nice atmosphere, this place is for you! Don't forget to bring your favorite beverage of choice! We added this to our short list of favorite restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My girlfriend lives five minutes from this restaurant. We had never been here before. After one visit it will now be one of our top choices for a nearby great restaurant. We cannot say enough good things about the food, atmosphere, service, etc. They go above and beyond to make your dining experience a truly memorable one."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Pairings has innovative, well-prepared food and great service. The hosts make patrons feel welcome and at home."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were a party of 6 - we all loved the different 'pairings' of tastes in the dishes - the crab cake appetizer was as advertised - mostly crab, the arugula salad with a dash of figs delicious, the halibut and steak entrees enjoyed by several. Service was well organized when delivering food and clearing plates though our waitress was not attentive to pouring our wine and replenishing our water glasses - likely a fluke since we have always had a great experience here! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "we went here for tapas thursdays and the choices were very good. the service was very nice; the former "pushy" waiter who only recommended the $39 entrees was absent from our area [or from the restaurant]. we also were seated in a quieter section of the dining room which made for lovely conversation with our friends. cushions were available for the seats which, though handsome and modern, are very uncomfortable for those of us with "old' backs. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Have been to pairings many times. Not sure why but the food was not up to par. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at Pairings - again. It's our go-to place for special occasions. The food and the service are always excellent. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "This was one of the best dining experiences we have had. The food was excellent as was the service. Friendly knowledgeable waiter who always asked if we were finished before taking any plates. The menu was varied to all tastes. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We have dined here many times and it is consistently terrific and always improving. when we are looking for a local restaurant for a special occasion we like to choose Pairings. The owners lend a special charm, always welcoming, always striving to make sure your dining experience is the best it can be. This restaurant, in addition to being about the food is about hospitality, which is really what distinguishes it from any where else in this area. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been here a number of times and it is consistently outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The brunch you served may be the best one our family ever enjoyed! Certainly the best one in the last several years. Loved everything about it, from the cornmeal and bacon waffles with the bourbon infused syrup to the pasta bolognese and the strip steak eggs Benedict! Hope you decide to keep on doing brunches in the future!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was fabulous, fresh, and beautifully presented. We were warmly welcomed and ushered to our table promptly. Service was attentive. Noise level is high. A little pricey but worth it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was horrible, cold ,blend and tasteless , service was poor , below average ! What a waste if money and time ! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "'Pairings 'is by far our favorite local restaurant. Whenever we have a special family occasion we choose to celebrate at 'Pairings' and have never been disappointed.The food is delicious and beautifully presented, sevice efficient and friendly and the ambiance pleasant. The owners are always in attendance which indicates a well run establishment. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I hadn't eaten at Pairings in a few years and the evening made me wonder why not? Excellent food!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • " Have been at Pairings before and always excellent food, service and dining atmosphere. The new Angus steak dish was awesome. We will be back and highly recommend it."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "First time at Pairings, very impressed. The food was excellent, the prices are high, maybe a little too high, but the quality of the food was equally as high. Our server demonstrated a good balance between being professional and friendly. Chairs were not the most comfortable, maybe cushions would help. Will definitely go there again! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "delicious meal beautifully presented. We would definitely go more often if it was closer to our home."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had our anniversary dinner here, they were gracious hosts. Waitstaff was knowledgeable, just attentive enough. We were pleased with the menu and all the food served. It was BYO, which worked out nicely for our budget. The duck cooked to medium rare was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/2/2014