PAIRINGS palate + plate

4.7
1708 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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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 facilities
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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Private party contact
Carol Murphy Clyne, chef/owner: (908) 276-4026
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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
10 Walnut Ave - Corner of South Ave East and Walnut Ave.
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Parking details
300 space parking deck steps away. Train station parking steps away. On the street parking.ALL 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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Entertainment
Stay updated on our menu, events & cookbook launch party by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pairingscranford.

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.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 1708 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular, it was my parents 31st anniversary, and Pairings truly out did themselves in every aspect! Will be a dinner they remember forever!

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EA
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and hospitality from walking in to out was excellent Food was very good and fresh. At least my fourth time dining here will not be the last.

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GC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The team is like no other; the food spectacular; do not miss this one, a truly memorable enjoyable dining experience! A warm rich environment that lets you talk with your dining partners without shouting through other diners' conversations. Get out of the craziness of NYC for a meal with warm caring staff and fantastic food !

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DR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, once again!
Delicious, seasonal menu. We had to work REALLY hard to finish our plates because we were so full, but it was so tasty that we didn't want any to go to waste! We had the fig ceasar salad, the angus strip steak (amazing), buffalo bolognese, and the new york cheeescake. All excellently prepared and presented. Wonderful service as well.
We will definitely keep this on our rotation for date nights.

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FG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. This place was amazing. Service, food, desserts my god the desserts. Go just go.

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

This was our third or fourth visit to Pairings, this on the occasion of our wedding anniversary. The food and service were excellent as usual, and they added a few nice touches for the anniversary theme. A good portion of the menu is gluten free which is a bonus for our family. We neglected to BYOB, but many of the patrons did so. We definitely recommend Pairings for a good meal prepared by a quality chef, without a crazy high cost, and we will certainly return again.

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted warmly upon arrival. Service was friendly and attentive. Pork chop was fantastic as was spouse’s NY strip. We have been passing this restaurant for years. Won’t be passing it up anymore!

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

Excellent dinner. Would highly recommend. Celebrated my wife’s birthday and they made it very special by printing a personalized menu

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DO
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service ! Food presentation was impressive

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RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We went to Pairings to celebrate a friends birthday and was very disappointment in the overall experience.
The service was horrible from the time we sat down to the time we left. We sat there for 20 minutes waiting for our waiter to come over to take our order. He didn't come to our table until my friend went over to the owners and complained. The waiter finally came over, didn't address us just stood there until we said are you ready to take our order. The service or should I say lack of, continued toget worst, Fernando, our waiter, never came back to ask if we needed anything or tell us why our food was taking so long to come to us. So I went up to the two owners, expressed how upset I was with our waiters lack of professionalism and rudeness and all they could say was "were sorry" that's it nothing else. Couldn't believe they didn't go over to our table to apologize to the rest of my party or even offer coffee or dessert on the house...I guess they just don't care. Needless to say I will never go back to this restaurant as there are so many other great places to go, where the food and service is outstanding.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 4 course seasonal menu. Portions were appropriately sized. Each was fresh, well prepared and flavorful. Cavatelli was superb, and crusted salmon was crisp outside and medium inside. Both delicious. Desserts were small and excellent -- glad there wasn't more as we would have eaten them all and regretted it later . Service was professional. A great evening.

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DD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance and delicious food, prepared very well! Very nice, local restaurant that's BYO..entrees are pricey, but quality of food is worth it!

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FS
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience and will return soon!

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RO
New York Area
542 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a while since we dined at Pairings and we were excited to try the new seasonal menu. Our evening was wonderful, the food was spot on delicious, seasoned well and artfully plated. Our server was a delight, she explained the menu and offered up great descriptions of all the specials. Water and wine glasses were tended to and the dining experience was seamless. We look forward to returning soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Great staff. Highly recommend!

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B
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Disappointing. The food was fine, not great, not amazing, just fine. Unfortunately, the prices are elevated so we left disappointed. Wait staff was attentive and smart, and no corkage fee is a big plus. Still, for the cost per plate, you can do better. Among the dishes we ate at our table, we had the pork chop which was highly touted by our server. The chops were over cooked and the glaze was just sweet. The high point of the night was the mushroom salad. This was a true top flight dish and well worth the price.

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PM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service and always a wonderful evening!!!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We, a couple, had a lovely evening with gracious, friendly service in an elegant but comfortable setting. The food was delicious and the presentation beautiful.

Plan to spend the whole evening. We were at the table for almost two hours. The food was served slowly but gave the impression that everything on the plate had been prepared just for us. The food was the perfect temperature and very tasty.

