PAIRINGS palate + plate
Great foodDelectable food elegantly presented by a master chef.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPairings is one our favoritePairings is one our favorite restaurants. Carol Murphy Clyne, chef/owner, never cease to amaze us every time we visit. Her command of her sauces that are paired with the great selection of fish, chicken and beef are top notch. Her partner and husband, Vince, is a great front man and always makes us feel at home!
Thanks to Carol, Vince and staff, our recent bridal shower was a hugh success, topped off with a personal food demonstration by Carol and her staff, all products of the CIA!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMManhattan-style in CranfordGreat, creative food, very nice presentation. Large portions for a restaurant of this type. Pricey, but worth it. BYOB keeps the total under $200.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMClass in CranfordHigh quality food interestingly prepared is the order of the day here. Excellent service, even on Mother's Day, a notoriously poor day to dine out. I had been meaning to eat here for a while, but my expectations were exceeded. Well done!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI enjoyed Pairing very much.I enjoyed Pairing very much. Just two complaints. First I felt rushed. Maybe because it was Mothers Day and secondly there was some horrible techno music playing.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMSharing About PairingsPairings provided a delicious dining experience. I'd heard about it from several friends and was eager to try it. My experience lived up to my expectations. Everyone in my party had something different to eat and we all were thoroughly pleased with our choices.
Undoubedly, we will return to "Pairings."5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and creativeExcellent food and creative menu which changes daily. The service is good as well. Alwayscavgood variety of choices.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMneekyExcellent service and wonderful food. Celebrated a 25th Wedding
Anniversary5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways Good, Now ExcellentPairings is really hitting on all cylinders now. Old menu favorites are still there, but some dishes seem to be "streamlined" and improved. Service was friendly and prompt and the amuse and palate cleanser are always nice touches. Excellent5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMPairing Fun and FlavorExcellent Excellent Excellent there were no other words used by the friends I was with. The Wait staff knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to each detail of the service. The owners greeted us and bid us a good evening on departure. Priced just right for the quality and quantity of the food. As it is a BYOW you should bring an delightful wine to this table.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWaiter was a bit "much"'Waiter was a bit "much"' but food was great! Would definitely go again!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about PairingsEverything about Pairings is outstanding and wonderful!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI never had a better amuse-buche!I never had a better amuse-buche! It was a grape covered in goat cheese & finely chopped nuts. It was sweet & savory in one small bite. The mushroom soup was spectacular, but not a challenge to make. Pasta was so-so, the chicken dish was over cooked and not a remarkable flavor. Dessert was wonderful. Lovely serene ambience.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe greeter and waitress wereThe greeter and waitress were unusually friendly, and the food was delicious.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellent food, ambiance andexcellent food, ambiance and service. waiter Rich was fabulous4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great dining experience.Terrific restaurant with great food and ambiance. The staff are knowledgeable and extremely pleasant. Nothing to complain about - everything to rave about. Although I have been to P & P many times, this visit I introduced 2 new patrons who were sold on this restaurant at the appetizer course!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMEvery dish was delicious,Every dish was delicious, the service was perfect and everything went wonderfully.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce will be enoughHad very high expectations, here's reality..Mushroom soup appetizer was very nice. The lettuce in the salad was "tired/brown" which was very surprising. Had two different Pastas, both very good. The duck main course, was very uninspired, sauce non existent. we also had the Salmon which nice. For desert we had a sorbet and a strudel. The sorbet was wonderful, as was the sorbet intermezzo, the strudel tasted like pastry with no fruit. The service and ambiance were very good. Expectations were not met4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe go to Pairings regularly,We go to Pairings regularly, the food and service is consistently very good.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMPricey but consistently goodPricey but consistently good food and very friendly service staff.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe will be back soon.Five of us enjoyed a terrific dining experience at Pairings this past Sunday. The service is both warm and professional. And the food was beautifully prepared with quality ingredients in an exciting and refreshing way. We will be back!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was great as it alwaysThe food was great as it always is. This was our third time their. Service setup works until they get busy. Then, with the servers doing everything except running food, it gets hectic when full. Still, a great experience. Very pricey (NYC prices), but great.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMNever Fails to Amaze!From the moment you walk through the door, you are made to feel welcome! The staff and Owners are gracious and the menu is constantly changing with new and innovative items, all of which are delicious.
I started with a poached pear and blue cheese salad (omg - superb) and my companion had a phenomenal arugula salad. Entrees included the black pepper speckled fettucini with chicken in a marsala cream sauce and the most amazing short ribs.
Portions are large enough that ordering dessert was a struggle (but we managed!) and leftovers were brought home.
Even though it was a busy Saturday night and we went early, we were never made to feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed everything!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I went on theirMy husband and I went on their PriceFixe night and I can't say enough of the experience...table was ready when we arrived for 7pm reservation...the choices on the menu were varied to meet anyones expectations. Service was impeccable...friendly and lively...treated to extra goodies along way...food was served hot and so fresh...wonderful breads hot from oven...homemade pastas...I had duck...cooked to perfection...my husband had eggplant...dessert wonderful...warm cookies served with bill.. its a BYOW...had a won derful time!!!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat can I say? There wereWhat can I say? There were 4 in my party and every one of us uttered the same phrase during our meal, 'this is the best (fill in the blank) I've ever tasted!'. We loved the food and we loved Richard, our waiter, who made our dining experience even more enjoyable.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, friendly atmosphere,Great food, friendly atmosphere, quiet enough you don't have to strain to have a conversation, when it is crowded. I didn't feel pressured or rushed at any time. Background music could be more entertaining. Carol and Vinnie have done an excellent job of offering an elegant dinning experience to the discriminating patron and palate. Thanks3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was delicious, especiallyFood was delicious, especially homemade pastas. And service was outstanding.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMdelicious food,well executed,delicious food,well executed, maybe a bit pricey for neighborhood gem unless go on weds prix-fix but still worth it. byob keeps bill down3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWho could ask for anything more?Always a wonderful experience Pairings never fails to please! Beautiful arugula salad with special Cabot cheddar and a trio of scallops to start...entrees were Shorts Ribs falling off the bone, carrots were better than most desserts and duck that my husband raved about with the thinest shoestring potatoes ever crisped in duck renderings. Pear & apple strudel withe vanilla bean ice crean and one perfect scoop of balsamic roasted strawberry ice cream - who could ask for anything more?3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMPairings has become my favoritePairings has become my favorite restaurant. I continually make reservations for friends and family.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was great. TheEverything was great. The staff was very familiar with the menu and they were attentative to our needs3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI'm going to echo what otherI'm going to echo what other reviewers have said---the food is excellent, the service prompt and attentive without being intrusive, and a room that makes you not want to leave. Remember as you are reviewing the menu online that they alter it constantly, so you are getting food based on great ingredients. It was hard to decide what to order!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food. InterestingFantastic food. Interesting variety of choices. Desserts to die for.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMA bit pricey but food preparedA bit pricey but food prepared well and wondeful, attentive service.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWe highly recommend it!!We loved it!!! The only reason we gave 4 and not 5 was because the waiter did not check on us so often and we had to pour our own wine. Overall we recommended it !!! The food is great, staff is friendly and the decor is modern :) best part, you can bring your own bottle (or bottles)!!!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat neighborhood spot inGreat neighborhood spot in Cranford. Go for Tapas Thursdays, priced a bit more reasonably and more variety of choices. Staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. BYOW1/24/2013 12:00:00 AM