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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "$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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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