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PAIRINGS palate + plate

PAIRINGS palate + plate Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://pairingscranford.com
  • Email: info@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 WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Our first couple of experiences when first open were not to our liking. This most recent visit exceeded our expectations. We will be regulars from now on. A superb dinning experience, BRAVO!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time at Parings and it was great. It is a hike from where I live, but really is worth the drive. The food is a level above and more sophisticated than most places in the NYC suburban area. Waiters are lovely, great decor and nice as a romantic spot or in a group."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Love this place. One of our favorites and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Another special occasion....another great dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "When you arrive you are greeting by a warm welcome. The setting has a NYC feel among a backdrop of a charming small town. The burgundy braised short ribs were very tender and the seaford provencale over fresh made fettuccine was delightful. We enjoyed a very nice dinner for our first wedding anniversary. We plan on going back to enjoy the recommended duck dish. Parking is good. Definitely a place to impress someone special."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Impromptu opportunity for a small family dinner arose and unanimously "Pairings" was chosen as the location. Lack of planning time put us into the 5:30 time slot, and yet it still didn't disappoint. The service was stellar, the food "to die for", and the atmosphere made the earlier dine still sophisticated. Another Great Time..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Because we alays have a very good dining experience at Pairings we are there fairly regularly."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The attention to detail at Pairings is wonderful: food, service, atmospheres. We will definitely return again , Z"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at the restaurant on a Sunday night 3/30/14 after finding out about the restaurant from another restaurant named Ursini in NJ which we also love. We love fresh farm to table ingredients and this restaurant did not let us down. Great food and service and the chef seems very creative with the "pairings" of the ingredients on the plate. Will go back very soon!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The service is outstanding, knows just the proper time between course. The only thing better than the service is the food. Plus it is a BYOB so it cuts down on the expense of dinner. Great, great place."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was our 3rd or 4th visit to Pairings, and it seems to get better each time. Ambitious dishes impeccably prepared, good service and a nice atmosphere. Our friends who were there for the first time were also impressed. byob"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food preparation is outstanding. Service is what you would expect in an upscale restaurant. Ambiance is very pleasant. Go very early if you like to avoid the bustle of this very popular restaurant. Be prepared to pay."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "First time visiting and we had excellent service and enjoyed fantastic food, perfectly prepared."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We read the great reviews online and decided it was worth the 35 minute drive. After the experience we would say it definitely lived up to all the great reviews. The food was excellent as was the service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "An intriguing name and concept. The service was very warm and welcoming, but the food did not live up to expectation. Very high prices for the neighborhood and definitely not worth it ."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We only each had a main - but both were very good. Really nice atmosphere, service was solid - and nice that it's still BYO (despite being an upscale, rather pricey dinner out). Would definitely return!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A bit pricey, but excellent food and service. Pretty with comfortable seating."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went for Tapas Thursday - wonderful! Will be back again to have those items that we didn't choose this time. But- will definately get those ribs again. Delicious, falling off the bone - wanted more but had so many other dishes to try. As usual the hosts and serving staff were welcoming and made us feel like we were the only diners there."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My husband and I ate there on the night Pairings had their Pre Fix dinner. It was wonderful BUT it was almost too much food. Not used to eating that much, but everything was delicious."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We love this place!!! Carol and Vinnie are the BEST!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A restaurant with a New York feel...beautiful fresh flowers and floor plan that is close, but you can have a conversation at your table without straining. On premise's baked rolls and desserts were delicious, as were the cookies that came with the check. Ribs were amazing-melt in your mouth, fall off the bone fabulous! Eggplant tower was least favorite meal at the table (although it wasn't bad)-others were all just better. Wait staff is friendly, knowledgable, and very helpful! We use it for a special occasion place to go!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was incredible. The wait staff very attentive. the ambiance flawless. My wife and I could not have celebrated our anniversary at a more appropriate and romantic place."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My company was in town on a Wednesday which put our attendance to a prix fix menu. I went into this assuming there would be some sub par course. Pleasantly we were not disappointed in any turn. The service is always helpful and attentive although you never feel rushed. I recommend this Resturant whenever I'm asked for a Cranford Hot Spot."