PAIRINGS palate + plate

4.8
1756 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. The food was excellent and great service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was ok. Service was impeccable though.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience ! Great food and service.

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service & cuisine!!

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BJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

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.

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TG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed. It's always a warm delight to spend an evening here!

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AG
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE dinner — it was a fantastic meal and great service!

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely and delicious New Year's Eve dinner! Bravo@

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BB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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!

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DM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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CF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a tremendous experience at Pairings!!

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EC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

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MD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent atmosphere, great food and service. Friendly and attentive service at every level.

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N
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious. We liked the service between meals. Little ice creams and cookies. Very nice.

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j
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Z
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner, not rushed, quiet enough (but not loud), great service and enjoyed bringing own wine.
Perfect!!

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IK
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 :)

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VF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Portions too big (oddly). Duck was cut to

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff were great as always. Live they customize the menu to say happy birthday

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l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pairings is always excellent. We've never been disappointed.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was wonderful and great way to celebrate a Birthday ....

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R
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here several times and it is consistently very good.

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DD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice dinner.. all food is very well prepared and seasonal. It’s BYOB which is nice, considering the caliber of the menu

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GG
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner...perfectly prepared pork chop, short ribs and beautiful salads. Looking forward to going back for other options.

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OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best places in Union County. Always a great meal and byob.

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G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful food and ambiance. Owners are wonderful people. Food is excellent but pricey with very young waiters.

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PM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants, everything here is perfect!!!

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