PAIRINGS palate + plate
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.
Very nice place. The food was excellent and great service.
It was ok. Service was impeccable though.
Always a wonderful experience ! Great food and service.
This is probably our 12th time there and it never disappoints.
I/we have taken everywhere there; family, friends, biz associates, etc.
Something for everyone, great food and BYO. Can's beat that.
Wonderful service & cuisine!!
Food was terrible. This place has zero consistency from visit to visit. This was my fifth time dining there. Presentation was off and the food had no flavor.
We are never disappointed. It's always a warm delight to spend an evening here!
My friends and I had delicious meals chosen off of the 4 course menu. We enjoyed your restaurant very much, and we will be back.
Thoroughly enjoyed our 4 course New Year's Eve dinner at Pairings. Nice selection of courses with creative twists to the dishes. Service was excellent even on a busy night. The owners/hosts made sure everything was flawless.
Spectacular NYE experience. Dinner was fantastic, service was attentive without being obtrusive and the pace of the meal was leisurely and delightful. Would highly recommend this restaurant whether it be for a special occasion or just a great night out!
We dined at Pairings for New Years Eve. Overall , it was a nice dinner. Couple of things- food could have been hotter - temp wise. The onion tartlet was a little over cooked - tough to cut into. Beef tenderloin was excellent. Our group enjoyed the evening. Thanks.
NYE dinner — it was a fantastic meal and great service!
If you are looking for a gourmet, fresh, innovative meal then you need to come to Pairings! Hands down it has become of my favorite restaurants which never disappoints. I know when I come here I will be well attended to and leave knowing I am completed satisfied. Let Pairings host your next event! The owners are friendly and attentive from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave!
Another lovely and delicious New Year's Eve dinner! Bravo@
We had an excellent prix fixe New Year's Eve dinner at Pairings with friendly and efficient service in their very nice dining room. We enjoyed scallops and onion tart appetizers, lobster gnocchi second course, beef tenderloin and dover sole mains, and panna cotta and and chocolate cake desserts. NYE is not always easy for restaurants to pull off, but Pairings did a great job.
We had a delicious meal with very attentive service. We had exceptional experience upon arrival with a very warm greeting and genuine concern for where in the restaurant we would be more comfortable sitting. I highly recommend the restaurant!
I will start by saying we ate there on probably the busy night and time of week, Saturday at 7:45. The food is good, not great, but the menu needs to change, been the same for a long time and after a while it feels limited. The space and tables are crowded, seems like trying to squeeze someone into every inch, I know it is not the biggest space but more comfortable and spread out seating would make a tremendous difference. The service, while good, could be a lot more attentive, not sure it was just our server but our finished dinner and other plates which take up most of crowded table, sat for what seems like 10-15 minutes, even after we made piles hoping somebody might realize and clear. There was no crumbing after service and table needed it and the espresso and cappuccino was cold, both times the server brought it. All in all it was good but falls a little short, hope you see my feedback as constructive because compared to much lessor local peers this would be more of a go to restaurant for us with slight improvements.
New York upscale dining in small-town Cranford NJ. I eat there several times each year. Food is always delicious and creative, excellent ambiance, and the prices are very reasonable.
Always a tremendous experience at Pairings!!
This was one of the best dining experiences i have had in as long as i can remember. From the moment we walked in and were greeted to the moment we left, the service was incredible. Everyone was so friendly and it had a truly personal feel. The food was amazing!!!!!!! We are already planning to go back.
This is our absolute favorite restaurant. The owners are really lovely people. Never had a bad experience here. This dinner was off the charts good. Salmon with brussel sprouts and fresh pasta with amazing sauce. Perfect! Also the brownie dessert we had was delicious...
Excellent atmosphere, great food and service. Friendly and attentive service at every level.
It was good but not great. Prices were fairly high for the quality of food and service. It wasn’t bad, but when you are paying $40/plate for dinner you expect a little more - even at a byob. The ravioli had a good flavor but sadly the sauce drowned them and made it soggy and fall apart. The pork was good and cooked well. The halibut/scallop dish was over cooked unfortunately and the fish was dry. The brownie sundae was decent but certainly lacked the portion size of brownie and had much more toasted marshmallow. I probably would not go back this season or unless it was a special reason.
Our waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious. We liked the service between meals. Little ice creams and cookies. Very nice.
Never disappointed at this restaurant. The taste and presentation match the upscale atmosphere. It is a treat to eat here whether it is a special occasion or not. The host and hostess greet every guest and oversee a talented staff. Z
Lovely dinner, not rushed, quiet enough (but not loud), great service and enjoyed bringing own wine.
We had a wonderful evening at Pairings! The food, service and ambiance were impeccable. I would highly recommend coming here for a special occasion or nice night out. Remember that it is BYOB with a convenient liquor store around the corner :)
Portions too big (oddly). Duck was cut to
We've been here many times and sometimes the food is hit or miss, but this time everything was superb! We love the ambiance here- it's quieter than most places these days so you can actually have a relaxed conversation. The booth seats are so comfy you feel like you're in your living room. It's definitely expensive, so it's not a place we would go regularly. And you need to know the service is leisurely- this isn't a place to go when you're in a hurry. We enjoyed a three-hour meal with friends and everyone enjoyed their food.
Food and staff were great as always. Live they customize the menu to say happy birthday
Pairings is always excellent. We've never been disappointed.
Was wonderful and great way to celebrate a Birthday ....
We have eaten here several times and it is consistently very good.
Very nice dinner.. all food is very well prepared and seasonal. It’s BYOB which is nice, considering the caliber of the menu
The food at Pairings is delicious. Caesar and Arugala with gouda salads were tasty. Butternut squash ravioli was wonderful and seared yellowtail tuna was beautifully presented with flavor to match. Apple strudel and brownie with ice cream did not disappoint.
Pairings is BYOB, which partially offsets the very high prices. $16 salads and $44 tuna entrees are definitely on the high side for Union county restaurants.
The service staff is young and inexperienced. No one checked on how we were enjoying our meal, or whether we needed more water or bread. Our wine glasses were never refilled. Management needs to spend more time on training.
All in all, the food overcomes the other shortcomings. Prices warrant a special occasion.
When Pairings first opened in Cranford, I was concerned that an upscale relatively expensive restaurant with ambitious cuisine would have trouble surviving in the burbs. Fortunately it has thrived. It offers creative cuisine with decent portions. The couple who own it are gracious hosts. Seating is comfortable, the noise level is not too bad, and the service is good. I think they may have been a little short handed this time because our waiter wasn't over as often as usual, but no big deal. All desserts breads and pastas are made in their kitchen.
Wonderful dinner...perfectly prepared pork chop, short ribs and beautiful salads. Looking forward to going back for other options.
One of the best places in Union County. Always a great meal and byob.
Absolutely wonderful food and ambiance. Owners are wonderful people. Food is excellent but pricey with very young waiters.
One of my favorite restaurants, everything here is perfect!!!