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For 2
7:00 PM
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PAIRINGS palate + plate

1573 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
PAIRINGS, a family owned and operated restaurant, brings together globally inspired cooking, local and sustainable practices and the comfort of grandma's recipes. We welcome you into our dining room to slowdown, to disconnect from your electronic devices and to reconnect with family and friends over our food and your wine. Your dinner is leisurely paced as all of your meal is thoughtfully crafted for you.

Our plates, which change based on seasonal availability, extend from gourmet to comfort. Each dish is prepared with ingredients strategically paired to intrigue and invigorate, to stimulate and satisfy; just-baked breads and desserts, freshly rolled pastas, slowly braised meats, à la minute sautéed seafood and churned daily ice creams, leave no palate untingled.

Sit back. Relax. Sip. Rekindle. Dine. We welcome you into our house with open arms.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
PAIRINGS is a causal fine dining experience and BYOW.(We'll uncork and pour the first glass...)

Wed Four Course Prix Fixe Menu 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Thurs 5.30 pm to 9:00 pm
Fri 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sat 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sun 5.00 pm to 7:30 pm
Closed Mon + Tues
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Phone number
(908) 276-4026
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carol Murphy Clyne
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Private party contact
Carol Murphy Clyne, chef/owner: (908) 276-4026
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PAIRINGS palate+plate offers on-site private (25 to 110) and semi-private (8 to 15) party dining. We also offer off-site dining for up to 1000.
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Cross street
For GPS use 10 Walnut Ave - Corner of South Ave East and Walnut Ave.
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Parking details
300 space parking deck steps away, free after 6pm everyday 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 6PM AND ALL DAY SUNDAY.
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Public transit
NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street
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We also offer onsite private parties for up to 110 people.

Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW)
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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.
Banquet, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1573 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KeyserSoze (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

The owners are adorable. The ambience is romantic. The food is good and a good value 9due to BYOB. A little loud and service was a bit slow but I will give it another shot bc of the great service exhibited by the owners.

Snoopy21 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We are never disappointed when we dine at Pairings. We went to celebrate a combination Valentine's Day and anniversary. If they know ahead of time what you are celebrating they print a special menu for you with the occasion listed at the top. The food here is always perfect and the service is impeccable.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Although pricy it was worth every penny. I took my girlfriend there for Valentines day and she loved it. The food was spectacular and the waiters are always circulating to see if you need anything. I'll probably be coming back every Valentines Day because I know i'll be getting a bang for my buck.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Pairings continues to impress with an outstanding dining experience, from the quality and preparation of the food, to the attention to details and excellent service.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our Valentines Day Dinner was wonderful. We had a great meal. The service and ambiance were perfect for this romantic date.
We will definitely go back soon.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day was a treat. We enjoyed everything.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The Valentine's Day menu was excellent. Great selections and the food was perfectly prepared in spite of the restaurant being very busy. Love this place.

Diane (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was delicious...our server Sarah was great!

vipbobbyxit5b (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

This was our first time here. It most definitely will not be the last.

We went because I was on a top 25 list from open table. I can see why. Farm to table in an upscale setting. IT's BYOB, which is always nice.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was very good but too expensive. Comparable restaurants are lower in price for the entrees served. Our server was very attentive.

vipEATSOUTALOT (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I have been before. Place is very good. Its BYOB so the prices are high to compensate. If you drink a lot its worth the higher base. Everyone was happy with their food. It is a great place for small groups.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Been here several times over the years. First time back in a year. The food is just sooo good. Server and support team were friendly and efficient. One pet peeve I've had was that their beautiful wood chairs were uncomfortable for a 2 hour meal. Well, they upholstered all the chair seats, and they are now super-comfy. Looking forward to my next meal.

Dick (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful evening. Table, service and food was outstanding

vipeddie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

excellent food. courteous, continuous service. expensive but worth it.

Jazz (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Appetizers were fabulous (tuna tartare and coconut shrimp) but the Short Rib was underwhelming and disappointing for the price. It tasted like it was cooked at home in a crock pot. I would not recommend this dish.