Common Lot

4.6
506 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A place for family and friends to gather and share great food and conversation. The restaurant is elegant but unpretentious, creating a minimalist but convivial environment. Seating options are the main dining room, with its view to the buzz of the open kitchen; the upstairs Chef's Library, featuring Ehren’s extensive collection of cookbooks; or the four-seat “Kitchen Pass” with its intimate perspective on meal preparation (note Kitchen pass reservations are only by phone or email, and 48 hours notice is required for specific dietary requirements) The food is contemporary and reflects Ehren and Nadine's international experience, training and dedication to the craft of cooking: seasonal flavors, locally foraged produce and fresh ingredients made with exceptional care and resulting in cosmopolitan dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(973) 467-0494
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ehren Ryan
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Cross street
Essex Street
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Parking details
public parking lot across the street
Additional
BYO Liquor
What 506 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. Love one is able to see the kitchen at work with the open layout, makes the cuisine approachable. Delicious vegetable small shares plates. Highly recommend the branzino, crispy skin and moist fillet. Looking forward to going back for the chef's table

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Y
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our smalls and bigs. Would've rather have gotten different smalls to sample variety of delicious foods :) highly recommend!!

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b
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined here multiple times and this place keeps getting better and better each time! They have really found their groove!!! The menu, the incredible food, wonderful and knowledgeable service, I could go on and on. The menu truly changes seasonally and it keeps getting better!! Was worried when they first opened but not anymore! Can’t wait to go back each time I depart. Oh and the desserts are a don’t miss too!! Keep doing what you are doing common lot!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. Fabulous food and wonderful service. Can’t wait to go back!

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The place is very nice, however the menu was limited. Went there for a business lunch and neither my guest nor I could find something on the menu that excited us. Service was outstanding and the ambiance is very nice.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The hype is better than it was .
Was disappointed-

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LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The steak tartare was wonderful as was the pork belly. We order appetizers and our other choices were bland.

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NH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

With all the hype around Common Lot, I was prepared to be wowed. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. We ordered three appetizers-the scallops, pork belly and cauliflower. The scallops were more ceviche than I expected. The pork belly sauce was delicious-but I think they were over cooked a bit. The cauliflower was good-but was simple. I had the venison for dinner and found the sauce to not be complimentary to the meat and the vegetables that were accoutrement were tiny and not properly cooked. The dessert-the flourless spiced chocolate cake was tasty and had a nice gentle spicy kick. Maybe it was an off night? But for an celebratory event-we will go to Lorena’s next time.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

1.Asked server to have chef recommend which of two dishs I should order. She declined and said I should choose.
2. Servers should not wipe their noses and then fill water glasses.
3. The sunchokes at lunch both looked awful and had very little flavor. Would not recommend this dish. tacos and sashimi excellent.

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VG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really fantastic. Can’t wait to go back. The pork belly appetizer was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal at the “chef’s table” - watched the kitchen work and chatted with the chef owner and other chefs about the dishes and inspiration for the meal. Relaxed atmosphere with beautifully crafted dishes, art on the plate and a delight for all of the senses. Great joint 50th birthday for me and my date - memorable experience and memorable meal.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants. The service was excellent. The food was prepared well. The portions were extremely small. My boyfriend and I left hungry after each having an appetizer, each having a full size entree and a shared piece of chocolate cake. Definitely not worth the money paid for this birthday celebration.

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing special. We expected a lot..not a lot of food, but a lot of taste. We left hungry and underwhelmed.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but very overpriced. Portions were small. We were still hungry when we left. Won’t be back.

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p
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I visit Common Lot it is a truly fine experience. The food is always fresh, innovative, very well presented, and delicious. For lunch definitely try the twice-cooked pork belly (a fabulous slightly crispy preparation and magnificent sauce), the tacos, the white bean "hummus", and the burrata. Great desserts - we had the chocolate mousse (an amazing preparation) and the mochi with caramel sauce.

Service is always attentive, knowledgeable, and friendly without being overbearing. Seating is comfortable.

Parking is readily available across the street in Millburn Parking Lot 1. You can park for up to 3 hours for $1.50.

Common Lot is only 1/4 mile from Paper Mill Playhouse so it is a great choice for pre- or post-theater dining. (So is Carriage House, located at Paper Mill!)