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The owners are always very welcoming as you enter the restaurant. The wait staff is always attentive, but not annoying. We always come away with a very satisfied feeling. You never feel rushed. We have never had a poor experience. The food is incredible, always fresh and prepared to perfection. The portions are spot on, if not, just a forkful beyond. Plus, it is BYOB which helps the wallet. Have visited as a couple, with friends and also with our three middle teen children. The menu changes constantly which is refreshing. I would recommend this to anyone. Open table is very simple to use for reserving or canceling a table. Pairings call ahead to confirm your reservation. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We were a party of 4 with a 7:30 PM seating on Saturday. My wife and I enjoyed the sesame ginger Ahi tuna tartar appetizer and our grilled lamb sirloin and horseradish crusted salmon entrees were wonderfully delicious, BUT. . . service is definitely sub-par. We enjoy "relaxed dining"; however, the arrival of appetizers took over a half-hour and entrees didn't appear until nearly 50 minutes after appetizer plates were cleared. It appeared that wait staff was not sufficient in number, or not up to the task of handling a nearly-full house of diners. Or, it may be a kitchen deficiency. Either way, the food arrived terribly late. If Pairings gets their service act together, it will be a first-rate dining establishment."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Always a great experience! Everything made from scratch!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Needed a last minute valentines day dining spot and wasn't having any luck. Had been wanting to try this place for a while and was happy they could slip us in. Got a bottle of champagne and headed out! The atmosphere was perfect! Up scale, menu for the evening had nice selection. Interesting taste combinations and courses. Perfect evening. Headed back within two weeks!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Outstanding! Well done and congratulations on three years!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We tried this place out to celebrate my wife's birthday. It was a wonderful experience. There were many courses; each one excellent. The service was sharp and extremely polite. Portions are on the small side but they offered so many courses (we went on a Prix Fixe night) that you left feeling full. Note: it's a BYOB which helps with the tab. The atmosphere and setting was warm and inviting, the owners very gracious and pleasant. Personally, I had one of the finest pieces of red snapper I've ever had (although it added to the tab on top of the normal PF price, I believe it was worth it). Everything was good. What else can I say? Definitely going back and I definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Always very good food, nice presentation, attentive service. Reliable."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Goof food and presentation. Courses served a little slow but we were a party of eight. Nice selection of dishes. Everyone enjoyed their selections. The ravoli's were a little hard around the edges. Probably could have used more filling. Nice variety of stuffings. Overall we had a great time and the food and service were great. Would go again, anytime."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Happy to have attended the 3rd anniversary dinner. Menu was amazing!!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there Wednesday night. It was a special anniversary $35 four course dinner. The restaurant is beautiful. The food was great! We al loved it."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was mediocre, nothing to rave about. Considering the prices on the menu, I was expecting the food to delectable, I was very disappointed. The whole experience and each course felt rushed. It is byob, but that didn't seem to help bring the cost of the check down, which was $120,00 for 1 appetizer, 1 salad, 2 dinners, 2 coffees and 1 dessert, add gratuity and that's more than $140.00. We will not go back"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Pairings is in a class of its own. As the menu changes with the seasons, Pairings succeeds in making every dish exciting and fresh. The owners Vince and Carol demonstrate a genuine concern for their guests' experience. And they do this with a rare combination of warmth and professionalism. Their excellent staff is second to none. Pairings is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Pairings after three years continues to deliver high quality interesting food consistently . We have been going there for three years and the menu continues to evolve. My kids have been there with us the past two times and are hooked. The owners are as welcoming today as in the first year which is refreshing. Congrats on your 3 year anniversary."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Despite the high pricing Pairings at least does a good job of delivering good food and goo service. Menu has a nice variety, pastas and desserts are made in house and they bring you an amuse, intermezzo and dessert Taste. Glad it is a BYO too or the bill could be that much more. I enjoyed it and would go back"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our "dating" anniversary by going to Parings. We were graciously greeted by a member of the staff and seated promptly. The service was fairly good. Everything was well served but I do like my servers to be a little more personable - just a personal preference. The food was delectable. i really enjoyed the mushroom soup and the chicken entree. I would absolutely visit Parings again. The food is well worth the price."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were joined by another couple and we all had a lovely time. Food was terrific and really enjoyed the special atmosphere at Pairings. We hope to return."
    Dined on 2/12/2014