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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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food and service at this upscale bring your own restaurant. They went the extra mile to make my daughters' 17th birthday special by printing a personal birthday wish on our menus. Apps,main course and desert were all first class and delicious. great local restaurant without a pretentious attitude."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our first time at Pairings. Great food, great setting in Cranford, great service. We had the "Wednesday prix fixe" dinner and enjoyed it all. The biscuits and rolls alone were practically enough (quality, not quantity)! Read the menu online, and BYOB that'll fit, it made for a terrific evening for us."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Very chic. Like a bit of Manhattan sophistication in a suburban downtown. Owners and staff are genuinely friendly but not hovering and the food is outstanding. The dishes use very fresh seasonal ingredients and they add litle touches and tastings to enahnce your experience. A really wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "for our first time at PAIRINGS, the food, staff and ambiance was amazing! The quality of the food was outstanding! Will definitely be going back very soon!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great service, wonderful food. BYOB as well, which is an added bonus."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent food, had trouble deciding what to order because there were so many dishes we wanted to taste! Had a lovely time, we stayed very long talking with our friends and they never rushed us or made us feel like we stayed too long..incredible atmosphere! We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • " I booked a baby shower for my daughter in law in September but my daughter had never eaten there. So we went for Dinner on Friday night; a refreshing palate of flavors in the salad and dressing and then onto the steak entree. It was perfectly cooked; a rarity these days and to our exact level of medium rare. We actually finished it because each bite was so delicious. We enjoyed coffee and blueberry cobbler with ice cream for dessert. We sat down with Carol during dessert to discuss the shower setup and menu and everything is all set. A beautiful restaurant, with only our party for the baby shower and a delicious, seasonal menu to go with it. Carol is gracious and helped us to make some delicious decisions. Bon Appetit !"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We normally celebrate special occasions at the same resturant. For our Anniversary this year we decided to give Pairings a try. Right from the start it was nice, I love the decor. It is rare that we make it through a full meal, appetizer through to dessert, but this time we wanted to try everything. The tuna tartar appetizer was amazing, our dinners were spectacular and the desserts were a great finish to a wonderful dinning experience. In addition to the food, the wait-staff was very helpful and polite. I even let out waiter pick which dessert I should try, he chose wisely! We will return again!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent food, reasonably priced, bring your own wine, attentive service, not noisy. Always a good evening there."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "An all around excellent experience at Pairings, some of the best food in New Jersey. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Clyne and Murphy continue to amaze. The menu is designed to appeal to the senses...love the amuse-bouche! Amazing tuna with wasabi hummus! Delectable crab cakes. never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Since the menu is printed daily and no specials need to be recited by the wait staff, I suggest asking diners if they are interested in hearing the waiter's favorites....if we cared to know, we would ask."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I absolutely loved the new additions added onto the tapas menu. The muscles were to die for. The sauce was perfectly made, each muscle was coated the right amount, and the bread served with the dish was so delicious. Service was delightful and very attentive. Will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My husband and I took our married son and daughter-in-law there for their birthday's. Food was excellent. My son is allergic to certain foods, and the waiter was so helpful. A wonderful place to dine. 5 stars!!!!!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "WE had the 4 course Price Fixed menu on this evening. The food was wonderful. Each course was better than the next. Only drawback was that there were only a few selections without adding a supplemental fee. Even with that this is a definite go back to restaurant."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The entire dining experience was wonderful. Friendly, knowledgable and professional staff; serving delicous food. Four people, two courses each and everything was delicous."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The staff was thoughtful and attentive! The food is always delicious and wonderfully prepared!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was fantastic! The service was great! Highly recommend for Wednesday price fixed menu!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "consistently outstanding; we have dinner there about every 6 weeks or so and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! It is apparent that the experience should mimic a lovely dining experience in one's home. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming while the decor is tasteful, just lovely and the food is quite good. I particularly liked the divers scallops appetizer and the eggplant entree."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We sat in these luxurious banquets. Very intimate. No noise. Service has been excellent all three times I've visited. It is great that it is open Sundays. I would love to try brunch there. Food is excellent. I had a delicious salad. My companions was even better with figs and goodies. I had delicious halibut and huge scallops on a risotto that was the best I ve ever had.. Not too soupy. Bring your own wine. It is too elegant a dinner not to have wine!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This relatively new and ambitious restaurant in downtown Cranford has become one of the consistently best in the area. The appetizers and main courses are creative without tipping over into silliness. The service is attentive, although sometimes to a fault. I can highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The hype was big. Our foodie friends said it was great. Our first course salads were inventive, flavorful and unexpected - amazing. The entrees were disappointing. My lamb and his tuna was of great quality but the entrees as a whole were not reflective of the $40 price tag. His tuna and accompaniments fell flat and lacked excitement and flavor. My lamb was under seasoned with an accompaniment of spinach, kale and chickpeas that tasted too vegetable-gamey and boring. Dessert was a peanut butter mousse torte whose elements were good but together they just didn't flow - too dense, too light...it was confusing. At this price we expect a food experience like a Ninety Acres in New Jersey or Blue Hill in New York. Would return for appetizers only."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I will be short winded if I tell you that the experience was wonderful and the one to one kindness from Carol and each member of her staff was beyond expectations!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A friend recommended Pairings to us. I knew I could trust her because she's so picky. We met another couple there and the four of us had a wonderful evening. The food and service were excellent. My only tiny complaint is that we were seating in cloth bench seating which were like 2 small loveseats. We all found it to be a little tight. Men are big and take up a lot of the room. There was regular seating however."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I have been to expensive, upscale restaurants that charge unreasonable prices and most of the time I am underwhelmed. When my girlfriend and I entered Pairings we were greeted warmly and were sat immediately. The service was excellent and the server had a great knowledge of the menu and what appatizers would go well with a certain meal. The food was spectacular and the mood was wonderful. The best part of the whole evening was getting the check, which I was nervous about. To my delight, the bill was quite reasonable and with food that good I had zero complaints. I couldn't stop talking about the experience we had and recommended it to my friends and family. Thank you all for the wonderful time."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My two guests and I shared 9 plates - not one of them disappointing. The two new entries to the small plate selections stole the show: The pork belly sliders with a hint of a maple glaze was savory, and the Kale & Spinach was simply incredible (I might add we only ordered the later to say we had something green on our plates). We topped off the night with a blueberry compote with brown butter ice cream, I smile while I write this."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As usual, we had a lovely meal. Wednesday is the prix fixe menu and as always it was fabulous. Carol and Vincent are the best hosts and everything that comes put of the kitchen is perfect! It is a Cranford gem."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We regularly dine at Pairings because the food and service are the best, or close to the best, in the area. Hosts are gracious and the ambiance is very pleasing."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I absolutely love the atmosphere at Pairings. The vibe is very "New York". It is casual but classy. The service is impeccable. The food is excellent. I dined with my husband and my parents and everyone LOVED their meal. The fig salad was the best salad I have ever tasted. The halibut and scallop dish with risotto was perfect. We each ordered a different dish and every one was delicious!!! You must make a reservation NOW!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "service and food are fabulous. have been there quite often and never disappointed"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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