Highly recommended; you must make reservations for dinner and should do so for lunch.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, upscale dining. A needed option in the area.

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i
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food
Service and ambiance could improve

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Pricey and small portions...but excellent flavors, good variety, great ambiance...overall fantastic. Will be back!

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T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there numerous times. The menu, while limited, NEVER disappoints!! And the staff is superb! Definitely has become a favorite spot!!

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FC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the restaurant - the food and the service. Tho choices were varied and all perfectly make and congruent with the descriptions on the menu. I am disappointed that the restaurant requires a credit card for holding a reservation. I know the management will tell me about all the no shows. We are NOT no shows and even when sick will call to cancel a reservation. This is an unfortunate practice in too many restaurants.

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was blown away by Common Lot. The service was outstanding, the ambience was cozy yet sophisticated and the food was creative, delicious and perfectly cooked. My husband and I were very, very happy with everything. We go out to eat a lot and we are very rarely blown away by our meal. This is definitely a new favorite for us.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious and the service was fantastic, we will def be going back very soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Upstairs seating is very poor. It’s too open, feels left out and disconnected from the rest of the restaurant. I wouldn’t dine there again if I were to be seated up there.

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NJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really one of the best restaurants around. The food is based on local ingredients of the highest quality and it shows. Can't go wrong. Certainly not inexpensive, but the preparation and service are top notch. And not stuffy at all. Love it.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. This restaurant could be in Manhattan. Innovative, without being weird. Best meal i have had in a long time.

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PC
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, meticulously prepared and served with style. Very fresh ingredients and interesting flavor combinations. Not cheap but very high quality.

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SH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Phenomenal food as always. One of best foodie destinations in New Jersey.

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TI
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delighted from start to finish for dinner celebrating my wife’s birthday. Reservations were handled well, greeting on arrival was friendly, service was excellent and the food outstanding. Party of 8 on a Saturday night. We will be back!

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Underwhelmed.
Overpriced & too pretentious for the area.

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CS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food very good as always, but his time our table was in the room upstairs and the noise level was really excessive. There was a big group and they were very very loud. It ruined it a bit for me.

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MF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deserves 3 Michelin stars! Have been there with large parties many times and each time we are surprised with new and exciting menu options. The lamb roast is not to be missed. Desserts and tea selection are fresh and innovative.

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The dishes that were “vegan” had cheese on them. Nothing special- if you like sautéed hummus I found the food greasy and uninspiring

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SK
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best culinary experience I have had in a very long time, and even tops many of the city experiences I have had in NY, San Francisco, Chicago, etc. The team was in lock step with each other and a great group of professionals who could also have fun delivering something really special.

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MF
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to this restaurant; it will not be our last. This has been the find of the summer. We now have a new go-to-restaurant in Northern NJ. Everything was perfect. Our food was fresh and inventive and the service attentive. It is BYOB but wine store nearby. The space is hip with modern feel; seating on two floors. The kitchen is open so if you are on the first floor you can watch your food being prepared.

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TC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We've dined at Common Lot several times and I would love to see that changed up the entrees they offer. When we have been there the entrees they offer, portioned for 2, are always lamb shoulder, ribeye steak and a whole baked fish. The single portion entrees offered are limited in number and variety.

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K
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been on our go- to list since it opened. So glad we went and celebrated my husband’s birthday there.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant, food and service was awesome. Great find.

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M
London
61 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner at Common Lot, had not been in a while and not disappointed, the beef tartare starter was heavenly, melting in the mouth and so flavorful. I did not want to share, well I did not share :) mains were also great, ended picking up the chicken with mushrooms and freshly grated black truffle.. what else?

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NM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Common Lot twice. Once with friends and another time at the Chef Table/Pass. The menu changes seasonally and the chef works hard to utilize local ingredients and experiment with new dishes. It seems the main goal is to have the ingredients speak for themselves. All food is cooked exceptionally and the presentation is thoughtful and beautiful. The cuisine is mixed. You will seem some asian flavors as well as Italian, French, and more. All protein was incredible.

The Chef Pass experience was amazing and worth every penny! It was great to speak with the chefs and learn more about their approach/philosophy on food. The number of plates was just right and the experience, spot on.

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