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M
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pairings is one of our most favorite restaurants. Food, service and atmosphere are always fabulous!! it's one of those restaurants that you're still talking about the next day, truly a gem!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was good but air conditioning was broken and it was a 95 degree day so it was very uncomfortable and took away from the experience. Not sure if I would go back

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The food would have tasted great if the AC was working.

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PD
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good. The coconut shrimp was a refined take on a typically unsophisticated dish. The eggplant and fresh pasta was exquisite. The sea bass was perfectly cooked with a crisp and delicious skin.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I have been to this establishment on a regular basis for about 3 years at a rate of about once every other month and this was the worst service I have ever had here. Typically this restaurant is known for its experience and service as part of the entire dining process. However, tonight was a let down and especially on a special night for me and my fiancé. There was nothing particularly mentionable or wrong just not the experience I am accustomed too. If I had to say there was basically a general lack of attention to the table ( clearing dishes, refilling drinks, and checking in on the table. In addition we had to wait an abnormal amount of time for our food to be brought to us and same to receive the check/having it processed. Love the facility, will return but wanted to make mention of this. This was an anomaly.

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F
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven't been here in awhile and I'm not sure why, because this place is fantastic! And I forgot how fantastic it was until I came back with out of town guest. My niece was a Vegan and the Chef was nice enough to make a custom dish for her with Veggies and rice. She loved it! Service was superb! Will be back more often.

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JM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I went for a quiet dinner to celebrate her birthday. The hostess made sure that we had a wonderful seat in a quiet part of the restaurant. They had printed up special menus wishing my wife a happy birthday and all of the staff made sure to wish her the same. The food was delicious (arugula salad, tuna tartar, pork chop, and black sea bass) and the brownie sundae was the perfect way to end the meal. All told, a lovely quiet night out with great service, food, and ambiance.

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VD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a most wonderful dinner with my sister Valerie on 8/18/18 at Pairings. From the moment we walked in, greeted by our hosts Carol and Vincent, we felt at home. The lighting is soft, the noise level quiet, even though the restaurant was full.
The food was delicious! Careful attention is paid to the crafting of meals here. The quality of the ingredients is notable and the preparation is thoughtful and detailed. The result is a beautiful meal, start to finish.
The waitstaff is very well trained, courteous and attentive and remained so until the end of our meal. I highly recommend a visit to Pairings for a great dining experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

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

First time dining at this restaurant and was impressed by the food, service, and ambience. By far, the best restaurant experience in Cranford!!

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Love everything about this restaurant except the seating. It was a very busy night due to being restaurant week, so service was a bit slow but still good. Food is exceptional,

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NO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a delicious meal, the service is very attentive. Over a lovely dining experience in every way.

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GD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and friendly owners. Wonderful setting for date night!

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pairings is a standout in an area chock-a-block with good restaurants. Its sophisticated ambience pairs fantastically with its creative and well-prepared menu offerings. Ingredient flavors are nuanced not overpowering. Rolls, crackers, muffins, pastas, desserts and ice creams are made in house. Little touches like the amuse-Boucher and intermezzo contribute to the overall experience that earns Pairings a place above all others. Add to that the warm welcome from Carole and Vincent and their highly professional staff and it’s easy to understand why Pairings gets an “outstanding” rating.

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LN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal on prefix Wednesday. 4 courses excellent value.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for Cranford Restaurant Week so it was a 4 course prefix menu, very seasonal and fresh ingredients. The owners are so nice and the decor is spot on. Met my friend for our August birthday celebrations, would definitely return.

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AA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I tried this place during restaurant week. We were very pleased with the food, service, and ambiance. We will definitely be back.

The owners are very suite and attentive to their guests.

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JA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for a convenient place to meet friends for a nice dinner. We tried Pairings for the first time on Saturday night. The decor is lovely, service is wonderful, staff is very friendly and the food was amazing! Interesting combinations, ample portions. And it was nice to bring your own wine! Usually places this nice have a bar which drives prices up. Loved it! We will
Be back!

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant! The food and service was excellent!

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B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have wonderful service and a wonderful meal

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KC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time there and it was just as delicious and lovely as the first time. Even my hard-to-please husband liked it. Food is incredible, everyone so friendly and welcoming, and the wait staff are professional. Parents-in-law drove from Bergen county and said it was more than worth it. Can’t wait to go back!

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PM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a difficult work day, my wife and I went out for a special dinner here. The service was very attentive as usual despite a mostly full dining room. I brought a good bottle of wine to augment our meal. Our meals were great - gazpacho soup to start, salmon for her and eggplant parmigiana for me, capped by tasty desserts. Just what we needed after a rough day - a little pampering with vibrant, flavorful food!!

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